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Julia Niles

Julia Niles

jackson hole, canmore, patagonia

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Julia's Bio

Julia Niles will light you up with her big, goofy smile. She is a all about adventure and uses climbing and skiing to take her her all over the world. She guides in Jackson Hole, Alaska, and South America- and is one of the few women certified by the AMGA as a rock and alpine guide. Two years ago, diagnosed with a lung tumor, she was not sure she would be able to continue her alpine climbing and guiding. Her doctor said she would lose a lung. But she found a great doctor who saved half of her lung and her passion for climbing picked her right back up after surgery. Less than six months later, she became the first woman to on-sight, solo the Grand Traverse of the Tetons in a day. Her passion continues, and she has been traveling the world climbing and skiing since. She is thrilled to be part of backcountry.com.

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Julia Niles wrote an answer about on January 4, 2010

This jacket is the perfect cold weather running jacket. So it is designed to fit snug- tight so that it does not flop around when running. I cannot fit much under it other than a thin long sleeve shirt. The arms, as mentioned previously, are long. There is a thumb hole for added warmth so the sleeves are meant to sit longer than usual. This works well for me because most tops that fit me have arms that are too short.

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Julia Niles wrote a review of on January 1, 2010

5 5

I love this jacket. Mountain Hardwear made the perfect down jacket for wearing under a shell. I get frustrated with super puffy down jackets when I am active in the mountains because I cannot fit my shells over them. So when it is very windy or cold, you lose warmth by having the shell jacket under the down. This layer is hooded to keep your head extra warm when needed, and it is light enough to always stuff in the pack in case it gets colder than you expect. I just brought it on our new years ski into a remote lodge- didn't need it on the way up, but on the way down, it was essential. I was also pleased to note that I was not the only one with this layer.

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Julia Niles wrote a review of on September 23, 2009

5 5

This has changed backcountry sleeping forever. I have serious hip issues- too much pounding up and down mountains with guide packs, so I have a hard time sleeping on thin pads. I've used this now for four months and have had no holes and no other issues other than the ones that appear in my sweet dreams. I can't say anything bad about these pads. They even come with some repair glue.

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Julia Niles wrote a review of on September 23, 2009

5 5

I love this product- finally I get to replace my fuzzy homemade version of this. Its use: when you are climbing something gnarly- you don't want a wrist leash to make it difficult to place your gear, but if you drop a tool, you would be up ****'s creek. You can even rest on this in an emergency. The swivel makes switching tools easy. And you can just drop one and let it hang while you do other more important things.

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Julia Niles wrote a review of on September 23, 2009

5 5

These are awesome pants. I'm 5'10 so need a "long" option- which MH has, as well as exact pant sizes to choose from rather than just small, medium, and large. I love these pants- they are comfortable pants that double as casual jeans for a long trip in the car or airplane, and you don't have to change to go to the crag. I couldn't be happier.

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