Tag: alpine climbing

Patagonia High Alpine Kit

Patagonia High Alpine Kit

Patagonia is an intriguing company, at once a leader in environmentally-friendly industrial practices while pushing innovation and technical performance in technical apparel. As much as I admire Patagonia, however, I’ve not really gotten along with its products and have often struggled with the fit, design or performance. Until now, that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Field Tested: CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe Review

Field Tested: CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe Review

“Wow that’s light.” We’ve stopped for a lunch break and my climbing partner has picked up my Corsa Nanotech. Without fail every single person to lift my axe has expressed the same shock. The weight, or lack thereof, truly is remarkable. Whatever else the CAMP Corsa Nanotech may be, it […]

Alpine Pack Comparison: 20-35L Range

Alpine Pack Comparison: 20-35L Range

This is a quick comparison of a few packs in the 20-35L range. I’ll compare their relative size, tool attachment options, and weight. I have not had a chance to use the Alpha yet (it arrived yesterday) and I have only a few days under the Ascensionist: stay tuned for […]

Field Tested: Camp Photon ‘biners

Field Tested: Camp Photon ‘biners

Carabiners are a great place to save some weight on your rack: relatively inexpensive but with the potential for a massive weight savings. When I started ice climbing, my draws were composed of older Black Diamond Positrons at 50 grams per ‘biner. Twelve draws at 100-grams each adds up to […]

A Few First Impressions (Gear Post)

A Few First Impressions (Gear Post)

A few first impressions of some new gear I’ve been using over the past couple of months. More detailed reviews coming once I have some more time with these pieces! BD X4 cams – In a word, awesome! Just like the C4 but narrower, and more flexible. Their narrower head […]

Trip Report: Mt. Temple, Greenwood-Jones

Trip Report: Mt. Temple, Greenwood-Jones

Climbing can sometimes be a very surreal experience. Take, for example, our weekend climb up Mt. Temple. On the one hand, we are on a massive, almost-mile-high north face composed mostly of loose rocks piled on top of each other, the climbing more mentally than physically taxing and retreat not […]