Gear Review- Ortovox Tour Rider 30 Backpack

For the majority of the winter I have been touring in the Ortovox Tour Rider 30. Ultimately it's a well thought out design that rides well but it did have a couple small quirks I'll share in my review. As always let's start with the manufacture description and specs before digging into the details. Description … Continue reading Gear Review- Ortovox Tour Rider 30 Backpack

Gear Review: Climbing Skins

This winter I extensively tested 3 of the best lightweight climbing skins available. Each skin was tested in variable conditions from super cold snow (-11 degrees Celsius) to Spring corn (0 degrees Celsius). Testing included steep skinning up to 30 degrees head on to kick turning up 40 degree terrain. Most testing occurred on Mount Washington … Continue reading Gear Review: Climbing Skins

Travel Guide- Ski Touring in Iceland (updated 2018)

Originally posted in April 2017, this post has been updated to reflect more knowledge from 2018 trip! QUICKLINKS 1. General Information 2. Flight Info 3. Cell Service 4. Getting to Akureyri 5. Lodging in Akureyri 6. Eating in Akureyri/Iceland 7. Drinking in Akureyri/Iceland 8. Weather & Avalanche Info 9. Ski Tours 10. Equipment A few days … Continue reading Travel Guide- Ski Touring in Iceland (updated 2018)

Gear Preview- New Touring Set-up!

A new pair of skis arrived on Friday just in time for the last avalanche course of the season! I wanted to put together a setup that would crush uphill performance (be insanely light) but also give me enough control for decent downhill performance. While I've only had one tour on this kit it was … Continue reading Gear Preview- New Touring Set-up!

Gear Review- Ortovox Pro Alu III Shovel + Pocket Spike

I carry an avalanche shovel about 3-4 days a week all winter long. For a piece of gear I rely on almost daily throughout the winter I am a bit picky when it comes to what model shovel I will carry. This winter I have been thoroughly testing the latest version of an Ortovox classic, … Continue reading Gear Review- Ortovox Pro Alu III Shovel + Pocket Spike

Gear Review- La Sportiva Tech Gloves

The La Sportiva Tech Gloves are another great option in the growing category of technical gloves designed for mountaineering, ice climbing, and mixed climbing. For this review we had guest reviewer, AMGA certified Rock Instructor, and all around sender Justin Guarino, test these over ten hard days of ice climbing and mountaineering in the White … Continue reading Gear Review- La Sportiva Tech Gloves

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

Gear Review- Black Diamond First Light Hoody

For the last couple months I've been testing the Black Diamond First Light Hoody. From early season recon missions into Tuckerman Ravine searching for climbable November ice to blustery cliff top rigging work while creating an instructional video with Northeast Mountaineering I've cultivated some appreciation for the versatility of this "light puffy". Lightly insulated hooded jackets like … Continue reading Gear Review- Black Diamond First Light Hoody