Gear Ready for Adventure… Climber Not

It's 4:00am Sunday morning, and the gear is packed and ready for a run up Mt. Lincoln.  Unfortunately, the climber is not. The culprit?  Laziness, sloth, lethargy, weariness... All apt descriptions in this case. The Backstory: 5:00pm Saturday - the climber, overwhelmed by the...

Fall Meets Winter

Slideshow An October day in the Alpine with friends. Life is Good! Photos by Doug Millen - 10/16/11

Mt Washington Valley Ice Fest Recap – 2015

They save the best for last. The biggest Ice Fest in the Northeast was incredible this year. My only regret was that there was not enough time to do all I wanted, and not enough time to be with...

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest – 2013

About.. Since its inception 20 years ago this event has been eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is intended to be a celebration...

Flying High at the 23rd Annual MWV Ice Fest 2016

Photos by Solo, Guided by Doug Millen More photos and information on this event can be found here...https://www.facebook.com/mwvIceFest/

Renormalized at “The Lake”

Ah! The conditions are getting better and I am back to my normal state, once again, at "The Lake".   Below are a few condition photos from our trip to Lake Willoughby VT on Saturday December 13, 2014. Plenty of challenging...

Mountainfest 2014 Wrap-Up

Another Adirondack Mountainfest has come and gone.  As always, it started with a joke from Vinny and ended with many things to toast to with some good bourbon.  What happened in between?  Well, all weekend, clinics were going on,...

December UPdate – What the f&@k?

New Hampshire The beginning of this ice season has been anything but consistent. We've had thigh deep snow topping out of Huntington Ravine in October followed up by spring-like temperatures on the high summits for weeks with only splashes of...
Mike Pelchat on the wet and thin Black Dike Traverse. 2-23-17

Unprecedented February in The Northeast

Where are we and what's next? Remind me? What month was that? February or April? The month started off great! Plenty of snow and ice to climb. But, right after some epic snowfalls and great skiing, things went south. It started to...

Cog Railway Announces Intentions to Build a 35 Room Luxury Hotel on Mount Washington

When History Threatens The Future When I heard about the Cog Railway's intention to build a 35 room upscale hotel and restaurant along their tracks on Mount Washington, I almost didn't believe it.  I felt frustrated and angry over the fact...