Author: Monte

Avalanche Gear for Ice Climbers

Avalanche Gear for Ice Climbers

The ice climbing community has been undergoing a paradigm shift in regards to avalanche awareness and safety.  Like the ski community’s transition to wearing helmets, ice climbers continue to become more aware of avalanches and how to mitigate the associated hazards through knowledge and equipment.  This is a much different […]

Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack

Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack

Long Term Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack Osprey has the reputation for making extremely comfortable packs and the redesigned Mutant 38 doesn’t disappoint.  This spacious 38L top loader fits like a glove, making it easy to forget how much heavy gear’s in it.  It’s also a very well thought out […]

Review: G3 VIA Carbon Ski Pole

Review: G3 VIA Carbon Ski Pole

The VIA Carbon pole from G3 is exactly what a ski touring or mountaineering pole should be.  And while G3 may not yet have the brand recognition of some of the larger companies, when it comes to backcountry ski touring and mountaineering they’re on the cutting edge!  I’ve been testing […]

Review: Petzl Sum’Tec Mountaineering Axe

Review: Petzl Sum’Tec Mountaineering Axe

There’s a wide range of alpine ice axes or piolets on the market and it can seem confusing or intimidating when trying to choose one.  However, when it comes to a versatile alpine climbing and mountaineering tool the Petzl Sum’tec has no rival.  If you’re in the market for a […]

Climber’s Christmas Gift Guide Part 2:  Stocking Stuffers 2016

Climber’s Christmas Gift Guide Part 2:  Stocking Stuffers 2016

Here at TAS we know there’s a lot of hard-to-shop-for climbers out there and of course we want to help connect that climber with the perfect gift.  In the first installment of this year’s Christmas Gift Guide we highlighted some options for larger gifts.  Now in this, the second part of […]

Climber’s Christmas Gift Guide Part 1: Top 5 for 2016

Climber’s Christmas Gift Guide Part 1: Top 5 for 2016

Well it’s that time of year again and I’m sure that there’s a bunch of you out there with a hard-to-shop-for climber in the family.  Not to worry, we have a 2-part special that should help you with some Christmas gift ideas.  Part 1 will highlight five great gift ideas […]

Review: Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet

Review: Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet

Mammut’s innovative new helmet, the Wall Rider, features an Expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam body with a small hard-shell cap on the top.  This hybrid of exposed foam and hard-shell blends the features of two different helmet designs: the traditional lightweight in-mold helmet design and the super-light exposed foam design of […]

Review: RAB Flashpoint Jacket

Review: RAB Flashpoint Jacket

Review: RAB Flashpoint Jacket If you’re like me you take a waterproof jacket on most summer alpine missions, just in case.  In case there’s a rain shower or a snow flurry, strong winds or (hopefully not!) an unplanned bivi.  So, if the jacket is going to spend the majority of […]

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

With the name “Alpine Start” you know this lightweight hoodie from Black Diamond should be good!  And it doesn’t disappoint.  This simple and lightweight layer cuts the wind, sheds light precipitation and keeps the sun and bugs off all while breathing very well.  It’s not waterproof though so any continuous […]

Review: Evolv Cruzer Psyche Approach Shoe

Review: Evolv Cruzer Psyche Approach Shoe

We continue the sequence of approach shoe reviews with Evolv’s Cruzer Psyche.  Exceptionally light and compact, the Cruzer Psyche is the way to go when you expect to spend most of the day with your approach shoes in the pack or clipped to your harness.  This of course means that […]