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mmmmm…..Homemade Jerky

mmmmm…..Homemade Jerky

I devour as much if not more food on the trail as my male climbing partners. Basically, if my stomach grumbles, I’m 30 min too late. My favourite thing to bring to avoid being hungry, is jerky. Its a great option with a high calorie to weight ratio, long shelf […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 chose 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 […]