SECRET FORTS » 2013 » October A COLLECTION OF GOOD THINGS Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:23:46 +0000 en hourly 1 THE FALL THREE : MATT HRANEK, THE WILLIAM BROWN PROJECT. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:33:54 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Matt Hranek. Photographer and the man behind the William Brown Project. Now add to his resume, creator, host and adventurer taking the Alternate Route premiering November 20th on the recently launched Esquire Network. Go set your DVR. Short and sweet, my friend Matt’s Fall Three.

What I am looking forward to this fall:
1) Hunting these.

2) Eating this.

3) Wearing this.

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USUAL SUSPECTS : THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:18:02 +0000 mrforts
Above, the poster announcing yesterday’s release of The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer.

Above, said trailer. Release date: March 7, 2014.

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THE FALL THREE : MIKAEL KENNEDY, PHOTOGRAPHER. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:48:43 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Mikael Kennedy. Photographer. Traveler. Trespasser. Long time good friend, collaborator and true compatriot. It’s such a trip to think of having long ago coffees at Five Leaves talking about wanting to do exactly what it is he’s doing now. A great thing to see a friend set out their path and stick to it. So happy to have him along for the ride again this year. Mikael’s Fall Three.
photo x Matt Blodgett

1) It’s fucking fall, it’s the best time of year. Period. Nothing makes me happier then the cold air starting to roll in and being able to dig all my warm clothes out of the back of my closet. I happened to be in Vermont last week shooting a music video for my wife just as the colors changed, it was stunning, I grew up there so I’ve seen it my whole life but it never ceases to amaze me. I got myself intentionally lost trying to cross as many mountains as I could on the way home without looking at a map, good times.

2) The Apolis Standard Issue Service Blazer : Apolis gave me this jacket awhile back when I joined their Nomad team. I love what those guys put out, part of the goal on the road is always to travel as light as possible, the functionality of this jacket is great, it works at dinner as much as it does out in the field, . Only problem was it was a lighter shade of blue that I had a hard time getting down with (sorry guys, don’t be offended it just wasn’t my thing) Well not anymore, a bucket of RIT dye and some blue stains in my tub it’s a whole new coat, I’ve been wearing it everyday. I know they make one that’s dark blue that I could’ve just ordered but I’m a big fan of waste not/want not, making due with what you have and making it work. It’s a New England thing. Now I love this jacket.

3) I’m rarely in NYC it seems, but when I am, I camp out at this little French cafe down the street from my house called Le Gamin; french onion soup and a glass of wine, it’s perfect.

Blaine Davis
Isle Royale, MI 2013

+1) 2 years running now Wolverine has asked me to do a show in their NYC store of my favorite shots from my adventures with them. This year took me to Isle Royal in the boundary waters of Michigan. Come by the shop Nov. 14th and you can see some of my favorite shots from that trip like the one above.

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OUT/ABOUT/HERE/THERE. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:38:44 +0000 mrforts

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THE FALL THREE : FOSTER HUNTINGTON, MOBILE HOMESTEADER. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:58:12 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Speaking of Foster Huntington… A Restless transplant. Living the dream. Home is Where You Park it. #vanlife. Traveling the country for the past two or so years documenting his nomadic ways and making your IG feed look pretty darn unexciting by comparison. Perhaps dispatched deep from a remote location near Big Sur, Foster’s Fall Three.

1) Goruck GR1: I’ve had this pack for almost three years and it hasn’t skipped a beat. Well worth every penny i spent on and i’m sure i’ll be using it for years.

2) Contax G2 with a 45mm F2.0: I don’t have one of these but i’ve been eyeing them for years and think i’ll finally pull the trig this fall.

3) Toyota Chinook Late 70′s. These campers are amazing. They have the famous Toyota 22r engine that goes for ever and the campers are still pretty reasonable at around 4 to 5K. And oh yeah, they get 25 MPG’s.

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HOME IS WHERE YOU PARK IT. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:08:05 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Whether you do or don’t know Foster, it’s pretty easy to tell what type of guy he is. One a the good ones. For the past two+ years, he’s been criss-crossing the country, living the dream and documenting every moment of it. What began as #vanlife on IG has spun out into a book, the funding for which he’s established a Kickstarter.
Head over and support the effort.

