Best Gear Deals for Climbers (Backcountry)

While I'm not super excited about how commercialized our holidays have become I do get stoked on seeing big discounts on gear that I own and love. I subscribe to quite a few gear companies emails and I'm combing them all for the best upcoming sales on specific items I have either reviewed or would … Continue reading Best Gear Deals for Climbers (Backcountry)

ESAW re-cap and Ice Season has started!

The official start to winter may be over a month away but for many of us in the Northeast the proverbial snowball is rolling now! This past weekend is when I flip the switch from Fall rock climbing to thinking a lot about snow and ice starting with attending the 7th annual Eastern Snow and … Continue reading ESAW re-cap and Ice Season has started!

Part 3: Disappointment Cleaver, Mount Rainier

Part 3 of this three part Cascade climbing series will cover climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route on Mount Rainier. Part 3: The Disappointment Cleaver, Mount Rainier Part 1: Fisher Chimney’s, Mount Shuksan Part 2: The West Ridge, Forbidden Peak Part 3: Disappointment Cleaver, Mount Rainier Getting There/Lodging To finish off our hat trick of Cascade … Continue reading Part 3: Disappointment Cleaver, Mount Rainier

Part 2: The West Ridge of Forbidden Peak

Part 2 of this three part Cascade climbing series will cover The West Ridge of Forbidden Peak. Part 2: The West Ridge of Forbidden Peak Part 1: Fisher Chimney’s, Mount Shuksan Part 2: The West Ridge, Forbidden Peak Part 3: Disappointment Cleaver, Mount Rainier After our successful summit of Mount Shuksan via the Fisher Chimney's … Continue reading Part 2: The West Ridge of Forbidden Peak

Part 1 Cascades Climbing Trip: Fisher Chimney’s, Mount Shuksan

A week ago I returned from a two week climbing trip in the Cascades of Washington State and ticked off three classic climbs. While I've had amazing climbing trips to Colorado, Nevada, and California this most recent trip has likely become my most memorable. I'll share a trip report, GPS track, detailed gear list, pics … Continue reading Part 1 Cascades Climbing Trip: Fisher Chimney’s, Mount Shuksan

Tying an Auto-Locking Munter Hitch

Continuing my almost weekly Tuesday (not always Tuesday) Tech Tip series this week I'm sharing how to build the Auto-Locking Munter (ALM) hitch. In last weeks post I shared how to tie a Munter Hitch (MH) directly onto a carabiner, a skill useful for any climber. This skill is a little more specialized and its … Continue reading Tying an Auto-Locking Munter Hitch

Mountain Guide Manual Clinic

Since my copy arrived this past May I've been steadily devouring the massive amount of information contained in Marc Chauvin and Rob Coppolillo's recently published book, The Mountain Guide Manual: The Comprehensive Reference- From Belaying to Rope Systems and Self-Rescue. This past Wednesday I attended one of Marc Chauvin's Mountain Guide Manual Clinic's; the first of three … Continue reading Mountain Guide Manual Clinic