Today is Alan’s birthday. Last night I had dreams of him. They weren’t fun… they weren’t of the person I want to remember… of the person my family and I miss so sorely. Here’s to memories of hiking in the Whites, hucking a squirrel off the porch in a rubbermade container after trapping it in […]

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Here’s a piece I wrote for NEice after a (Type II) fun day of climbing: Enjoy!

Sunset from the bivy ledge on the Beckey-Chouinard - South Howser Tower, Bugaboo Provincial Park

That which we seek is only a fleeting moment of glory. Every race, every route, every summit – we grasp and we aspire for what is JUST out of reach. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years – all spent in search of that one transient moment. But a new goal replaces every success. We need […]


51.5 miles spread over 2 Boston Marathons… CLOSURE  ***** Last year, I didn’t finish what I’d set out to do. The bombings at the finish line robbed me of that opportunity. I got my medal… I got my stickers… but I wasn’t having anything to do with them. My medal remained draped upon the mirror […]

Sunrise heading into Poachers' Falls

Below is a link to a piece I wrote about my recent trip to Scotland. It’s worth checking out for the pictures alone! And for those looking for something you won’t find there on NEice… proof that I saw something other than the inside of a cloud and a reason to go back:

Through the difficulties on Remission Direct, plenty of hard climbing still to go.

“You’re the only one who didn’t know you had it in you.” Last year I finally climbed Repentance. This was a three or four year process for me: partners bailing, unfavorable conditions, and my own fear all colluded to keep me from venturing up that pillar off the first belay ledge. When I finally did […]

As an educator, I am constantly giving feedback, but I don’t always have the opportunity to receive feedback myself. I receive feedback from students from time to time, as well as the feedback of administrators who observe my class occasionally, but I don’t often get to see the long-term effects of my teaching, coaching, and […]

Here is a post I wrote for   Heresy: An unorthodox practice, publicly avowed, and obstinately defended. Heretic: One who carries out the above; traditionally burned alive as penalty for sins.   THE HERETIC article by Patrick Cooke   ***** There’s a particular dogma within our community that drives us and binds us together: get out […]


  I’ve been putting off the hard work of fundraising for too long. This year I am again running in the Boston Marathon as a part of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge. The truth of the matter is, I know why I’ve put it off thus far… sitting down to write the appeal below fucking […]

People seem to be big on New Year’s resolutions… eat better, lose weight, work out more, etc… How many people actually keep them though? I’ve never liked New Years resolutions. I’ve only ever made one when forced by others to do so. As such, it’s easy to surmise that these did not pan out over […]

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