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MJ Johnston

MJ Johnston

All over the UTAH

Mary's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Paddling
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Mary's Bio

I'm a native, born and raised in Utah and LOVE it!I am most passionate about climbing and canyoneering. I've had some of my best memories taking 30ft whippers and rappelling down canyons through a raging waterfall. I ski and snowboard, I've recently grown bored of boarding so I'm back to my skis this year, hopefully some tele at that. I ran rivers briefly and am becoming more and more enthralled with kayaking, basically if its in the water, I'm up for it. I want to climb mountains and I would like to do more ice climbing...amongst other things of course.

MJ Johnston

MJ Johnston wrote an answer about on February 3, 2010

I've had to use a Grigri for an emergency rappel and it's not ideal at all. If you're looking for something with a little more friction than an ATC or something you can regulate a little more I would recommend looking at both the Petzl Pirana or the Blue Water Rescue 8. Both are great options for rappelling that give you the option to lock off or ad several different levels of friction. Though with any 8 type device, it will twist your rope up which can be a pain.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

Of all of my gear bags the Black Diamond Stubby Haul Bag has taken the most abuse and withstood every bit of it. It got dropped of a 180 foot cliff by accident skid the entire way down the sandstone and hardly had a scratch. The opening makes all of your gear easily accessible without having to reach down into a dark bag feeling for what you need. You'll never have to pull out everything to find what you want. I recommend this bag to anyone who needs to haul a bunch of gear around.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on December 30, 2008

3 5

The The North Face Velocitee 1/4-Zip Shirt is extremely comfortable as well as thin and light. Its great for working out in but beware it moves around a lot. I wouldn't recommend wearing anything other than a shell over it. If you try to put a fleece or merino layer over, it bunches and can become quite uncomfortable. It's a great stand alone piece for working out when you don't need a lot of layers.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on December 30, 2008

5 5

The Backcountry.com Prime Power Stretch Top is both comfortable and functional. It can be used for running in cooler temps to keep you warm without the need to peel off any layers as you get going. You could use it easily on a cooler summer evening or as a mid layer just before you head out into the dead of cold. It's totally versatile and fits very true to size.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

The Backcountry.com Siphon Primaloft Hooded Jacket is a great alternative to lugging around a bulky jacket. The primaloft interior keeps the warmth in without making you feel like you're wearing a jacket ready for the Arctic. It's comfortable and lofty and also works as a great mid layer underneath a shell.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

4 5

The Simple Toetally Winter Boot does come a little bit tight, its canvas material so it doesn't stretch a ton. If you have a wide foot or an extra high arch, it can be uncomfortable and you might consider sizing up. However even in saying that it's a really fun around the town boot. It won't offer a ton as far as warmth or waterproofing goes, but with a pair of skinny jeans or a casual skirt it's great.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on December 17, 2008

4 5

The North Face Destiny Down Jacket is great for around town. I don't know that I would necessarily wear it skiing or snowboarding. I have a long torso and it wouldn't likely keep the snow out if I took a spill but it definitely keeps you warm when your outside in the freezing temps.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

SmartWool Adrenaline Light Micro Socks are both warm and comfortable. They are great for long hikes or backpacking trips. If you are on the fence as to whether to get a medium or small/med or large I would go with the small, they are more comfortable when ultra form fitting.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on October 8, 2008

5 5

The Black Diamond ATC-XP is easily my favorite ATC. The high friction mode helps a lot especially when belaying someone who weighs more than you. I also love it for its versatility in rappelling. The high friction mode gives you security on those long rappells but filp it around and have fun soaring down those others with a little more speed. It is the best ATC for the all around climber/canyoneer.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on October 8, 2008

5 5

The Petzl William Locking Carabiner is a quite a bit larger than what I usually use from day to day. I LOVE using this biner on multi pitch rappels or climbs. Its steady and solid all day long. Its still really easy on your ropes and the triact lock is SO convenient. I use this biner a lot to set up my slackline also, its got a lot of uses and despite its size isn't to heavy or bulky feeling.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

5 5

The Lole Victory Halter top is an all around solid tank. It's convertible straps make it easy to dress up, dress down or tailor to any sort of activity you may be engaging in. It has a long torso so for all of us women who are stretched long in that area, this is a great option for you. I've used it boating, climbing, playing volleyball and in my yoga class and it remains one of my favorite. It wicks away moisture and twists and turns without being uncomfortable. Its a great performance piece for any sport.

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MJ Johnston wrote a review of on August 7, 2008

5 5

I couldn't ask for a more stellar glove! It fits nice and snug so your palms and digits aren't in the least bit hindered unlike so many gloves out there. I use them with my motorcycle and they keep me grippy and dry. From the tip of my middle finger to the base of my palm is about 7" or so and the medium glove fits perfect.

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