Current Transportation: 2000 Subaru Forester
Core Activities: Alpine climbing, ice climbing, mixed climbing, rock climbing, skiing, ski-mountaineering
Non-Core Activities: Guiding, exploring beautiful places with friends and family, photography, cooking good food, travel
Favorite Places: Cannon Cliff, NH; Needles, CA; Lake Willoughby, VT; Ruth Gorge, AK; Dolomites, Italy; Lofoten Islands, Norway
My Jam Is: I need to expand my musical horizons...
I Eat Lots Of: Quality baked goods of all sorts
Fun Fact: Most people don't know this, but I'm trying to stay home in New Hampshire more.
An alpinist at heart, Peter Doucette is a passionate climber and IFMGA guide based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He practices his art year round, but is especially inspired by steep ice and wild mixed climbing when the temperatures drop and the ephemeral routes emerge. Peter’s pursuits of adventure farther afield have led to first ascents in the Alaska Range, the Sichuan Province of China, and Namibia. At home in the Northeast, he credits a great community of talented friends who make the local climbing experiences rewarding and great training for the ranges of the world. Peter maintains a constant schedule of climbing, skiing, and guiding—which means there’s no off-season. The variety in terrain, changing conditions, and modes of travel keep Peter psyched and learning in the mountains—just the way he likes it. For more information on Peter, check out mountainsenseguides.com.
I've been using my hooded filament down layer for quick and light warmth in these late autumn shadows before the sun hits in the morning, and alternately returning from the crag at day's end. Light and highly packable, it practically disappears when it's not in use.
I've had a good early season outing on ice with and October ascent of the Black Dike on Cannon Cliff, NH. For both, it was nice to reach for the easy warmth of the Ice line pant as I ease back into winter mode. With these pants, it's so easy to regulate warmth with the light insulation.
The Thin Ice Handbook: Climbing Techniques
How to move up smoothly and safely when the ice is thin on your climbing route. [Read More]
The Thin Ice Handbook: Understanding The Ice
Its sound, its color, the weather—all these things will help you gauge ice quality on climbing routes. [Read More]
The Thin Ice Handbook: Essential Equipment
How to fine-tune the gear you’ll need to send thin ice and traditional mixed routes. [Read More]
How To Move Faster And More Safely Through 3rd And 4th Class Terrain
Sometimes the most dangerous part of a climb isn't even 5th class. Peter Doucette gives 11 tips for going fast and staying safe. [Read More]
10 Ways To Manage Ice Fall To Maximize Safety
"Ice!" When you're climbing it, odds are, some will come down on you. Here's a guide's perspective on how to minimize risk. [Read More]
A Bold New Line In Alaska By OR’s Peter Doucette
Twisted Stair in Ruth Gorge goes at WI6 R/X M6+ [Read More]