Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson

Salt Lake City, UT

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Andy's Bio

Writer for backcountry.com. If I'm not staring at a computer screen I'm probably crawling around some rocks somewhere in the Wasatch, camping up in the Uintas or the desert, or fruitlessly tossing a fly into a nearby creek. If I'm not there I'm drinking beer on my back deck with my dog Marley.

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Andy Anderson wrote an answer about on June 21, 2010

Brian - These gloves are not insulated. They're designed mainly for belaying and big wall use, you have alot of dexterity with them. If it's not too cold out you could probably use them as you described, but they aren't waterproof. If you're looking for something insulated check out the BD Kingpin glove - all leather with a fleece lining.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on June 2, 2010

4 5

This thing is way more packable than the standard plastic drip cups, and its really easy to clean. It folds down like those new Sea to Summit plates and packed up it'll fit right inside a set of MSR pots.
I've been meaning to pick some kind of camp coffee contraption up for quite some time, and I see this thing working just as well for backpacking and backcountry climbing as it does for car camping. Bring some filters.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on April 23, 2010

4 5

Nothing fancy here, just a functional, duffel-style cragging pack - very light and functional. There's a long internal zip pocket for your keys and wallet, and the pack is suprisingly comfortable for how minimal the suspension is. One cool thing that BD doesn't advertise for some reason is that this pack includes a removable rope tarp that attaches with velcro on the inside. Makes a nice all-in-one rope bag and gear pack for quick crag sessions and short approaches.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on April 22, 2010

5 5

Shorty turned me on to this thing a year or two back, but I was stubborn and continued to clip in at the belay with a sewn runner or by girth hitching the rope. I finally conceded before a recent trip to Red Rock, and this thing is great. The fact that it's adjustable and still so secure (where a daisy is pretty easy to kill yourself with) is the big turn on for me. The only downside I see is that it can be a bit bulky when you have alot of gear racked on your harness.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on February 22, 2010

5 5

I've had so much fun on these this season. Very light for how wide they are, which can cause some shakiness in the crud, but they handle decently on groomers and absolutely kill it in any soft snow or pow conditions. Was a little nervous about going for the 185 but the rocker makes them ski much shorter, I'm 5'11", 150lbs and they feel just right. Mounted them up with Fritschis and have skied them exclusively both in the resort and the backcountry.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

3 5

These are warm, comfortable ski socks for a great price. But the first day i wore them, I was pulling them up before buckling my boots at the top of the lift, and one of them ripped about three inches from the top. A few days later I wore the second pair for the first time, and the exact same thing happened. The over-the-kneecap length is also a little puzzling.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

I wanted a four-season shell that I could use for ski touring, mountaineering, and backpacking and I'm pretty sure I've found it. Been skiing a bunch of days in it already and looking forward to using it in the mountains this summer. Fabric is burly but the jacket is super lightweight. No unnecessary frills, just light, bomber protection.
Yea, it's spendy, but like any other piece of gear, you get what you pay for.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on April 14, 2009

5 5

Got to demo these on a few stellar powder days up in Whitefish, MT. Lets just say I'll be buying them first thing next season - they absolutely tore it up. It took me an hour or two to really get a handle on them, but when I did, oh baby. Seems like the perfect balance between a touring ski and a powder ski.

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Andy Anderson wrote an answer about on April 13, 2009

Tom -
I'm a writer for backcountry, and perhaps I can shed some light - oftentimes the specs tent companies give on their websites or customer catalogs is the MINIMUM weight, which means the weight of the fly, poles, and tent body. This doesn't include stakes, stuff sacks, or other parts. Sometimes in our vendor catalogs we have a trail weight, which reflects those extra things. The mistakes could be due to this, although we're double checking them to be sure. Thanks.

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Andy Anderson wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

5 5

These boots are so classic and for good reason. My dad has had a pair for over ten years, and they are still going strong. I definitely sized down, I wear a 10 in street shoes and a 9.5 in boots. I got a 9 in these and still have a bit of wiggle. They are insanely warm, they slide on with ease, and can handle everything from an ass-cold dog walk to snowshoeing. Get em.

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