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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Long Term Review: Cassin X-Dream

Long Term Review: Cassin X-Dream

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the name. X-Dream. X, really? Dream? A bit grandiose, isn’t it? Not that other tools’ names make much sense, either. And at least it’s consistent with other Cassin products, X-Light, X-Gyro, X-etc. But, then again, names aren’t all that important if the […]

First Look: Cassin X-Dream Review

First Look: Cassin X-Dream Review

I’m just going to come out and say it: the Cassin X-Dream is the best ice and mixed tool I’ve tried to date. Granted, I’ve only used them three times but first impressions count for a lot when you know what to look for… The X-Dream on the first few moves […]