Entries by NEice Contributor

Back on the Sharp End

After a Fall in the Mountains By William Bevans I climbed smoothly and efficiently through the initial ice bulges on what started out as a bumpy cauliflower pitch of AI3.  Not long into my lead on the first technical pitch, I came to a small ledge and took that opportunity to shake my arms out […]

Layering 101

Dialing in your Alpine System for Optimal Performance and Protection By William Bevans The Three Layer System Your comfort and even survival in the backcountry is highly dependent on your layering system. Since a single piece of apparel cannot do the job, many different layers are used in sync to adapt to the constantly changing conditions. […]

Reflections

With temperatures reaching into the mid-80s last week, it seems that winter is finally over.  Tools, boots, and screws are being replaced by chalk, shoes, and rock gear all over the Northeast.  Some of the more stubborn among us may hold out for one last hurrah, but most are calling it a season.  Below two […]

Ego Checks

by Patrick Cooke Standing at the first belay, I’m staring up at the crux of the route right off the deck.  Protection will be questionable.  I’m sure I’m strong enough to pull the moves, but is it worth the risk?  I’ve got time to decide – I can always wait until Matt’s up the first […]

Freddie Wilkinson Interview

Some of the world’s best alpinists seem to come from the Northeast – especially New Hampshire. If you’ve hung out at the Mt. Washington Ice Festival, you know there’s a great bunch of climbers there.  More importantly, you’ll find a camaraderie among them that encompasses anyone who puts on a pair of rock shoes or […]