Hey there! I’m Jillian and I’m glad you’re here. Tenders & Trails is focused on promoting New England’s great outdoors and adventures. Contrary to popular belief we have more than outlets and lobsters, and I’m hoping to help change that perception article by article. We have everything from sky diving to white water rafting to ice climbing, and it’s time to share just how awesome we are. Read on and get adventuring!
I’m normally pretty good at admitting things out loud. For example, I know I’m not a strong climber or fast snowboarder. I know I have a tendency to ramble and get loud when I’m excited about something. I know that I’m probably a bit too obsessed with my dogs, and despite popular belief… I know they are canines and not children. So, I find it strange of all the things I can… Read More
I’ve had ice climbing on my bucket list for a long time now, and I’m stoked to say that I finally got a chance to check it off on Saturday this past weekend. After getting one heck of a phenomenal deal on LivingSocial, Rob and I made the trek up to Essex Junction, Vermont to visit the folks at Northern Lights Rock & Ice. So if you’re interested in trying ice climbing,… Read More
Over the years, I’ve determined that nothing can ruin an otherwise good day of snowboarding (or skiing) like a bad helmet and goggles. There’s a ton of reasons ranging from a completely uncomfortable fit, to miserable designs, or totally ineffective safety features. Seeing as I have a collection of roughly half a dozen helmets in my gear closet and just as many goggles, I’m starting to feel like I’ve seen and worn… Read More
Ever have one of those vacations that by the time your headed to the airport, you’re relieved it’s over? Well, that was our Colorado honeymoon. It’s taken me a full week to actually get around to writing about it because it was: 1- Awesome. 2- Exhausting. (And 3-Work has been intense) So let’s talk about the awesome. As I was hitting publish on the first part of the honeymoon recap, the snow… Read More
I was noticing recently that I have this tendency to not want to write about my outdoor experiences unless they’re epic. Like truly envy worthy, “woah” inducing, and undoubtedly epic. These are the “I just climbed the most gnarly 5.12 ever” and the “I was this close to ending up in a crevasse” stories. But here’s the basic fact: My life isn’t that epic. And that’s alright. But I should be sharing… Read More
A week ago I was snowboarding down the lovely slopes of Okemo glad to have my snow legs back under me. And then I caught an edge, tried to correct, caught another edge, cartwheeled… and landed right on my helmeted head. It was one of those crashes where you stay still long enough to worry others, while hoping when you stand up all your limbs move with you, no sharp pains come screaming,… Read More