Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

Tahoe, Eastern Sierra, Yosemite National Park, Mt. Shasta.

Andrew Wike's Passions

Climbing

Andrew Wike's Bio

Climbing up and skiing big lines on mountains.

Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

Actually pretty comfy
5 5

Bought this puppy for do it all duty and it has not disappointed. I use it primarily for ski mountaineering and alpine climbing. Plenty of gear loops to hold your rack and solid feeling buckles and straps to add security. I've even used it for sport climbing. I think it's pretty comfortable, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing with a nice padded harness.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

5 5

I've used my ATC-Guide for everything from rock to ice and I love it. You can rap with single ropes or double ropes with plenty of friction to stay in complete control. Belaying is a cinch, especially when you auto-block. It can take a beating, too.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on May 10, 2012

5 5

These gloves are plenty warm for cold north face climbs. Normally this would mean that dexterity would suffer. This is not the case, as these gloves allow you to manipulate ice screws, screwgate biners and belay devices. I used these babies for ice climbing over in Chamonix and had no issues. The fit is initially very snug, I thought I had the wrong size. If you wear the gloves a few times, they break in and start to feel true to size. Took about three wearings before they finally felt like a large.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 24, 2012

5 5

This will carry enough gear for a weeklong backpacking trip or quite a bit of climbing gear for peak bagging and ski mountaineering. The removable frame is a nice feature, but I'm super stoked on all of the little features, like the zippered waste bag and the daisy chain. Really comfortable pack to wear all day. I've used this for climbing, backpacking, and everything in between. Works great.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 24, 2012

5 5

I was way skeptical of an all temp wax, but I decided to give this one a try. I wish I had ordered more because this is the best backcountry wax I have ever used. I could not believe how smooth and fast this wax made my skis. Normally I'm survival skiing on grabby boards in the mank at lower elevations, but this stuff keeps me sliding, warm or cold. I'll be ordering more.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 24, 2012

5 5

I bought the red and grey stones for my tuning kit. The best part about this stones is that they are small enough to fit in your pocket. I've definitely taken the grey one with me on BC trips to de tune tips and tails if needed. Usually my friends end up borrowing it. The red one is great for cleaning edges and doing a quick tune.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 19, 2012

5 5

I bought this on a friend's recommendation and have not been disappointed. This bag is BURLY! I have thrown it into the back of countless cars, airplanes, and trains and haven't seen so much as a single tear in the material. It will carry so much stuff that I have a hard time lifting it when it's packed to the brim. I will be taking a bunch of skiing/ climbing gear to Chamonix in a few days, this is the bag I will be packing it in.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 19, 2012

5 5

These allow you to drop a decent amount of weight off the end of the tool. They definitely look cleaner and make sticks easier. The tool is noticeably more heavy on the pick side with these mounted. The oversized adze that most BD tools ship with is overkill. These blanks give you a much more streamlined ice/ mixed climbing weapon.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

5 5

Bought these for ski mountaineering. They clamp down tight on my Garmonts and have stood up to snow, ice, and scrabbling across the odd rock that gets in the way. A bit of advice: make sure you trim the straps to length once you have these sized to your boots, there isn't a good way to secure the loose ends and they always seem to end up flapping around.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

5 5

I bought this pack on a whim, having read a little about Deuter packs on the web. I am very happy with the results. The pack is balanced and comfortable to wear for long hours on the skin track. Attaching skis is easy and intuitive with two different options for travel. The main compartment can be accessed from a couple of different zippers and the hydration bladder sleeve is well designed. Overall, a fantastic pack. I like the fleece lined top pocket, which keeps camera and phone batteries from getting killed in the cold.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

Solid Alpine Tool
5 5

If you want one tool for alpine, mixed, and ice, this is one of the best options out there. They have a nice balance, they deliver confident sticks, and they're durable as hell. I love how you can switch out the hammer or adze for a head blank to save weight. I'm looking forward to swinging my set into some ice over in Chamonix.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

5 5

I bought these boots for a spring climb up Mt. Shasta in 2009. Right out of the box they were comfortable and plenty warm for 3-season climbing and hiking. My pair has seen me to the top of Mt. Shasta (twice), Mt. Whitney (twice), Mt. Dana, Mt. Lassen, South Sister, and dozens of lesser peaks and they are still going strong. They work well with crampons and won't teat your feet up. I can't recommend them enough.

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