Book Report: Alpine Warriors

I read a lot of mountaineering books, so much so, that it’s rare for me to find a climbing book that I haven’t read in a store. Even when I stumble across a new book, it’s often about a climb or climbers that I have previously read about—which leaves even new-to-me books feeling old. Because…

Book Report: Deep Powder & Steep Rock

I thought I knew a lot about the life of heli-skiing pioneer Hans Gmoser, having first read about him in Topher Donahue’s book Bugaboo Dreams. However, after reading Deep Powder & Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser by Chick Scott, I now recognize that I only knew a small part of the picture, as Deep…

Book Report: French Revolutions

Did you love Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods? Where you particularly attracted to the light-hearted way Bryson blended outdoor/adventure writing with travel and history? If so, you have to read Tim Moore’s book French Revolutions.  In French Revolutions, Moore sets out to ride the entire route of the Tour de France, albeit in a fashion more…

New Year, New Lesson, Old Trip

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve skinned and skied Mount Tecumseh but if I had to guess I would say over 20 and under 50. Despite my numerous adventures on Mount Tecumseh, I still find myself being educated by the journey to the mountain’s summit and the trip down the ski resort’s slopes,…

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…

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…

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…

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…