Field Tested: Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoe Review

Thru Hikers, Backpacker’s and Trail Runners will be excited to see a new version of the Altra Lone Peak on the shelves! The Altra Lone Peak 3.5! For the past 2-3 years or so I’ve been trail running and hiking wearing the Altra Lone Peak trail running shoes. These shoes have evolved over the years and as mine wear out I typically run out and buy the latest Lone Peak generation of shoes. These shoes have treated me well.  I’m a huge fan of the “zero drop” platform as well as the “footshape” toe box that Altra features in all…

Field Tested: Katadyn BeFree 1.0L Water Filter

When I first got into hiking and backpacking I would carry an MSR Sweetwater pump style water filter. This type of filters uses a lever/plunger assembly and tubing to filtrate the water through a carbon filter for drinking. While they do work really well for filtering gross dirty water in a fast manner, they are relatively bulky and heavy particularly if you’re a solo hiker or trail runner with a small pack. This eventually led me to purchasing a Sawyer Mini water filter which has become EXTREMELY popular in the hiking and trail running communities. Due to it’s tiny size…

Field Tested: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

I’m not an avid trekking pole user. However, I do always carry them with me due to a history of knee issues. If I’m 20 mile’s in on a hike or run and my patella start barking I’ll pull them out for a little relief on the downhills. I’ve gone through a few pairs of poles over the years. From cheap aluminum to higher end carbon fiber. There are always some pretty big pros and cons to each variation. Enter the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles. Boy, that’s a mouth full. These bad boys are insanely light and feature a…

Climbing Into The Darkness – A Night Climb of Pinnacle Gully

March 17, 2017 With ice season coming to a close here in the North East. Brent (www.brentdoscher.com) and I made the irresponsible decision to scramble and go for an evening ascent of Pinnacle Gully on Mount Washington. This decision was made in part to the forecast being extremely calm for Mount Washington. Temperatures around zero, but with summit winds forecasted at 25mph which is rare for this part of the world. The night was supposed to be clear. It was a good opportunity to knock this one off the tick list! I started my morning by being woken up by…

Cathedral Ledge Ice Climbing – Goofers Direct and North Pillars

March 12, 2017 Late start today! In a somewhat impulsive decision Brent (www.brentdoscher.com) and I decided to climb “something”… we weren’t quite sure what. Conditions were ideal with temperatures in the 10-15F range with mild wind coming from the west, ice reports were looking promising. I geared up and hit the road by 1PM. Lucky for us, time “sprung forward” for daylight savings time today. This meant we’d get some extra daylight to climb later into the evening. I arrived in North Conway by 3PM to pick up Brent. We sat in the car and discussed our options for a…