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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 […]

Review: Camp Coffee Brewer Face-Off

Review: Camp Coffee Brewer Face-Off

Like much of life, a day of climbing is best kick started by a heavy dose of caffeine.  The performance and mood enhancing effects of caffeine greatly increase success rates by supplying the necessary motivation for the climber to get up and then, once imbibed, lubricate synapses whereby headaches are […]

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

So, ice season might be over….sob, sob, sniffle. But, once the snow is gone, it’s time to break out the rock gear! For a typical cragging day, the hardest decision I usually have to make in the morning is what to wear. Ugh. If I end up wearing pants, I […]

Review: Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness

Review: Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness

The new Zephir Altitude harness from Mammut is extremely light with an elegantly simple and functional design.  It has exactly what’s needed for ski mountaineering/touring as well as general mountaineering in a nicely laid-out package that’s comfortable to wear under a big pack all day.  I took the harness out for a few weeks ski touring […]

Field Test Review: DMM Dragon Cams

Field Test Review: DMM Dragon Cams

It seems like all the various climbing hardware companies decided that this was the year to come out with new or updated cams: BD has the Camalot Ultralights, Metolius the Ultralight Mastercams (actually these came out in late 2015), WildCountry the new Friends, etc.  And while most of these companies have chosen […]

Dirt Bag Guide: Skaha

Dirt Bag Guide: Skaha

Picture this – easily accessible, beautiful granite rock to climb, gorgeous lake views, warm temperatures and sun, surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Welcome to Skaha Bluffs! Who wouldn’t want to spend time there? This Rockies climbing destination is by far one of my favourite places to visit in the west. It […]

Review: Petzl Sitta harness

Review: Petzl Sitta harness

The Sitta is Petzl’s newest, lightest and highest-tech harness. It packs a lot of high-end features into little weight, all of which stows down into a tiny package. There are two things that continue to annoy me about the Sitta, but I also find myself using it more than any […]

Review: Scarpa Vapor (lace)

Review: Scarpa Vapor (lace)

I’ve been a long-time fan of Scarpa’s Vapor V shoes, both the original and the 2015 updated version, they fit my feet well and really seemed to have found that Goldilocks zone of comfort and performance.  The recently released lace version of the shoe, which is simply called the Vapor, […]

First Look: Arcteryx Acrux AR boot

First Look: Arcteryx Acrux AR boot

The Acrux AR boot from Arc’teryx is a study in modern aesthetic, design and construction. The blacked-out look, with just a flash of red over the toe and for the zipper pull, screams modern industrial. The construction is through-and-through Arc’teryx, with superb attention to detail and incredibly fine workmanship — […]