Monthly Archives: February 2018

A Peak Too Far

Nine of us slowly ascended snow and ice covered Hamlin Ridge in one of Maine’s most remote and rugged regions, Mount Katahdin massif in Baxter State Park. Probably the only realistic opportunity to achieve our collective goal to summit the two highest points in Maine, Baxter and Hamlin Peaks, the high elevation forecast was marginal […]

Winter in Baxter State Park

The most exciting and challenging winter mountaineering in Maine can be found in Baxter State Park. Baxter and Hamlin Peaks on the Mount Katahdin massif are the two highest points in the state. Imposing Knife Edge connects Baxter and Pamola Peaks. Arguably the state’s most exceptional ice climbing and backcountry skiing are found in the […]

Parlez-vous Anglais?

Quebec is a winter wonderland where outdoor sports flourish. Skiing, skating, mountaineering and other activities abound. However, a visit has challenges. My French is not very good. Actually, that’s not true. It’s pathetic. As a defense, I’ve perfected one French phrase, “Parlez-vous Anglais?” When unaccompanied by French speaking escorts in Quebec, I just ask that […]