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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Surfing
Climbing

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 August 21, 2015

On the way up!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Snow Drifter has taken over as my pack of choice.

For those who spend more time in the mountains than they do with their own family - you know how important a good, reliable, and functional pack is. This pack has all the features and functions you need for long days in the hills - with all the tools and goodies in tow.

This pack is a true 30L - no bigger, no smaller, and sits really low profile when wearing. The suspension system on the shoulder straps and the hipbelt keep the pack tight to the body without constricting. The total material construction of the pack is bombproof and also extremely lightweight - which I find amazing with all the features.

These features include back panel entry, as well as a half zip top entry. It also has a separate forward section for your shovel, probe, and wet goods - with separate tube sleeves for your shovel handle and probe. This keeps every tight and prevents things from jostling around when hiking - adding to the "low profile" feel.

The diagonal ski carry loop and straps make for an easy transition from tour to bootpack. The horizontal straps are also extremely versatile for snowboard carry, pole carry, rope carry, helmet carry, etc.

The only con to the pack is the lack of a specific helmet carry net or system - but as mentioned before the horizontal straps can be orientated to carry a helmet.

The hipbelts have soft cushion, big buckles for easy clipping with gloves on, and sit really nicely against the body. The shoulder straps have the same soft cushion and can be variably tensioned for the perfect positioning.

I've taken this thing for the true journey - over 40k in vertical feet skied, hiked to the crags for climbing and alpine objectives.

Photo - Headed to the Twin Coulies of Deseret Peak with the Snow Drifter packed to the rafters! Boots included!


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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this rope - super supple but extra durable - the work horse of my ropes - 9.9mm is the new 10mm -

Glides sooooo nicely through draws and belay devices, and easily handles, and doesn't seem to twist and tangle like other ropes.

Soft catches.

Decently light for it's size -

The bi-pattern is very distinct and quite flashy - love the color and pattern.

Worth it's weight in gold! Like all maxim ropes it seems.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Approach shoes, for me, are often hard to size and when i do get the pair that fits right, they lack either the support, stability, climbing surface, rubber, etc to make them an all around great shoe -

This shoe has it all - it's not boxy like other brands, slim in profile - but supportive where you need it.

The climbing surface is also really nice, i've done a few easy scramble to 5th class solos in these and they performed very well - I never felt like I was WISHING for my rock shoes!

They fit pretty true to size - i'm close to a 9 to 9.5 and went down a size for the snugger fit - and they are perfectttt! (half size down if you plan on doing more technical climbing in them!)

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 10, 2015

5 5

Flipping through the guide, noticing all the stars of the routes you WISH you could climb - staring admonishingly at your rack of 10 quickdraws, but DREAMING of splitter cracks, multiple pitches, and free-ing a route on El Cap.

This IS where you start.

All together - a perfect starter rack - 5 cams from fingers to fist - and carabiners to go with em (COLOR CODED - really nice for identifying!)
Stoppers - to fit in those tapers and bombproof slots -
4 alpine draws (4 slings and 8 hotwire carabiners)

And a nut tool - to get back those stoppers your scared little soul slammed in there and ALMOST got welded into the granite.

This is the exact rack I started with - she has grown since then - but this is what got me up and on all the classics and grew my confidence to climb on!

EOOOOWWW - SHINY NEW THINGS!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on July 8, 2015

5 5

Since the Yates Screamer - many brands have gotten into the shock absorbing runner biz - and CAMP- Cassin has made a solid draw here -

I've used it primarily for ice climbing - adds that little bit of mental security on some of those stubby ice screws.

When this thing engages (rips the stitching) it reduces the amount of force on the piece - and increasing the chance of that screw from fracturing the ice and pulling.

I've also used it to clip sketchy old 1/4 bolts on run out routes - it seems to make the difference mentality as i have yet to fall on one of these precarious pieces.

Wassss uppp!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on June 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this rope for my buddy who was looking to get into climbing but mostly TOP ROPES - this thing was all he needed -

He has done a few leads on it and says it handles great!

The mid 9mm size is the new norm for single ropes and he appreciates it being lighter than the other ropes he has used (HEAVY)

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on June 23, 2015

Harness the potential!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this harness!!!!!! Split webbing design - Mammut has nailed the design on this thing - so comfortable at belays - makes falls comfy.

Gear loops sit closer to the front - so you can actually reach your gear - but are not too crowded -

Slide bloc buckles make adjustments easy and secure -

Adjustable leg loops for when you want to take this bad boy on a ski tour over your ski pants.

Or - use it to keep you on the line when Highlining - if you should whip like I have!

Photo - Smith Rock Monkey Face Highline - Wind and all!!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This model of rope was the first rope I ever owned. Having just started climbing, and knowing what was at stake (MY LIFE) I put down the extra bucks for the top of the top. Oh the places this rope has taken me!

While not necessarily recommended - but i have a log book for my ropes - and this rope managed to survive through 3 pretty long seasons, thanks to the accompaniment of another rope as my "project" rope.

The sheath held amazingly to the day I DECIDED to retire (it still had the looks of its youth) - and the feel of this thing, like other Maxim ropes is outstanding. 2 times dry treatment meant it was in its place ice top roping in Ouray to climbing towers in the desolate desert.

The low friction and tight weave on the sheath makes it perfect for sending routes and feels like butter running through any belay device. With just enough elongation, this thing gives the best soft catches of any rope I've owned!

Save your money in the long run! These things are durability at its finest!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Given this book is a bit dated, but the classics are there and the history included makes this guide a must have for the shelf and in the pack when you are on the road!

A certain website often skimps over the beta and the history of routes - Bjornstad made this guidebook a historical and accurate reference for any desert rat out there to get down to the red stone / canyonland / national park region of Utah and get your tower climbing on!!!

They just don't make em like they used to!

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