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…

A Lesson on Bailing Out! – Climbing in Huntington Ravine

March 2, 2017 Today I met up with my friend Brent (http://www.brentdoscher.com/) in hopes to climb some ice. The recent warm weather took its toll on a lot of the good ice climbing destinations. We knew we’d need to go to higher elevations and colder temps to find good ice conditions. The initial plan was to head into Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington as Brent spotted a good flow from the ridge on Lion Head a couple days ago. Weather Forecast and Avalanche Danger The forecast today was looking pretty gnarly. With a high in the low teens, 100 mph…

Champney Falls, Climbing in the Ice Box!

Today I met up with a new friend Kevin. We decided that we’d hike into Champney Falls to do some top rope ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls. With the forecast showing increasingly warm weather we knew this would be one of the last opportunities to climb! Getting There We met at the Champney Falls trail parking lot off of the Kancamagus Highway and quickly geared up setting foot on the trail by 8AM. The hike along Champney Falls Trail is only about 1.6 miles (3.2 miles RT). The terrain is rolling and very gradual with minimal elevation gain. Despite…