Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka

    Dec 23, 16 • 2203 Views • GearNo Comments

    If you’re a climber, you have a puffy coat. That’s a given—the best climbing days usually give way to cold nights and mornings. I tend to run on the cool side, and for years I’ve been trying to find that perfect puffy, one that both keeps me warm, but...

  • Review: Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler

    Oct 4, 16 • 1962 Views • GearNo Comments

    The longer I review gear, the more jaded I become. It’s hard to be impressed. I’ve become more selective about what products I want to review. But when the folks at Yeti Coolers reached out before the summer Outdoor Retailer show I knew I had to check...

  • Review: Sterling Velocity Rope

    Jul 29, 16 • 1709 Views • GearNo Comments

    I needed the perfect rope for my project. It had to be an 80 meter rope and it had to withstand a little more abuse than your average skinny line. I know that because I first worked the route, a 39 meter crack climb in Indian Creek, on a 9.2mm rope that...

  • Review: Rinsekit

    Jul 20, 16 • 1301 Views • GearNo Comments

    The RinseKit is one of those outdoor products that at first glance seems a little unnecessary—until you use it. I had one of these sitting on my shelf in the garage for a while before I actually took the time to bring it out on a climbing trip. I used it...

  • Review: Mammut Whymper Jacket

    Jun 25, 16 • 1587 Views • GearNo Comments

    Mammut designed the Whymper Jacket to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of Edward Whymper’s ascent of the Matterhorn. With taped seams, an adjustable hood, hem and cuff adjustments, underarm zips and large pockets the Whymper Jacket attempts to be the...

  • Review: Good-To-Go backpacking meals

    Jun 23, 16 • 1172 Views • GearNo Comments

    So you’ve spent the last number of weeks, months, and days obsessing about this upcoming adventure, but what have you forgotten? THE FOOD! Well, if you are me and you’ve been brainstorming and dreaming about that next adventure, it usually involves a)...

  • Review: Mammut Rock Rider

    Jun 12, 16 • 2031 Views • GearNo Comments

    When climbing in remote areas beyond the reach of immediate help you learn to understand the importance of having a healthy margin of safety. On Grade VI rock climbs in the Cirque of the Unclimbables and Grade III ice routes outside of Silverton I have found...

  • Review: Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody

    Jun 11, 16 • 2467 Views • GearNo Comments

    Marketed as a piece that blurs the line between a mid-layer and a shell, the Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody turned into my go-to “maybe” piece. As in, maybe it will rain, maybe it will snow, maybe it will be windy, maybe it will be cold, or maybe it will be...