Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Wasatch, UT

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William's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

William's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

As a self proclaimed calf model, I have to constantly keep my training up. I use ski mountaineering as a primary means but also hiking and all sorts of climbing.

Let me know if you have any questions you can always give me a call 1800-409-4502 my extension is 4181 and I work Sun-Thursday 1:30pm-10:00pm. Follow me to learn about the gear I use or articles I have written. If the phone is not your thing feel free to email me at bporreca@backcountry.com.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 29, 2014

Maybe something like the BD Seeker or Push, Scarpa T2. They are not soft telemark boots but, also not in the upper end of flex ratings either. If you go to a NTN binding like this you will lose a lot of flex all together. The boots that are compatible with this binding do away with the duck bill of traditional telemark boots. A lot of the flex in the boot comes from this duck bill, its a different way of telemark skiing. Maybe an updated binding like the SwitchBack could give you some more energy as well. I am going off information from Casey's experience with them so I will ask him to chime in when he gets to work on Tuesday, I am definitely an alpine skier.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 29, 2014

You must have some skinny feet! These fit me pretty narrow, I had to size way up to accommodate the short BSL. I think maybe if you put a different Intuition Liner in there, that could take up some volume. Have you looked at La Sportiva's skimo race boots? We are waiting to hear back from La Sportiva but, pretty sure they have a smaller last than the Aliens.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 29, 2014

Just talked to our Rep for La Sportiva. He says that the Hyper is a bit more durable because the upper has leather in it. The Xplorer is purely synthetic, lighter but, loses a little durability. If you are planning on hiking through a lot of scree fields where you might see more wear on the upper part of the shoe then go with the Hyper.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 28, 2014

I asked a friend about this http://www.backcountry.com/profile/Wayne-Christoffersen/3954476 . I know La Sportiva has a narrow fit but, I have a fat foot and own the Vertical K. Wayne confirms that if you use a good orthotic with arch support even a wider foot might be able to comfortable in a boot manufacturer such as La Sportiva and keep the correct length. This is what I did with the Vertical K's. I have found with this particular company or any low volume boot that I am a size 10 where other boots or higher volume shoes I am a 9-9.5.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 28, 2014

Medium - 115mm with http://www.backcountry.com/g3-alpinist-climbing-skins?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6YWxwaW5pc3Qgc2tpbnM6MToxOmFscGluaXN0IHNraW5z&skid=GGG0182-ONECOL-S85MMXLO or get 110 mm in these http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-ascension-nylon-sts-skins?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6YmxhY2sgZGlhbW9uZCBhc2NlbnNpb246MToyOmJsYWNrIGRpYW1vbmQgYXNjZW5zaW9u&skid=BLD3398-ONECOL-S65MM . You will make one less cut with this version of the BD's. http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-ascension-custom-sts-climbing-skins?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6YmxhY2sgZGlhbW9uZCBhc2NlbnNpb246MTozOmJsYWNrIGRpYW1vbmQgYXNjZW5zaW9u&skid=BLD3397-ONECOL-S110MMX155162CM 110mm - 173cm to 180cm

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 28, 2014

I would up it to the Snojack if this is...

I would up it to the Snojack if this is your big belay puffy for when you might not be moving, its really cold, and you cannot avoid exposure. We had the Mountain Hard wear Absolute Down jackets and a few days we absolutely needed them. I have to admit we didnt use them much, we also had unseasonably great weather for an extended period of time. The 3 days it was storming, to shovel snow off the tent and stay warm I wore the following: Capilene 1, R1 Hooded Sweatshirt, Micro Puff, Down Sweater and then the Absolute Down. Used the hood and a gator. This is a picture of Casey on that storm day, he had on a similar system. I think he just had one ultra light puffy and a fleece under the big jacket.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 26, 2014

The Spantiks are going to be warmer than these. I would say you might be able to get away with a pair of these but, definitely bring some Forty Below over boots. Those over boots could save your hide if you are ready for a summit push and the temperature drops. They are just really good to have on a trip of that length with the possibility for that kind of cold. I would also up size a bit to accommodate any swelling from altitude that you might have. I didnt have any swelling and up sized my boots for no reason but, it would have been terrible if I did not plan for that. I would go with these if I had used them before in -30 degrees with my over boot and was fine. If it was my first time on a trip like this I might think about getting the 8000's just to be sure. Once your up there there is no swapping out boots, if its too cold for your feet to climb you are going to be sitting in your tent. When we were up there definitely saw people with these, the Spantiks and the 8000's. Just depends on the individual.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

Awesome Tent For A Great Price
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go to car camping tent. I usually use a tarp on back packing trips so this is comfy to say the least. Make sure you use the guy lines provided, thats what actually keeps the water on the outside, is the tent being taught. Its easy to set up 3 poles, 2 of them are connected together. Lots of room for a 2 person, can easily sit up in it. Definitely not your light weight option but thats not its intended use. With the foot print and the gear loft this thing is a steal!

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

Perfect Sandal
5 5

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

Ive had other sandals and lost them because they came off my feet while taking a drink in the river. This sandal is sure to stay on your foot, fits perfect too. Even though its the lighter version of the Chaco sandal line it still holds up great. I take it hiking, its my approach and river footwear as well. So happy I finally got a pair of Chaco's working on the classic tan now. If you want to wear it with socks you just put your foot over the big toe loop and it fits fine, nice for sitting around camp in that way.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

Great Camp Glove
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Glove is perfect for cooking at camp with or using while rafting a river. The fact is the wool keeps you warm when wet so it can take spills and what not. Also when you touch a hot stove it wont disintegrate the nylon. The gloves fell apart, I just sewed them back up. They fell apart again, I was happy I could easily open beers and just use the gloves holes an all. 4 stars because they did have a lot of holes in them.

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Bill Porreca wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

Great Tool!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive used this on longer trips to make sure I had music and my Kindle charged. I dont use the phone much but, its nice to have when you are car camping. Its a life saver when you need to charge a kindle, ipod, or camera on a long trip. I definitely use the Guide Battery pack so you can constantly have something to charge off of even at night. This solar panel worked on cloudy days inside the tent, obviously didnt output max watts but the fact it still charged a little was awesome.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on August 25, 2014

I wouldnt look at them in terms of who is more durable. Both companies will have similar builds within their respective price range. When looking for hydration and bike products I go to Osprey, when I want a pack that will breathe well on my back I go to Deuter. Its not that one brand is better or worse, just different options for what you are looking to get out of the pack.

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