For the majority of the winter I have been touring in the Ortovox Tour Rider 30. Ultimately it's a well thought out design that rides well but it did have a couple small quirks I'll share in my review. As always let's start with the manufacture description and specs before digging into the details. Description … Continue reading Gear Review- Ortovox Tour Rider 30 Backpack
This winter I extensively tested 3 of the best lightweight climbing skins available. Each skin was tested in variable conditions from super cold snow (-11 degrees Celsius) to Spring corn (0 degrees Celsius). Testing included steep skinning up to 30 degrees head on to kick turning up 40 degree terrain. Most testing occurred on Mount Washington … Continue reading Gear Review: Climbing Skins
A few days ago I returned from an amazing ski trip to the Tröllaskagi peninsula in northern Iceland. Six days of ski touring was more than enough to make me fall in love with this amazing country and I cannot wait to return! I'd like to share some tips for planning your own backcountry ski trip to … Continue reading Travel Guide- Ski Touring in Iceland
A new pair of skis arrived on Friday just in time for the last avalanche course of the season! I wanted to put together a setup that would crush uphill performance (be insanely light) but also give me enough control for decent downhill performance. While I've only had one tour on this kit it was … Continue reading Gear Preview- New Touring Set-up!
The last weekend of winter provided one of the most spectacular 3 days of higher summits weather I have ever seen in March! Blue skis and almost non-existent wind led to some really enjoyable ski touring on Mount Washington during our second-to-last American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) course. Day One We kicked … Continue reading AIARE 1 Avalanche Course and hello Spring!
What a week it has been! This time last Wednesday I was just topping out the classic hard line Repentance on Cathedral Ledge with my old friend Tom and new friend and fellow Northeast Mountaineering guide Jordan. The route was in excellent shape and felt a few degrees easier than when I first climbed it … Continue reading Repentance, Black Dike, Ice Fest, Avy Course!
Here we go! While some providers have run a couple courses already we just completed our very first one of the season yesterday and it was epic! A new venue, classroom tech, on-site lodging, awesome students, and great snow all led to a fantastic 3 days! Having a professional photographer along for our Ski Tour … Continue reading AIARE Avalanche Course 1-6-17 to 1-8-17