Category: Adventure

Fall is the Time for Car Camping and Cocktails

Car cocktails (photo credit: flickr/dotpolka) It’s not PC, but here it goes: I love car camping. To compound the dearth of political correctness: it’s due in no small part to that you can carry cocktails and plenty of ice. The change of seasons has brought on this admission. Just yesterday, my meteorologically prophetic neighbor told… Read more »

Five Things To Do as the Dog Days of Summer Yield to Full-fledged Fall

As avowed dog fanatics, allow us to geek out for a minute. The Canis Major constellation is visible in summer, and the brightest star of Canis Major is Sirius – a.k.a. the Dog Star. The term “Dog Days” originated in ancient Greek culture, though it’s more often associated with ancient Rome. In ancient times, Sirius… Read more »

He Said, She Said: Planning to Run Hut-to-Hut in the Austrian Alps

Joe Mills and Kara Henry are just your average couple. You know… in a typical week, they work full time, study for advanced degrees, have a few beers with friends, rack up first ascents on 5.14+ routes and run 100-mile trail races on the weekends for fun. Like we said: average. That is if “average”… Read more »

Another Successful Summit for Climb Against the Odds

On June 20, 2013, 27 unrelated people ascended Mt. Shasta as a team. Sixteen of those people reached the summit at 14,179-feet. Eleven ascended to a personal summit of equal significance. There may have been more climbers on the dormant volcano in Northern California that day, but these 27 individuals carried the weight of advocacy… Read more »

NEMBAFest 2013 Rocks the Kingdom in Burke, VT

Tim Reynolds is an elite cross country ski racer and native Vermonter. He contributes to The Buzz on all things related to our home state Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom doesn’t play host to as many Phish shows as it once did. But if you passed through East Burke, VT last weekend, you would have thought otherwise…. Read more »

John Graves and Cross Training to Peak Rowing Performance

Tim Reynolds is an elite cross country ski racer and native Vermonter. He contributes to The Buzz on all things related to our home state John Graves is a world-class rower. In his second year with the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s Olympic Development Program, Graves recently won the National Selection Regatta in Princeton, NJ. He’ll be… Read more »

Griffin Whiteside FA: The Last Great One V13

The Last Great One v13: Griffin Whiteside FA from Scott Hall I was introduced to “The Last Great One” project at the end of 2012 by a close friend, Chad Parkinson. Immediately I was in disbelief, perfection was the only word that I could associate. The holds are all comfortable, the moves powerful, and the… Read more »

Mount Deborah Recap: “sometimes, surviving is enough”

Dawn arrives: a perverse, grey tingle.  Dog tracks mix with blood in the snow.  A distinct smell of fire.  We must be back in Alaska. Waiting is a game I’ve become good at in Talkeetna.  From here all the planes fly, usually to Denali.  We’re going somewhere new though.  A map, a compass, pounds of… Read more »

Ibex Athlete Griffin Whiteside shares with us the perfect climbing attire

First Ascent of #tall V9, Joe’s Valley, Utah Photo: Matt Irving In this guest post, Ibex-sponsored athlete Griffin Whiteside reviews some Ibex gear after punishing it for a few months on rock, at school and around town. Check out Griffin’s profile on, or do a vimeo search to live vicariously for a few minutes…. Read more »