Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Mammut Whymper Jacket

    Jun 25, 16 • 2703 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 • 2252 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 • 3860 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 • 4630 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...

  • Review: Exped Synmat Hyperlite Sleeping Pad

    Jun 6, 16 • 3423 Views • GearNo Comments

    The gear: Exped Synmat Hyperlite sleeping pad, size Medium (msrp $169) and Schnozzel Pump Bag UL (msrp $40) Reviewed by: Drew Thayer, Senior Contributor  A sleeping pad doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to do three things well: keep your body...

  • Gear Review: Garmont Sticky Rock

    May 6, 16 • 4492 Views • GearNo Comments

    In the process of looking for a new approach shoe that I could also do some running in I came across the Garmont Sticky Rock. Retail: $145.00  Over the last three months I’ve tested these out on the local trail system, and on approaches across the...

  • Review: Mountainsmith Mayhem 45

    Mar 30, 16 • 3414 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Mountainsmith Mayhem 45 is an innovative and creative backpack—perfect for certain uses, but hindering for others. Here’s what I liked about it, when I’ll use it, and when I’ll find another pack in the hopper to take up to the crag. Retail:...

  • Review: Edelweiss Curve 9.8mm

    Mar 30, 16 • 7458 Views • GearNo Comments

    It’s that time again when I need a new cragging rope. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or particularly light, just something durable that my partners and I can take a thousand falls on and never worry about it. There are lots of options out there, and the...