Swing leading or leading in blocks?(And Giveaway)

For many breaking into the multi-pitch rock climbing world swing leading seems to still be the default method of moving the rope up a climb when the two climbing partners are of relatively similar experience. Indeed this was my go-to option for my first decade of multi-pitch experience. It was in 2006 that I picked … Continue reading Swing leading or leading in blocks?(And Giveaway)

Sendember and Rocktober!

These two months are easily my favorite months to get out rock climbing and while Fall is historically a slower time for rock guiding in the Northeast it's one of the best times to get out and climb! The cliffs are quieter, the black-flies and mosquitoes are long gone, and the cool temps and lower … Continue reading Sendember and Rocktober!

Review- 50 Non-Textbook Anchors I Trusted My Life To, by Mark Smiley (IFMGA Guide)

Last week Mark Smiley released an online learning course focused on building anchors for traditional and alpine rock climbing. If you are following this blog Mark probably doesn't need an introduction as his name is quite well known in the industry, but if by some chance you haven't heard of Mark here's a quick recap … Continue reading Review- 50 Non-Textbook Anchors I Trusted My Life To, by Mark Smiley (IFMGA Guide)

Do you need to back-up your tie-in knot?

The short answer is no. I recall reading an article in a popular climbing magazine about a decade ago where an IMFGA guide was encouraging climbers to stop "backing up" their tie-in knot. While the logic in the article was quite sound tying "back-up" knots above your standard Figure Eight Follow Through is still somewhat … Continue reading Do you need to back-up your tie-in knot?

Safety Academy Lab Rock- A free digital training platform for alpine climbing

This is my second year on the Ortovox Athlete Team and it has been so awesome representing such a top tier outdoor clothing and gear company. As an avalanche educator I've relied on Ortovox beacons and shovels for almost a decade and over the last two years I've discovered the difference between run-of-the-mill outdoor clothing … Continue reading Safety Academy Lab Rock- A free digital training platform for alpine climbing

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!

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