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When we founded Huckberry in our apartments almost three years ago, we never imagined the incredible community it would spawn.

And while we've always endeavored to inspire our readers to lead more active and adventurous lives, we've always believed that a Jedi draws its strength from the Force. You guys are Huckberry. We're just the stewards.

Shelter: Hidden Cabin

This cabin looks old, dilapidated, and crumbling. But wait ’til you see the inside.

Chances are pretty high that you have never been to Linescio. A micro-village nestled in the foothills of Switzerland; it covers only two and a half square miles and is home to less than a hundred people. Even more obscure is the architectural endeavor of Buchner Brundler—who decided to repurpose one of village’s dilapidated homes into their idea of a modern minimalistic summer home.

Ignoring the visual aesthetic of the exterior, which consists of 200-year-old stone masonry, the architects’ vision was to breath new life into the home by giving its interior a complete revamp. Unconventional, to be sure, this space transformed from a humble shelter to a contemporary experiment in architecture.

Quit Your Job And Travel

Or, at least, that’s what photographer Shane Black did, and he hasn’t regretted it one bit.

Last summer Shane Black and a few friends took a tour around the US, camping, taking incredible photographs, and teaching workshops in select cities. He gives a play-by-play account of his travels, below:

Many people dream of quitting their jobs to spend some time traveling, but this past summer, two friends and I turned that dream into a reality. We all left our jobs of 6 years and spent July and August traveling across the US. We taught photography workshops along the way and were able to see the beautiful sights that this country has to offer.

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Ansel Adams' B-Sides

A discovery of 226 Ansel Adams photographs from the National Archives vault.

In 1941 the National Park Service commissioned noted photographer Ansel Adams to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. The theme was to be nature as exemplified and protected in the U.S. National Parks. The project was halted because of World War II and never resumed.  - archives.gov

Since freshman year of college I’ve had three photographs of Ansel Adams hanging in my room: The Mount McKinley Range—veiled in gauzy clouds with stark white glaciers running down black rocks, The Face of Half Dome—sheer, sweeping, with a dramatic dark to light contrast from top to bottom, and a Think Different ad, by Apple, of Adams on the California coast, standing behind his large frame camera.

They’ve been a source of quiet inspiration over the years, and they made an early and high mark for an austere aesthetic in landscape photography. The images of Adams always landed, for me, as “regal.”

DIVERSIONS: March 21, 2014

From Bracketology breakdown to winter surfing in NE, this week’s Diversions has it all.

1. BRACKETOLOGY: Hoops is a number's game, use these stats (and science) to crush your bracket. / FiveThirtyEight

2. A SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH: We can now see to the beginning of time. Can't wait to see how this plays out. / New Yorker


Cobra Rock Boots

There’s a six month wait, but for handcrafted boots tough as Texas—it’s worth it.

The stretches of desert and other subjects that make up a great deal of Logan Caldbeck’s photography are a great snapshot into her community; hunters wearing camouflage and sporting rifles, taxidermy ducks hanging from the ceiling with wings outstretched, barbed wire fencing protecting livestock from themselves…it goes on, but we're interested in something else, something storied, something other: the boots.

There’s no point to making a boot by hand just to see it fall apart. And in the land of Marfa, Texas, there's a constant reminder that utilitarianism always wins in the end—the dirt outside the doors of Cobra Rock Boot Company is tough leather testing grounds.

Tastemaker: Russell Greene

A locker room chat with the FIT Radio Founder, talking gear and tunes for the workout.

We caught up with FIT Radio founder, Russell Greene, to hear his top picks from our shop. If you’re privy to the FIT Radio, it’s our new favorite workout music app. The mixes are all based on BPM, so you can choose your rhythm per your exercise.

And, FIT Radio's focused on the user perks: there’s no commercials, the songs blend seamlessly one into the next (no music gaps), and the mixes are put together by professional DJs. We’re sold.

Huckberry x Mixed Nuts

The curious wonders of Mixed Nuts blend together in a land of eclectic cool.

Between the Kung Foo Studio and the Barking Lot, on Balboa, down the street from Shanghai Dumpling King and Cassava Bakery, there’s a peculiar shop spilling out on the street. It’s got a garage sale vibe.

“Hunter meets gatherer,” says Brandon Clark, one part of the Mixed Nuts trio (along with Jon Rolston and Anthony Williamson). Inside the shop there’s a vintage gas pump, a massive beer stein, and a frame made from cardboard, meticulously cut to fit the features of the girl it encases. That last one came from San Quentin.


A Neutrino Carabiner, Lucky Rhino, and Jack Wolfskin are kings of this dump.

Drop what your carrying, organize it into right angles, zoom out, snap a pic, and share. That's your Pocket Dump. Every week, we'll curate a selection of the best EDC pocket dumps from our friends at Everyday Carry

There's a few links to our favorite products in the dump, and then a link to see the whole lineup. Enjoy, and carry on.

Time Capsules of Glass

Ron Henggeler is a forager, urban adventurer, collector, and the most local of artisans.

After the 2013 wildfire on California’s Mt. Diablo, Ron Henggeler felt compelled to arrive on the scene to scoop up a gallon of cinders, charred chaparral and a blackened discarded soda can. The sooty remnants are preserved in an industrial sized olive jar, one of over a thousand of what Hengeller, an eccentric historian and photographer, calls his “kachina jars” after the Hopi Indian word for spirit.

Henggeler delights in his role as San Francisco’s amateur archaeologist. In his house in the Historic Alamo Square Area, bits of Gold Rush-era porcelain fill a jar next to another of early 20th century bottle fragments unearthed when a utility company was laying pipe.

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