Tag: mixed 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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Field Tested: OR Alibi II Gloves & Magic Tape

Field Tested: OR Alibi II Gloves & Magic Tape

Modern mixed routes require all sorts of tricks and tips to get right, whether just training or actually projecting something. Me, I’ll take all the help I can get on these steel-scarred rock climbs : shouted beta, laser-pointed-holds, and anything that will make it easier to hold onto my tools. […]

Field Tested: Camp Photon ‘biners

Field Tested: Camp Photon ‘biners

Carabiners are a great place to save some weight on your rack: relatively inexpensive but with the potential for a massive weight savings. When I started ice climbing, my draws were composed of older Black Diamond Positrons at 50 grams per ‘biner. Twelve draws at 100-grams each adds up to […]

How To: Four Usable Ice Clippers

How To: Four Usable Ice Clippers

Black Diamond’s revised-for-2013 Aspect and Lotus harnesses are as close to perfect as I’ve come across, so far. The only feature they are lacking is four properly positioned ice clipper slots. Here’s my how-to guide to attach two ice clippers to the back of the harness, utilizing the massive stash […]