This post originally published in Fall 2016. In Spring of 2017 I added a set of Black Diamond Ultralights to my kit and now with a year of testing it was time to update my findings. New contest for a free cam as well! For the last two decades Black Diamond Camalots have been a mainstay … Continue reading Climbing Cams Comparison Review (and Giveaway!)
Petzl is a well known industry leader in climbing gear and safety. When I first started climbing over 20 years ago I looked forward to each annual Petzl catalog for the wealth of technical information they would include, along with some of the most stunning and inspirational photos! I probably learned as much about climbing … Continue reading How To: “Belaying in the Gym” by PETZL
This past September I was excited to receive the new Cassin Eghen 22 backpack to review. This alpine style pack had won "Editor's Choice 2017" from Climbing Magazine who called it a "super tech summit pack". Indeed this relatively small pack has a long list of features designed with both practicality and convenience in mind. … Continue reading Gear Review: Cassin Eghen 22 Backpack
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
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!
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
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
I've been hoping to test a Mountain Tools pack for a couple of years now and early this summer I finally got my hands on one of this California companies new models, the ultra-light sleek and streamlined Mountain Tools Slipstream Pack. After multiple cragging days on Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges, some fast & light missions … Continue reading Gear Review- Mountain Tools Slipstream Pack
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!
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