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…

Hiking Mt. Pemigewasset

Maybe it was the deer we ran into on the trail. Or maybe it was the views from the summit ledges. Or just maybe it was the sections of trail that tunnel under Route 3 and Interstate 93, where everybody’s voices echoed off the walls. Honestly, it’s hard to say why my kiddos enjoyed hiking…

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…

Rediscovering that Rumney Rocks

Last winter, I committed myself to rock climbing. I bought books like The Self Coached Climber and The Rock Climber’s Training Manual, developed a training plan, devoted my time to going to the climbing gym, and even focused on trying to make my weaknesses strengths (I still can’t crimp, by the way). All of this led me…

Lesser-Known Traverses of the White Mountains

For the past few years, we’ve been obsessed with trail running, hiking, and backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Put simply, our goal is to get on a ridge line and then pick off as many summits as we can before descending to the car. As we’ve already written about several of our favorites on…

Sometimes Nature Decides for You

I look at my phone’s screen and the message on it from Doug reads, “Ideas for tomorrow?” I’m flummoxed—even the most optimistic version of myself believes the conditions in the backcountry will be icy and a couple of inches of snowfall from the night before will leave the crags too wet for climbing. I reply…

Call It A Great Day on Franconia Ridge

Epic views, an exposed ridge, and tagging the summits of two of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers always makes a hike across Franconia Ridge a worthwhile endeavor. Throw in good friends, great weather, a pre-hike breakfast of biscuits and gravy from Sunny Day Diner, and icy cold Moat Mountain Brewing Call It A Day Double IPAs…

Mount Moosilauke Ski Gear List

Skiing Mount Moosilauke’s Carriage Road is a rite of passage for New England backcountry skiers. Never particularly difficult or overly steep, and listed in David Goodman’s seminal book Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast: 50 Classic Ski Tours in New England and New York, Moosilauke is often one of the first places that newer backcountry…