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: 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 […]

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’ […]

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder

Homebrew: Build a Cheap Basement Climbing Ladder I would love to build a full home bouldering wall but sadly I rent my place and don’t want to spend the money to build a wall that I will need to take down in a year. Instead I spent a Sunday afternoon […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

The Black Diamond Torque is marketed as a technical ice / dry tooling / mixed climbing glove ideal for climbing where dexterity and grip are key. I’ve been using my pair for 4 months and I’m quite pleased with them. They deliver exactly what they promise and are holding up really […]

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review Crag specific packs need to do two things in order for them to be successful: Haul all your stuff to and from the crag, and make it easy to do so. Recently I’ve had a chance to kick around Back of the […]

OP-ED: CLIMBING RESCUE AND DEALING WITH DISASTER

OP-ED: CLIMBING RESCUE AND DEALING WITH DISASTER

I have a belay set off the anchor and am steadily bringing up my partner. My second is still out of sight when the sound of a rock cracking off somewhere high above snaps the air and a jagged boulder comes screaming past my shoulder. I hear an impact and the rope […]