Alex King

Alex King

Bay Area/Sierra Crags

Alex King's Passions

Climbing

Alex King

Alex King wrote a review of on June 2, 2010

4 5

This book should be the bible of every outdoor enthusiast's library. That said, the broad nature of the text does make it clumsy to use sometimes, and definitely lacks clarification on the thought process that should go into each technique. Everything is in there though, just take it with a grain of salt, and make sure that you supplement your reading with more specialty texts as well.

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Alex King wrote a review of on May 29, 2010

5 5

This lid seems bomber enough for the job, without weighing a ton. I haven't taken any hits while wearing this yet, but I'm not too worried about it. I don't use it as a sit pad, but otherwise haven't felt the need to protect it from the other contents of my pack. Adjustment for beanies is no problem, and makes quick changes easy. I haven't ever had another helmet to compare, but I can't imagine ever wanting something different.

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Alex King wrote a review of on May 28, 2010

4 5

This compass does exactly what is advertised, for not much weight. The no-frills design is ideal, adding none of the weight of competitors that have cases and signal mirrors, while incorporating nice features like magnification and illumination without adding weight. I would recommend this for people that want simple orienteering without any of the extras.

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Alex King wrote a review of on April 27, 2010

5 5

This jacket is exactly as advertised: 3-season all-round use. I wear it biking to work on chilly days, windy days, and days where there is some drizzle. I stay warm and dry, while able to shed any excess heat. Its a bit heavy (hey, its softshell), but is great for climbing on super chilly mornings or for bringing on backpacking trips where you only want to bring one jacket. The water resistance wears out after a few washes, but can be rejuvenated. Well worth the price, and a steal in the discontinued colors.

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Alex King wrote a review of on April 25, 2010

5 5

These cover a great size range, and cam like you wouldn't believe. I have used the #4 on every climb since I got them. The double length sling really does the trick when you need to prevent rope drag, there are just so many options. They cover the same spectrum as the #5-9 Rockcentrics with one less piece - a real weight savings!

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Alex King wrote a review of on April 25, 2010

5 5

Tried these out last weekend in Berkeley, where back in the day the sierra club used to practice destroying cracks with pins. These fit like champs where my metolius nuts just would refuse to go. I think that you still need a second set of nuts with these, but they are super bomber nonetheless.

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Alex King wrote a review of on April 16, 2010

4 5

These things have tiny edge-crushing power, but don't smear worth a damn. Go figure. If you ever want to do well on an overhanging route, without killing your wallet, then get these. Great for toe and heel hooking, with decent stretch and good friction. You can't go wrong with these guys, and while they are rough on your feet like any other shoe, they are still tolerable on longer single routes. Just don't try to belay in them.

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Alex King wrote a review of on April 15, 2010

5 5

I bike to lab with notebooks, my computer, and textbooks for whatever class I'm TAing, then load it up with my rack after work and hit the crag. It carries up to about 20lb, and I have even stuffed my 10.2mm rope into it for belaying the second up a windy multipitch. It is just big enough for me to take on an overnight with a bivy, and the computer sleeve/hydration port is well incorporated both for keeping your electronics safe and you hydrated. This bag has all the right features, and does everything you want one after another.

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