Jordan Scampoli

Jordan Scampoli

Flatirons, Boulder Canyon, Bolton Valley, Smugglers Notch, Mount Washington Valley, Western Maine

Jordan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Jordan's Bio

From NH, lived and learned to climb in VT, recently relocated to Boulder, CO. Climber, cyclist, hiker...I enjoy it all.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This shoe does it all. I've put hundreds of town, backpacking, hiking, running, approaching, and scrambling (up to low 5th class) miles on them and I haven't found a fault yet. Super sticky for hiking and easy climbing, but still fairly rugged - I have a serious amount of confidence in the grip when going up or coming down. Great shoe for arid environments (good venting, no w/b membrane). I'm ordering another pair shortly.

They run small only insofar as Sportiva's run a bit narrow in general and this shoe is meant to be form fitting, not sloppy.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on May 29, 2012

5 5

For the price, you can't ask for much more than this tent. Sure, it's a little heavy for a one man, but it's super roomy, more like a 1+ person tent. Vents really well and sets up instantly. All the quality of Big Agnes, great for when I'd prefer a tent to a bivvy and tarp. I've taken this backpacking and road cycle touring in CO.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on December 27, 2011

5 5

This pack does it all..it's my go-to pack for both summer and winter climbing trips and 4-season day hiking adventures, though slightly small for winter multiday trips. It can certainly hold a full rack, rope and accessories if you have a longer approach. It also has the ability to carry skis A-frame style. The tool holsters and crampon patch are almost perfectly designed -- I did break the tri-lock compression pieces on the crampon patch and put in Fastex buckles (also on bottom strap) for easier use with gloves. Just as comfortable on the plane with the removable hip belt. The included bivvy pad is minimalist, but great for grabbing a seat for lunch.

I've seen this baby loaded down with full mixed rack, ropes, tools, fruitboots, and drill (easy 65 lbs) and it didn't bend.

Make no mistake, as with any Gregory pack, it's not the lightest option, but it's rugged as they come and it rides like a Cadillac. Tremendous alpine pack.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote an answer about on December 27, 2011

They sure can. However, not the compression straps on the front crampon patch, those will only hold crampons or smaller.

The key is to use the SIDE compression straps from both sides and wrap them around the outside - Gregory designed them so that one side has male clips and one has female, that way they clip to each other on top of the crampon patch on the back of the pack.

Kind of awkward to explain, but just lay the pack on the ground, shoulder straps down, unclip the side compression straps, lengthen the webbing, and then clip them together on the top of the pack.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on December 23, 2011

3 5

A perfectly capable ice climbing crampon, however with my kicks I felt it displaced too much ice. My problem is the inability to change out the front points, as this is advertised as an ice climbing/mountaineering crampon. After a few years of climbing mixed alpine routes and mountaineering with this I'd be afraid what the front points would look like. I personally prefer the BD Cyborg as a one-size-fits-all crampon (although I haven't climbed in the Lynx's yet, so my opinion may change).

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Jordan Scampoli wrote an answer about on December 23, 2011

I agree with Jeff on this one. NikWax makes some great products.

When down feathers get wet, they clump together, thereby reducing the amount of air between you and the outside world. This lack of air equates to lack of insulation which leads to a really cold and miserable night...or nights. Once the down is wet it is EXTREMELY difficult to dry it properly in the field, and even then you will be left with a slightly dry yet still clumpy down and a super cold night.

I have used down bags in northern New England in all 4 seasons, and it is a challenge, but worth it for me. I keep my bags in eVent compression sacks and have a bivy sack even if I'm in a tent but still concerned about moisture. If you are concerned at all about your inability to keep a bag dry, I would recommend a synthetic bag, Primaloft being the industry standard. Sythetic fibers have the ability to maintain their loft and insulation even while wet, though it will be a bit heavier and won't compress as small.

But as with anything, to each his own. Down works for me, but not for everyone. Happy hunting!

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on December 2, 2011

3 5

I know some serious winter crushers in NH, VT and NY (insert name drop here) that swear by the Fusions...but for pure ice climbing, I've been more impressed with other tools. The angle for me was too much for pure ice routes, but they seem right at home on difficult technical mixed terrain.

I like BD tools in general because you can use one tool to tighten the pick of the other - but only as a patch in the field...and yes, I have actually needed this function. I couldn't get enough torque to really tighten them all the way down while repairing them at a belay. Another pair of hands might make it easier, but at least it wont fall off...

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on December 2, 2011

Solid
5 5

I'm a big fan of these crampons. As easy to use as most any other modern crampon, fit well on single and double wall boots, and hold their points well. It's a personal preference, but I love the monopoint for steep ice, though if this was the only crampon you had in your quiver, the dual points are great for snow or couloir routes. The wide platform and angle of the secondary points are huge pluses in my book too.

Shoo makes a great point about not all the pieces being stainless (and the Lynx)...you will still see some rust, though in my opinion there is no reason to worry or even consider breakage.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on December 2, 2011

5 5

The absolute standard when it comes to quality and functionality. Add the tails for multi- or super-heavy-pack days. I never have busted my straps..but if you need to they are easily replaced with ski straps or MSR sells a replacement kit. I've used these all over New England including wind scoured Presi-traverses when crampons were overkill and deep pow trailbreaking.

Stick with the Lightning Ascent though, I'm a bit skeptical of the "Speedlock" system and the Flash lacks the same crampon structure that the Ascent has. The Lighting Axis and Flash seem to have too many moving parts...very few parts for Murphy's Law to prove itself on the Lightning Ascent.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote an answer about on December 2, 2011

When early season ice climbing in VT I busted through and opened up a hose on myself halfway up a pitch...directly on my chest and front zipper. Didn't notice any moisture inside the coat whatsoever, and I can guarantee that any other soft shell's I've owned would have wetted through. Absolutely BOMBER piece, overkill for most scenarios, but when you need it you'll be glad you had it.

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Jordan Scampoli wrote a review of on November 15, 2011

5 5

I wear a size US 9.5 street shoe, 41.5 Nago. I've been climbing on these shoes for two seasons, and they are still going, but definitely starting to show their age. The rubber is sticky enough, yet this shoe will last you a bit. I've used them on cracks in the Dak's, the slabby Flatirons, some moderate boulders in Smuggs, and steeper 10's in Rumney. This shoe is most at home on long multipitch routes. Psyched!

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