Gear Review: Cassin X-Dream Ice Axe

The leaves are starting to turn high in our notches so I find myself starting to anticipate another great ice climbing season in the Northeast. Last season I had the opportunity to demo the CAMP/Cassin X-Dream Ice Axes and while I shared my positive impressions of them with dozens of climbing partners I never got … Continue reading Gear Review: Cassin X-Dream Ice Axe

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- Black Diamond Helio Alpine Shell Jacket

The Black Diamond Helio Shell Jacket is a bombproof technical super light three layer hard shell suitable for everything from hard ice climbing to alpine touring and Skimo. Over the last 3 months I have tested this jacket climbing above tree-line on Mount Washington, leading Grade 5 waterfall ice, and taking laps on the Sherburne … Continue reading Gear Review- Black Diamond Helio Alpine Shell Jacket

Ice Screw Comparison Review

I like to crunch numbers sometimes. It's fun to engage the left-brain and get a little meticulous from time to time. I recently acquired some of Petzl's newest Laser Speed Light ice screws and could certainly feel the overall weight difference of my ice rack in-hand but figured I would play around with the numbers a little … Continue reading Ice Screw Comparison Review

Gear Review- LaSportiva Castle Pant

While I was searching for a new soft-shell pant for ice climbing this season I came across the LaSportiva Castle Pant. While billed as a ski pant this lightweight soft-shell slim fitting tech pant is a great choice for waterfall ice climbing and lightweight mountaineering which is how I primarily tested it over the last two … Continue reading Gear Review- LaSportiva Castle Pant

Gear Preview: Synthetic Belay Jackets

This winter I've acquired a number of high end synthetic insulated belay jackets to review. Getting field time to fully test all five of these models will take a little time so I decided to post a first look comparison of these industry leading models so those shopping for a new belay jacket for this … Continue reading Gear Preview: Synthetic Belay Jackets