Altra Lone Peak 4.0 Long Term Review – 500 Miles Later

Trail runners, Yup! I’ve gone through a few! Over the past 3 years I’ve had an unhealthy addiction to Altra Footwear. I’ve gone through 5 pairs in 2 years… Youch! That hurts my wallet! The “Lone Peak” has become my go-to trail shoe. My first pair of Lone Peak’s was the Lone Peak 2.5 model. After that, I knew the zero drop platform that Altra was famed for was for me and I could never go back to “normal” shoes. While the Lone Peak has always been my trusty trail companion I’ve always had the same complaint. DURABILITY… These shoes…

Video: Shoestring Gully Solo Ice Climb – White Mountains, NH

No partner lined up for todays adventures so I decided to go solo on a grade I was comfortable on. Shoestring Gully is a 1000+ foot chute on the west side of Mount Webster in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This picturesque location is mainly a steep snow climb with about 2 pitches of WI2 grade ice at the top. It was a bluebird day! Fun trip, and only took me about 2 hours car to car.

Video: Frankenstein Cliff Ice Climbing!

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! Watch in 4K!

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…