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

Best Climbing Gear of 2017

As the year draws to an end I'm looking back at the plethora of amazing advancements in the field of climbing gear and clothing this past season and calling out some of the best stuff I got to review this year that has become a permanent addition to my kit. Check them out below! Petzl … Continue reading Best Climbing Gear of 2017

Best Gear Deals for Climbers (Backcountry)

While I'm not super excited about how commercialized our holidays have become I do get stoked on seeing big discounts on gear that I own and love. I subscribe to quite a few gear companies emails and I'm combing them all for the best upcoming sales on specific items I have either reviewed or would … Continue reading Best Gear Deals for Climbers (Backcountry)

Gear Review- LaSportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes (and Giveaway!)

The LaSportiva Boulder X approach shoes are a rugged and supportive trail shoe best suited for rough trails and heavy loads. This past summer I received a pair to review and have since put about 80 miles on them and am ready to share my opinion on them. Buy on Amazon Buy on Backcountry Buy … Continue reading Gear Review- LaSportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes (and Giveaway!)

Cascades Climbing Trip Gear List

Those who know me know I can be a little obsessive about gear. I enjoy making detailed gear lists for trips sometimes weighing everything down to the ounce. I shared my first gear list for ski touring in Iceland this past April and most recently in a trip report for climbing Mount Shuksan in the … Continue reading Cascades Climbing Trip Gear List

Gear Review- Arc’Teryx Acrux AR Mountaineering Boots

Likely one of the most important choices a climber makes involves their footwear. Happy feet are so crucial for happy climbing and my feet have been quite happy this season while I've been testing the Arc'Teryx Acrux AR Mountaineering Boots. Before I break into the details here is how they have been tested: Mountaineering: (paired with … Continue reading Gear Review- Arc’Teryx Acrux AR Mountaineering Boots

Gear Review: La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boots

This Fall La Sportiva asked me if I would be interested in reviewing the La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boots in their new "Highlander" color from a hunter's perspective. Since I have very limited experience hunting I enlisted my good friend Alec to help review a pair. Alec has been getting out almost every weekend … Continue reading Gear Review: La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering Boots

Product Preview- Arc’teryx AR Mountaineering Boots and Cassin Blade Runner Crampons

While I am excited about all the products I'll be testing this winter I am perhaps most stoked to put this duo together and get on some early season ice as soon as possible! I'm hoping I'll get enough field days in to have a full review post for each by early-mid January. I realize … Continue reading Product Preview- Arc’teryx AR Mountaineering Boots and Cassin Blade Runner Crampons

LaSportiva TX2 Approach Shoes Review

UPDATE 2018: Since my original review in 2016 I've fallen even more in love with these, so much that I have ordered and just received the newest color. Here's the original review: Over the last two months I have hiked a few dozen miles and climbed over 4000 feet of technical rock climbing in the … Continue reading LaSportiva TX2 Approach Shoes Review

La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots Review (and Giveaway!)

I have just finished my 2nd winter season climbing in the award winning La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots and I should have shared my impressions of this boot long before now. As the saying goes, better late than never! Shopping for a high end mountaineering boot is stressful. Climbers will pour over online reviews, … Continue reading La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots Review (and Giveaway!)