Bayard Russell

Hometown: Madison, New Hampshire
Current Transportation: 2009 Nissan Frontier
Core Activities: Rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing
Non-Core Activities: Drawn out morning coffee sessions, October bird hunting
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, Sterling Rope, La Sportiva
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.

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]

Adirondack Ice: Endangered Species

In January, an awesome line came in next to Jeff Lowe and Ed Palen's famous Gorillas in the Mist [Read More]

Alpine & Ice Climbing Ambassadors
Bayard Russell
Blake Herrington
Chad Kellogg (1971-2014)
Emilie Drinkwater
Gordon McArthur
Graham Zimmerman
Guy Robertson
Jason Nelson
Jewell Lund
Joshua Brandon
Kyle Dempster
Margo Talbot
Mark Allen
Sarah Garlick
Sarah Hueniken