Holly Walker

Holly Walker

Whistler

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Holly's Passions

Running
Skiing
Climbing

Holly's Bio

Big mountain freeskier, Holly is always in search of her next adventure. When not travelling and looking for pow, she is a ski patroller in Whistler... and does other activities such as trail running, rock climbing and yoga. She's lived in five countries and visited over 50, leading some friends to call her 'the international woman of mystery.' Adventures have taken her from Gulmarg to La Grave, Las Lenas to Denali and many other discoveries in between.

Sponsors include Backcountry.com, Clif Bar, Mammut, K2, Dalbello, Smith Optics, POW Gloves and Mons Royale.

www.hollywalker.ca

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on August 16, 2014

Super Lightweight!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Previously I owned the Black Diamond Couloir harness and I'm super stoked to feel more secure in the Mammut Zephir. It is easy to get in / out of and you do not need to double it back. I wore it for a month straight traveling over glaciated terrain this May and had no complaints of the comfort of wearing this harness day after day. Its super lightweight and has detachable legs loops for easy on / off when I have my skis on. Hands down its the best alpine harness I've owned to date.

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on August 16, 2014

Solid and Light
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this model of skis for over a year now... I've used them on sastrugi volcanoes in Mexico, powder in Alaska, ice chunder in the PNW summer and a mixed bag in Asia. The K2 Wayback were solid for a small person and a big backpack plus lightweight with a Dynafit TLT Speed Radical binding.

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

Awesome!
5 5

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

This jacket is great for multi sports (climbing, ski touring, hiking, etc). I used it on a month long expedition in the Pamir mountains and found it to be super wind resistant and even waterproof. Wore it in every condition (wind, snow, rock, river crossings, etc) and it held up great - awesome jacket!
One side note: it did shrink a little bit when I put it in the clothing dryer (not a bad thing though because has a loose fit).
Photo by Vince Shuley

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

Tough!
5 5

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

I wore these pants for 32 days straight - they held up to everything and they had NO tears, holes, etc... TOUGH! I wore them in the Pamir mountains in -20F to 70F (with/without long underwear); with crampons, on rock, ice, rain, in snow, rivers, etc...
These softshell pants were lightweight and though I lost substaintial weight, the adjustable belt kept them on when I went down a size. They are not waterproof, but they dried really fast... until I would soak them again and again (darn river crossings!). And the cuffs are great, fits with ski boots and can be tightened for regular running shoes. Plus, was surprised after a month they didn't stink! If they ever wear out (unlikely); they are worth the cost to get another pair.
- photo by Vince Shuley

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on June 24, 2014

3 5

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

I was super happy with the warmth of these pants and how light weight they are as I used them on a 30 traverse through the Pamir mountains in Central Asia. I was disappointed though when I compared them to my partners pants as they had zippers on the side... We would start days in -30F temperatures and it would heat up within a couple hours of us moving. My partner was able to quickly zip off their pants and keep moving. I, on the other hand, had to stop and take off my ski boots to remove the pants. They also have no pockets... cause keeps the light but sometimes you need to put your Chapstick, gloves or Clif Bar in a handy spot and these pants just don't have that option.

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on June 24, 2014

5 5

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

I wore two pairs of these socks on a 30-day backcountry traverse. They were stinky and dirty... But held up! They are super thin, no holes, great elasticity and I had NO blisters - it was sometimes -30F to 70F and I was happy with them in all conditions... Even soaking wet due to river crossings. These socks are hands down my fav.

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Holly Walker wrote a question about on April 3, 2014

My toe pieces are loose...
Anyone have recommendations for tightening them?
I haven't popped out, but don't like the wiggle factor (my last pair loosened as well). Thinking of going with a different alpine binding next time...

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

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

I love this hoodie - wear it on ski patrol everyday. Breathes well and keeps me nice and toasty. I wore a similar Icebreaker top for over 300 days and my only complaint was the wear on the sleeves that developed (slowly the cuffs would fray) but for being a wool product and used a crazy amount, I think this is normal. I still give it two thumbs up!

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on December 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is super fun and holds up in all conditions... whether its pow, hard pack, groomers or sastrugi. It carves nicely and has a wide enough turning radius. I use it for ski patrol in the resort and have a pair from last year set-up as a touring ski for beyond. Hands down my favorite all-round ski.

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Holly Walker wrote a review of on July 28, 2013

Caution...
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These shoes fit great and have awesome traction with Vibram soles but take a long time to transition to... I didn't have the patience... I used them on a steep hike up to Wedgemount Lake the third time wearing them. With only a 4mm drop from heel to toe, I over stretched my ankles and Achilles tendon. Be cautious to build up to using Minimus shoes; save you a lot of pain in the long run.

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