Matt Park

Matt Park

All over Utah from the Uintahs to Zion and I am still exploring new places. Out of Utah I love Red Rocks, Nevada and Yosemite CA

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Matt Park's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Yoga
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Matt Park's Bio

I'm all about being outside and having a great time. building experiences with awesome people and sharing the best moments of life.

I was born In Utah and raised by a ski bum that got me skiing when I was 2 years old. I learned to climb when I was 15 and have started to incorporate that into my skiing with backcountry touring and ski mountaineering. Last year I got bit by the Ice bug hard and now have a healthy Ice climbing addiction to go along with my skiing and climbing habits.

I have been called a gear whore, multiple times by many different people. I love gear! no matter what its for, good gear that works well stokes me out. Aside from this amazing job, I work in a climbing shop and in my spare time if I am not out side adventuring I am probably hanging out in a climbing shop checking out gear. You will have to work pretty hard to find a question I don't know the answer to, so give it a shot some time!


FOLLOW ME FOR: Everything climbing and skiing, with some camping and running thrown in the mix. If you want to ask me personally something specific email me at:
MAPARK@BACKCOUNTRY.COM
or you can chat in on Saturday, Sunday, or Wednesday between 2pm and midnight mountain time and ask for Matt Park

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Matt Park wrote a review of on July 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are awesome! they keep your water in a liquid state and they keep it close by. one of the biggest problems in mountaineering is not drinking enough. with these you can attach your bottle to the hip belt of your pack and then its always in reach, so you can get a quick drink on the trail without getting into your pack. I like to make hot tea on summit day and put it in a nalgene in a parka, and wrapped up in my down coat in my pack and its usually still pretty warm at the top!

also, if its not super cold you can leave your bottles in the parka in your tent and they do fine, you do not have to sleep with your water any more! that alone is worth it if you ask me haha.

I have been borrowing my buddies for years, and his have been through hell and back and are still going strong, i just got two of my own and expect years of awesome use out of them.

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Matt Park wrote an answer about on July 2, 2014

Hey Dan,
there is no mesh in this tent since its designed for use in cold dry conditions so there should not be a lot of insects around above 10,000 feet. there is a velcro and zippered hole in the ceiling opposite the door, and then there is another similar vent near the door on the side of the tent. you can also use the top of the door to vent since there is a bit of material that goes over the top of the door.

when you have the two vents open it vents very well.

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Matt Park wrote an answer about on July 2, 2014

the shell size is the same for the 25.0 and the 25.5. as is the last width. the difference is the liner, the 25 has a thicker liner and the 25.5 has a bit of a thinner liner.
a size 25 might feel a bit tight at first but once the liners pack out they should be awesome, if they are way too tight then you can always have you liners ground down a bit.
a 25.5 would probably fit you well right out of the box but when the liners pack out they may be too big for you, and you might need to wear thicker socks or get an insole to take up the extra space.

my theory for buying boots is that being a little too big is better than too small, since its easy to take up the extra room (with thicker socks, a different foot bed or insole, I have even put a few strips of paper towel in the bottom of my boot to take up extra room) but if they are too small there is no real good way to make them bigger. how you like your boots to fit and the intended use is also a big factor.

if you would like to talk more about ski boots please email me at mapark@backcountry.com

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Matt Park wrote an answer about on July 2, 2014

This is a pretty good walking/skinning boot. if you pop open all the buckles when you are in walk mode (at least the top two buckles) and loosed the power strap they should walk very well. this is an awesome boot if you need something that can rip in-bounds and then hike out comfortably.

if you need any further help with this or any other AT boot feel free to email me at mapark@backcountry.com I would love to help you find the right boot

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Matt Park wrote a review of on June 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these, nothing is more awesome than a cold drink of water in the desert or some hot tea on top of a wintery peak. These little guys make that possible. I have had a large 40 oz. Hydroflask for a year or so, and loved it, just bought two of these so I can pack them around easier than the big guy. I love the smaller opening, on these. Its really easy to drink from and big enough to fit ice cubes in or to pour a hot liquid into without scalding your hands and spilling everywhere in the process.

I have found great success with these keeping stuff hot or cold all day. You can pick one up that has been in a hot car or out in the sun and the outside will burn your hand but inside the water is just as cold as when you put it in. That plus the fact that these are all stainless steel so they will never get all nasty smelling is worth every penny.

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Matt Park wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This little bag is great! I have used it for everything from a toiletry kit while traveling to holding ice screws and spare picks so they don't shred my pack. the little pockets are great for keeping alan wrenches for adjusting gear or changing out picks on your ice tools. basically Marmot put as much attention to detail and quality materials that they would in a pack or duffel bag and made a small indestructible bag that is super useful.

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Matt Park wrote a review of on April 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is the first warm down bag I have owned and it is awesome!! its so light, so lofty and so warm!

I was super impressed by the feel of the new Pertex shell material. it feels really light yet remarkable burly like it will take a lot of abuse and be a good protector of the valuable down inside. when I saw how big the bag lofts out too I thought it would be tough to get it into the stuff sack it comes with but its actually very easy and you could get it way smaller with a compression sack. Its super light, which is cool because winter camping requires a lot of gear that adds up.

