Gear Review- LaSportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes (and Giveaway!)

The LaSportiva Boulder X approach shoes are a rugged and supportive trail shoe best suited for rough trails and heavy loads. This past summer I received a pair to review and have since put about 80 miles on them and am ready to share my opinion on them. Buy on Amazon Buy on Backcountry Buy … Continue reading Gear Review- LaSportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes (and Giveaway!)

Book Review- Where You’ll Find Me; Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova

Last week I caught a program on NHPR's Exchange centered on this high profile 2015 White Mountain climber fatality. My connection to this story started with a Mountain Rescue Service call-out on the late afternoon of February 15th, 2015 when I was driving home from teaching an AIARE Avalanche Course. My commitments to the on-going … Continue reading Book Review- Where You’ll Find Me; Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova

Whitehorse Ledge and Self-Rescue

I spent the last two days with Katie and Chris, a couple from Mass who are quickly becoming more and more proficient in their climbing. Earlier this summer we spent a day together working on building quality top-rope anchors so that they could hit their local MA crags in style and this weekend they returned … Continue reading Whitehorse Ledge and Self-Rescue

Family Rock Climbing

Yesterday was one of the most fun guiding days as I got to introduce 3 amazing kiddos to their first outdoor rock climbing experience. David, their father, had considerable previous climbing experience but was coming off a long hiatus and thought a guided trip might be the best way to get the kiddos climbing on … Continue reading Family Rock Climbing

Rumney, Whitney-Gilman, Pinnacle!

I hope everyone is out there enjoying the best rock climbing weather of the year! Yesterday I finished three solid days of guiding for Northeast Mountaineering starting with a fun Friday at Rumney Rocks with Jennifer. Rumney Rocks Jennifer used to rock and ice climb all over the west before moving East and focusing on … Continue reading Rumney, Whitney-Gilman, Pinnacle!

Gear Review- AeroPress Coffee Maker and MSR WindBurner Stove

Tomorrow is National Coffee Day (September 29th) and I thought I'd share some thoughts on my most essential coffee related piece of gear, the AeroPress, along with a look at MSR's newest high performance personal stove system, the MSR WindBurner. So grab a cup of Joe, sit back, and let's start by talking coffee. AeroPress … Continue reading Gear Review- AeroPress Coffee Maker and MSR WindBurner Stove

Improved Belay Check

A tragic rock climber fatality this past weekend at a crag in Vermont has motivated this post. The exact events leading up to the accident are still not public but what is clear is the young woman fell 90 feet while trying to descend, presumably while being lowered. UPDATE 9/22/2017: An official summary of the … Continue reading Improved Belay Check