Canyon Trip Training Run…From Hell

“Why did you capsize?” Chuck asked. (I’ll spare you the details of my ill-fated practice run on the Contoocook River in preparation for my January Grand Canyon Trip, but suffice to say – it did not go well.) “When I entered the hole, I leaned upriver,” I said.  “The... Read More ››

All I want for Christmas

A guy stood in front of me, gesturing something. His shirt? I was confused. I was on the elliptical at the gym, headphones on, surfing three channels of nightly news. I popped one earbud out to see what he wanted. “The race? I ran it too,” he said, pointing... Read More ››

My Furry Hiking Friend

My Furry Hiking Friend

Peanut butter and jelly; a well-provisioned backpack and a long, winding trail — some things, like these,  are just meant to go together.  And one more combination that’s definitely worth mentioning: dogs and hiking. My own furry hiking friend is a medium-sized canine named Cricket.  She’s a mixed-breed dog... Read More ››

Conquering Mount Rinjani

Conquering Mount Rinjani

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week I received the following email from longtime Boston area customer, Justin Keena: Hello EMS contact page reader! I just wanted to drop a line from the other side of the world while I still have internet haha. I’m a photographer and I’m four months into... Read More ››

Black and Blue in the Red River Gorge

Black and Blue in the Red River Gorge

After leaving “Colorful Colorado” we entered a world in the South Eastern USA riddled with obstacles in a variety of ways.  Mainly for me and only me.  You see, some trips just aren’t in your favor.  With weather, injury, freak attacks to your face, and sickness as potential trip... Read More ››

December news from The Conservation Alliance

December news from The Conservation Alliance

Our friends at The Conservation Alliance have just released a few great docs we wanted to share with you. 2011: AYear in Review The Conservation Alliance December 2011 eNewsletter Enjoy! Read More ››

Hiking 62.1 Miles in One Day – Fantastically Fun or Utterly Unwise?

Hiking 62.1 Miles in One Day – Fantastically Fun or Utterly Unwise?

In the very wee hours of April 28, 2012, I hope to be strapping on my LED headlamp and lacing up my well-worn hiking boots – all with the intention of beginning a 100 km trek on the C&O Canal towpath along the Potomac River.  In case you’re wondering... Read More ››

Made in America: Cascade Designs

Made in America: Cascade Designs

Over the summer if you were watching ABC News you may have seen Cascade Designs on their “Made in America” series. Maybe you weren’t paying attention because you didn’t know what Cascade Designs was. Let me put this in terms you may know, Therm-A-Rest, MSR, SealLine, Platypus. Yes, many... Read More ››

Superfluous heal hook? I don’t think so!

A heal hook can be a very useful move in climbing.  Not to mention it looks cool! Pumphouse Traverse in Unaweep Canyon, CO is one of those places where a heal hook is a necessity.   Being a 25 meter overhanging traverse, you do not have many other options.  Hook... Read More ››

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