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Geoff Conner

Geoff Conner

Gearhead

The Wasatch Front, Southern Utah, Appalachia, wherever the adventure takes me

Geoff Conner's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga

Geoff Conner's Bio

I am a Tennessee Native and am currently living in beautiful Salt Lake City. I completed a Northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2012, grew up camping, hiking, climbing, biking, handling snakes(joke, maybe)and spending all my time in the mountains of East Tennessee. I ventured out West 6 years ago and spend everyday trying to get after it in the gigantic playground that is Utah. I look forward to discussing any upcoming (or past) gear related requests, questions, trips and/or just sharing my knowledge of the outdoor arena with you! I am on call 24/7, so feel free to reach out and I will look forward to connecting. We use the gear we sell, so if I am not available I will get back to you once I have returned from my latest adventure here in the Wasatch and beyond.

YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT 801-736-5313 MONDAY - FRIDAY 9AM - 5PM OR EMAIL AT GCONNER@BACKCOUNTRY.COM

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My brother's review:

Super light harness. Not my favorite but it got the job done. Helped keep our weight down on a trip to Greece. Moderately comfortable. I prefer fitted leg loops and wider leg loops. Arcteryx harnesses still seem to be the lightest and most comfortable if they fit and you’re not on a budget. No real complaints other than preference issues.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My preferred cord for building anchors, great for all sorts of other things as well. Must have simple tool to carry along for solving multiple problems that you might run into. It’s small and light weight when wrapped properly.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review:

This device paired well with the edelrid 8.9 mm swift dry climbing rope. It took a bit of getting use to for rappelling and top belaying but once I applied some repetition to its various belay settings I became very comfortable with it and don’t want to use anything else. It’s the lightest device I’ve ever used and the auto locking against the locking carabiner is amazing. It’s still not a hands free device but few belay devise are. The auto lock does add protection that you can’t otherwise find with an ATC or most standard belay devices. It always worked appropriately. Definitely watch the youtube videos on how to use it in all the settings and put it to practice in a safe setting. It also can’t be paired with just any locking carabiner so be sure to buy the correct equipment. I’d recommend this to any experienced climber. Not for novice use or general rappelling.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

80 Meters of Awesome
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review:

This rope was awesome. Specifically purchased for a trip to Greece to help meet weight requirements for carry on and checked baggage. The 80 meters ended up being necessary for many of the routes we did. The 8.9 mm diameter paired well with the Edelrid Megajul. Super low friction during belay and after being used for a few days it no longer became tangled easily. After climbing some seriously sharp limestone, the sheath showed minimal wear, it seems to have a very durable protective coating. The smaller diameter does seem to get caught easier when pulling the rope but knowing this ahead of time allowed for caution and we were able to pull it every time without any real issues. It’s not the best rope to rappel on due to the dynamic properties and narrow diameter but it got the job done. We mostly topped out and hiked off all the multipitch climbs so it wasn’t a big deal. I’d definitely recommend this rope for sport, trad and alpine ascents. It’s easy to handle, durable and the size and weight minimize rope management difficulty.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Highly Recommend
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review:

These are the lightest quickdraws I’ve ever owned. They were purchased specifically for a trip to Greece to meet weight requirements flying around Europe. I have a rack of 8 along with 6 alpine draws and a random metolius F.S. Mini 2 micro draw that weighs about the same but is substantially smaller. I use two wire gate biners, a locker and two nylon runners for anchoring bolted routes. I used these photons and other draws on many single pitch and multi pitch routes. Several of the routes required 20 draws due to 40 meter pitches. I skipped a bolt here and there on the easier areas since I only had 15 draws total and in retrospect, I would just buy another 6 of these photon draws because we were almost 20 lbs underweight for each flight (50 lb max). Compared to the mini quick draws, I would choose the photon every time. They’re larger but don’t weigh any more and might even be lighter. It’s much easier to handle the larger carabiners and you can’t clove off a standard rope on those mini draws. All in all, I highly recommend the Camp Photon Wire Express quickdraws.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Perfect Travel Companion
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review on this pack:
This pack is the perfect travel companion. I’ve used it on several trips. It’s small enough to use as a carry on during any flight. It’s compartmentalized enough to organize everything for a trip. I’ve packed all my clothes and toiletries along with all my son’s clothes and toiletries, diapers, wipes, first aid kit, snacks and a tablet without any issues. My wife used it on a 10 day trip to Europe and was able to pack all her clothes, toiletries, a DSLR camera, snacks and surprisingly had quite a bit of room to spare. Since it’s the smaller version of this pack, it was still quite comfortable despite not having a frame. We used it as our climbing bag in Greece during a 9 pitch climb with a long approach and an even longer descent. I stored all the gear inside with an 80 meter rope on the outside which was secured with the side straps. It worked quite well for this too. I’d recommend this pack for any sort of travelling and would even use it backpacking if I could keep it under 20 lb (due to the lack of a frame).

