Tag: rock climbing

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 […]

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

With the name “Alpine Start” you know this lightweight hoodie from Black Diamond should be good!  And it doesn’t disappoint.  This simple and lightweight layer cuts the wind, sheds light precipitation and keeps the sun and bugs off all while breathing very well.  It’s not waterproof though so any continuous […]

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

New to the climbing shoe scene, the Korean company Butora (BOO-TORE-AH) has come out with some great shoes and a unique fitting ideology that is sure to please climbers with hard-to-fit feet.  While it would be fun to test the entire line-up we have to start somewhere and so chose the […]

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Five Ten has redeveloped the Quantum and the result is a well designed, featured and finished shoe that’s hard to miss in bright blue suede.  The breathable tongue and lined interior give the shoe a soft feel and soak up the sweat on long days while the always reliable C4 Stealth rubber […]

Dirt Bag Guide: Skaha

Dirt Bag Guide: Skaha

Picture this – easily accessible, beautiful granite rock to climb, gorgeous lake views, warm temperatures and sun, surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Welcome to Skaha Bluffs! Who wouldn’t want to spend time there? This Rockies climbing destination is by far one of my favourite places to visit in the west. It […]

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’ […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia’s Houdini Jacket is a simple, lightweight, weather resistant shell that almost disappears into its own pocket when it’s not being used.  While advertised as a shell for runners on Patagonia’s website we tested it on some multi-pitch rock climbs where weight and bulk are the enemy.  The Houdini worked […]

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

The 2015 version of the Vapor V has been on the market since the spring giving me the opportunity to really put them to the test.  I was a huge fan of Scarpa’s original Vapor V which were my go-to shoes for the gym and outdoor face climbing, both cragging […]

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 […]