Author: Adam

Long Term Review: Julbo Venturi Zebra

Long Term Review: Julbo Venturi Zebra

Between a combination of light coloured eyes and contact lenses, sunglasses are a vital piece of kit for me on just about any mountain adventure. Up until finding the Julbo Venturi Zebra’s, I have always had to compromise between some combination of finding sunglasses that fit, can keep up with […]

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 […]

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder I would love to build a full home bouldering wall but sadly I rent my place and don’t want to spend the money to build a wall that I will need to take down in a year. Instead I spent a Sunday afternoon […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

The Black Diamond Torque is marketed as a technical ice / dry tooling / mixed climbing glove ideal for climbing where dexterity and grip are key. I’ve been using my pair for 4 months and I’m quite pleased with them. They deliver exactly what they promise and are holding up really […]

Show Report: REEL Rock 9 – Valley Uprising

Show Report: REEL Rock 9 – Valley Uprising

Show Report: REEL Rock 9 – Valley Uprising (top photo sourced from http://reelrocktour.com/) The REEL Rock film fest has been around since 2006 and tours around some of the best climbing and outdoor films in the industry. Sender Films and other production houses have consistently brought kickass adventures to the screen which […]

Field Tested Review: Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Runner

Field Tested Review: Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Runner

Field Tested Review: Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Runner. Trail Running is a fun way to cross train for alpine climbing, especially if you need to give your arms a break from the gym or crag. It is also an enjoyable activity in it’s own right, and one helluva lot more entertaining […]

Trip Report: West Coast Trail

Trip Report: West Coast Trail

Trip Report: West Coast Trail or, “When Climbers Go Hiking” Every now and then we will go hiking for reasons totally unrelated to an “approach”. In this case the hike we hit up was the West Coast Trail, 75 kilometers of shoreline and coastal rainforest trails in Pacific Rim National […]

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review Crag specific packs need to do two things in order for them to be successful: Haul all your stuff to and from the crag, and make it easy to do so. Recently I’ve had a chance to kick around Back of the […]

OP-ED: CLIMBING RESCUE AND DEALING WITH DISASTER

OP-ED: CLIMBING RESCUE AND DEALING WITH DISASTER

I have a belay set off the anchor and am steadily bringing up my partner. My second is still out of sight when the sound of a rock cracking off somewhere high above snaps the air and a jagged boulder comes screaming past my shoulder. I hear an impact and the rope […]