Adventure Spirit Blog

Mammut's Sphere UL and Light Pump Sleep System on Mt. Rainier

An early-July Emmons trip an excellent place to test out Mammuts Sleep Systems. With freezing temps predicted in the 14K range, I opted to go light and bring the Sphere UL Spring bag and the Light Pump Mat UL. Together, these two pieces weigh in at just over a kilogram (1080g)--about 2 pounds.

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Gear Reviews

Mount Rainier Emmons Climbing Route Conditions Report-07-03-13

Under bluebird skies, I went with a team of climbers over to Rainier's "Wilder Side"--the Emmons Route--during the June 30-July 3rd period. Here are some notes regarding the current climbing conditions.

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North Cascades, Route Reports, Alpine Climbing

Mammut on Mount Rainier

After a springtime of climbing and guiding in Alaska/Denali and an enjoyable stint back in Mammut & my home-base state of Vermont, I arrived back in the Pacific Northwest this past week for a series of Rainier climbs with Rainier Mountaineering Incorporated (RMI). As chance would have it, my climb was slotted to be the first climb of the summer season—apparently though, nobody had shouted to the sky that it was about to be summer. Or, if they had, the sky wasn't listening.

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Gear Reviews

Mount Rainier Disappointment Cleaver/Muir Climbing Route Conditions Report-06-23-13

I had the opportunity to see Mount Rainier's summit on June 23rd with a team of intrepid climbers, despite damp and diminishing conditions. Here are some notes regarding the current climbing conditions.

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Alpine Climbing, North Cascades, Route Reports

Flying High on Denali/Mt. McKinley with the Mammut Heron Pro

I grew up in Washington State on the Puget Sound, so I had plenty of time to watch herons in action. They are large yet delicate creatures, able to plod along in the marsh for hours, always ready to act with precision when the moment called. With those memories in mind, it is only logical that Mammut's expedition pack be called the Heron Pro. This 85+ liter beast is well primed for Denali/Mt. McKinley style expeditioning, as evidenced during the trip I recently guided with Rainier Mountaineering Incorporated on Denali's famed West Buttress.

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Gear Reviews

Trying Out the Mammut Trion Guide in the Central Alaskan Range

From the Moose's Tooth on the Ruth Glacier to The Throne in “Little Switzerland,” the Central Alaskan Range is peppered with prime alpine objectives, making it an excellent location for Rainier Mountaineering's first-ever Alaskan Alpine Seminar, and the perfect place to put Mammut's 45+ liter Trion Guide pack through the paces.

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Gear Reviews

Rediscovering My Mountain Roots--Exploring Ski Mountaineering in the French&Swiss Alps

Years later, I'm back to the boards. I've been living in Vermont now for a decade, focused mainly on rock, ice, and alpine, but the siren song of snow began calling again this year as the shriveled autumn leaves rustled in the wind. I ordered up a new set of boots, skis, and skins in November and waited for the flakes to fly. And waited. The kindest thing I can say about the early-season skiing in the Northeast this year is that it made me happy to be an ice climber. Not to be deterred by the anemic start, I made plans for an April ski trip in the Alps and hoped that I'd have the time and conditions to train.

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Ski Mountaineering, International

Mammut Blog Post--Prepping for Denali

Got out my Heron Pro and put together my pack for Denali today: 3 ropes, 2 full racks, 8 liters of water, and ankle weights. Sound to you like a savvy packing list for heading out onto the Kahiltna Glacier for a month?

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Mammut Athlete Team Blog, Alaska, Alpine Climbing

Mammut Athlete/Guide Ambassador

Stoked to report that Kel is now a Mammut Athlete/Guide Ambassador!

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Mammut Athlete Team Blog, Alpine Climbing, Backcountry Skiing, Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Ski Mountaineering

Give 'Em Wings and Watch Them Fly

So I know I've posted enough times this season about Martin & Brett's journey into lead climbing that you might begin to feel like this is a reality TV show, but I can't help it--it's been very exciting to watch and to be a part of...

