(Not) Sleeping in the Airport IS “Worth It”

There are very few things I’ll stay up half the night for. There are even fewer things I’ll get up early for. However, sometimes not sleeping, or sleeping in far from ideal locations, is worth the adventure it leads you to. Let me explain: I need my 8+ hours of sleep most nights to be alert…

The Art of Car Camping

According to the calendar, spring is less than a week away. This means the season of car camping is quickly approaching—or, if you don’t mind overnight temperatures in the teens, it is already here. There are many benefits to car camping. First, there is little setup required. There are no tent poles to assemble, stakes…

Seven Reasons Why Dirtbags are Awesome

They do what the rest of us simply talk about doing: They climb all the time. When was the last time you took a week off to go on a climbing trip? When was the second to last time you took a week off? How many times between those two trips did you talk about…

Fall 2014 Season Recap

It’s officially winter according to the calendar (and has been since before Thanksgiving according to the number of layers I’ve been wearing), so I figured I’d give a fall season recap before kicking off the winter season with a two-week trip south. First off, here are some notable sends by (every-man) people that are not me…

How (I Wish) I Sprained My Ankle

***Disclaimer: If any of the details or events of this tale appear true, it is purely by coincidence.  None of the following occurred in part or in whole, though it would have been epic and would mean I’m 10 times above my current climbing ability level.*** It was pouring. Nothing new for autumn in New England, but it…

Snapshots of Some Climbing Friends

Erin is one of the few girls I climb with, and she’s awesome. She reminds me to eat, is encouraging and supportive even when I’m unnecessarily hangdogging, and is always down for a good Pawtuckaway night bouldering session. What makes Erin unique is her refusal to climb routes she’s not enjoying. If she’s not having fun,…

Romping in the Rain

Rain, rain go away. We have gear to take away. Sundown is the perfect weekend crag, with no crowds, routes that stay dry in the rain, and easy access off the Conway side of the Kancamagus highway. The classics start at 5.11c for sport routes, so you won’t find any community groups in matching helmets lined…

A Lincoln Woods Adventure

A wise man from the documentary “180 Degrees South” once said: “The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” -Yvon Chouinard By that definition, Lincoln Woods was a small adventure. “Or we could go tonight,” was Tommy’s response to my reiterating our plan to spend the…

In the Beginning

The transition from gym to outdoor climbing can be a difficult and an unfortunately seldom one for new climbers first introduced to gym culture. I admit, I started out as a gym rat, dragging myself up indoor V0s after joining the University of New Hampshire climbing team on a whim. I wasn’t fast enough to run Division…