Gear Review: Black Diamond ATC Pilot Belay Device

The new Black Diamond ATC Pilot is an impressive addition to the growing number of "brake assisting" belay devices on the market. What it is From Black Diamond: The lightweight Black Diamond ATC Pilot represents an advance in technology for the world of assisted braking devices. Providing an added level of security to your belay, … Continue reading Gear Review: Black Diamond ATC Pilot Belay Device

Gear Review: Petzl Boreo Climbing Helmet

The new Petzl Boreo helmet is a super protective rugged great value choice that replaces the long loved Petzl Elios helmet in Petzl's award winning helmet line. How we tested We tested this media sample while sport climbing at Rumney, NH, cragging at various cliffs in Mount Washington Valley, and multi-pitch climbing on Cathedral and … Continue reading Gear Review: Petzl Boreo Climbing Helmet

Kids Climb Free! Auto Road Alpine Climbing!

I'm excited to announce two new programs at Northeast Mountaineering! First is a summer long promotion we are running where kids climb for free with a paying adult! Kids Climb Free! This is an awesome way to make a Family Rock Climbing Day an affordable adventure! Normally the rates would look like this for this … Continue reading Kids Climb Free! Auto Road Alpine Climbing!

Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Dad

Father's Day is this coming weekend so today is the day to lock down that gift for the outdoor Dad in your life. Here are nine hand-picked gifts that this outdoor dad would be stoked to get! Trigger Point The Grid Foam Roller $39.95 One of the highest rated foam rollers out there, The Grid … Continue reading Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Dad

Gear Review- Hyperlite Mountain Gear “The Shell” Jacket

Last year Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) released their first entry into the high end ultra-light outerwear market with the intrepidly named brow-raising jacket, "The Shell". Already well known for their ultralight backpacks and shelters made from expensive but high performance fabrics this level of design in a piece of clothing was sure to turn heads … Continue reading Gear Review- Hyperlite Mountain Gear “The Shell” Jacket

Gear Review- Five Ten Access Knit Approach Shoes

The Five Ten Access Knit approach shoes are a stylish super breathable cross over between casual kicks and performance approach shoes. I've been testing a pair on trails and climbs for two months now and will share my impressions in this review. First the manufacturer details and specifications. Buy from Adidas (Five Ten), Backcountry or REI Manufacturer … Continue reading Gear Review- Five Ten Access Knit Approach Shoes

GrandyOats Granola Review- And Contest!

Honestly I've never been a fan of granola, GORP (Good Ole' Raisins and Peanuts), or trail mix preferring an eclectic mix of cured meats, hard cheeses, left over Flatbread, and home-made trail sushi. That is to say until I met some folks from GrandyOats during this past April's Wild Corn event. They handed me a sample … Continue reading GrandyOats Granola Review- And Contest!

PSA: Rappel Tree on Sea of Holes No More

Yesterday I climbed Sea of Holes on Whitehorse Ledge with my good friend Benny. As he made the moves past the bolt on the fourth pitch he quickly realized that we would not be doing the original 5.7 finish. The large pine tree that served as the anchor for the end of Sea of Holes … Continue reading PSA: Rappel Tree on Sea of Holes No More

Memorial Day Week = Best Deals on Climbing, Skiing, and Hiking Gear this Week!

Most of my friends know I am a total gear junkie! It goes with the territory for an online gear tester. I subscribe to almost all the online retailers and manufacturers I like so I can stay informed over both exciting new gear releases and the best times to shop. Turns out Memorial Day week … Continue reading Memorial Day Week = Best Deals on Climbing, Skiing, and Hiking Gear this Week!

Wilderness Navigation

This past weekend I took three students on a field trip to practice skills we had learned in evening classroom sessions the week prior as part of the MWV Career & Technical Center Adult Education Program. This comprehensive 8 hour course goes far beyond a basic map & compass skills clinic. Classroom sessions cover such … Continue reading Wilderness Navigation