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…

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…