An ascent of Shoestring Gully

Ice, snow, rocks, steep pitches and just about anything else you could want from an alpine experience can be found on Shoestring Gully. This multi-pitch ice and snow climb was the perfect way to expand my climbing comfort zone to kick off the winter season. Shoestring Gully is a mixed ice and snow route on…

Mountaineering Training in Huntington Ravine with Adventure Spirit Rock + Ice + Alpine Experiences

Ready to get steep, photo by Kel Rossiter My hiking crew and I recently spent 2 bluebird days working on basic mountaineering skills in Huntington Ravine with Kelly “Kel” Rossiter from Adventure Spirit Rock  + Ice + Alpine Experiences. We covered a huge range of topics including crampon use, self-arrest, snow anchors, crevasse rescue and…

Owl’s Head trip report: finished NH’s 48 4000 footers

I recently stood on the summit of Owl’s Head which completed my 11 year quest to hike New Hampshire’s 48 4000 foot peaks. Owl’s Head has a bad reputation due to the long approach, challenging stream crossings and bushwhack to the summit. However ideal weather conditions combined with the joy of finishing the 48 4000…