Winter Gear Prep Part 1- The Essentials (2017)

It's that time of year again! The leaves are falling and it's time to start planning for all the snowy and icy adventures that await! Thanks to reader Paul for reminding me I never finished this multi-part gear prep series from last Fall! I've gone through and edited Part 1 to reflect what is actually … Continue reading Winter Gear Prep Part 1- The Essentials (2017)

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