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

Gear Review- Skida Headwear

Our family has a soft spot for small production Made-in-America products. Especially when they are local New England based small businesses with inspiring stories and a just mission. This winter we've been able to test the Vermont based Skida's line of head-wear and accessories and we are ready to share our thoughts! Story/Mission You can … Continue reading Gear Review- Skida Headwear

Gear Review- Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka

I've had almost two full winter seasons testing the lofty Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka and it has been a consistent performer in the category of down belay jackets. Let's take an in-depth look at the good and the bad and determine if this is the right choice for you! Insulation/Warmth It is important when … Continue reading Gear Review- Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka

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