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OR Summer 2016: Footwear

OR Summer 2016: Footwear

Among the hundreds of pairs of trail runners, light hiking boots, various approach shoes, numerous rock climbing shoes and a few technical alpine boots, it’s two pairs of alpine boots that stood out: Zamberlan’s Eiger Lite GTX and Scarpa’s Zodiac Tech GTX. Interestingly, both fill a similar niche: a low-cut, […]

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

OR Summer 2016: Hardware

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016 wrapped up a couple weeks ago (I know, apologies for the delayed posts this year) and we’re kicking off the coverage with climbing hardware. By far and away the coolest and most impressive product is Maxim’s Platinum rope. The design interweaves the sheath with the […]

Review: La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe

Review: La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe

La Sportiva came out with a new line of technical approach shoes this spring and the lightest of this new trio, the TX2, caught my eye and begged to be looked at in detail.  This new approach shoe was designed to be lightweight and packable with a sticky sole.  A great combination […]

Review: RAB Electron Jacket

Review: RAB Electron Jacket

RAB’s new Electron jacket is an incredibly versatile technical layer that has found a place in my pack on a wide variety of trips from skiing to alpine climbing and mountaineering in every season from winter to summer.  Designed for year-round use the mid-weight jacket utilizes water resistant Pertex® Endurance […]

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

New to the climbing shoe scene, the Korean company Butora (BOO-TORE-AH) has come out with some great shoes and a unique fitting ideology that is sure to please climbers with hard-to-fit feet.  While it would be fun to test the entire line-up we have to start somewhere and so choose the […]

Homebrew: Cheap DIY Adjustable Bouldering Wall

Homebrew: Cheap DIY Adjustable Bouldering Wall

The Drytooling Ladder still works great (article here: http://www.thealpinestart.com/2015/04/build-a-cheap-climbing-ladder/) but I wanted something more interesting to train for rockclimbing. I had a couple evenings free after work, so now I have an adjustable bouldering wall drawbridge! If you read through the article on how to build the cheapo climbing ladder, you already […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

The Therm-a-Rest brand has been a staple for years. I have a BaseCamp mattress going on 13 years of use, but it takes up as much space as a folding chair in my car! When I started looking for something a bit more space friendly, the X-Therm was at the […]

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Five Ten has redeveloped the Quantum and the result is a well designed, featured and finished shoe that’s hard to miss in bright blue suede.  The breathable tongue and lined interior give the shoe a soft feel and soak up the sweat on long days while the always reliable C4 Stealth rubber […]

Review: RAB Nebula belay parka

Review: RAB Nebula belay parka

New types of insulation always interest me. Down keeps getting pricier, and it seems as if at some point synthetic reached its limits, so now we’re seeing a lot of down getting mixed with synthetics into various blends. The holy grail? Synthetic that performs like down: warmth without weight that’s also […]

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

I have been riddled with allergies for most of my life.  Grasses, pollen, mould, cats, dogs, and horses are just some of the environmental ones.  It has made loving the outdoors interesting.  I’ve also had some food allergies since I was quite young, but more recently, this list has gotten […]