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 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 Northeast 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 has devoted his entire adult life to climbing – pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an Ortovox Team Athlete, an expert gear tester at the Gear Institute, an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
You can reach me at email@example.com.