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SIMON  BENTLEY

SIMON BENTLEY

Joshua Tree , Tioga Pass and North Wales .

SIMON BENTLEY's Passions

Biking
Climbing

SIMON BENTLEY's Bio

The thought of a fresh pot of PG Tips tea will normally get me out of bed . The threat of becoming unemployed also helps ! If there is big adventure planned then I may never have managed to sleep anyway !

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on March 16, 2009

5 5

I left the extra water in the packet and ate this meal as a thick soup . It was very good . The instructions tell you to drain the extra water ! Well , duh , I am trying hard to re-hydrate at 11,000 feet in winter so I left the extra water in the packet . I now keep a good supply of this breakfast feast at home for my trips. It was very good and sustained me for several hours . Two packs may be better for a really long time until lunch !

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

I have had a pair of these beautiful tools. My pair were made by the previous company, Charlet Moser. I love the balanced feel when using these instruments. They are not as light as some of the newer style tools, but I believe it is possible to make something too light!
Simon,
Joshua Tree, CA.

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on October 30, 2008

5 5

I really like these smartwool socks ! I wear them as my inner sock in my mountaineering boots . They are smooth to touch and comfy to wear . I have read that they last a long time too , so far this seems to be the casa . I am glad wool has made a comeback in clothing wear . My feet do not get wet like with other man made fibres ! Sheep grow good insulating material !
Simon Bentley ,
Joshua Tree , Ca.

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on October 30, 2008

5 5

I have had quite a number of headlamps over the years . When you you have an early alpine start and sometimes a late , late finish you need a really good lamp that will show you the way on the trail . This Icon headlamp from B.D. is just the ticket ! It is not too heavy and shines like a car headlight ! It has multiple settings , you can check out your guide book the night before , cook breakfast in the dark and find your way out on the mountain in the dawns early light !
It comes in two cool colours , and with Black Diamond quality and a Backcountry warranty you can not go wrong !
Altogether a good piece of kit .

Simon Bentley ,
Joshua Tree , Ca .

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on October 29, 2008

5 5

I got a pair of these Sabretooth crampons to go with my Scarpa Triolet boots . A guy from Scarpa told me they would be a really good match ! He was very right , they work really well with the boots .
14 points are better than the old 12 point crampons .
Light and they seem to be very tough . The plastic/nylon front bail is very , very tough and should take many years of abuse .

Simon ,
Joshua Tree , CA.

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on October 29, 2008

5 5

These Scarpa Boots are the Bees Knees , the real deal , brilliant boots , light 'n'quick ! If you have long walk-ins to alpine climbs you love and need to get done , these are the boots for you . They feel like trail running shoes but give awsome support . It is important not to tighten the laces up too tight . I tightened them up really tight the first time , as I had done for my plastic invernos ! Big mistake , also Be carefull not to overtighten your step in crampons . Too tight crampons are not needed and can cause foot pain .
To sum up , Brilliant pair of boots !
These boots will take care of you in the hills!

Simon Bentley,
Joshua Tree , Ca.

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a review of on October 22, 2008

5 5

When you need to stash the ice tools on a route these holsters work well. They weigh almost nothing and are never in the way when climbing . If you climb long routes and have never tried holsters , you need to buy a pair ! I had a hard plastic pair made by Troll , years ago in Wales and never climbed ice without them .
Besides , it seems very American to have twin holsters for your tools !

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SIMON BENTLEY wrote a question about on August 22, 2008

2 pounds 1 ounce is a very light weight . Can someone tell me if this is the weight of EACH boot or a pair . It seems too light to be for a pair . I am looking for a pair of boots to hike in severaL miles to a Sierra ice climb in california and want a very light boot with a 3/4 length shank ..... Simon in Joshua Tree , Ca.

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