Alpha Guide: Mount Colden’s Trap Dike in Winter

Mild technical climbing, remote and rugged terrain, and spectacular Adirondack High Peak views make the Trap Dike a classic Northeast winter ascent. Climbing the Trap Dike in winter—a great route for climbers looking for an adventure in a more remote, alpine setting—makes for an unforgettable experience. The approach is mellow but long, and the climb is technically simple yet committing....

It Can’t Happen Here: 12 Myths About Northeast Avalanches

Many people believe that avalanches are a problem reserved for skiers and climbers recreating “out west.” However, unstable snowpacks and avy-prone slopes can be found throughout the East Coast’s mountain ranges. Read on for why you should be upping your avalanche awareness this winter. 1. Myth: Avalanches Only Happen in the Presidentials In 2018, Aaron Rice (the skier who famously...

Northeast Mountaineering Climbs for All Abilities

Each year, the onset of winter transforms the mountains of the northeast. With the shorter days and plummeting temperatures comes a brand new world of icy, wind-scoured summits and long, snowy approaches. The hiking trails and climbing routes of New York and New England, easily accessed in summer, become entirely different challenges, rife with logistical considerations and objective hazards....

A Laborer We Love: The Black Diamond Dirt Bag Glove 

Mark Twain famously said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” This feels particularly true in winter, when a day of snow is just as likely to be followed by a day of the dreaded “wintry mix” as it is by one well below freezing. While winter weather in the northeast is consistently inconsistent, one thing you can count on is finding us wearing the...

How to Choose Crampons

When the mountains are covered in snow and summer’s flowing waterfalls turn into ribbons of ice, traction is the name of your winter travel game. But, when your objectives get more serious, crampons should be your footwear of choice. Whether you’re simply looking to climb a snow gully or become a mixed climbing master, you’re going to need crampons to keep from sliding off the snow and rock....

Alpha Guide: MacIntyre Range in Winter

Get views for days on this three-peak traverse that includes the Adirondacks' second-tallest. The MacIntyre Range has it all: stiff climbs, a frozen waterfall, scrambling, and more than enough incredible views to keep you enjoying it from the second you step on the trail to the moment you return to the parking lot. While it's certainly not the longest hike out there, the elevation gain you’ll...

Checklist: 52 goEast New Year’s Resolutions

Making outdoor-themed New Year’s resolutions is easy. Following through? Now that’s hard, especially when you don’t know where to get started. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered, with 52 suggested outdoor activities—straight from the goEast archives—to help turn your resolution into a weekly reality. Here’s to making 2018 the best year yet. Courtesy: @peterkbrandon Winter ...

The Top 8 360-Degree Adirondack High Peak Views

You'll see a lot of things from the top of an Adirondack High Peak—endless summits, gray slides scarring mountainsides, alpine lakes, and deep gouging passes. But, aside from the stray ski jump peaking up above the thick carpet of trees, one thing you won't see much of is civilization. More than any other range in the Northeast, the Adirondacks are alone, set far away from the region's cities...

5 Tips for Introducing a Newbie to the Adirondack High Peaks

For many of us, one of our biggest passions is peak-bagging in the Adirondacks or winter hiking in the Presidential Range, and there are few feelings better than sharing that with a co-worker, family member, or new love interest. But unfortunately, many of these newbies think hiking is like strolling through the neighborhood mall or sticking to the tame trails at the local park, which we all...