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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

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Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing

Alex Quitiquit's Bio

Born and raised in the Wasatch, I'm a creature of rock, ice, and air.

Follow the shenanigans on instagram - @alexquitiquit

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got two pairs of skis with G3 ions. These are great in that i can interchange the mounts for them easily (they screw directly into the existing binding holes and you dont need to remount)

They are also the simplest to connect and disconnect. And they can be connected disconnected without having to remove your boot from the toe piece. So when you are sketchy out, sidehilling, on a side slope, you can just bust these out, connect them - and be on your way.

They are light, and pack down pretty small - an excellent and must have piece for efficient touring. Quick wasting time trying to stick to that steep slick skin track and pop these on.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of those pieces. After having this pack for 2 seasons now, i feel naked on hikes, tours, climbs without it. It fits so great and has stood the test of time in regards to durability.

Excellent pack for ski touring - diagonal carry, horizontal strap for snowboard or adjusting carry, goggle pocket, wet pockets for shovel probe, back entry for when you do have stuff on the back.

Excellent, bought another for a gift!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Staple it together and call it bad weather!

This thing is great for some bad weather, when things get a little wet, and has some great features. Awesome carrying case for the laptop, and great interior space with the ability to compartmentalize.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

I'm a guidebook collector. Everytime I visit a location, I visit the local shop and buy the local guide. It's my way of justifying my otherwise dirtbag lifestyle (i.e. never pay to sleep on the ground)

This guide is fantastically produced. Great color images with straight forward topos with color gradients for difficulty which makes it really easy to identify routes in your range. The stars are neither sandbagged or overhyped. The allegories available for certain routes are fantastic, and even I have a few new routes in there. (not recommended)

For All things granite in the Wasatch - the ole ruckman guide has been a great guide, but it was time for an update!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

Float UP.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Black Diamond Helio is top tier for touring skis this season. After demo'ing and testing out skis from across many brands the Helio always rose to the top (pun intended)

The true function of this ski lies with its weight to stiffness. Extremely light carbon construction also lends itself to stiffness and easy engagement of the turn.

While this ski can essentially be skied with any boot - it would be most complemented by a lightweight touring boot - Backland, TLT6/7, F1 Scarpa, Fischer Travers Carbon, Arc'teryx Procline.

With the correct kit, the amount of weight that can be shed, but the right amount of skiable attained is excellent with the BD helio.

One of my favorite options of touring and easily the best skiing of its weight class.

First Class!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not suprisingly, this rope is solid! I got the 60m Red-Orange - and have been impressed with the feel and action on the rope.

Right out of the packaging this thing is ready go! No twists, no mess, I just flaked it out and boom! I climbed a 4 pitch slab route and had no twists, even after a few friction full rappels off quicklinks.

The feel of the rope is both supple and sleek, and is super nice while belaying. Feeds great and is easily handled. And, like i said before, no twists!

Haven't had the chance to take a fall yet, but judging by the elasticity on rappel, this rope will catch soft and great.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a avid C4 fan since I started climbing trad, and have traditionally (pun intended) doubled up in the C4's - sometimes over other cams of lighter weight.

When these came out, I was at first slightly concerned about durability. Then I started thinking about them in terms of application and durability and where ultimately they fit into my rack and came up with a few great features.

1) They are not, and never will be, the workhorse of my rack. That job falls to the C4's and Totem cams that have always held that coveted spot. The Ultralights are my "doubles" and "triples" in some cases. They are not the cam I reach for when I am cruxing - while they would do just fine (i know because I actually fell on a .75 - yes, I fall a lot when trying above my pay grade) - they often see less action. I think about them as a supplemental piece - because usually I am not falling, and in the chance that I do fall, what is the chance its on an UL and if I did they hold a fall just great. The thinking here is to increase the longevity of the UL's.

2) Weight savings. I am surprised at how much lighter these are to their C4 counterparts. The #4 is so much lighter than the OG - i'm able to leave it on my rack permanently, where before I would leave it in the truck or at home. I can make more open route decisions up at the crag with a more full rack. The ability to double up in these is great.

