The Sharp End – Ice Climbing Hitchcock Gully on Mount Willard

With the approaching ice climbing season on the horizon here in the North East I thought I’d reminisce about the last real ice climb I was on last season. It was April 2nd, 2017 and the diminishing weeks of late ice climbing season were upon us. Luke and I were eager to get one last climb in before it all fell down. Most of the popular multi-pitch routes in the notch undergone freeze/thaw cycles and returned to bare rock, fractured unsafe ice or flowing water. We knew we’d need to seek out the resilient ice that hid from the warm…

Video: 2 Minutes of Stoke! – Winter Climbing in the Northeast

Can you tell I’m excited about the upcoming winter climbing and hiking season here in the North East? It might be fall outside but that won’t stop me from reminiscing about last winter’s epic adventures. This video is a compilation of some memorable moments over the past couple of years. We’re only about a month away from winter-like conditions! Get stoked!

Tutorial: How I Built My Woody – DIY Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall

With ice climbing season fast approaching here in the North East I’ve been focusing on training to get my strength where it needs to be. I haven’t climbed as much rock as I hoped this summer mainly due to focusing on trail running goals and a busy family / work schedule. It’s been hard to find time to get to the rock gym as well. The gym also doesn’t allow me to use my ice tools on their holds (for good reason!). I’ve been telling my wife for months that I wanted to build a climbing wall to train on…

Review: Ultimate Direction AK Mountain Vest 3.0

After a couple of years of trail running with my trusty Ultimate Direction Wasp I decided it was time to retire it and move on. When I purchased the Wasp I was transitioning from primarily hiking to running and was seeking something that fit more like a backpack and less like a vest. Since then, I’ve been running a lot more and have come to appreciate the form factor of the vest pack. I initially purchased a relatively inexpensive Mountain Hardwear race vest for local runs and supported routes. However, it didn’t have enough capacity for big days in the…

Gear Giveaway – Win a Katadyn BeFree 3.0L Water Filter!

Need a brand new, super light weight water filter for all of your back country needs? Here’s your chance to win a completely free Katadyn BeFree 3.0 Liter Water Filter ($59.99 Value)! I reviewed the 1.0 Liter version of this filter a few weeks ago and it’s amazing! You can read that review HERE. Good Luck! Enter To Win By Following These Three Simple Steps: (Yes, I will check to make sure all steps have been completed 😉) 1. Like Chase the Summit on Facebook Visit https://www.facebook.com/chasethesummit/ and click “Like”. 2. Follow Chase the Summit on Instagram Visit https://www.instagram.com/chasethesummit/ and click “Follow”. 3. Answer this…