In The Early Season

I never know quite how to approach the early season. One year I started it off with a mellow romp up an area classic – Shoestring Gully – with good friend Elliot Gaddy. Thinking that got me dialed in, I then flung myself at some hard mixed pitch. Whoooa. That kinda backfired. Since then I […]

Bayard on Matt McCormick and Josh Hurst's incredible AstroTurf at Lake Willoughby, Vermont.

Tips for the Early Season Ice Climber

Getting back into the swing of it every year can be hard. The best thing to do is not think about the swing much at all, but instead, the kick. The fastest way to feel gripped in the early season is to not trust your crampons, and the most common reason to not trust them […]

Conditions Report for Jan 24th, 2014

Well, it’s cold. It’s been cold and it’s gonna remain cold. The effects of all this wobbly weather is apparent in the ice around the Mount Washington Valley. In general, here’s what to look out for. 1. Top outs are hollow. Because of the prolonged thaw, and especially the accompanying rain, the tops of many […]