Category Archives: Experience

Stories, events and contributions directly related to human experience.

Stay Hydrated: Katadyn BeFree Review

You know how imperative staying hydrated is in the backcountry or on your favorite adventure. The tools to do so keep evolving. Here’s some insight into the latest.

When I first got into hiking and backpacking I would carry an MSR Sweetwater pump style water filter. This type of filters uses a lever/plunger assembly and tubing to filtrate the water through a carbon filter for drinking. While they do work really well for filtering gross dirty water in a fast manner, they are relatively bulky and heavy particularly if you’re a solo hiker or trail runner with a small pack. This eventually led me to purchasing a Sawyer Mini water filter which has become EXTREMELY popular in the hiking and trail running communities. Due to it’s tiny size and lightweight it’s become a staple of the ultralight packing list. However, it does have some downsides.

So, what other options are out there? Continue reading

Standard Route on Whitehorse, and the dreaded Brown Spot!

It is rock season in New Hampshire and the stoke is high! Book your adventure today. But for now, enjoy this past report from David Lottmann.

This past Wednesday Oliver returned for some more preparation before his Yosemite trip next month. We started the day with a full length route up Whitehorse via Standard Route (1080ft, 9 pitches, 5.7). Continue reading

Six Reasons You Must Hike at AidClimb

The Wounded Vet Expeditionary Group together with Northeast Mountaineering and Boston’s Wounded Vet Run will be hiking to the summit of Mount Washington, Kearsarge North or Mount Willard on June 3, 2017 to raise money for 6 of New England’s most severely wounded Veterans.

Join us and give back to those who have sacrificed their well-being to protect the values and freedoms that make this great country strong.

REASON 1: Army Cpl. Paul Skarinka

Wounded in Iraq
Army Cpl. Paul Skarinka. Paul suffered a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg. The injury was sustained by a rocket-propelled grenade explosion while serving in Iraq. Paul underwent 22 surgeries, but unfortunatley his leg had to be amputated. He is now living with his wife and two children in the in the Southshore of Mass. Paul volunteers when capable as a firefighter in the Town of Plympton. He inspires to continue to be a paramedic, helping others.

REASON 2: Marine Sgt Joshua Bouchard

Wounded in Afghanistan
Marine Sgt Joshua Bouchard served as an infantryman in Afghanistan in 2009. While deployed, Josh lost his left leg and suffered a spinal injury when his Humvee was destroyed by an IED. The explosion killed two fellow Marines and wounded a third. He currently lives in Granby, Massachusetts and utilizes a wheel chair from an injury that has left him paralyzed. This May, we ride for Josh. Continue reading