Whitehorse Ledge and Self-Rescue

I spent the last two days with Katie and Chris, a couple from Mass who are quickly becoming more and more proficient in their climbing. Earlier this summer we spent a day together working on building quality top-rope anchors so that they could hit their local MA crags in style and this weekend they returned … Continue reading Whitehorse Ledge and Self-Rescue

Family Rock Climbing

Yesterday was one of the most fun guiding days as I got to introduce 3 amazing kiddos to their first outdoor rock climbing experience. David, their father, had considerable previous climbing experience but was coming off a long hiatus and thought a guided trip might be the best way to get the kiddos climbing on … Continue reading Family Rock Climbing

Rumney, Whitney-Gilman, Pinnacle!

I hope everyone is out there enjoying the best rock climbing weather of the year! Yesterday I finished three solid days of guiding for Northeast Mountaineering starting with a fun Friday at Rumney Rocks with Jennifer. Rumney Rocks Jennifer used to rock and ice climb all over the west before moving East and focusing on … Continue reading Rumney, Whitney-Gilman, Pinnacle!

Gear Review- AeroPress Coffee Maker and MSR WindBurner Stove

Tomorrow is National Coffee Day (September 29th) and I thought I'd share some thoughts on my most essential coffee related piece of gear, the AeroPress, along with a look at MSR's newest high performance personal stove system, the MSR WindBurner. So grab a cup of Joe, sit back, and let's start by talking coffee. AeroPress … Continue reading Gear Review- AeroPress Coffee Maker and MSR WindBurner Stove

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

Gear Review: Cassin X-Dream Ice Axe

The leaves are starting to turn high in our notches so I find myself starting to anticipate another great ice climbing season in the Northeast. Last season I had the opportunity to demo the CAMP/Cassin X-Dream Ice Axes and while I shared my positive impressions of them with dozens of climbing partners I never got … Continue reading Gear Review: Cassin X-Dream Ice Axe

Gear Review- Black Diamond Alpine Softshell Pants

I've been wearing the Black Diamond Alpine Softshell pants almost daily for the last 5 months and have been really happy with their performance. A true three season pant I've worn them on sunny low 70's days rock climbing on Whitehorse Ledge, blustery Mount Washington ascents (including my two hour car to car of Pinnacle), … Continue reading Gear Review- Black Diamond Alpine Softshell Pants

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

Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge Rock Climbing

Yesterday I had the pleasure of introducing David and his daughter Nicole to rock climbing in Echo Lake State Park. We started our morning over at the sweeping granite slabs of Whitehorse Ledge. After some ground school we climbed 4 pitches to Lunch Ledge then rappelled back to the deck. After a scenic lunch a … Continue reading Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge Rock Climbing