It’s Time For Ice! – Pinnacle Gully’s First Ascent of the Season

Saturday, November 11, 2017 We’ve had a group text message going for about 3 weeks now between my buddies Zac (Instagram), Billy (Instagram), and myself. “Think it’s in yet?” “It’s cold enough right?” “lets get it boys!”. The objective was to be the first party to climb Pinnacle Gully in Mount Washington’s Huntington Ravine in the 2017-18 ice climbing season! This climb is somewhat of a prize among the local climbing community because it’s usually the first ice to come “in” due to the harshly cold environment it takes residence in. It’s also relatively remote compared to a lot of…

Review: Furnace Industries DRY ICE – Ice Climbing Training Tools

Hey Ice Climbers, how do you stay in shape during the warmer months and at home between alpine climbs? Climbing rock is a great alternative but it’s not quite the same sensation as being gripped on ice tools while searching for that perfect foot placement. You could use your ice tools to climb artificial walls and rock, However gyms typically frown apon this due to the damage the sharp points can cause. I personally have been searching for a lower impact tool to use on my back yard woody. My tools are great, but if I climb every day I’d…

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…