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Graham Parrington

Graham Parrington

Cascadia

Graham Parrington's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Graham Parrington's Bio

Riding pow, backcountry corn harvesting, glacier climbing, alpenglow happyhours, and bonfires on the coast.

Graham Parrington

Graham Parrington wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

Sometimes I use this as a primary light, especially when I'm just camping at the ocean (and want to save weight for beer ;). But it really is nowhere near as bright as my other headlamp, so when I plan on hiking off trail, skiing, or mountaineering at night, it's the backup - which it excels at. Its perfect for leaving in the pack when you don't plan on being out in the dark too, obviously. The claimed 45 hour battery time seems to be accurate, which is great for the battery size/weight, and supposedly they will hold a usable charge for years, unlike most batteries. Now I need to get one to leave in my car...

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Graham Parrington posted an image about on February 1, 2012

August 20th Splitboard Ascent/Descent of Mt. Adams

This thing really came in handy on some of the icy patches on the descent, and even helped out a little on some steep, crusty skinning, even with the guard on. I've used this for summitting Mt. Rainier without skis in conjunction with an ice ax, as well as ski mountaineering on Rainier on ascents and descents. Great tool. Useful for pulling up the heel lifters on a split board, too, as well as grabbing branches or other objects. Use one most of the time now. Never gored myself, luckily.

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on February 7, 2011

5 5

One of the finest pieces of clothing i've ever worn. Very warm, very comfortable. Perfect fit, on the athletic side. I'm somewhere between a small and medium for shirts and the small is perfect for me, so it runs on the small side. I wear it in the mountains, to the office, and at home. not quite cozy enough for normal base layer duty, but it has worked just fine in a pinch. perfect over a thin base layer or t-shirt. Luckily it resists odor so you don't stink after a ski tour. Dries almost as quickly as synthetics. machine washable. tough. looking for a full zip on sale :)

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on August 25, 2009

5 5

these lockers are great. they are lighter than my other locking biners, are a good size for building anchors, clipping in to ice screws, finishing off a double bowline on the harness, or clipping to a belay device... and they are moderately priced as well. the screw action has never failed. probably not big enough for a munter hitch...

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on March 6, 2009

5 5

as some have said, this board is stable, and is excellent for shredding pow, blasting through pillows and crud, and rips corduroy better than anything i've ever been on. i'm 5'6" 150# and i ride the 166. these things are definitely an improvement over the Freeride! this is the longest board i've used, and i love the stability, which is nice for riding and stomping landings. the softer, wider tip and narrower, stiffer tail are great for keeping the tip out of the deep stuff. The Mojo's are also lighter than the Freerides: the Mojo 166 weighs the same (8.5#) as my Freeride 154... For those about my size and weight, if you're worried about the larger size of the 166, go for the 161. don't get the 154 if you're anywhere near my size. you'll sink your tip, have less stability in soft snow and crud, and have more chatter on hard snow conditions. don't do it!! i also highly recommend the mountain plate bindings for hard boots, and the Scarpa Matrix boots, which improve skinning, traversing, turning speed, and the inevitable two-plank downhill moments which are "spooky" as mentioned below due (partially) to the geometry of the board halves...

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on February 26, 2009

4 5

I use these for backcountry and frontcountry splitboarding. they're warm enough most of the time, and too warm every once in a while, so their range is impressive. the nimbleness is the feature i was most looking for with these gloves, so i could transition from uphill to downhill quickly, which they perform quite well at! i find the cuffs too short for my needs much of the time. after a couple years of heavy use, there is some wear on the pittards, but overall, they seem to be holding up well.

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on February 3, 2009

5 5

these will save the day. even on powder days with a little wind, you can find bare patches where these will come in handy. perfect for spring touring to get the corn. used these on Mt. Rainier on the wilson glacier. ascended 30 degree boilerplate no problem.

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on February 3, 2009

5 5

I got these bindings recently, along with a pair of Scarpa Matrix AT boots, and I love this setup. Like others have said, there's no loosening of the bindings, like with straps, there's much better power transfer, and the bindings weigh half as much as my strap bindings, which were on the low-end of the weight scale. Much faster and easier to get in and out of bindings, and dramatically speed up transition times. Ski boots are great for booting up coulies, are much warmer, and work better with crampons. Though ski boots weigh more than snowboard boots, just remember that you're likely to carry your board on your pack, but your boots stay on your feet...

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Graham Parrington wrote a review of on October 6, 2008

5 5

Aesthetically, the looks of these pants are, well, subjective! Not as "cool" looking as some models, but who are you trying to impress? Cute marmots? They're light as hell, warm as heaven, pack small, have full side zips, and water beads of them better than my softshell. They work very nicely with my one pound sleeping bag, primaloft booties and parka. Plus i get to ack th' fool and bust out some sparkle ninja shenanigans. Just don't drop the roach, right?

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