Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch

Wasatch, Uintas, Wind Rivers

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Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

I bought this as a spare belay device to loan out (I use a first generation reverso usually), but since then I've started using this every time I don't plan on needing to autoblock. It's light and smooth, but has plenty of friction when the time to lock off comes.

If I'm belaying a second (or anyone) from the top, I'll want an autoblock. Otherwise I'll save the weight and use this device.

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Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

I've owned mine for about 6 years and taken it on countless steep snow climbs in the Wasatch, Uintas, and Winds. It gets the job done very well and has saved my hide plenty of times. It's solid and has, IMO, the right amount of weight for arresting, chopping steps, and the occasional overhead swing, while not being a burden. And best of all it is comfortable to hold. I can't understand how others use non-BD ice axes. The ergonomic head has to be the axe's #1 selling point.

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Ammon Hatch wrote a review of on December 7, 2009

5 5

I used to sleep on an ultralight 3 season thermarest, but after breaking a few vertebra I needed something a little more comfortable. I thought I would have to buck up and carry more weight but after finding this I had to jump on it. It is definitely more comfortable than anything else I've tried, for the weight. It doesn't pack as small as my thermarest, but it's a price I'm willing to pay.

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