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…

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)…

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…

Surf Station: Mid-Summer Check-In

While everybody’s been hitting the links recently, we’ve been creating them. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to the last couple of months. Read on to get over those Monday morning back-to-work blues. For starters, we’re psyched that our “‘Sup With Island Climbing” piece was featured in the summer issue of Wild…

My Go-To Climbing Gear

Between multiple trips to the Gunks, days clipping bolts at Rumney, and many outings to crag at various cliffs in New Hampshire (Whitehorse, Longstack Precipice, Square Ledge, Echo Crag, and Artists Bluff), Greater Boston (Quincy Quarries, Rattlesnake Rocks, Hammond Pond, and Crow Hill), and Connecticut (Chatfield Hollow), I’ve been climbing a lot this season. Here’s…

Tips For Beating the Heat

  Heat waves suck! Since this one is sticking around for a few more days, here are a few ways to stay active without getting beat by the heat. Go Early or Late There’s an easy solution for those tired of coming home a hot, sweaty mess from mid-day runs or hikes: start earlier. Even…

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…