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THE FALL THREE : JEFF THROPE, COLD SPLINTERS. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:36:00 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
The dude. Jeff Thrope. Cold Splinters. High plains drifter. Outdoorsman. Doer of many a mysterious thing. Walker of the walk. My friend Jeff’s Fall Three.
photo x Emiliano Granado

1) Sullivan County, NY : I’m living in a 1940′s farmhouse in Sullivan County, NY this October, just two or three miles from Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. (I’m sure most of you are privy to this, but if not, those infamous three days of Peace and Music were actually held an hour and a half west of the festival’s namesake, Woodstock, NY. Confusing, right?) It couldn’t be more beautiful up here this time of year and I’m thinking I might never leave. Speaking of which, anyone looking to sell a cabin?

2) Ugly Apples : It’s apple season right now and most of the apples we’re eating come straight off a tree we’ve found on a quiet country road. (See: Free apples.) I’m not used to eating fruit this damaged looking, but I swear, the uglier the apple, the better it tastes.

3) Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert : This has always been one of my favorite Bob Dylan “things,” but it’s taken on a whole new life while blasting in my ears on morning runs down Ranger Road. First disc is acoustic, second is electric. He’s just as good at both, but the plugged-in version of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” might be all you need. I know that Dylan skipped out on Woodstock to play the Isle of Wight, but hell, he sounds just like autumn smells.

+1) Pointer Overalls : I wear these everyday. Not much else to say about that, I guess.

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THE FALL THREE : CHRIS BLACK, DONE TO DEATH PROJECTS. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:47:56 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Lifestylist. Media evangelist. Maker of Words for Young Men. Mastermind behind Done to Death Projects. I’m speaking of Chris Black. Below, Mr. Black’s Fall Three.

1) Clarks Wallabees : I had not worn a Wallabee since high school, but I just got a pair in chestnut suede and have been wearing them everyday. Add yellow socks for the full Wes Anderson look.

2) Palm Springs : I know it’s far from NYC, but Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to escape to once the temperature drops. The houses are beautiful, the sun is always shining and the vibe is just the right amount of weird for me.

3) Mazzy Star – “Seasons of Your Day” : The new Mazzy Star album “Seasons of Your Day” is really good. It took them 17 years to release it but it picks up right where they left off in 1996. “Opiated folk rock” at it’s finest.

+1) “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Currey : This book chronicles the daily rituals of creative legends like Andy Warhol, Charles Darwin, John Updike, Jane Austen, Franz Kafka, Thomas Wolfe and Jean-Paul Sarte. The (sometimes crazy) habits of these great minds make me feel a lot better about my self-imposed, strict life guide lines.

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THE FALL THREE : MAX WASTLER, ALL PLAIDOUT. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:15:22 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Why break from tradition. So in that spirit, it is Max Wastler who is first up, once again, for the fourth annual Fall Three Series. Great friend. All around great guy. Author of All Plaidout and one half of Buckshot Sonny’s, this is Max Wastler’s Fall Three, 2013.
photo x Carolina Mariana

1) Bang Bang Pie Shop Biscuits. Lately, not a day goes by without thinking about these fluffy, salty, warm, and downright delicious biscuits. I’ll take them over any dessert, even pie, any day.

2) Rosemary Roast Chicken. This is the year I take my friend Blake’s advice and learn to properly roast a chicken. I am proficient in the kitchen — following along with a cookbook, what have you — but I’d like to teach myself to roast a chicken perfectly by eyeballing it. That’ll change, and I hope by the holidays to have perfected the art of the roasted chicken.

3) Skiing Colorado with Winter Session in My Dad’s Vuarnets. Recently had these repaired by a guy in Minnesota, and can’t wait to hit the slopes this year with my pals Roy and Tanya at Winter Session.

4) Penrose Brewing. Heading out to Camp Wandawega this weekend for another Good Beer Hunting x Buckshot Sonny’s guy’s weekend. As much as I’m looking forward to jumping into the frosty waters of Lake Wandawega, I’m most looking forward to that first shivery sip of the frothy suds from upstart brewery Penrose out of Geneva, Illinois.

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