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

Tech Tip- How Not to Fall while Skiing Tuckerman Ravine

With the arrival of April the Spring skiing (and falling) season has started in Tuckerman Ravine. After watching a couple tumble almost 500 feet down "The Lip" yesterday I thought some advice on fall prevention might be prudent. First tip... Timing The snow conditions in Tuckerman Ravine vary greatly this time of year from day … Continue reading Tech Tip- How Not to Fall while Skiing Tuckerman Ravine

How To: “Belaying in the Gym” by PETZL

Petzl is a well known industry leader in climbing gear and safety. When I first started climbing over 20 years ago I looked forward to each annual Petzl catalog for the wealth of technical information they would include, along with some of the most stunning and inspirational photos! I probably learned as much about climbing … Continue reading How To: “Belaying in the Gym” by PETZL

A Year in Review, 2017

As usual New Year's Eve has snuck up on me with uncanny stealth. My general lack of calendar awareness certainly helped with my last minute realization that another year has gone by. What hasn't gone unnoticed is how amazing this year was and I'd like to share some of that here. Employment Without a doubt … Continue reading A Year in Review, 2017

Tech Tip- The Mini-Quad

Originally introduced in the 2006 version of John Long's Climbing Anchors book the "Quad" took a few years to start being adapted by both guides and recreational climbers alike. Now, ten years later, it has really started to gain widespread popularity for the simplified way it can create ERNEST* anchors, especially when building anchors on two … Continue reading Tech Tip- The Mini-Quad

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