Norris Reservation: A Hidden Gem in Greater Boston

Searching for a kid-friendly hike in the Greater Boston area, but aren’t quite sure where to go? Well, check out the Norris Reservation, a 129-acre Trustees of the Reservations property situated along the North River in Norwell. The hiking is easy, the scenery is great, and the kiddos will love it. Mine definitely did! Among…

The Expanding Kingdom

It’s hard to believe that it’s been roughly 15 years since I made my first trip to Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. In fact, it’s been so long that I can’t even remember how I came to learn about how this sleepy town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom that was reinventing itself as a mountain…

How to Wash a Climbing Rope

The last several weeks at Tuesday Night Climbing, I’ve gotten an earful about how “dirty” my climbing ropes are. Of course, the earfuls were well-deserved as my ropes were, to put it mildly, dirty. The key word there though is were, as earlier this week I decided to solve the problem. I washed the ropes….

Building a Better Boulderer, Not Person

Over ten years ago, I was wandering around the Boulder Natural Area of Pawtuckaway State Park, somewhat lost and most certainly confused, in search of any problems on which I stood a chance of success when I first met Ron. He was an older gentleman, slight of build, with a beard, a ponytail, and everything…

An Introduction to Top Roping

Climbers looking to start climbing on their own outside often have two common questions: how do I build a top rope anchor and what equipment is required to set up a top rope? Although there are many ways to build an anchor for top roping, my preferred method is to use a static line to…

Luke’s Guide to Spring Paddling

With the water finally warming up, it’s time to start thinking about open water paddling again. Follow these simple steps before you get in the water, while you’re on the water, and when you get home for an A+ start to the paddling season. Pre-Trip Planning The day before—and again in the morning while waiting…

Surf Station 5/4/18

The seasons are changing and so have our writing topics. Over on goEast, we’ve switched gears from snow and ice to rock climbing, peak bagging, and mountain biking. Some of our recent pieces covered how to take your climbing from gym to crag, three New Hampshire 4,000 footers that everyone avoids (but really should be…

Rediscovering that Rumney Rocks

Last winter, I committed myself to rock climbing. I bought books like The Self Coached Climber and The Rock Climber’s Training Manual, developed a training plan, devoted my time to going to the climbing gym, and even focused on trying to make my weaknesses strengths (I still can’t crimp, by the way). All of this led me…

Spades’ Tips for the First Bike Ride of the Season

It’s riding season, and even though I rode through the winter, others among us—like Doug—are just cleaning the cobwebs off their mountain bikes. For Doug, and everyone else like him, here are ten tips to ensure that your first ride of the season comes up aces. 1. This is a great time to check the…

Lesser-Known Traverses of the White Mountains

For the past few years, we’ve been obsessed with trail running, hiking, and backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Put simply, our goal is to get on a ridge line and then pick off as many summits as we can before descending to the car. As we’ve already written about several of our favorites on…

Sometimes Nature Decides for You

I look at my phone’s screen and the message on it from Doug reads, “Ideas for tomorrow?” I’m flummoxed—even the most optimistic version of myself believes the conditions in the backcountry will be icy and a couple of inches of snowfall from the night before will leave the crags too wet for climbing. I reply…

Best Easy Trad Climbs in the Boston Area

On the skin up Moosilauke’s Carriage Road a few weeks ago, one of our friends was asking about routes in the 5.5-5.6 range in the Greater Boston area that he could lead in preparation for his upcoming AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Assessment. Here’s Part 1 of the list we put together for him, with a…