Hometown: Madison, New Hampshire
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, Sterling Rope, La Sportiva
Current Transportation: 2009 Nissan Frontier
Favorite Places: Laughing Lion, Western Maine; A friend's house in Madison; My truck, heading north to go climbing
Core Activities: Rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing
My Jam Is: Enter Sandman by Metallica
Non-Core Activities: Drawn out morning coffee sessions, October bird hunting
I Eat Lots Of: Cheddar cheese
Fun Fact: I love science fiction.
Bayard Russell, Jr., works close to his New Hampshire home as a mountain guide and a builder, and come the famous New England fall, his free time is stretched thin between the glory days of rock climbing and the endless preparation for a New England winter.
Once winter arrives, the fleeting conditions of ice climbing take over, and life becomes a string of temperature swings, precipitation, front points, sparks and blunted tools. He and his wife, Anne, live in a little cabin in the woods in a little town called Madison, just south of the incredible variety of climbing held in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and surrounded by good friends.
They love a full house and long morning coffee-drinking sessions by the wood stove. Bayard has managed to sneak in an ever-growing number of new rock and ice/mixed routes all over the Northeast, from his favorite rock climbing crags in quiet Western Maine and the bustling, suburban Cathedral Ledge, to the alpine terrain of Cannon Cliff and New York’s New-Hampshire-sized Adirondack State Park.