Jonathan

Jonathan

Yosemite/Bishop/M.D.I./Wanderer!

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Jonathan's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing

Jonathan's Bio

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

Best bag for your buck!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a HIGH quality rope bag that folds out into a tarp- this allows a person the opportunity to stand on it to keep climbing shoes clean and sticky before a climb, while also protecting your rope from debris. Super important features in a rope bag that not all of them offer.

Furthermore, Metolius is a trusted name in the industry and they have made this bag with a very durable outer layer. Once while in Yosemite we forgot our rope bag outside of the car and it flipped off and slid down the highway at 45 mph+... I don't want to delve into it further, but the rope and the bag were completely unscathed by the mishap!

A small scratch on the very outside is all we saw and the rope was safely housed inside without a single blemish, though this could have been a disaster on that climbing trip had we not had such a quality bag like Metolius offers!

GET THIS BAG!

Its cheaper and really dependable for a rope bag!

It also has the see through window so you can determine which rope you want for a day of climbing without having to open the entire thing up.

One other feature I love is the inner straps so you can tie off your rope ends-this allows you to find your rope end and tie into the sharp end fast and efficiently once you've done safety checks and are ready to move upwards.

Overall, this is my favorite rope bag for many reasons!

Thank you backcountry.com

Love the gear!

(Pic-70 meter Sterling velocity)

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Jonathan posted an image about on July 30, 2014

Back home inspecting the rope and bag...

Before and after climbing I always inspect my rope and draws, etc.

Safety first people!

We climbed yesterday and when I got home I realized I had no close ups of the rope and its bag-so without further adieu, here they are backcountry.com'ers!

Pic-70 meter sterling velocity with Metolius Rope Master Rope Bag, both of which I HIGHLY recommend!

Great products-as you can see the rope is like new after some moderate use over the course of the first year and is perfect, as is the bag which we have beat up significantly!

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

Had mine for over a year...
4 5

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

I think I have last years model, but either way these are GREAT jackets. (See Pic-Colorado backcountry near Durango, CO)

It was VERY warm and the materials are extremely sturdy, something I come to expect from one of the best producers of outdoor equipment. The North Face.

They seem to deliver every time and this jacket is no exception. It has two zippers under the arms for breath ability, as I assure this thing gets toasty. Its sealed well and doesn't leak whatsoever, but this can be a problem for warmer days. This jacket should only be used for sever conditions! (Blizzards)

I was very impressed with the zippers. While other companies skimp and zippers sometimes blow out, the one's on this jacket have withstood time and pressure well.

I would grab one now while they're on sale!

;-)

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

Favorite T's!
5 5

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

These are some of my favorite t shirts to wear climbing, hiking, around the house, at work, and you name it. They are super comfortable and last a LONG time. I've had mine for over a year and they still hold their shape, haven't shrunk or stretched, and haven't developed any nasty stains over-time. (You know how arm pits can get.)

I own 3 of these shirts and pride myself on repping the best company in the business whenever I'm out enjoying nature or what have you. People comment on them frequently.

My girlfriend has one as well and thoroughly enjoys rocking the goat... Overall, great products from the best company in the business.

Thanks backcountry.com!!!

(Pic-Bee Hive Hike/Trail Run Acadia National Park!)

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

Great all around shorts!
5 5

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

I only own one pair of shorts and you guessed it, these are them!

The elastic band is snug but not uncomfortable. The are light enough to swim and hike in (See Pic), while also being sturdy enough to sport climb and boulder with ease. They breath well and their style is top notch.

I love these shorts and will definitely be getting another pair soon!

Try them out and see for yourself!

Thanks backcountry.com and pRana-awesome products as usual!

(Pic-hiking today in Acadia National Park-Bee Hive)

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 22, 2014

Love The North Face!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The North Face makes spacious backpacks with full body support. The back and hip supports are unbeatable for the price, and I think the style is awesome as well.

The design, at least in last years version of the Terra 65, made finding gear easy. There are zippers everywhere and The North Face never skimps on sturdy materials for those long hikes in the backcountry.

Mine has lasted well into this year and its over a year old with TONS of use. I use it for rope and quick-draws for days at the crag and long hikes as well. I used it for part of the Colorado Trail during winter which was hardcore, and the bag was wonderful.

I have also strapped skis to this bad boy and it fared VERY well.

All in all, this is a great larger sized pack.

Its definitely versatile!

Get yourself one for sure! The price is right and The North Face and backcountry.com back their products. Thus, you've got nothing to lose checking this bag out.

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

Awesome!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A climber always needs more slings.

I always take an extra or two no matter what the grade or pitch, as it's an easy way to get yourself out of nearly ANY bind.

Never head up without 'em I always say.

Strong as hell, durable, cheap, and beyond useful for any level climbers rack.

(Pic-Extras around my neck and shoulders like backpack straps-bright yellow.)

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

NALGENE!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these.

They have a cool little loop that you can attach a carabiner for longer climbs as well as an assortment of accessories so you have straws, etc

I've had mine for YEARS and it's been everywhere from Big Walls in Yosemite to the deserts of Moab.

I think Nalgene offers a lifetime warranty as well.

I just wish backcountry.com carried the REALLY big one's like the one pictured.

Any ideas on that backcountry.com'ers?

Thank you!

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Jonathan wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

Great brushes!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the cost of this set you can't really go wrong. I would complain about the lack of boars hair in these, but then black diamond went and included one of those too!

Great set and they have lasted thus far.

Well worth the cost on this set. You can pay this much for one brush almost anywhere, so why not get the extras and order from BC.

Thank you!

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