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Did the Australians Have the Tiki Idol?

September 17th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Chris Broughton of Crash Bandit Photography took our Expedition notebooks on a trip to Guatemala. He writes:

I just wanted to thank you for making such a great notebook. It was great for writing down all the names, places and minor details I almost always forget. But another great thing it did was help me catch tarantulas when they got into people’s rooms. This guy here was captured out of the Australians’ room. You’d think they’d deal better, haha.

We thank you for the photo, Chris, especially Michele, whose love for arachnids is well-known. We suspect we’ll be hearing from some Australians soon. “That’s not a spider, THIS is a spider” kinda stuff.

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Field Notes In Action:

Write of the Living Dead

September 16th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

Design Rangers tipped us off that we might want to take a look at Nerf’s new Target-exclusive Zombie Strike toys:


Michele headed over to Target and found the Nerfery in question. Aside from being pretty awesome in general (who doesn’t need a polyurethane foam machete?), the packaging features a familiar kraft-paper notebook on the back!


We’re not sure who to thank over at Nerf, but we’re glad to see FIELD NOTES employed in the war on the undead, and please excuse me, because, uhm, an important project just came whizzing past my face and I need to retaliate.

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Field Trip:

Kern This

July 31st, 2013 by Jim Coudal

Watching Aaron adjust analog letter-spacing is a thing of beauty. He’s prepping our booth at The Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City. Michele and Bryan are there this week too, so stop by the Pavilions area and say hello if you’re walking the floor. Our Expedition Editions, Space Pens and everything else are ready for your shelves.

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Field Notes In Action:

A Cameo in London’s National Portrait Gallery

July 10th, 2013 by Jim Coudal


We just received a note from dedicated Field Note user John Pull. Last time we heard from John, he on a field project among native Mayans in Guatemala’s Ixil Triangle. This letter was a bit different.

I find myself in the unexpected position of having brought Field Notes to London’s National Portrait Gallery. My friend Humphrey Ocean has painted me several times, and one of my sittings (clean-shaven, post-Guatemala) is on display through September 1st at his NPG show “A Handbook of Modern Life.”

On seeing the painting several friends have said, “That’s a Field Notes in your shirt pocket!” They’re right. I thought the detail was too subtle to mention but they’ve made me promise to let you know.

That’s not too subtle for us, thanks John.

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Field Notes In Action:

Following Scott

June 28th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

We’ll have lots more to say about this as it gets closer, but here’s a great article at Sidetracked by Ben Saunders on how and why he’s mounting The Scott Expedition, an 1,800-mile polar journey on foot. We’re proud to be supporting Ben and even prouder that our Expedition Edition is going along with him.

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Colors · Field Trip:

“It’s So Bright and Clear That it Feels Like You Can Practically Walk Out on the Milky Way.”

June 19th, 2013 by Steve Delahoyde


When we were coming up with ideas for what to put together for a short film for the Night Sky Edition, we ran into a couple of issues: First, we’re in Chicago, which is a very large, well-lit city, something that isn’t generally conducive to capturing the infinite vastness of space (on a cloudless night, even a ways out in the country, you’re lucky to see even half a dozen stars). Second, how do you try and capture said impressive vastness? While we thought it all through, we made two determinations: clearly, we needed to go somewhere dark, and maybe we didn’t necessarily need to be constrained by the “short” in short film.


The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can’t see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time.



The story of how this all came to be, is below.
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Field Notes In Action:

What Has It Got in Its Pocketses?

March 28th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

“This had become an absolutely vital part of my Every Day Carry.” Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, empties his pockets on the latest episode of the video podcast and describes what he keeps with him at all times. Check at the four-minute mark where he reveals he’s currently rocking the National Crop Edition “Hay” memo-book and the Matte Black Field Notes Space Pen. Thanks a million for that. Here’s the site. Bookmark that, it’s always full of cool stuff.

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Field Notes In Action:

Hoorn, Bodeee, Whls…

March 27th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell

steeringBill Boudewyns of Minneapolis, MN sent us this lovely photo:

My 6 y/o son took his chance to use your notebook for making a list of items needed to build a car. “No, Dad. A real car!”

It surely says nothing of Mr. Boudewyns’ driving habits that his son considers the horn to be the foundation of an automobile.

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Field Notes In Action:

In a Tent, with Houses

February 18th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


We love being surprised when our notebooks show up unexpectedly. Michele was skimming Pitchfork the other day, and clicked on the gorgeous, dramatic video for “The Beauty Surrounds” by the band Houses, who recently relocated from our sunny Chicago to the barren wastelands of Los Angeles.

We asked Houses’ Dexter Tortoriello how he uses FIELD NOTES, and how they ended up in the video:

I carry a Field Notes notebook everywhere as a sort of daily place to jot things down, collect pieces of paper, press flowers etc… I’ve filled quite a few and have them in this small box in my bedroom. When talking about the video, we had decided to use a mix of things actually personal to us as well as some real props to set up the shots. The notebooks were special to me, so I brought them. I felt that they fit the concept of the video really well and I had actually drawn out a lot of the shots for the video inside them.

I use Field Notes as a sort of safety net. I don’t always trust technology with important things. There’s something really comforting about keeping a notebook and knowing that the contents aren’t going anywhere unless you want them to. For touring, I’ll usually paste in maps of areas where I’ll be as well as embassy information, close family and friends’ phone numbers, and vital information at the start of the book. Everything after that is open for writing, notes, drawings… whatever, really.

“The Beauty Surrounds” is available now on iTunes.

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Field Notes In Action:

Alpine Expedition

January 31st, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Stephan Mantler is a professional photographer based in Austria, specializing in outdoor and adventure sports. Stephan uses Field Notes to keep track of his assignments, travel, and to, erm, take notes… in the field. Our new weatherproof Expedition Field Notes came in handy when he traveled to Martigny, Austria for the ISMF ski mountaineering race on assignment for the German and Austrian national teams and a major sponsor (see Stephan’s ISMF Alpiniski 2013 photos). Here’s his report:

On Friday there was a sprint race, in which athletes qualify in individual time trials for subsequent heats. My Field Notes contained the bib numbers and individual start times of the athletes I needed to cover, so I always knew when to have the camera ready for the next athlete and when I’d have enough time to change my position on the course or check up on the two GoPro cameras I had mounted on the course. These cameras were running in time lapse mode, so I took note of the start time to have an estimate on when to replace batteries or memory cards. After qualifications I also kept track on which athletes were assigned to which subsequent heats all the way to the finals.


The individual race followed on Saturday. Individuals are always a bit more involved, because the best photo spots aren’t easily accessible unless you can score a helicopter ride (it happens, but not this time). So I checked the course maps for potential locations (and shortcuts, to catch the athletes twice or even three times), and talked to the trainers on the day before to have an estimate on when the athletes would be coming through. Of course this all was taken down in the Field Notes again and provided valuable reference information in the field, ensuring that I had ample time to explore a few potential angles before the lead athletes arrived. One of the guys I need to cover usually comes through in the lead or top three, so it’s essential I’m all settled in and ready to shoot as they arrive.

The weekend was a fairly typical assignment; driving a total of 2200km (1,350 miles) in four days, covering two races in alpine conditions, editing and transmitting photos at night with little sleep in between means my tolerance for bullshit products is really low. I love the things that I can rely on, and Field Notes is one of them. I’ve come to prefer the durable Expedition Field Notes, because you don’t end up with soaked, smeared and torn pages when things are a little rough. And they always are when you’re an adventure sports photographer at 2500m elevation.

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