The Spirit of Adventure, Franconia Notch

Cannon, The Common Thread When most climbers think of the climbing in Franconia Notch, one route immediately comes to the forefront of thought and discussion. This route has earned the reputation, colorful descriptions and epics that it has induced. In...

The Great Gulf

THE GREAT GULF by Courtney Ley The Great Gulf.  There could be no other name for it.  When I look at it from the vantage point of Mt Clay, I imagine the walls of this giant cirque begin to expand suddenly,...

Frankensteins South Face

Conditions are everything in ice climbing and they happened this past week on the South Face of Frankenstein Cliff. This extended cold spell and cloudy skies have brought in some great ice climbing on the South Face. On Saturday we climbed...

Madison Gulf

  Madison Gulf and Mt. Adams     The Great Gulf  is a massive area shroud with mystery.  In the early years of hiking for many of us here in the White Mountains, the huge drainage of the West Branch Peabody River, the...

The Monster at Lake Champlain

Kevin Mahoney and Alden Pellett having fun escaping from "The Monster" during a midday break from their gear demo responsibilities at The 19 annual Adirondack Mountainfest. * Click photos to enlarge Photos by Doug Millen Kevin Mahoney - Mahoney Alpine Adventures The Mountaineer -...

North Gully, Huntington Ravine 2.22.13

        The calm before the storm and another beautiful day in the alpine zone. One week earlier Doug and I enjoyed the "calm" with entirely different conditions in Madison Gulf.  This time we experienced mid March weather on...

Tri-Scam to Quartz Crack to Post Nasal Drip

Great Climbing at the 10th Annual Smuggs Ice Bash Photos From Solo Photos: Matt McCormick on the 4th pitch of a rock route called "Quartz Crack", a bit of a classic in Smuggs. Matt linked it up with what he and Peter Doucette...

High and Dry, Mt. Lincoln NH

                                                "High And Dry" ( erroneously named Woodman/Dorcy in my post Spirit, the names of the FA...

New rules to access La Pomme d'Or

  La Pomme d’Or Every winter, skilled climbers take on the  Pomme d’Or, a spectacular and perilous rock face along Rivière Malbaie. For permission to climb this ice wall in the park, you’ll need an access permit. Refer to Reservation Terms and Conditions for...

A Local's View of the Devil's Kitchen

Do the Catskills have any WI6 ice? What do grade 6 ice routes even look like? For a long time I didn't think I knew what WI 6 ice routes were. I think we northeasterners have been very modest about our...