ANOMOLIES

The average historical snowfall on Mt. Washington for the months of October (17.6in) and November (37.8in) sit well below this season's current totals; unofficially 100+ inches from late October through mid-November. Interestingly, this precipitation outlier was accompanied by equally as strange low wind speeds (based on data gathered from unscientific but incredibly fun “fieldwork”). Additionally, [...]

LADY POSSE

(Beth topping out in Left Gully)  “When was the last time you skied in an all female group?” My mind raced searching for at least one example in which I was the sole Y chromosome among my ski partners. I couldn’t find one, so I lied. “Umm, I think once a while back when I [...]

SOLACE

https://vimeo.com/226207366 I begin each winter with clear personal and professional goals. This year all plans had to be changed or abandoned due to injury and great personal loss. What resulted was a winter spent trying to heal physically and emotionally, searching for answers to life's unanswerable questions. This video commemorates the lives of Brad Lord [...]

“Guys like you…..”

Laying on the wooden bench I watched as dust drifted down between the cracks of the decaying ceiling tiles.  Finally some rest. On the table above my head there was leftover pizza, a beer, and the waning minutes of the Rangers game emanated from my phone. Gibbs and Frizz would be here soon. I had [...]

East Coast Roundup

            They are testing snow guns at Sunday River; ice pellets are forecasted on Mt. Washington, Warren Miller is coming to Portland, and whispers of ESAW abound. Meanwhile, lunar eclipses and monsoon rains are creating meteorological chaos that we can only hope carries into the upcoming colder months. All of which [...]

Intuition

It was the first bluebird day of the season in Huntington, but as is typically the case on the “rock pile,” winds were hammering start zones and the skis on our packs were turning into sails. After being knocked down to our hands and knees (while climbing over a fun mixture of rock, rotting snow, [...]

Overly Attached

The DAS airing out after a good day on Mt. Washington           My buddies Al and Ryan are gear heads. Engineers by trade, they are able to dissect the tensile strength of any material you show them, the breaking points of the myriad components in a tech binding, and can determine [...]

A Renewed Perspective

Few times have I seen the moon that bright. Huntington was so well illuminated that the massive rock buttress that divides the middle of the ravine cast a shadow over central gully. Standing there in awe we were compelled to howl at the moon to honor the untamed spectacle that surrounded us. It was a [...]

A Gateway Into the Mountains

Employing parking lot camping skills was not a conscious act of toughness, rather an unforeseen reality stemming form poor planning and traffic. The initial plan had been to skin up to the Harvard Cabin that evening but time and fatigue squashed that goal. Fortunately, sleep is typically easy to find in a -20 sleeping bag, [...]