3) Where they shine is in the alpine, or on long approaches. First is the mentality of the alpine - "The leader doesn't fall" - that being said, IT HAPPENS. but for the weight savings and the off chance that you do fall, these are trucker.

The biggest questions it seems everyone has on these is LONGEVITY OF DURABILITY. If these are used correctly, i.e. - you really shouldn't have to fall on them - they will seemingly last a long while. But if you do find yourself, like me, slipping and falling one of these - have piece of mind that they held me like a champ.

The C4 got a hair cut. and they are looking stylishhh.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

The Best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As far as a versatile alpine, ski mountaineering harnesses go - Petzl has once again shown their innovated stripes and created a harness in the lightweight category that is near perfect.

Adjustable in many forms - can be put on with all your gear on - including crampons and skis so no fear of punching holes in it.

Packs extremely small, to the size of a large fist, and weighs roughly nothing.

Just enough loops to clip the necessary gear - and even features a slip to keep your screws from dangling around.

I haven't had the opportunity to rap with it, but so far I am impressed and stoked on how light and packable.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

The Light Standard
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have always been a fan of the lighter (LT) tech bindings - and they have always performed well, with a few faults - until the ION

The ION LT is a great addition to the Ion Series . Super light, as light as the competitors LT models - but built on the same concept as the normal LT's. The DIN goes to 12 which is a great feature in a light binding.

What really sets this binding apart from the others is its usability. The toe piece is almost too easy to engage (no such thing) - and gives me great piece of mind when i am in a "no drop ski zone" - Just press your toe down and the pins seem to find your tech inserts. No frills, no having to lead with one side, just press straight down- SNAP.

I have also been really impressed with the consistency and feel of the heel piece.

The forward pressure has shown to release reliably - i.e. i buried the ski into deeep heavy powder and POP it released. But i have also railed on chunder and it just feels solid and didnt release. I usually run these at 10-11 DIN, and feel extremely confident on them,

The color doesnt upset me either - in the world of boring colored tech bindings, these things add a little accent color to my skis.

The leash is also a great feature to keep my skis close if i do drop them.,

I'm a convert. Ion-izeeeee

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a Spoooktacular Halloween, we decided to go out at night and climb the Coffin Crack in Little Cottonwood Canyon, by headlamp. Classic splitter finger crack to a rightward traverse finish.

AS I headed right, I stepped out onto to the slab and engaged my right foot - unbeknowst to me - I had just stepped on a worm! During the autumn, these worms come out in droves and cover portion of the granite in LCC.

AS I pressed into that foot, smushing the worm, my foot skated and I flew!

My belayer, thinking I had it finished, had just given out a long armful of slack. I fell about 20 feet swinging to my left as i fell.

But no worries here! I had placed the blue totem in a shallow but tight placement, and the thing held like a charm.

Thanks for the catch totem!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Highly Mobile, great performance on the down, and usability.

- The walk/ski lever is the easiest and most seamless on the market. The lever is easily engaged up and down with the push of the thumb (or even ski pole) This is one of my favorite features of this boot.

- POWER STRAP. Enough power is derived from a good functioning strap, and this boot delivers a great adjustable power strap. Tighten it as much as you want and slap it shut. When it's time to tour again, flip it open and enjoy all the range of motion.

-Hinging Tongue. The tongue on the boot is two distinct pieces, an upper white piece and a lower black piece. When properly closed with the powerstrap and lower buckle - the boot feels all of the listed "95" flex. When open, this "hinging" tongue allows for great range of motion - easily 60 degrees or more.

-Overall burliness. For how light this this is it just feels solid. Skiing it, as well as meandering up rocky and snowy ridges - it has the guts to do it all.

I would liken it to the Scarpa F1 - with the added features of the seamless tour/ski switch, and the less finicky lower buckle (not Boa)

Glen Plake Approved!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was really surprised at how well this ski actually skis. I had the opportunity to take these up on the side of the resort (they allow uphill travel) and then rip groomers on the way down.

I was wearing a pair of backland carbon lights, with hard tongues, and was able to drive this ski like a mini race ski. Super mobile, stiff, but extremely light.

For something to shred light pow, groomers, and just race uphill - this ski rocks!

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