Pat Palmer

Pat Palmer

The backcountry of Virginia's ridges, peaks and knobs. (That sounds dirty...)

Pat Palmer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Pat Palmer's Bio

I was born in the summer of my 22nd year. That was August 1992. Already an avid fisherman and hiker/backpacker, I set my sights on Mt. Washington. Those three days in the Presidential Range Sparked a passion that is still with me today in my 40's.

The 20 years that passed saw a career change, wedding, and subsequent divorce years later. The weight of real life kept me from the mountains for ten years. In the past few years, I have re-discovered the passion and reclaimed the time to head up the hills again.

I've spent my time bagging peaks in my adopted home of Central VA. I'm training and plugging away in hopes of achieving my ten year goal. By 2014, Rainier, Whitney in winter, some CO 14'ers and WY's glaciated 13'ers. By 2017, Aconcagua, Denali and Cho Oyu. And finally, by 2020, Everest.

I'm a former smoker and asthmatic, and I want to show kids and adults alike that asthma isn't any kind of death sentence, or even a limiting factor when you properly control it and keep yourself healthy.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

4 5

Fear not the old reviews that claim bad quality, this pack is solid.
The waist belt is comfortable and stays in one place on your waist, no pinching, rubbing or chafing. The ball joint lets the pack move with you, keeping the pack centered on your centerline while the belt moves with your waist. It lacks the swing-arm shoulder straps that my Epic 35 does, but I believe that's a good design feature, as the Mission 75 is designed to carry more weight and the fixed straps keep the load centered.

I took it for a weekend test run, and had around 40lbs loaded in it. I cinched everything down VERY tight intentionally to test the seams and straps. No issues with streching or ripping of seams or fabric.

The crampon patch also happens to be the perfect size to carry a lantern. Also, the Ice-Link loops are perfect for my reflective winshield cover that I use as an insulation pad in my Hennessy Hammock.

The hydration sleeve works as expected, and having both left and right drinking tube ports is a nice touch.

The real test will be four days on Mt. Rainier in July. I'll post a follow-up afterwards.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

5 5

It's a nice sturdy bottle. The wide mouth is good for not freezing, and allows for ravenous guzzling on a summer backpacking runs in the blazing sun.

It's thicker walled than similar bottles on the shelf in the local megamart's camping section, but costs the same.

And the goat makes you look sexy, no matter how sweat-soaked and wild-haired you are.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

The toe bail is asymetrical, a good fit for my Sportiva Makalu, but that boot is unsuitable for the vertical ice this crampon is designed for. Perhaps they fit as well on Nepal EVO.

For my Koflach Arctis Expe, not so much. That is, until I relocated the bail wire to the center hole on the inside and rearward hole on the outside. In that position the bail gets a solid, secure and even bite across more than 3/4 of the front welt.

A minor annoyance, snow gathers between the center bar and boot. Not a safety issue or a deal breaker, just a little annoying.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

These will fit any axe and are the best quality of the axe/pick/spike protectors out there.
Other brands are one piece rubber, and they tend to dry out and crack, making them useless. The bungees on BD's protectors last years, and the rubber scabbards don't get strained and crack over time.

Buy these once, or the others a few times over.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

4 5

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

My review is for the G22 cramp-o-matic.

The toe bail is asymetrical, a good fit for my Sportiva Makalu, but that boot is unsuitable for the vertical ice this crampon is designed for. Perhaps they fit as well on Nepal EVO.

For my Koflach Arctis Expe, not so much. That is, until I relocated the bail wire to the center hole on the inside and rearward hole on the outside. In that position the bail gets a solid, secure and even bite across more than 3/4 of the front welt.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

4 5

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

These bars come with the G22 as extras. They allow the crampon to lock flat and rigid, with the ability to flex up. I prefer them to the double bars
The double arm bars that come mounted on the G22 let them flex both up an down. I see that being an issue with boots that aren't completely rigi.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on February 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Air Tech front points well and is wonderful on traverses. Great for general mountaineering and steep trails.
They are a very versatile crampon that with the right boot, can handle short pitches of vertical ice up to WI 3, though there are much better choices for vertical ice, like the G22.

I want to add some info regarding fitting to double boots. I just got a pair of Koflach Arctis Expe. The Air Tech will not fit (size 9UK). The standard bars are ONE HOLE too short. Longer bars are needed for, at least, these boots, and I'd suspect most other doubles.

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Pat Palmer wrote a question about on February 1, 2013

I'm comparing this and the Millet Expert. I need something that can handle Rainier this July. I'm also considering either Mt Washington NH or the Mountaineer's Route on Mt Whitney Next Feb.

How does the Chillwave and Expert compare in those conditions? Also, is either parka even adequate for the two winter objectives?

My last option is the MH Nilas, but I'd prefer a less expensive option, as I'd be getting a heavier expedition parka when it's finally time for the really big mountains

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Pat Palmer wrote a question about on February 1, 2013

I'm comparing this and the MH Chillwave. I need something that can handle Rainier this July. I'm also considering either Mt Washington NH or the Mountaineer's Route on Mt Whitney Next Feb.

How does the Expert and Chillwave compare in those conditions? Also, is either parka even adequate for the two winter objectives? My last option is the MH Nilas, but I'd prefer a less expensive option, as I'd be getting a heavier expedition parka when it's finally time for the really big mountains

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on January 13, 2013

5 5

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

The crampon strap and pick pocket are handy features, but what makes this pack shine is the ball joint belt connecter and swing-arm shoulder straps. The weight of the pack stays in your center of gravity when leaning and reaching. For me, the pack is extremely comfortable. Many will find the lumbar pad odd feeling or uncomfortable. It's one of those "love it or hate it" things.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on January 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Contour Roam takes great quality video, and is ridiculously easy to operate. It lacks the features of the newer models like bluetooth connectivity and higher frame rates, but the $100 or more price difference more than makes up for the slight inconvenience of not being able to change settings on the fly.

I suspect this model will be discontinued in favor of the newer models. That's a shame, because it's the best entry-level action camera on the market.

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Pat Palmer wrote a review of on October 24, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I can stuff a climbing rope, static rope, slings, biners, harness, and crampons in this pack and still have room for extra layers, my hydration pouch, lunch and snacks. The pack sets the weight on my waist comfortably, even if the shoulder straps are a bit narrow for my frame.

The construction is SOLID, more so than any other pack I own. It's a great pack for a day of climbing, but lacks the compartments to make it a well organized weekend pack. I do use it for overnights, but I travel light and sleep in a hammock.

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