Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Dad

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

Gear Review- Hyperlite Mountain Gear “The Shell” Jacket

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

Gear Review- Five Ten Access Knit Approach Shoes

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

GrandyOats Granola Review- And Contest!

Honestly I've never been a fan of granola, GORP (Good Ole' Raisins and Peanuts), or trail mix preferring an eclectic mix of cured meats, hard cheeses, left over Flatbread, and home-made trail sushi. That is to say until I met some folks from GrandyOats during this past April's Wild Corn event. They handed me a sample … Continue reading GrandyOats Granola Review- And Contest!

Memorial Day Week = Best Deals on Climbing, Skiing, and Hiking Gear this Week!

Most of my friends know I am a total gear junkie! It goes with the territory for an online gear tester. I subscribe to almost all the online retailers and manufacturers I like so I can stay informed over both exciting new gear releases and the best times to shop. Turns out Memorial Day week … Continue reading Memorial Day Week = Best Deals on Climbing, Skiing, and Hiking Gear this Week!

Gear Review: Furnace Industries Kronos Ice Axes

I first heard about the Furnace Industries Kronos Ice Axes through a review posted on a fellow gear reviewer's blog. Technical ice axes made out of wood? The concept was definitely intriguing and I was pretty excited to check a pair out. Unfortunately these did not work for me. My experience with them did not … Continue reading Gear Review: Furnace Industries Kronos Ice Axes

Climbing Cams Comparison Review (and Giveaway!)

This post originally published in Fall 2016. In Spring of 2017 I added a set of Black Diamond Ultralights to my kit and now with a year of testing it was time to update my findings. New contest for a free cam as well! For the last two decades Black Diamond Camalots have been a mainstay … Continue reading Climbing Cams Comparison Review (and Giveaway!)

How to: Survive Bug Biting Season (and Giveaway)

Spring in the White Mountains is here! After a long snowy winter many climbers and hikers are chomping at the chance to get on some dry rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. Unfortunately in a couple more weeks many insects will be chomping at the chance to chomp on us! Get your bug … Continue reading How to: Survive Bug Biting Season (and Giveaway)

Gear Review: Most Rugged iPhone X Cases for Extreme Sports

There are already lots of reviews out there claiming which iPhone cases, out of literally hundreds, are the most protective. You will find models on some of those lists whose biggest "plus" are that it comes in 8 different colors with popping eye-catching patterns. I don't need that. I need a case that can protect … Continue reading Gear Review: Most Rugged iPhone X Cases for Extreme Sports

Gear Review- UnTapped: All Natural Athletic Fuel

It's New Hampshire Maple Weekend which is a perfect time for me to share a company I discovered during Ice Fest that makes all natural athletic fuel in a few different varieties. UnTapped started in late 2013 with a desire to share only of natures best energy boosters... pure maple syrup. I'll be honest and … Continue reading Gear Review- UnTapped: All Natural Athletic Fuel