Springtime Mountain Dangers

This is a copy of an Article I recently wrote for the Northeast Mountaineering company blog. I hope you enjoy it…

We’re barely into spring, yet this year — thanks to an extremely thin snowpack and a generally warmer average temperature — the typical springtime dangers are already making themselves known, as if spring is in full swing (which apparently it is). Let’s looks at some of the more common springtime hazards.

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Preparing for a Winter Mt Washington Climb

This is a copy of an Article I wrote for the Northeast Mountaineering company blog but it is now being mirrored at Redline Guiding. I hope you enjoy it…


An atypical sunny summit.

You may have been tossing the idea around, perhaps debating with yourself — you know, about climbing Mt Washington in the winter. Maybe you’ve been wondering if you have what it takes, physically and mentally. Perhaps you’ve had concerns about the mountain’s well-documented dangers (it is one of the deadliest mountains in the world, after-all). But here you are, maybe you’ve done it already: you’ve clicked the button and registered for your winter climb. Now what? What’s next? This guide is meant to help you answer those questions, and more.

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Along the Long Trail

This is a copy of an essay submitted to the Green Mountain Club. It is one of the club’s requirements for anyone applying for an End-to-Enders certificate — an honor and acknowledgement for completing a thru-hike of Vermont’s Long Trail, whether it be done by sections or all-at-once the way we did. I undertook this hike, northbound, with my good friend, Bill Robichaud, from September 17 through October 6, 2015. This essay is meant to share just some of the highlights of our amazing journey.

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Hiking in the Rain

It’s raining steadily today so I’m relaxing at home, but if the rain were lighter or the showers more scattered, I would probably head out on the trails. Some — strictly fair weather hikers — probably wouldn’t find this idea at all appealing. I, on the other hand, find some real advantages to it:

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