Video: Frankenstein Cliff Ice Climbing – Crawford Notch – New Hampshire

Today we spent some quality time climbing some classic routes on Frankenstein Cliff. Our first objective was “Standard Route”. This classic WI3+ ice climb ascends 300 feet on one of the widest, thickest flows on the cliff. This was my first time leading this route and it was excellent! After that, we headed into the Amphitheater to tick “Cave Route”. Another beautiful day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire!

Video: The Black Dike – Iconic New Hampshire Ice Climbing

In need of some stoke?! Here it is. I was fortunate enough to film my good friend Dave Lottmann of Northeast Alpine Start and Northeast Mountaineering along with his guest Jay ascend the epic “Black Dike” on the picturesque Cannon Cliff in New Hampshire’s White Mountains! This mega classic WI4-5 ice climb ascends a steep gully behind Whitney Gilman Ridge on Cannon Mountain. The ice here is usually lean requiring some mixed moves on rock… Today however, there was plenty of ice! Perfect conditions! Special thanks to Northeast Alpine Start, Northeast Mountaineering, and the other climbers who didn’t get too…

Field Tested: Garmin InReach Mini Review!

For the past 3 years I’ve been carrying a Satellite Messenger in some capacity for both casual communication with friends and family, and SOS emergency capabilities if s#$t were to hit the fan while I was off the grid. My first satcom device was a SPOT Gen 3 messenger which ultimately failed me when I needed it. After that, I moved on to Delorme Devices which eventually led to Garmin Devices. These felt more reliable but pretty bulky, expensive, and heavy. So what’s next? The Garmin InReach Mini of course! The InReach Mini on paper appears to have solved all…

That was Unexpected! – Running the Pemi Loop… Again!

Here we go again! Lately I’ve been ramping up my mileage and training intensity in anticipation for the Kilkenny Ridge 50 Mile Race that I foolishly registered for this coming September. I needed some epic days of mileage, mountains,  and elevation gain to prepare my body for the impending doom that is coming. What better training run is there in the North East for a big race other than a good old fashioned Pemigewasset Loop?! I came into this effort with somewhat low expectations. I’ve been training hard this month and getting very little rest days in. Last year I…

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Review – A GPS Fitness Watch That Does It All!

I’ve been a Garmin junky for a while. Wearing a Garmin Fenix watch since 2014 with the original Fenix 1 and more recently with the Fenix 5x. I got pretty excited when I heard that Garmin has released their newest flagship multi-sport watch in the form of the Fenix 5 Plus. This is a successor to the original Fenix 5 that was hugely popular among the trail running and hiking fanatics when it released back in 2017. The Fenix 5 Plus builds upon the original device by adding some new key features and modern touches that bring it up to 2018 standards….