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…

Book Report: Valley Walls—A Memoir of Climbing & Living in Yosemite

Beginning with a profile of Alex Honnold featuring him soloing in Yosemite on the popular television show 60 Minutes, and followed a few years later by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson’s dramatic ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Cap, climbing in Yosemite has increased its appeal to an audience outside of core climbers. An audience…

Backpacks, Boulders, and Bribes: The Sugarloaf Trail, NH 2018

Hiking with a four-year-old and a seven-year-old can be exhilarating, educational, and, at times, exhausting—and that’s before you even leave trailhead. Trekking up the Sugarloaf trail in Carroll, NH is a great family hike and a nice way to test out just how ready the troops are for one of the 4,000-footers down the street….

Ricky Bobby & A Reason to Ride

For the past five years, I have ridden my bicycle in the Beth Isreal Deaconess A Reason to Ride—a charity bike ride that raises money for cancer research—in support of my best friend’s wife who is living with, and fighting, brain cancer. In the wake of such an inspiring event, you might think I would feel…

Surf Station: Late-Summer 2018

Last summer, while working with Tim on several goEast pieces about hiking Vermont’s 4,000-footers, I ended up hiking four of the five peaks (Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, Ellen, and Abraham) in a 24-hour period. Having done four so casually, it was only natural to wonder if we could do those four and Killington (Vermont’s fifth 4,000-footer)…

Mountain Biking’s One-Hit Wonders

When I first discovered mountain biking, the bikes were rigid, they stopped via manual rim brakes, and wheels were still just 26 inches. Back then, the idea of vast trail networks like Kingdom Trails, the Carrabassett Valley, and my local system, Bear Brook, was the stuff of dreams. My earliest memory of mountain biking is…

Whitehorse & Cathedral in a Day

Tim, Scott, and I recently had a great day climbing on Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge. We climbed two classic routes—Sliding Board on Whitehorse and Thin Air on Cathedral—in good time, then enjoyed some parking lot beers. While I loved the climbing, I’m pretty sure the post-climb Trilliums made Tim’s day. Here’s the story of our…

Book Report: North

I, like most people, first heard about Scott Jurek from Christopher McDougall’s now-infamous book Born to Run—the incredible story introducing the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyons to the world and some of the most accomplished runners. Since first learning of Scott, he has written and published his own books: Eat and Run, detailing his life…

Passing on Paddling

Dear Luke, Thanks for the paddling invite this weekend. Unfortunately, a Cape SUP outing is not in the cards for me. I know you’ll probably just chalk up my absence to the abysmal Cape traffic, my love-hate relationship with paddling, or the fact that I’m supposed to be training for my upcoming AMGA course. But…