John Young

John Young

Where ever I can afford to be.

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High places. Remote places. Lonely places.

John Young

John Young wrote a review of on October 12, 2010

4 5

I have used a runner, knotted in the middle and re-clipped to my harness's belay loop with an extra biner, to extend my rappel device. I never get the knot in the right spot. I also use the biner clipped to my belay loop to anchor in once I hit the belay station. It's never the right length! Grrr...
This fixes all that AND it has no dyneema weakening knots tied in it.
It's 16mm of dyneema and nylon badness.
BUT, please girth hitch this to your harness's waist and leg loops and NOT your belay loop.
AND clip in nice and tight (you can even adjust your clip in point with an extra biner without ever completely unclipping from you anchor) and avoid those nut busting factor 2 falls.
I took away 1 star because all those stiff stitched sections get to be a pain the butt sometimes.

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John Young wrote a review of on October 11, 2010

5 5

I use this pack for everything from cragging, where it holds a full rack, rope, helmet, shoes, and lunch all inside the pack - to alpine overnighters where you then add a sleeping bag, pad, half a tent, stove, and rain gear by extending the spindrift collar and top lid. It carries 30lbs nicely. I've had mine for a little over 2 years now and it's holding up very well. No broken plastic after two trips to GTNP, several 14ers, weekend sport/trad climbing, etc... My only issue is with all the extra long webbing, it can get to lookin' like a nylon dread-head hangin' from me back mon. But it's all those extra webs that allow the pack to convert from a mountain load hauler down to a sleek summit pack.

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John Young wrote a review of on October 11, 2010

4 5

I run my 9.5 Mammut through it and it works just fine. My only complaint is that I wish the handle were tougher. Not that I have ever broken one, but it feels like it could break. Other than that it does what it is supposed to do which is to keep the climber in the air and off the deck.

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John Young

John Young wrote a review of on October 11, 2010

4 5

I run my 9.5 Mammut through it and it works just fine. My only complaint is that I wish the handle were tougher. Not that I have ever broken one, but it feels like it could break. Other than that it does what it is supposed to do which is to keep the climber in the air and off the deck.

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John Young wrote a review of on May 26, 2010

5 5

These shoes hug your feet like nothing you've ever worn before. They feel like broken in climbing shoes with padded uppers and with soles supportive enough to walk in. I love these shoes for approaches and for climbing up to 5.9-ish.

The laces to the toes do a great job of adjusting the shoe's fit back and forth between horizontal and vertical work. I have hiked about 5 miles in them and they did just fine. Not too grippy in the grass, and they do tend to get hot, but they hiked much better than I had expected from a "climbing" shoe.

I have had to force myself to NOT wear them everywhere for fear I would destroy the rubber too quickly. And it does wear fairly quickly.

UPDATE: I wore these up Teewinot, Mt. Moran, Grand Teton, South and North Maroon Peaks, Pyramid Peak, and countless sport and trad routes - and I absolutely love them. No complaints. Their claim of hiking 3 - 5 miles in them is right on the money. Any farther and the lack of cushioning in the fore foot starts to bother my feet.
Lastly, after a full summer of use the rubber at the toes is getting thin. The nubs are gone. I may try to stretch one more year out of them, but I am doubtful that they'll make it.

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