A New England Winter Day In The Woods

Just for fun. With a blizzard in the forecast I figured I’d take a stroll through the local trails and see if there was any ice to climb. The ice was rotten and thin, I barely scratched my way up it without it falling apart. Instead, I used it as an opportunity to try to be creative and made this little video out of the footage. Music: Eddie Vedder – Rise

Winter Hiking Traction Devices – What, Why and When

So you’re ready to get out and experience the beauty of winter hiking and the frozen trails. You are ecstatic! You pack your bag, lace up, take your first icy step… and slip falling directly on your face! It’s a hard lesson we all learn. Without the right traction devices a short winter hike can become a grueling, frustrating endeavor that ultimately can become dangerous. Traction is also a matter of personal preference. Some people wear light traction, some wear aggressive, some forego traction all together and sacrifice for a little weight savings in their packs. I see a lot…

5 Awesome Destinations For The Boston Based Hiker

You’re a hiker or trail runner working on your New Hampshire 48 4000 footers… but you live near BOSTON in Massachusetts! The struggle is real! For most simply uprooting your family, destroying your career, and moving north isn’t really an option. Even the most dedicated are weekend warriors at best. Speaking as a seasoned “Masshole” myself I know the pains of living 3 hours away from the Presidential Range and daydreaming of tramping all over it’s awesomeness. How do I stay in shape? How do I satisfy my desire to get fresh air in my lungs and dirt on my shoes? I hit the…

What Drives You To The Mountains?

We all go to the mountains for different reasons. Whether you’re seeking a spiritual connection, trying to stay in shape, coping with the stresses of every day life, escaping your mundane desk job, recovering from a physical or mental injury, seeking adventure, or simply just want to push yourself to the physical limits to dig deep and see what you’re made of. Whether you’re ice climbing, hiking, running, snow shoeing, skiing, or just sight seeing from the windows of your car. Something inside is motivating you to do these things… But what is it? My Motivation – Adventure! When I…

Adventure on Landslide Gully – Mount Webster

January 14, 2017 – My alarm went off at 4AM and I didn’t smash the snooze button. My gear was packed, crampons and ice tools freshly sharpened. My Stoke? That was high and plentiful. This could only mean one thing… It was time for another adventure filled day in the mountains with my friends at Northeast Mountaineering! After some coffee, I hit the road by 4:45AM to begin my journey to Pinkham Notch. I arrived at the Northeast Mountaineering Bunkhouse by 7:30AM. The temperature was in the low single digits… it sure was chilly! Today I’d be climbing with Jared Heath and…