Cathedral & Whitehorse, Rumney & Huntington Ravine

This past 3 day holiday weekend had me guiding Yu Chih Chieh from Taiwan as he finished up 8 days of climbing instruction. Yu Chih, who goes by Brendan in the US, is in doctorate level program at Brown University in Rhode Island and is a die-hard botanist (and motivated aspiring alpinist). We started the morning … Continue reading Cathedral & Whitehorse, Rumney & Huntington Ravine

EMS® Men’s Feather Pack 800 DownTek™ Hooded Jacket Review

The EMS® Men’s Feather Pack Hooded Jacket was my most anticipated item in last years Fall/Winter line at Eastern Mountain Sports and it returns this year! I was amped to pick it up just in time for a quick alpine climb on Cannon Cliff. Built on the success of last year's Icarus jackets (you remember, the ones that … Continue reading EMS® Men’s Feather Pack 800 DownTek™ Hooded Jacket Review

Sterling Rope Factory Tour

Ever wonder what goes into making your climbing rope? Yesterday I had the opportunity to head over to Sterling Rope in Biddeford, ME with 6 other EMS Guides for a tour of their factory. It is one thing to read a companies credo in a catalog or on their website. It's quite another to experience it … Continue reading Sterling Rope Factory Tour

Lakeview, Cannon Cliff, 20 years later

It was 1994 and I was 16 years old. I had been spending every paycheck I earned after school at the Salem, NH EMS on climbing gear. While cooling off one night at the long since closed Mill City Rock Gym I thumbed through a climbing magazine article titled "Ten under 10- Ten Classic Trad Climbs … Continue reading Lakeview, Cannon Cliff, 20 years later

Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle

Yesterday's weather forecast called for 94 degrees in the valley's. I wanted to climb, but I didn't want to cook, so I called up my old friend Rob to see if he would be in for a morning climb up this classic alpine ridge. He agreed, and asked if his girlfriend Stephanie could join us. While we … Continue reading Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle