Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Mammut Rock Rider

    Jun 12, 16 • 2632 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 • 3268 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 • 2484 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 • 3586 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 • 2597 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 • 5373 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...

  • Review: Voormi Eleven.9

    Mar 17, 16 • 2348 Views • GearNo Comments

    Wearing something from Voormi—a clothing line based out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, attracts attention and curiosity. Retail: $149.00 For the last two months I’ve tested out their Eleven.9 hoodie, and almost every day someone makes a comment about it....

  • Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR Jacket

    Feb 16, 16 • 11006 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Rockies in winter are known for their cold temperatures and fierce winds. When I’m climbing ice in these mountains I need a belay parka that blocks the wind, has enough loft to keep me warm at a long belay, and compresses enough to carry easily on the...