From the web – Dec 13th

Happy Friday the 13th!  As some wags noticed, might this be…A Nightmare Before Christmas?


  • A 1975 interview with Benton KacKaye is an excellent piece of trail history to watch.


Jake Palma joined the Bureau of Land Management as an intern in Nevada after leaving Utah Diné Bikéyah in 2015. (American Conservation Experience)


 But I have to say I’m with Paul on this one: for a measly $20 you can get a good-looking hiking shirt that’s lighter, more breathable, and dries faster (or just as fast) as the Kuhl or Montbell at a quarter of the price.    Oh, and it won’t kill you.  

Science! From Deposit Photos.


From a trip to I did to the wolf rescue near Florissant, CO

  • And here’s some satire about Black Friday. 🙂


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4 years ago

Maybe “thin poly-cotton shirts don’t kill” is OK. But “cotton kills” is still the best advice for too many people who venture into the wilderness wearing common t-shirts, flannel, blue jeans, or cutoffs. As a whitewater raft guide, I took hundreds of people dressed like that down rivers in the summer. They usually wound up wet, cold, and shivering by the end of the day, despite air temperatures above 70° F. The best remedies were to remove the cotton clothing or cover it with something that blocked the wind. People sitting next to them wearing synthetic clothing (like me) rarely… Read more »

Buck Nelson
4 years ago

What Mags said. I once met Dick Cook, a backcountry hermit in Alaska. He told me he favored cotton coveralls for winter wear. He also wore mostly cotton clothing the rest of the year.

I still commonly carry a 100% cotton t-shirt in the backcountry. Often it’s more comfortable. I can use it as a towel, and to clean my glasses. For most other purposes I avoid cotton for the usual reasons.

4 years ago

I often wear poly-cotton shirts and T-shirts and I still wear blue jeans, most of the time. I think that people often lose sight of the fact that what you wear is not as important as how you wear it. One important cold weather rule is “Don’t sweat”. If you start to sweat, you either need to slow down or take something off until you slow down. I was out for a walk this morning and I was fine until I started to shovel snow. I only had a little snow to shovel, so I didn’t bother with my clothing… Read more »

Person A
4 years ago

So the cotton thing has been very interesting to me. A cursory search will reveal hundreds of articles where the fact that “cotton absorbs 25 times its weight in water” is repeated over and over. So I’m to believe that if I take a 100g cotton shirt and get it soaking wet it’ll come away weighing 2600g? It’s a statement so obviously ridiculous that it made me start to question a lot of the truisms we take for granted in the outdoors. I’m still trying to understand wet cotton and insulation. I’ve seen 25x cited as the multiplier for heat… Read more »