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

Cliff Rappelling

Yesterday I took Dianna and Annie on their first outdoor rappelling adventure in scenic Pinkham Notch for Northeast Mountaineering. The weather was stellar and both of these thrill seekers took multiple rides down the 140 foot west face and the shorter overhanging south side, each time becoming more comfortable with the process and exposure. Here's … Continue reading Cliff Rappelling

Waterfall Rappelling, right before Flash Floods and Tornadoes!

Following Antonio's 16 pitches of climbing on Cathedral I re-scheduled his alpine climbing day to Monday based on the weather forecasts indicating some severe afternoon weather. It was with a little irony that by freeing up that day my boss asked if I could cover a Waterfall Rappelling adventure so he could attend Marc's Guide Manual … Continue reading Waterfall Rappelling, right before Flash Floods and Tornadoes!

16 pitches on Cathedral Ledge!

Yesterday I met Antonio from Madrid, Spain at the Northeast Mountaineering Bunkhouse close to Jackson, NH. Antonio had decades of climbing experience from Yosemite to the Andes & Alps and was super excited to sample some of the granite climbing of New Hampshire. The weather forecast called for rain by 2pm so we wasted no … Continue reading 16 pitches on Cathedral Ledge!

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

Tech Tip: Tying a Munter-Hitch on the carabiner

Following last week's tech tip of how to tie a clove-hitch on a carabiner this week we will look at tying a Munter-Hitch on the carabiner. With any new skill we must answer the "why bother" question. Here's why tying a Munter-Hitch on the carabiner can improve your climbing: The often mentioned "You've dropped your … Continue reading Tech Tip: Tying a Munter-Hitch on the carabiner

Pinnacle in 2 hours! Wilderness Navigation! Rock Climbing Cathedral Ledge!

Two weeks ago I wrote about my personal goal to climb the Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle in under 2 hours car to car after doing it in 2:37. Last Thursday weather and a partner lined up for another attempt. We managed to shave about 10 minutes from the descent and some more time on … Continue reading Pinnacle in 2 hours! Wilderness Navigation! Rock Climbing Cathedral Ledge!