5.14 on Twizzlers and Skittles

Getting out of my car in the Rumney parking lot, I noticed Nick simultaneously exiting his vehicle parked in a spot adjacent to mine. “Hey Nick, how’s it going?” I asked before introducing him… Continue reading

Making Memories at Eastern Mountain Sports

I am humbled by the response I received on a recent piece I wrote for LinkedIn Pulse about the slow demise of Eastern Mountain Sports. The old writer’s adage write about what you know could not be… Continue reading

An Inside Look at Getting Outside

Until recently, I let the weather, my mood, convenience, and occasionally what activities I had planned in the future dictate what I did for exercise most days. For the most part, this exercise routine… Continue reading

Gimme A Drink

Pulling into the trailhead parking lot at Mount Monadnock, it was hard to believe that it was the winter solstice. The sun was shining, there was no snow in sight, and while it… Continue reading


For a long time, Lincoln Woods was my go-to climbing spot. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that, over the past few seasons, I climbed as much at Lincoln Woods as I did everywhere… Continue reading

The Moment of Regret

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” ― Henry David Thoreau I thought I was so cool, a regular Jimmy Chin, as I climbed up the second pitch of Lady… Continue reading

Take it to the Limit

One of the great things about outdoor sports is the opportunity they present for getting out of your comfort zone. Whether racking up a for a difficult climb, stepping into your skis at the… Continue reading

The Proposal

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me” – Winston Churchill Driving through Lassen Volcanic National Park, I knew it was now or never.… Continue reading

Clip a Dee Doo Dah

Over the years, I have climbed the route Clip a Dee Doo Dah at Rumney more times than I can even remember. I have witnessed the route completed in numerous styles, such as barefoot… Continue reading

Confounded in California

Off route and having already expended a fair amount of energy we entertained three options.