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…

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…

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…