I try not to post to many "sale" type posts but I noticed this morning Backcountry.com is running a great sale on Black Diamond gear and I'm quite a big fan of this brand having reviewed quite a bit of climbing gear and clothing over the years. So I'm leaving this short post here to … Continue reading Deal Alert! Black Diamond up to 35% off!
The short answer is no. I recall reading an article in a popular climbing magazine about a decade ago where an IMFGA guide was encouraging climbers to stop "backing up" their tie-in knot. While the logic in the article was quite sound tying "back-up" knots above your standard Figure Eight Follow Through is still somewhat … Continue reading Do you need to back-up your tie-in knot?
After teaching an anchor building clinic last week my guest started an email chain with me looking for some specific recommendations on improving his top-rope "kit". After making a few suggestions I realized I get these questions a few times a year and there are probably others out wondering what an optimized top-rope kit looks … Continue reading Gear for Top Rope Climbing
This is my second year on the Ortovox Athlete Team and it has been so awesome representing such a top tier outdoor clothing and gear company. As an avalanche educator I've relied on Ortovox beacons and shovels for almost a decade and over the last two years I've discovered the difference between run-of-the-mill outdoor clothing … Continue reading Safety Academy Lab Rock- A free digital training platform for alpine climbing
The new Black Diamond ATC Pilot is an impressive addition to the growing number of "brake assisting" belay devices on the market. What it is From Black Diamond: The lightweight Black Diamond ATC Pilot represents an advance in technology for the world of assisted braking devices. Providing an added level of security to your belay, … Continue reading Gear Review: Black Diamond ATC Pilot Belay Device
The new Petzl Boreo helmet is a super protective rugged great value choice that replaces the long loved Petzl Elios helmet in Petzl's award winning helmet line. How we tested We tested this media sample while sport climbing at Rumney, NH, cragging at various cliffs in Mount Washington Valley, and multi-pitch climbing on Cathedral and … Continue reading Gear Review: Petzl Boreo Climbing Helmet
I'm excited to announce two new programs at Northeast Mountaineering! First is a summer long promotion we are running where kids climb for free with a paying adult! Kids Climb Free! This is an awesome way to make a Family Rock Climbing Day an affordable adventure! Normally the rates would look like this for this … Continue reading Kids Climb Free! Auto Road Alpine Climbing!
Father's Day is this coming weekend so today is the day to lock down that gift for the outdoor Dad in your life. Here are nine hand-picked gifts that this outdoor dad would be stoked to get! Trigger Point The Grid Foam Roller $39.95 One of the highest rated foam rollers out there, The Grid … Continue reading Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Dad
Last year Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) released their first entry into the high end ultra-light outerwear market with the intrepidly named brow-raising jacket, "The Shell". Already well known for their ultralight backpacks and shelters made from expensive but high performance fabrics this level of design in a piece of clothing was sure to turn heads … Continue reading Gear Review- Hyperlite Mountain Gear “The Shell” Jacket
The Five Ten Access Knit approach shoes are a stylish super breathable cross over between casual kicks and performance approach shoes. I've been testing a pair on trails and climbs for two months now and will share my impressions in this review. First the manufacturer details and specifications. Buy from Adidas (Five Ten), Backcountry or REI Manufacturer … Continue reading Gear Review- Five Ten Access Knit Approach Shoes