Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 3: Avalanche Shovels

For the third installment of this multi-post series on avalanche safety gear we take a look at the Ortovox line of avalanche shovels. Part 1: Avalanche Transceivers (Beacons) Part 2: Avalanche Probes Part 3: Avalanche Shovels Part 4: Avalanche Airbags (coming soon) Like your beacon and probe you should put some thought into what you … Continue reading Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 3: Avalanche Shovels

Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 2: Avalanche Probes

For the second part of a multi-post series on avalanche safety gear we will take a look at avalanche probes and answer some questions to help you pick the right model. Part 1: Avalanche Transceivers (Beacons) Part 2: Avalanche Probes Part 3: Avalanche Shovels Part 4: Avalanche Airbags (coming soon) An avalanche probe is so … Continue reading Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 2: Avalanche Probes

Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 1: Transceivers (Beacons)

Over the last ten years I've had the opportunity to thoroughly test many of the most popular avalanche safety products on the market while teaching close to a dozen avalanche courses each winter. I was already a huge fan of Ortovox products before I was invited to join their Athlete Team and have been sharing … Continue reading Gear Review- Avalanche Safety Gear Part 1: Transceivers (Beacons)

Mid Winter Season Check-in

I hope you have all been having a great winter so far. For me the early season ice climbing was great with a couple Black Dike ascents getting it off to a good start. Then we got 82 inches of snow in December followed by another foot the first week of January and it appeared … Continue reading Mid Winter Season Check-in

How To: “Belaying in the Gym” by PETZL

Petzl is a well known industry leader in climbing gear and safety. When I first started climbing over 20 years ago I looked forward to each annual Petzl catalog for the wealth of technical information they would include, along with some of the most stunning and inspirational photos! I probably learned as much about climbing … Continue reading How To: “Belaying in the Gym” by PETZL

Gear Review- Outdoor Research Perch Belay Parka

The Outdoor Research Perch Belay Parka is a weather bomb-proof choice in the growing field of belay jackets.  I've been testing this jacket heavily since mid-last-winter and when there is any chance of freezing rain or -30 wind chills I'm likely selecting this piece out of my quiver of belay jackets for a warm piece … Continue reading Gear Review- Outdoor Research Perch Belay Parka

Gear Review- Black Diamond Cirque 45 Backpack

The Black Diamond Cirque 45 Backpack is designed for back-country skiing and ski mountaineering. This streamlined model also comes in smaller 35 and 30 liter options. I started testing this pack while teaching avalanche courses last winter and after a couple more trips this season I'm ready to share my opinions on this model. Buy … Continue reading Gear Review- Black Diamond Cirque 45 Backpack