I am 6'6" and 170 pounds and the long is plenty long for me to get in there and get a good seal with the hood around my face.

I just had this up on Mount Whitney and it was too warm for me, I had to unzip a bit, and there was plenty of room for a couple Nalgene bottles and my ski boot liners in there with me!

The only thing I am bummed about is that the draft collar does not have any sort of closure on the zipper side, which is silly. Marmot should know better. so i will be installing a snap on the draft collar on the zipper side so I can tighten it around my neck and get a good closure.

other than that I am nothing but stoked with the bag, its really comfy, the nylon inside feels good on your skin, and the bag fits my body well, its like a big lofty bear hug all night long, who wouldn't want that?

UPDATE:
I have now used the bag multiple times and in some very wet conditions. and I could not be more stoked on it!! the shell does a great job at keeping water out, and even with lots of beaded water on the outer shell I the down stayed dry and lofty. even getting packed away like this for a day it came out of the stuff sack and lofted right back out, the down never got wet! truly amazing

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Matt Park wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just took this thing up Mount Whitney and I was super impressed. I love liquid fuel stoves in the cold, wile everyone has to use hot water or their hands to warm up their canister fuel you can sit back and watch the snow melt while you pump the fuel bottle every now and then, its amazing.

If you can get a hold of a reactor 2.5 liter pot and use it with this thing its awesome! the pot sits on the stove well and is more efficient than a normal pot. I was able to boil a full liter of water with ice chunks in it I got out of a frozen lake in 8 minutes flat at 11,300 feet!!

I am super psyched on this stove because I know it will last for decades and be easy to maintain. I have a whisper light from my dad he bought in the mid 80's that is still going strong, I just wanted something that melted snow faster and had the multi-fuel capacity that this stove has.

the only downer is that it is pretty loud, but its not bad enough to merit a loss of stars. I will take the noise for how fast it melts snow.

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Matt Park wrote an answer about on April 18, 2014

Hi, <br/>  <br/> I do not have that pot, so here is...

Hi,

I do not have that pot, so here is a pic of the stove all packed up. I laid it on it's side opposite the fuel line, and pushed the fuel line down as much as I dared and measured it at about 4 1/4 inches. hope that helps you!

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Matt Park posted an image about on April 14, 2014

Tip for the inside velcro

inside this tent are little Velcro straps that hold the poles in place, both the hook and the fuzzy side are the same length, which makes it hard to get a good tight fit. I trimmed the hook side of the Velcro by about 3/4 on an inch. that way it wraps around the pole and just touches the other side of the tent material and then you can pull the fuzz side of the velcro over it to make a tight secure fit.

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Matt Park wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just picked this thing up, and was very impressed upon first setting it up. It goes up easy, and if its storming hard, you can stake the corners and then climb inside and assemble the poles and set up the tent without having to open the door. Which is cool.

Its not the lightest weight "assault style" mountaineering tent, but its one of the longest at 85" and being 6'6" that was a big factor in my choosing this one (that, and the fact that I have loved my Marmot limelight tent) This thing is super comfy as a one man shelter. and not too tight with two folks in it.

I was super stoked when I first got in this, because you can tighten the guy lines on the broad side of the tent from the inside! anyone who has spent time in a tent during a storm will appreciate this. When fully Guyed out this tent is rock solid! I had some pretty good winds and the tent barley shifted, meaning I was able to sleep better and not get woken up by my tent folding under the wind and hitting me in the face.

I just took this tent up Mount Whitney and had a bit of a wet snow storm through the night and stayed quite dry inside, there was a bit of moisture where some snow had accumulated on the top of the tent, and some frost on the walls in the morning, but to be fair I did not vent it as well as I could have. I feel that in dryer snow storms there would have been no problem at all. I do wish that the top and bottom vents had screens to keep snow out, I did not open the top vent because it was on the windward side and lots of snow would have blown in.

it packs down super small and I was able to get it down to 3.4 pounds. (tent body, poles, stakes, and guy lines) if I were sharing the tent I would totally bring the vestibule but when solo-tenting its not needed.

I am really excited about this tent, and suspect many good adventures in the alpine with it.

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Matt Park wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These rock.
they are light, they fold up small, they glide very well, and they have awesome grip.

I have been using BD skins for a while, and they are also awesome. I feel like these had the same grip as my BD skins with a huge upgrade on the glide factor. and they are way lighter. I used these on the 177 zenoxide (120/88/111) and the skins were lighter than my BD Ascension skins that fit a 170cm ski that measures (118/75/104) so, the G3 skin is a bit bigger but was quite a bit lighter.

The tip attachment is way better than any other skin I have used. it centers up fast and is super low profile so you never have to worry about snow getting between the skin and ski and ruining you day. The glue was also great, not as sticky to the touch as other skins I have used but stuck to the ski well and you can fold them without cheat sheets and be able to get them apart very easily.

From now on, I will only buy G3 skins

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