Tag: mixed climbing

Avalanche Gear for Ice Climbers

Avalanche Gear for Ice Climbers

The ice climbing community has been undergoing a paradigm shift in regards to avalanche awareness and safety.  Like the ski community’s transition to wearing helmets, ice climbers continue to become more aware of avalanches and how to mitigate the associated hazards through knowledge and equipment.  This is a much different […]

Review: Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet

Review: Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet

Mammut’s innovative new helmet, the Wall Rider, features an Expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam body with a small hard-shell cap on the top.  This hybrid of exposed foam and hard-shell blends the features of two different helmet designs: the traditional lightweight in-mold helmet design and the super-light exposed foam design of […]

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 […]

Field Tested Review: AustriAlpin Wall Hammer

Field Tested Review: AustriAlpin Wall Hammer

The dark art of piton craft has faded into obscurity for the vast majority of climbers. Because of the propensity to damage and alter the rock when driving a piton, forward thinking climbers started a movement in the 1970’s away from such destructive forms of protection and towards “clean” alternatives.  […]

Field Tested: Canada Goose Timber Shell Jacket

Field Tested: Canada Goose Timber Shell Jacket

Canada Goose is a Toronto, Canada, based company that is renown for making exceptional extreme weather outerwear. The company specializes in down-filled jackets and parkas, and since the 1970’s has been supplying mountaineering, Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. The clothing is well thought-out, warm and durable, and has earned a well-deserved […]

Update: Field Test of Alien Evolution Cams

Update: Field Test of Alien Evolution Cams

August 12, 2015 Update:  Had a great chat with a Fixe designer about their new Alien Evolution cams. I was recently at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City and had a chance to sit down with one of Fixe Hareware’s designers to discuss some of of the issues […]

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 […]

Field Tested Review: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX

Field Tested Review: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX

I’ve been using the Nepal Evo GTX for a few years now but recently had the opportunity to try the new Nepal Cube GTX (these names are a bit of a mouthful… let’s go with Evo and Cube for simplicity).  This new addition to the Nepal line-up not only looks […]

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 […]