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CascadeExplorer

CascadeExplorer

North/Central Cascades

joe's Bio

Mountaineering, Backpacking, Hiking, Running

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on November 15, 2012

I'm looking at this for mountaineering with glacier travel with rappelling and steep to near vertical climbs. I'm hoping for some direction if this is the way to go- I like the lightweight and very packable (and one of the few AT products still made in Canada). I'd appreciate any feedback if anyone is using this or if I should be looking at something else. Thanks.

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CascadeExplorer wrote an answer about on October 26, 2012

For the 2012 Season these are made in China. They were made in Canada for the 2011 season . It seems less and less AT is made up north- pretty disappointing. For me this is to as much about quality as it is an issue of basic worker rights and working conditions.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on August 16, 2012

I'm looking at these and the Katana Lace XS Edge. Right now I climb about 80% gym (V4-V5+ currently) and 20% bouldering. Any suggestions as to which is better for my needs? I have a hand-me-down pair of 39.5 Nagos and while they fit perfect and are good, I'm ready to step it up. I'd take any input on sizing too (tried on 40 VS and they almost hurt but figure they'd stretch to a 40.5) Thanks!

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on August 13, 2012

So, I've had this (Glacier Gray if it matters) for a month and for the most part love it. Tracking vert, a back-up compass, altimeter is pretty damn sweet. I realize that you have to reset the reference from time-to-time but had a pretty big curve ball thrown at me. Did a 6100', starting around 1400'. Check the ascent/descent and somehow it gained 10600' and did a descent of 9700'. How is this possible? I wonder if I got a dud or I missed something in the thousand page booklet. Baffled and frustrated that this happened after dropping three bills.

Ideas?

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on August 13, 2012

I'm looking at these and the Miura VS or XS. Right now I climb about 80% gym (V4-V5+ currently) and 20% bouldering. Any suggestions as to which is better for my needs? I have a hand-me-down pair of 39.5 Nagos and while they fit perfect are good, I'm ready to step it up. I'd take any input on sizing too (tried on 40 VS and they almost hurt but figure they'd stretch to a 40.5) Thanks!

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CascadeExplorer wrote a review of on June 11, 2012

2 5

Boy did I really want to like this headlamp. Just about everything Snow Peak does is extremely well thought out. Well, this is- almost. I used this for a weekend backpacking trip and was pretty underwhelmed.

A fundamental problem is that the light is very diffuse, especially on the high setting. You get a halo ring right from the light since the silicone throws the light which, for me at least, caused a light blindness almost. I sure couldn't tell it was 80 lumens since the halo comes into your visual periphery. This is caused by the lack of an effective underside light-deflector combined that the light housing extends further than most headlamps. This makes trail walking at night more tenuous than it needs to be.

As others have mentioned elsewhere, the silicone cover is dust magnet, although it cleans off easy enough. The hook isn't noticeable wearing. The option to power down the lumens is a nice touch. Popping out the 'lantern' is nice and does work great for tent reading, etc.

I will say however for car camping, this might be fine. Even then though, why wouldn't you bring a lantern if you weren't concerned about weight? Perhaps to have a two-in-one gadget- but this just isn't worth it for me. The Petzl Tikka XP 2 seems a better option at the same price point- you get longer battery, plus the ever helpful (for your tent-mates) red light.

Hopefully Snow Peak will go back to the drawing board and improve this. You can see they are on the right track- still a good ways off still though. First thing I've ever had to return to BC- hoping it's easy!

Just my two cents.

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CascadeExplorer wrote a question about on May 21, 2012

Wood Grips vs Simulator 3D?
I'm new to climbing in the past few months and want to be able to train at home to ramp up my strength so I can focus on learning while at the gym. I'm in need for sure of pull-ups (limited back strength right now for sure) in addition to finger strengthening.
Anyone have a strong opinion about either of these boards to put me in one direction or another? I appreciate it, y'all!

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