What is an “Alpine Start”?
Essentially it means getting up early to reach a goal while objective danger is lower. Many mountains require pre-dawn starts so climbers can move through areas that would be more exposed to rockfall or avalanches during the warmest parts of the day. As such, an “alpine start” is simply a strategy of maximizing your chance of success while managing the inherent risks of climbing mountains. I’ve always found this motivating ideal a worthwhile concept in all walks of life, whether during my military service, climbing, business, or personal. Get up early. Get it done. Get home safe.
Why a blog?
Originally this blog started in 2009 as a simple way to share photos of clients from hundreds of days teaching rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, back-county skiing, and avalanche safety courses for the largest climbing school in the East, Eastern Mountain Sports Schools. These brief trip reports are now found in the Trip Report section. Over time it also became a platform for showcasing some of the best outdoor gear related to those pursuits through product reviews in the “Review Zone“. It has grown to now include a “Skill Zone” featuring some of the best mountain skill advice around. The “Lectures & Courses Zone” highlights the specific skills I teach. A “Supporter Zone” highlights some great outdoor gear companies that have supported this blog in one way or another, and a “Useful Websites Zone” highlights some great resources for planning your next North East mountain adventure.
3 things motivate this blog;
- My desire to share the days I have introducing guests from all walks of life to the benefits of climbing and skiing in the mountains.
- Knowing people like to see and read about our adventures (consider subscribing at the top right!)
- Testing quality outdoor gear in some of the harshest conditions on a regular basis, and sharing what works (and what doesn’t) with my readers. Gear companies that produce items designed for all aspects of mountaineering can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thank both my clients who continue to climb with me and the companies who have been supporting my gear review section for this growth.
David grew up skiing in the White Mountains and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the US Marines and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of the “A” team of Mountain Rescue Service, and an expert instructor at Wilderness Navigation holding seminars for MRS, AMC, TMC, and EMS.
When Dave isn’t out climbing or guiding people on the cliffs, he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, cooking, blogging, and sampling craft beer. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alexander, and daughter Madalena.
You can reach me at email@example.com.