Book Review- Where You’ll Find Me; Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova

Last week I caught a program on NHPR's Exchange centered on this high profile 2015 White Mountain climber fatality. My connection to this story started with a Mountain Rescue Service call-out on the late afternoon of February 15th, 2015 when I was driving home from teaching an AIARE Avalanche Course. My commitments to the on-going … Continue reading Book Review- Where You’ll Find Me; Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova

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

What’s ahead for North East Alpine Start?

While it has been a little quiet here since the winter guiding season wound down I've been quite busy on numerous projects that you might be interested in. The first of which is researching and writing an article for an adventure magazine launching this summer, Wild Northeast. The hook of this piece is highlighting some … Continue reading What’s ahead for North East Alpine Start?

Avalanche in The Chute, 1/17/2016

Our last day of our American Institute of Avalanche Research & Education Course ended with one of the most powerful experiences one can experience in avalanche education. A climber triggered an avalanche that caught and carried 4 climbers and 1 skier 800 feet down a 45 degree slope only a few feet a way from … Continue reading Avalanche in The Chute, 1/17/2016

Should you use a Smartphone for Wilderness Navigation?

Let's preference this discussion with the acknowledgement that this is a very opinionated and multi-faceted topic.  My own opinions in the last 10 years have swung the pendulum from "Absolutely not" to "Well... maybe". In this post I attempt to debunk some of the outdated info that still permeates many experienced wilderness travelers opinions and offer … Continue reading Should you use a Smartphone for Wilderness Navigation?