My Worst Hike Ever

Originally posted on The Whites Room:
Everest Woman is responsible for my worst hike ever: a December 2007 ascent of the Hancocks in the White Mountains. To this day I have not forgiven her. I was cold. So cold. This is the story. It was December 1, 2007. The forecast read cold. So cold, in…

Red Rock Reflections, Part 1

I recently returned from a fantastic 5-day climbing trip to Red Rock with my friend Josh, who I met during the AMGA Rock Guide Course in North Conway in September. Here’s a quick rundown of what we climbed. Day 1. We climbed Tunnel Vision, a six-pitch route on Angel Food Wall. The chimney on pitch…

Book Report: Disaster at the Pole

If somebody told me that they were going to fly a blimp filled with hydrogen gas to the North Pole and back, I’d question their sanity. But in the mid-1920s, before the Hindenberg explosion in 1937, dirigibles were all the rage. And although Italian airships captained by General Umberto Nobile made it to the top…

Surf Station: Thanksgiving Edition

Now that we’re both back from climbing trips—Tim from a bouldering trip in Alabama and Doug from a Thanksgiving trip to Red Rock—there’s no denying that the holidays are here. Christmas lights are everywhere, the radios waves are blasting Christmas songs, and our inboxes are filled with holiday deals. Our writing reflects it too. We’ve…

My Favorite Mountain Bike Trails of 2018

With the 2018 mountain biking season coming to close, at least for me, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what was a fantastic year of riding. This year one of my main mountain biking goals was to explore more—which meant everything from visiting new trail systems to simply investigating new parts of well-traveled trail…

Tulip Knows Best

At Little Elephant Head in Tompson Street Reservation on Cape Ann, the 5 feels like a 7, the 6 starts like an 8, and the best 7 climbs like a 5. And as Nick and I discovered last weekend when we set off to climb at this obscure Red-Rock-alternative, the routes themselves are really hard to…

Winter Prep

Is winter here already? It sure seems like it. The Black Dike has been climbed. The Sherby and the Cog have been skied. Wildcat and Killington are both open. And while some of our favorite places aren’t quite “in” yet, here’s a few of the things we’re thinking about as we transition from bikes and climbing…

Surf Station: Fall’s Here!

Here one day, gone the next. Between the recent cold snap and the early-season snow, fall in the Northeast seems to have come and gone quickly this year. But despite feeling the squeeze on one of our favorite times of the year—seriously, who doesn’t love Rocktober?—we still managed to post several fall related pieces. One…

Finding the Foliage on New Hampshire’s Mt. Roberts

If you’re looking for a moderate fall hike with amazing foliage and fantastic views of the Lakes Region, you can’t do much better than Mt. Roberts at the Castle in the Clouds Conversation Area near Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Just a 5.2-mile round trip, the hike is family-friendly with moderate elevation gain and comfortable footing. We…

My Favorite Pitches of 2018 (So Far)

Ive been thinking a lot recently about my favorite pitches that I’ve lead in 2018 (so far). There were a bunch of candidates and it was a fun process to whittle down the list. Here’s my top 5, with a few honorable mentions for good measure. Honorable Mentions: While a bunch of climbs were in…