Miscellaneous

Arc’teryx Phase SL Base Layer System

Arc’teryx Phase SL Base Layer System

Winter has to be my favourite season, despite how difficult it is to dress for. The love-hate relationship with managing your body heat is one that can really discourage play outside during the winter if you haven’t fine-tuned it. Too cold is miserable, but too warm will mean sweating which […]

Review: Helinox Cot Lite

Review: Helinox Cot Lite

Cots have the reputation of being heavy, bulky and not always all that comfortable.  Not really something that you want to take into the backcountry, right?  Well Helinox doesn’t agree and as experts in light and comfortable camping gear they should know (check out the Chair One if you haven’t […]

Review: Helinox Chair One

Review: Helinox Chair One

Like many backcountry enthusiasts I do a lot of camping to facilitate my addictions to skiing, climbing and alpinism.  This can involve easy car camping where I drive right up to the camping spot (Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Yosemite, etc.) to locations where I take a helicopter or plane into […]

Review: Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses

Review: Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses

I did my best to break the Aspire Acclaimed sunglasses, without success. I threw them into pack bottoms, tossed them among sharp ice screws, stuffed them into pockets and, on several occasions, completely forgot where they were and sat on them. Much of this has to do with the fact […]

Review: Petzl RAD System

Review: Petzl RAD System

Updated August 2016: Petzl has updated the published strength of the RAD line from 8kN to 12kN.  The line itself has not changed just how they have come about the published strength.  As I understand it the strength was originally based upon the minimum requirements of the CE standard that […]

Christmas Gift Ideas for that Hard-to-Shop-For Climber

Christmas Gift Ideas for that Hard-to-Shop-For Climber

Not sure what to get the ice climber or alpinist in the family? We’re here to help with some ideas for stocking stuffers and gifts.  In no particular order here are five great ideas that won’t break the bank: Lorpen Socks: Besides just being a great gift idea in general, socks […]