Tag: climbing

Winter 2017 OR Teaser

This January was my second run at OR, so I didn’t feel like a complete rookie, but I did still pick up on some of the do’s and don’ts of surviving those crazy few days. So as a semi-newbie, here are my top five best and worst things from OR, […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dirt Bag Guides: Canmore

Dirt Bag Guides: Canmore

Tom Livingstone and Uisdean Hawthron visited the Canadian Rockies for some alpine climbing in September, living mostly our of their rented van and poaching WiFi wherever possible. Since I live here, I rarely have issues with finding my bed or WiFi, so I thought I’d ask them for a visitors’ […]

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 […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia’s Houdini Jacket is a simple, lightweight, weather resistant shell that almost disappears into its own pocket when it’s not being used.  While advertised as a shell for runners on Patagonia’s website we tested it on some multi-pitch rock climbs where weight and bulk are the enemy.  The Houdini worked […]

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

The 2015 version of the Vapor V has been on the market since the spring giving me the opportunity to really put them to the test.  I was a huge fan of Scarpa’s original Vapor V which were my go-to shoes for the gym and outdoor face climbing, both cragging […]