Current Transportation: 2009 Nissan Frontier
Core Activities: Rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing
Non-Core Activities: Drawn out morning coffee sessions, October bird hunting
Favorite Places: Laughing Lion, Western Maine; A friend's house in Madison; My truck, heading north to go climbing
My Jam Is: Enter Sandman by Metallica
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.
The Whirlwind is a perfect little windshirt. It's a stretchy, cool layer I can use to hide from the sun, wind or bugs. It's rugged and it easily stuffs down into a tiny little pouch I can clip to my harness and forget about until I get a chill, sun baked or chowed by the blackflies.
This is one cozy hoody. It goes on as the cooler comes out, for coffee on a cool morning, between pitches when craggin ... basically whenever I can find an excuse to put it on.
Why You Should Not Go Ice Climbing This Weekend
5 reasons you may have forgotten why ice climbing is ... a different animal. [Read More]
A Secret Crag Tour In Croatia
During a climbing trip, Bayard Russell finds his father's dreamy stories of Croatian hospitality to be true. Well, mostly. [Read More]
Mid-Season Ice Climbing Tips: 3 Ways To Be More Delicate
The ice out there is more dry and brittle. Do you have the skills to stick with it? [Read More]
The Betrayer Of Hope: Bayard Russell’s New Route On Newfoundland’s Blow Me Down
Rising straight from Devil's Bay on Newfoundland's rugged southern coast, the route goes at 5.12a. [Read More]
How To Remember Everything: An Exhaustive Alaska Expedition Packing List
Forgetting something is not an option when you'll be dropped off on a glacier by a bush plane. Here's how to nail your packing. [Read More]
Have You Been Newfin’ized Yet?
Bayard Russell discovers Newfoundland's deep hospitality—and icy first ascents. [Read More]
Early Season Ice Climbing Tips
To get back into the swing of things, foget the swing—focus on the kick. [Read More]
Ice Fest: A Holiday You Should Be Celebrating
Why the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest should be on your calendar this winter. [Read More]
The Slacker’s Guide To Packing For Ice Climbing
No, seriously, Bayard Russell's no slacker. But he packs easy and smart, leaving more time for coffee. Or beer. [Read More]
Think You’ve Felt Real Cold? Think Again.
An early-season trip in the Hayes Range goes awry. [Read More]
Learning To Love Stout, Run-out Trad In The UK
Bayard Russell acquires a taste for climbing Wales-style [Read More]