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: 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)…

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…

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…

Skiing On Moose’s Carriage Road

With two giant storms rolling through the northeast over the past two weeks, I found myself in the unfamiliar position of asking not where would the skiing be good (it was going to be good everywhere), but where should I go skiing? With a season’s worth of disappointing conditions in the rearview, and Spring lurking around…

Ski Season Comes Back to Cardigan

I’ll be the first to admit it, I had written off ski season this year and was looking forward to the snow disappearing so I could spend some quality time with my mountain bike. It feels strange to type this, but February’s warm weather had teased the emergence of Spring and already provided a few…

The Best and Worst of Ski Season

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. After the start of a ski season that fluctuated somewhere between uneventful and blah thanks to an unseasonably warm stretch of weather, the snow finally arrived. However, with the snow also came record-low temperatures that tempered any enthusiasm for sliding on snow with biting cold….