Gear

Petzl Trigrest

If you geek-out hard about alpine climbing gear, you will have noted that many manufacturers have begun to develop handy, moveable, pinky or trigger rests for Mountaineering axes. Some of the more popular axes with this feature are the Grivel air tech evo (equipped with the “slider”) and the Petzl Aztarex. The consensus has been...

Five-Ten Stealth Paint

An obvious solution to a longstanding problem. Generations of crack climbers have fallen victim to shredded shoes as a result of excessive crack climbing. Climbers have developed many mostly inaffective solutions including tape, aqua-seal, seam-grip, shoe-goo, barge cement to no avail- the toe boxes of our favorite shoes always end up shredded… Enter the new...

Ski Review: K2 Mt. Baker Superlight

Written in winter 07/08 STATS Skis (make/model): 2007-2008 K2 Mt. Baker Superlight Dimensions: 120/88/108 Weight per pair: 6.6lbs Size Tested: 174 Tester’s Name: Mike Bromberg Tester’s Weight: 155 Bindings: Dynafit TLT Classic Boots: Garmont Megaride Summary A mid-fat ski in a ‘superlight’ weight… Hmm… I think I’m right to be initially skeptical. How could a...

Great News!

Yesterday morning I got an unexpected phone call from Katie Kelly over at the American Mountain Guides Association informing me that I am the lucky recipient of the 2009 Osprey Scholarship! I’ve got big plans for using this scholarship towards the Advanced Alpine Guide’s Course/Aspirant Exam to be held in Chamonix, France this upcoming summer....

more pow!

Skied some great crested butte backcountry snow with the Arc'teryx Arrakis 40 backpack.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Cobra Ice tool

Review by Kyle Mattingly: Material: [Shaft] carbon fiber; [Pick] steel Length: 50cm Pick Included: Laser Leash Included: No, Fang and Strike included Weight: 21oz (608g) Recommended Use: Ice, mixed, alpine climbing Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Summary A carbon fiber leashless ice tool with more clearance then any other tool out there…I’m sold! My first impression...

Avalanche and Backcountry Ski Equipment List

Rescue Equipment: Avalanche probe Collapsible shovel (metal blade recommended) Avalanche transceiver (457 kHz frequency only. Digital or analogue) Cell phone or two-way radio (OPTIONAL) Personal Equipment: Clothing for activities and standing in cold/snowy weather (no cotton) long underwear insulating layers outer layer (wind/waterproof) warm gloves, mitts, headband, and hat Goggles and sunglasses Small personal first...

New Black Diamond Justice Skis

Back of the class geek-out session, ‘preparing’ for my Terrain lesson I came across this new Black Diamond ski gear for 09/10. Posted by Steve Romeo over on Teton AT here… The justice boards look like they will be the answer and a good compromise on ‘fun’ shapes. Not too outrageosuly huge, still big enough...

New G3 Alpine Touring Binding and Video Account of Fernie Avalanche Accident

I had a great time with a small local group on a private level I avalanche course this past weekend. It’s not every course that we get the kind of mountain athletes that this group was comprised of, and as a result we were able to access some excellent avalanche terrain in our local backcountry....