Tag: ice 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 […]

Accident Report: Deja Vu On Carlsberg

Accident Report: Deja Vu On Carlsberg

Fall From Grace Silence. Ice and snow are falling around me; air is rushing by. I sense things that should make noise: my body falling backwards, sugary snow shimmering down the slope, my tools flailing in a desperate effort to catch purchase, ice shards skittering beside me. But all I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Tools

Review: Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Tools

As a newish ice climber, I spent the first few years renting ice tools from the local outdoor centre and borrowing tools from friends, acquaintances and whomever was willing to lend me a pair. As I live in Calgary, Alberta, with a large population of ice climbers and a short […]

Trip Report: Shuangqiaogou Valley, Sichuan, China

Trip Report: Shuangqiaogou Valley, Sichuan, China

aka The Adventures of Team Junk Show We weren’t feeling the best with scratchy throats and running noses. Grating coughs escaped everyone’s lips at some point. Our Tibetan hosts noticed and brewed up a ginger-and-honey home remedy: jiāng chá. We loved it, but couldn’t quite get the pronunciation right, so […]

Field Tested Review: Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants

Field Tested Review: Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants

Like many outdoor companies Patagonia has come out with a new hybrid pant and jacket that combines 3-layer waterproof-breathable fabric with stretchy soft-shell material into one piece of clothing.  The idea of course is to create a garment that benefits from the advantages of both fabric types through their strategic […]

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 […]