Deal Alert! Black Diamond up to 35% off!

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!

Gear for Top Rope Climbing

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

Gear Review: Black Diamond ATC Pilot Belay Device

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

Gear Review: Petzl Boreo Climbing Helmet

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

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