Paul-Baptiste

Paul-Baptiste

New Mexico & Finland

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Paul-Baptiste's Bio

I love rock-climbing. Really. From the first day I stepped into a harness and looked up at the rock, I fell in love with climbing. And you know what got me? The control. I love that climbing is a mix of physical tasks, intelligence, skill and intuition. It is chess; every move has to be worked out in terms of effort, balance and consequence. Climbing is thinking with your body. It is physically challenging, but also mentally engaging. It's puzzle solving.

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Paul-Baptiste

Paul-Baptiste wrote a review of on September 15, 2011

Gear Review: PETZL Ange Finesse Quickdraws
4 5

The Ange S biners look different. They use a single wire gate system that quite honestly looks puny. But the design is pretty ingenious. The gate is remarkably smooth and despite its svelte appearance locks solidly into a hole in the nose. The hole, incidentally, prevents debris, like the flour-y dirt of Castlewood Canyon, from becoming trapped in the biner.

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http://hirvimaki.blogspot.com/2011/09/gear-review-petzl-xion-rope-ange.html

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Paul-Baptiste wrote a review of on May 13, 2009

5 5

I went through quite a few different types of shoes when I first started to climb. I had decided that I needed one kind of shoe for sport and another for bouldering when a climbing partner of mine suggested I try out Katanas. I had had bad luck with Velcro closures in the past and was a bit hesitant (the Velcro closures on Katanas are solid and I've never had a problem with them failing). I'm so glad I gave them a try. I like my shoes tight - I wear my climbing shoes about 3 sizes down from my street shoes - and the Katanas are comfy enough for long routes and fit like a dream; the Velcro makes fine-tuning the fit easy. They are technical enough for fine edging and do a masterful job at heel-hooking. I got to say goodbye to multiple shoes as I wear them both for bouldering and sport. As has been mentioned by others, even after much use they do not stink up and become toxic like many other shoes. I highly recommend the Katanas. A very, very good shoe.

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