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Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean

Park City & The Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Andrew McLean's Passions

Skiing
Climbing

Andrew McLean's Bio

Andrew McLean has been pursuing steep skiing challenges in remote locations for over two decades and has accumulated over 100 first descents. In 2007 he completed a long term quest to capture first descents on all seven continents when he traveled to Morocco to ski in the High Atlas Mountains. McLean’s specialty is ski mountaineering, which involves climbing up peaks before skiing down them. This process allows him to ski mountains where motorized access is forbidden or impractical. His passion for this sport has led to him being voted as one of the “Greatest Skiers of Our Time” by Powder Magazine and a featured segment in the Sony Classic Pictures 2007 film entitled “Steep.”

Outside of skiing, McLean’s interests include design, writing and photography. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, he worked at Black Diamond Equipment for thirteen years, creating products such as the Camalot, wire gate carabiners, Whippet, Peckers and Talon rock hook. His writings and photography have appeared in Skiing, Powder, Backcountry Magazine and numerous outdoor gear catalogs. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Polly who holds the world record for the greatest amount of vertical climbed and skied in 24 hours. They have a daughter named Mira, one good dog and one bad dog.

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Andrew McLean

Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on April 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Julbo Trek glasses make it into my personal "All Time Great" list of backcountry skiing accessories. They feature the Spectron 4 lens, which is roughly twice as dark as any of the other sunglasses out there, which makes it perfect for bright, white snow.

The frames are strong, yet flexible and take an amazing beating. I also like how you can add or remove the side wings to increase ventilation.

To me, this glasses are kind of like a half goggle, half sunglass, which makes them perfect for all around activities.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on March 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like how Nuun travels - you don't have to deal/worry about a bag of sticky powder exploding in your dufflebag or pack. I also like how you can easily snap them in half for a weaker mix, or go with a full tab for stronger. They also have a slight fizz to them, which fades quickly, but is refreshing. Plus, I like the way they taste.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I use these socks for general winter applications, like inside snow boots, walking around town and for backcountry skiing. They work very well in that regard and are warm & comfy.

My only complaint is that they seem to "pack out" after one usage and lose a lot of their fit and loft. This comes back after a washing, but would be a concern for extended winter trips.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've got 8 days of backcountry skiing on these socks so far and they work well. I like nice thick socks in AT boots, so these fit the bill. They also fit my foot well, and I'd say they run "true to size."

I'm not a sock engineer (is there even such a thing?) but these socks seem to stretch out quite a bit more than other premium brand socks, which means unless you wash them after every usage, they tend to get baggy and fold over when being slid into a boot liner.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on June 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've heard rumor of these for a long time, but actually got to use one last spring and was very impressed! It is a perfect basecamp/cook tent as it is big, spacious, has TONS of organizing pockets, two doors, lots of windows and is very, very strong. It takes a while to erect and is heavy, but if you are just flying in or driving, it is the way to go. There is no floor, which means you can dig down to create a nice custom space in snow, or spill food without worrying.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on June 10, 2014

5 5

If you are traveling anywhere outside of the USA, this is a very useful and valuable device as it converts 220v power from a wall outlet down to 110v's, which is the US standard. You can buy the little plug adapters, but they don't step down the voltage, so you end up frying your electronics! Many newer, high end computers can take either 110 or 220, but other things like battery chargers, radios, etc., will not. Whenever I'm traveling to places like South America, I always take one of these with me.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on January 29, 2014

3 5

After cycling through about 3 WalMart Princess packs for my kids school backpacks, this one is a breath of high quality relief. It is well made, well thought out and will last for years.

My only complaint is that it is actually pretty small, which has more to do with my ordering than the product itself. If I was to do it again, I'd get the 20l Poco Mucho for my six year old girl as it will carry a three-ring binder and the Poco Mas 15 won't.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I like a nice thick sock for backcountry skiing, and the Summit perfectly fits that bill. It is high enough to work well with a ski boot, without being so high that it clamps down on your calves. Super warm, thick and comfy, and they last so long they are almost a "heritage sock" if such a thing exists. You'll get years out of them.

I always rummage through my sock drawer for the Summits, and if I'm out, it means it's time to do a load of laundry.

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Andrew McLeanwrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Not too thick, not too thin, not too high, not too low... just right. The X-Hale sock works well for all sorts of activities, from casual wear to hiking and climbing. I love them for general wearing in the winter. Very well made.

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