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Excellent Travel Option
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review on this pack:

This backpack was excellent for travelling and gear storage. I took a trip to Greece specifically to climb. I used only this bag and I was able to pack all my clothes and toiletries in the bottom compartment, a first aid kit, multi tools, head lamps, and a couple books in the top compartment and a full rack of quick draws, alpine draws, 6 lockers, two belay devices, two harnesses, two pairs of climbing shoes, a 50 ft and a 20 ft accessory cord, 50 ft of webbing, a set of nuts, a set of tri-cams, a separate day pack, a 1.5 liter Nalgene and an 80 meter rope in the main compartment. I am a savvy packer and was amazed at how much I could fit in this thing. There was even a small amount of room left in each compartment. It had a separate side compartment to store all the straps in when checking the bag which was nice because I’ve had buckles broken and straps torn in the past after checking a backpack. Every time I got the bag at baggage claim there were there were new scuffs and scratches but it never wore through the material and nothing ever broke on the bag. It has a ton of gear loops too which made gear organization super easy. The only negative feedback I have is that it doesn’t have any sort of frame. It still wasn’t too bad to wear around for a few hours at a time. Sizing is easily adjustable to share between users.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

Brother/Ski Patroller Approved
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this for my brother for patrol season, here is his review -
"This helmet has fulfilled it's purpose. Lightweight, the shell thwarts branches and other debris(takes a beating), the ear pieces are removable and it's a great fit with or without them. The boa system seems to be superior to any that I've used on previous helmets(Smith Vantage, Scott Chase to name a couple) and provides a tight comfortable fit. The color scheme is unique and overall I'm pleased with the product and would recommend it."

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 22, 2016

Great Rope
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been climbing with this rope for about 10 months now, mostly trad and everywhere from Idaho to Salt Lake to Moab. I have been climbing with Blue Water ropes for several years now and really like this rope overall. 9.3 is a fantastic size for multi-pitch routes and saving some weight on the approaches. It's a little on the stiff side but still handles really well after quite a bit of abuse and has proven to be durable. Also, the bi-pattern is solid and really easy to spot the center.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 22, 2016

Go To Touring Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been using this jacket for the past couple years now and absolutely love it. Great athletic fit, lightweight, breathes well, and protects - pretty much everything you could want for touring or alpine pursuits.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Size 9

This mitt is durable, super comfortable, and most importantly, warm. The removable liner is great, the high cuffs are perfect for powder days and cinch up easily, and they stay perfectly dry(just treat them!). Lastly, I don't feel that they are bulky and the color patterns all look great.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these gloves for touring and winter running. They have a great feel to them and the over-mitt is perfect for taking off or throwing on as you need it - the stow away is awesome. I also find these to be really nice for ice climbing on the not-so-cold days. I used them on a week long trip in Ouray recently and loved the dexterity and grip. If it's a colder or wet day on the ice, I would consider the Camp USA GeKo.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on January 8, 2016

My Favorite Piece
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket is the perfect softshell for almost everything - climbing, touring, hiking, whatever. It's body is a lighter fabric than the Gamma LT and uses a durable heavier weight fabric in the shoulders and sleeves. It strikes that ideal balance between ultimate breathability and wind protection. I use it a lot in place of a rain shell when it's not to cold and your on the move(water resistant enough and way better than being all clammy and sweaty) and it's crazy durable so makes more sense that a wind shell if you are playing in an alpine environment. I love that it is fully featured with velcro cuffs and an adjustable hood. Additionally, the hemlock inserts are genius and really do keep the jacket in place when wearing a harness.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on January 8, 2016

Bombproof Protection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is my 2nd season with the Rush and it absolutely crushes both in the resort and heading up the skin track. It's tough where it needs to be and more breathable everywhere else. The Expedition Fit is perfect for varying layers without being bulky(more roomy than the athletic fit but more tailored than the relaxed). This jacket really shines in the small details - it's articulated perfectly for complete freedom of movement, the zippers work smoothly and easily(seriously, this is something I think really sets Arc'teryx apart), the two main pockets are perfectly placed for use with a pack, the hood cinches and adjusts w/ease, and the two-toned color pattern looks great. If you play hard and like to stay dry and protected, this is the jacket to get.

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