Climbing at New River Gorge Memorial Day Weekend

This article may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks!I joined a small group of twelve or so DC area climbers who were taking advantage of the long Memorial Day Weekend to make the more than five-hour drive to the popular New River Gorge …

Going from a Traditional Hiker to an Ultralight Backpacker

It’s been almost three years since my first backpacking trip out here on the East Coast. I had been living in DC for almost two years with not much exploration of nature beyond the Beltway. Being from the Northwest I had initially kind of (unfairly) dismissed the hiking and backpacking opportunities available here in the Mid-Atlantic. Well, after so much …

Ed Viesturs on Obsession, Commitment, Fear, and Risk

Maurice Herzog closes his seminal book Annapurna with the line “There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men;” and it remains one of the most famous mountaineering quotes of all time, perhaps second only to George Mallory’s “Because it’s there;” which was given as his reason for the pursuit of Everest. But what drives individuals to pursue high mountain …

The lovely lenticular that prevented us from summiting Mount Hood

Climbing Mount Hood in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

I’m out in Washington State for work right now, and a few weeks back me and a couple climbing acquaintances out of Portland penciled in Easter weekend to make an attempt climbing Mount Hood. Things were looking doubtful for awhile there with all the snow that was dumping throughout the Cascades, the avy conditions, and the general weather pattern, but …

Avalanche! What to Expect During an AIARE Level I Course

Headed back up to New Hampshire for the third time this season, but this time it was for an avalanche awareness course (AIARE Level I). The course was organized and financially supported by the Potomac Mountain Club, our local climbing club. The course appealed to me because it was to focus more on awareness for mountaineers (rather than back country …