Book Report: To the Edges of the Earth

In 1909, three expeditions set off to capture the world’s four “poles.” An American team led by Robert Peary left hoping that on this attempt he’d finally be the first person to set foot on the North Pole. Another team meanwhile ventured south, intent on planting the English flag on the South Pole and, via…

Surf Station: Almost Spring

With Spring almost here, we’re still trying to get in as much time on skis as we can before the snow melts. We’ve had great recent outings on the Teardrop and Moosilauke, just to name a few. And if images are your jam, check out our new Instragam feed (@thewhitesroom). Here at The Whitesroom we’ve…

QQ Bouldering Project: O Wall

O Wall is my favorite spot to boulder at Quincy Quarries. It’s a small area confined to itself, on the far back side of the Quarry, removed from most of the climbing scene. Straight-ups are about 16-0feet tall and vary in difficulty. The 30-foot Alien Traverse (number 7) is the best. The ratings are Quincy Quarry-ish,…

A Full Body Workout

My feet are in the wrong spot, my body position sucks, and my balance gets even iffier every time I take a stroke with this too-short paddle. My time on this wave is limited—in a few moments I’ll be off the board, floating in the runout downstream. But for now I’m having a blast. It’s…

Quincy Quarry Bouldering Project

When I started rock climbing, my gear consisted of a pair purple 5.10 Spires. Eager to climb, but lacking any other equipment, I bouldered. My first “real” problem: a 50 foot traverse from a small but solid stance in a cave on what I later learned was Quincy Quarry’s “N Wall.” Since those early days,…

Surf Station: School Vacation

We’ve had a busy week at The Whites Room. Mickey lead off with a dual sport gear list for winter riding in Southern New England. Up next, Tim and I did a piece about skinning at Magic Mountain. It’s one of Vermont’s most-uphill friendly resorts because of its skin one, ride one policy. If you…

Book Report: One Man’s Wilderness

The first 100 pages of One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey always make me so happy. It’s about a man (Dick Proenneke), building a cabin from mostly natural materials, living his dream in the wilds of Alaska. It doesn’t get much better than that. Crafted from Proenneke’s journals of his 18-month odyseey, Sam Keith’s One…

Pedaling With Mickey: A Day on the Bay Circuit Trail

Less than 15 minutes from Mickey’s house and we’re already lost. The directions made this intersection seem easy: exit Borderland State Park on the Rockland Street Trail, turn left onto “Rockland St. for 0.1 miles,” and then take a right onto “a woodland trail.” A Bay Circuit Trail marker, designating the turn from the road into the…

What’s Up With Tim?

Dear Reven, Thanks for the cute picture of Tim and Nellie that you texted on Xmas Eve. It’s a fantastic shot of a man and his new best friend. But looking at the picture got me wondering—since when has Tim liked dogs? The last thing I remember is him threatening that poor lady at Lincoln Woods…

Red Rock Reflections, Part 2

I wrote the other day about what we climbed during a recent trip to Red Rock. With the climbing summarized, here are a few more post-trip reflections. 1. Desert Approaches are Deceptive. Having spent most of my adult life hiking in the Northeast, I have a pretty good sense of how long it will take…