I used these on my first trip up Rainier this past August. They performed well and kept my pack light. I chose these over the CAMP equivalent due to the ease of adjusting the length, the metal strap buckle, and the included ABS plates.
This is my second pair along with the stretch Zion pants. I wear them all the time and absolutely love them. I use them in the winter time too on bluebird days where I would overheat with a waterproof shell on. I find them ideal due to being fast drying.
I started using my buddy's Cinch a few months ago and am completely sold on it. I can literally throw rope out of the device while lead belaying a partner. You can also belay off the anchor with it. I've used the ATC Guide for years now and it takes too much effort when belaying off the anchor in guide mode or when lead belaying, especially with fat ropes. I also own a GriGri2 and it pales in comparison to the Cinch. I was taught how to properly operate it and have had no problems.
Watch this video from the Trango website to operate it properly. http://youtu.be/lkOVssfihn0
I had a pair for a year and were great. They edge very well and don't stretch. They are synthetic, so they ended up stinking pretty bad. I had sized them too small on accident. After wearing holes in them, I switched to the La Sportiva TC Pros. I wear an 11.5 street shoe and the 44.5 TC Pros were nice and comfy. I ordered a new pair of Grandstones in the same size and they are a half size too small. So, I'm going to go up a 45. I'm going back to the Grandstones since I'm so used to the stickiness of the 5.10 Stealth rubber. I've become a diehard high top trad shoe guy now. My only complaint is that they stink.
Regarding the Ropeman MKII (gold one pictured):
I always carry this on my harness or in my pocket. Lightweight, smooth action, and easy to use.
It saved our butts when rappelling with a single rope and 5mm pullcord. We were rappelling on wet slab and the ropes were soaked. This caused a massive amount of friction. We couldn't pull hard enough to make progress. I set up the Ropeman on my harness to space haul on the 5mm pullcord. Surprisingly, the Ropeman grabbed the pullcord with no slippage! Long story short, we made it off safely.
My first time in these shoes was in Yosemite and they were very unnerving while breaking them in. In the meantime, I wouldn't lead with them. After a few multi-pitch routes, some gym climbing, and best of all...some steep slab on Glacier Point Apron, which really boosted my confidence in them. I have now come to love these shoes.
Most obvious is that they are edging machines! I have never been able to edge so well. My first climbing shoes were the Mythos, then the 5.10 Grandstones, and now these. They are relatively way more comfortable when stuffing into cracks...even finger cracks.
I LOVE these shoes now. I no longer wear my 5.10 Grandstones and am selling them now. I don't think I'll ever wear anything other than the TC Pros!
Easy to install, light weight, and gets the job done!
I love how light these bindings are! So far they have worked great. My only gripe with them is that they can sometimes be a pain to align the front points into the boot toes on steep terrain.
Update: I recently took a decent fall and both skis popped. However, one of the leash cables actually broke. Not at the crimp, but the actual cable broke! Lame. Luckily, my friends were faster than me and we able to retrieve my ski that shot away like a missile. Time to get some brakes!
Awesome little nuts! I've been using them lately in Yosemite and they fit in perfectly every time!
Keeps me nice and toasty! Great jacket! My only gripe is that it would be nice if it was just a little longer.
I bought this for glacier travel and now use it for scrambling as well as backing up the occasional sketchy old school bolts that we come across. Nice rope for the price as well as only weighing around 1.5 pounds!
I bought this for mountaineering and now I use it for everything. I really like the ability to put it on without having to put my legs through loops with regular harnesses. My only gripe is that the gear loops aren't that wide. It would be nice to have either wider gear loops or more loops. Comfortable harness.
Works awesome unless there is a draft. In the winter time I dig a hole so that the lid is level with the ground. Then it works beautifully. We've had it up on Mt. Whitney (14,505) and it boiled 2 cups of water in less than 2 mins. Great stove!
These nuts slide right into cracks nicely and set right the first time. The contours allow for good contact all around. I've cleaned BDs and they seem to come out almost too easily. Maybe it was just the setter.
Great hexes. The color coded loops make it easy to find a particular size once you get used to them. I've found them to be pretty easy to set properly.
Great lockers.....cheap, strong, light, smooth screw, and nice color!
This is my first rack of cams and wanted a set that was well regarded and at a good price. So I gave these a shot and have been happy ever since. They are easy to place, smooth, and lightweight. I like the stronger spring rate as well. The free `biners was a very nice touch as well! I haven't taken any falls on them yet, (knock on wood), however I have built numerous top rope anchors with them and they have worked flawlessly. Thanks BC for the great deal!
So I've been looking to pick up some tele skiis for our approaches for mountaineering and was wondering if these types of boots are crampon compatible? I have a pair of the LS Nepal Evos and cringe at the thought of cramming those bricks into my pack. Thanks!
I bought this belay simply because of it's versatility compared with the the ATC belays. I've used this belay once and I love it! The stopping power when rappin' down with both halves of the rope going thru is just ridiculous.
I'll admit that I didn't purchase this rope from BC since I had a coupon for another place. Sorry guys!
I bought this rope for alpine climbing. Even tho I haven't used it for that yet, I used it when I went rock climbing for the first time. I did a few sport climbs a couple weeks ago. We top roped, rappelled, and then my friend lead the way up and out.
The rope handled great and broke in after just a couple hours of climbing. The rope ran real smooth and was smooth on the rappels. My friend liked the rope since he wasn't used to having the midpoint and ends marked on his ropes. I'll post up more after our Whitney MR trip next month.
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