 

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New Hampshire, Ice Climbing

Rock, Ice, & Alpine Experiences All In Four Days

Adventure Spirit climbers Bobby & John got a little bit of all three of these things this past week (plus Bobby almost got an "almost-fall from a tree into a river experience"--but that's another story—ask him about it!).

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New Hampshire, Alpine Climbing, Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing

Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing Conditions Report 03-11-13

Two guide groups from Adventure Spirit Rock+Ice+Alpine were up in the Notch today. With temps hardly freezing overnight, it made for some exciting shows to watch today.

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Vermont, Ice Climbing, Route Reports

Adirondacks Avalanche Lake Ice Climbing Conditions Report 03-09-13

With warm temps around the last little bit, headed up to Avalanche Lake today to see how things have fared higher up. Climbed Avalanche Gully and got eyes on Adirondike and Trap Dike. Avalanche Gully was in decent shape.

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Adirondacks, Route Reports, Ice Climbing

Vertical Self-Rescue Clinic

We're offering a vertical self-rescue skills clinic that is a must for any lead or multi-pitch rock climber.

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Vermont, Rock Climbing, Technical Skills, Training

Adirondacks Ice Climbing Conditions-Avalanche Lake, Cascade Pass, Trap Dike-03-05-13

Went to the Adirondacks today to climb Trap Dike and took some pictures along the way of the ice climbing in the Avalanche Lake area as well as Cascade Pass area. Trap Dike is in good shape, with a couple of ice dams in the lower section and thin ice or exposed rock on the upper slab section. All the other areas were looking good (though Lucky Seven looked quite narrow). See photos for details.

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Adirondacks, Ice Climbing, Route Reports

Useful Crevasse Rescue Pointers/Refreshers

Check out these photos and captions for some great pointers/refreshers on crevasse rescue.

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Ice Climbing, Technical Skills, Training

Whirlwind Winter Week

What an ice season it has shaped up to be and the Adventure Spirit guide team has been making the most of it with their climbers. Just in the past week we've been ice climbing with Champlain College at Bolton Quarry, moving into steeper ice on Lake Willoughby's 20 Below Zero Gully, training the UVM IceSMAC (Site Management and Anchor Construction) at Bristol Cliffs, and out for some scratchy fun on Smugglers Notch's Ragnarock.

 

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Vermont, Ice Climbing

Adirondacks Mountainfest 2013 Ice Climbing--Multiplication Gully

Met up with Rob on the blustery Sunday of the Adirondack Mountainfest's final day, our sights set on the classic ice climb, Multiplication Gully.

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Adirondacks, Ice Climbing

Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing Conditions Report 01-16&17-2013

Back enjoying the climbing at Smugglers Notch on 1/16 and 1/17. Approached from the south Stowe side on 1/16 and went to Driving Force climbing area. Left area offered the usual options. Right area offered one line on the left and it looked like another about in on the right. Visited Workout Wall on 1/17. See previous blog post on conditions and see new photos posted here for a look at Workout Wall ice climbing.

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Vermont, Ice Climbing, Route Reports

Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing Conditions Report 01-15-13

Returned to the Notch today, post Warm-apocalypse 2013. Overall, things seemed pretty good and building quickly. ENT went, though bring your full shell for the first part. Jefferson Slide had some dry and decent thickness climbing for P1. Would've been thin and extremely wet to get to the cave belay, so set up a screw anchor and then went for P2, which was bulbous and fragile but do-able on the right side. Grand Confusion was in great shape, with fun rock and ice stemming, up until the top out to the typical belay tree, where the last 20' or so would've been extremely wet. Mystery Wall had a segment good for climbing by the end of the day, the right side of Workout was building quickly, and the left seemed it might offer potential by tomorrow. We're back to winter!

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Vermont, Ice Climbing, Route Reports