Light in weight heavy in features
To call the Air Harness an alpine-only piece of equipment is like calling good beer a dinner-time only beverage. Sure a frosty mug of your local micro goes well with an après-climb meal but it is so much more versatile than that! I've been wearing an Air harness for years on everything from cragging to glacier slogs and steep new alpine rock routes. Despite the profusion of lightweight harnesses lately, the hyperlight Air is still the go-to piece for most of my climbing.
On a 2009 trip into Alaska's Mendenhall Towers, our primary goal was to establish new rock climbs. To do so, we were also going to be covering snow and mixed terrain. All of this was followed by a 2-day ski and hike back out to civilization. Whether I was at a hanging belay between steep splitters or skiing down crevassed terrain roped up with my partner, the 8.5 ounces of the Air harness was easy to forget but kept all my gear exactly where I needed it. CAMP's signature no-twist belay loop and pre-threaded buckles make the harness quick to put on and extra secure for long belay sessions and those never-ending rappel descents. And it's so light and comfortable that I've even been known to forget I'm wearing it, leaving it around my waist in pursuit of a certain favorite post-climb beverage.
**Blake Herrington is a CAMP sponsored athlete who tests the gear on alpine routes from the Pacific Northwest to Patagonia, then provides feedback for improvements or endorsements. This is one of many pieces of CAMP gear that have passed his test. Learn more about Blake by visiting the athletes section at CAMP-USA.com