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Ben Stone

Ben Stone

Washington and Caalifornia

Ben Stone's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Ben Stone's Bio

I have 17 months of skiing in a row, so I will continue as I can.

Ben Stone

Ben Stonewrote a review of on February 17, 2015

4 5

The new Synapse line by G3 is pretty rad. All are super light and gear toward ski mountaineering where shared ounces are reason to jump for joy. These suckers make great volcano season skis, as they are obviously light but also have enough flex to cruz over all those postholes set by the unfortunate souls without skis. Only bummer is that skis are really not for top performance. they are for survival skiing, plain and simple. Great skis if you're climbing up anything!

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on February 16, 2015

5 5

Was looking for an easy way to expose my city mouse of a girlfriend to big mountains. Dinner date! Took her up on Rainier and was able to cook a 3 course meal PLUS dessert. Try doing that in a jetboil!

The Dragonfly is freakin magic, I can simmer rice, boil water like a champ, get those intant mashpotatos just right, and all without burning the tar out of my food. I have even been able to pull of popcorn (sorta) by doing small continuous circles over the burner. Anything you can cook at home you can cook on this stove, and it will taste way better! (cuz you're outdoors, duh)

Only snafu is the noise. Joke that MSR 32oz is ready for take off after priming and prepare to have all conversation squelched. Small price to pay for being the Gordon Ramsay of the backcountry.

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on February 16, 2015

Strap up for that summit
4 5

Obiously light and geared toward mountaineering, so don't let that cheap price tag sway you. That said, you can put on over my skis (god send)! Only hitch is the sizing, make sure to go bigger than you think, you'll most likely be wearing more layers than you think. Better to have a harness that fits at the summit than the approach trail yea?

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Ben Stoneposted an image about on February 7, 2015

Explore more, see more.

I am a man of few luxuries when I go out, I like my "light is right" mentality when suffering up big peaks, but there are two things I just can't skimp on: A headlamp and a sleeping Pad.
Also this headlamp weights in at 0.46 lbs, where as a human head weights 10-11 lbs. That makes this this headlamp a 20th (5%) of your head weight, not bad to have a freakin light cannon on your head.

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on January 28, 2015

4 5

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

What they don't mention in the write u for this product is how light it is which is awesome if you have to shove them in your pack once you start climbing or skinning. I have been using them as a fall approach shoe here in the PNW to get to the goods. They store down easy at the bottom of my pack.

Minus one star because one of the laces broke, but is easy to replace. Also the bottom tread tends to get a lot wedged between the grooves.

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Ben Stonewrote a question about on November 16, 2014

How big is too big? I would like to have one crampon to go on all my skies, but would there be any negatives to having too much space? For example a 120mm on a 90 mm ski?

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on October 14, 2013

Decent rope for pushing the boundaries
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rope is absolutly not light by any means but makes up for it in being a pretty burly rope. Would be good for gym climbing and sport climbs with short walk ups in dry conditions. I have no idea why backcountry has put it under ice climbing ropes since it's not dry treated at all and actually soaked up a bit of moisture from the air on a recent cragging adventure. What I have ended up doing is keeping this rope for when I am pushing myself sport climbing and want to feel safer with a bigger diameter rope that is rated for more falls.

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Ben Stoneposted an image about on October 13, 2013

My big blue fortress

This bag has been with me everywhere, which is exactly why I love it. It withstood rain and a soggy tent on the Olympic Peninsula, sub-freezing temps on a windswept ridge near Mt. Rainier , and was my bed for 3 months this summer in desolation wilderness. On a sizing note, the bag runs a little roomy, I'm 6'3" 155lbs and I got a long which I love but still have another 3-5 inches of space in the foot box. I wouldn't trade this bag for anything, a little pricey but so so worth it!

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on October 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had my Icon now for a little over and use it constantly (~3-5 times a week) for everyday nightly activities. Where it really excels is outside though. Yes the weight is a bit much when compared to other, more compact headlamps, but it's added lumens and functions make it worth it. Besides, at night it will be on your head, not in your pack.

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