End of Fall Check-In


Whew! October was a whirlwind with multiple articles being published, an increase in “real” work—thank you, fast-approaching holiday season—and a much-needed vacation in Utah that ended up being light on relaxing, but heavy on fun. If nothing else, a few days spent mountain biking in the dry desert air is a great way to settle into the almost-here winter season. With that in mind, here’s a quick collection of some of the articles I’ve had published this fall.

While paddling and powerboats get the most of the attention in the White Mountain’s Lakes Region, the hiking is pretty good too. For goEast, my writing partner and I collected a few of our favorite hikes that you can check out here. I was so inspired after writing this article that I returned to Mount Chocura only to discover it was an even better hike than I remembered (despite my wife’s ability to guarantee rain wherever we go).

For the past few years, I had been talking about hiking the Presidential Traverse, one of the best and most difficult day hikes in the White Mountains. However, having done it a few times prior, my knowledge of the suffering it entailed kept me away. Thankfully, the opportunity to write goEast’s Alpha Guide for the Presidential Traverse gave me a good reason to return. Sadly, I’m pretty sure I blew the money I made writing it on post-hike burgers and beers.

Last winter, I spent hours in the rock gym training for climbing. This climbing season, I have spent zero days climbing outside (with the exception of a quick trip to Red Rocks) thanks to a rekindled love affair with mountain biking. No worries, I didn’t let a little thing like not climbing keep me from writing about it: here is an article I wrote about building your trad rack.

One of the best things about climbing, or any outdoor activity for that matter, is food. Nothing caps a great day outdoors like a good meal, and one dish that always delivers is pizza! After years of intense research, I finally felt confident enough to release my New Hampshire climber’s guide to pizza. Don’t just check out the article, check out some of this great grub! And, if you’re at Pizza By George, have a pepperoni roll for me.

With my phone dying the night before, I was forced to navigate my way to Camels Hump Burrows Trail the old fashioned way, with a map and handwritten directions. Of course, when that failed I was forced to—gasp!—stop and ask for directions. Lucky for me, Vermont is the type of place where people will go out of their way to help a stranger. Sadly for me, Vermont is the type of place that entices you to spend more on beer in the place you’re asking directions in than you’ll make on publishing an article. Give the article a click and learn about this classic hike—and, if you need directions, just stop in Beaudry’s Store in Huntington, Vermont (probably leave your wallet in the car, though).

I know I’ve been saying this for a while, but I have plans to once again start publishing original content here. I have approximately 1 billion pictures of Moab to go through and I’m hoping they provide the inspiration to once again write for myself.

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” –Phillip Roth