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Sam Auderer

Sam Auderer

Central Texas Hillcountry, Little Cottonwood, Snowbasin, Vail / The Beav, Taos

Sam Auderer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Sam Auderer's Bio

I'm an outdoor enthusiast stuck in San Antonio, Texas, where the winters are snowless and the summers are brutal. I am fortunate enough to take excursions to the mountains frequently, though a permanent solution is immanent.


Favorite Activities by order of frequency:
- Climbing
- Hiking/Camping
- Running
- Cycling
- Skiing

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Sam Auderer

Sam Audererwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this tent at outlet prices when Stoic was discontinued. This thing is REALLY roomy, great for those occasions when you don't want to be sleeping on top of your tent mate, or would easily fit 3 adults snugly. I like using it for my fiance and I on backpacking or car camping trips. Gives her the space to change and keep her things organized inside the tent. Packs down pretty small if you split it up between two or more packs.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like having a Grigri in my gear bag. It is simply a great tool to have around in a multitude of situations. I like to have it handy if the climber is going to be hanging on a steep sport project, at the gym, for using with lesser-experienced belayers who I haven't climbed with before. I haven't used it in any multipitch situations, but I've read up and would be confident using it in place of my ATC guide if I felt so inclined.

Learning curve for lead belaying is a little bit more steep than with an ATC Guide, but the added safety when used properly is well worth learning some new techniques.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a little skeptical when I added one of these to my BC.com order, thinking sling technology wouldn't vary much between brands. Nope. The sheathed stitching concept employed by Mammut is a VERY clear advantage when you're using them in an alpine draw setup. The stitched portion feeds smoothly through your biners when extending or doubling up, saving seconds and frustration. I'll stick with Mammut for my dyneema slings until somebody figures out how to bond a loop together without stitching.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the slimmer fit of these vs the Original G (do not own but friend does) in terms of style. As previous reviewer mentioned, when high-stepping the pant legs tend to constrict around your knee, limiting your range of motion. When straight legged, the gusseted crotch works quite well. They have stretched out in the legs since I purchased them, as I have been using them frequently at the gym. They are VERY comfortable and 1 liked them enough to buy a second pair in a different color. Seem very sturdy, not too worried about them wearing out at the crag. Might want to try something else if you’re trying to maximize your range of motion for high foot moves. Have been wearing them while hiking this winter if it is going to be dry.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I purchased this shoe with hopes that it would serve two purposes: 1) replace my 'nice' pair of sturdy backpacking boots that I could not get fitted correctly to prevent heel blisters, and 2) use as an approach shoe for getting to the crag.
I don't think it could have worked out better. Pretty much out of the box I wore them on a 3 day backpacking/climbing trip, with an absurd 70lb load, and came out with fresh, blister free feet. I did replace the insoles with some green superfeet as the included ones compressed significantly after about 20 miles with the heavy loads. Another multiple day backpacking trip later and I’m confident I won’t be purchasing another brand for some time. Lack of full boot anckle support might not work for everyone, but the underfoot stability from these shoes feels similar to my Asolo Fugitive boots they replaced. I am sized at a 10.5 E (wide) dress shoe, and I went with an 11.5 in the Mountain Trainer to accommodate hiking socks. Will buy more Salewa products in the future.

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Sam Audererwrote a question about on July 30, 2014

Just picked up 5 of the silver Wild Wires on sale last week and got them in the mail last week. Two of the five had very squeaky gates and the snapping action on the closure feels a little rough(The other three are silky smooth and snappy). Haven't experienced this with any other wiregates I have purchased, even my 10 year old BD Oval has a better gate action. Anyone else have a like experience like this? Should I return these, or just add a tad of Finish Line teflon lube and hope for the best?

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Sam Audererwrote a question about on June 2, 2014

Hey Guys!
Looking for some recommendations... I'm currently using my Chacos and Asolo Fugitives for most of my outdoor needs, but I'm looking for something to fill the gap in between. Whatever I choose should be well suited for longer day hikes (8-15 miles, both steep CO Rockies grade and sustained flat), and for technical crag approaches under moderate gear load. Am I trying to get too much out of 1 shoe?

Without having tried anything on yet, I'm looking at the Scarpa Crux and the Salewa Mountain Trainer. I know fit will probably be the best determiner for this use, but I wanted to get some input from the community to see if these shoes could handle long hikes, or if that would be ill-advised.

Thanks!

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Sam Audererwrote a question about on May 15, 2014

Hey Guys!
Looking for some recommendations... I'm currently using my Chacos and Asolo Fugitives for most of my outdoor needs, but I'm looking for something to fill the gap in between. Whatever I choose should be well suited for longer day hikes (8-15 miles, both steep CO Rockies grade and sustained flat), and for technical crag approaches under moderate gear load. Am I trying to get too much out of 1 shoe?

Without having tried anything on yet, I'm looking at the Scarpa Crux and the Salewa Mountain Trainer. I know fit will probably be the best determiner for this use, but I wanted to get some input from the community to see if these shoes could handle long hikes, or if that would be ill-advised.

Any other 10.5 E feet out there give these a try? Might be too narrow?

Thanks!

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

Pair Them for Couple's Sleep System!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased myself the Fish Hawk Reg/Left Zip, and my girlfriend got the Pearl Reg/Right Zip so that they could zip together. Had our first opportunity to try out the zipped together bags in the Santa Fe National Forest this summer. The 30 Degree Bags kept us toasty throughout the night in the low 40s. Having the bags zipped together really gives you a good amount of room to move around, though they aren't really tight used solo either. Girlfriend is 5'8.5" and she finds the regular to be just about the right size.
Really love the sleeping pad sleeve; what a great idea... Using the BA Two Track 1.5" pads with both of our bags.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wouldn't consider this device a necessity by any means, but it is definitely cool! Can use it to VERY quickly set up a ridgeline for emergency tarp shelter, or to tie something down, or really anything requiring a tight cord... I've used it to make a tarp ridgeline to suspend over my Hammock when it was threatening to rain. I would file this in the 'Need to get this order over $50' folder.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

Tried and True
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got few of these laying around. I carry one with me to and from work everyday, I use them everytime I go hiking or climbing and don't need my hydration bladder to come along. You can drop them, let them tumble around without worrying about severe leaks, easily add ice, or use while backpacking for additional water for multi day trips (though I have typically use the white, semitransparent 1.5L version for that). I prefer the naked, stickerless look on my Nalgenes, as pictured.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I'll just say that I prefer the Peztl biners to any other brand I have tried to date. The screw action on the Am'D is not as good as is on my Williams or Lockers, but it is significantly better than the BD screw locks I have tried. Also, red unlocked indicator is a life saver on a screw gate locker.
This is Petzl's most affordable locking biner and has a nice high volume D shape. I think this workhorse will serve you best in anchor building/management or setting up a top rope. If you're looking for a belay/rap specific biner, I would check out the Attache.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

Girlfriend Approved!
5 5

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

After using a Petzl Williams belay biner myself, I decided to get the lady friend something different. Size wise, I think the Attache makes a lot more sense as a belay biner (than the Williams). Both are killer locking biners, but after trying her Attache out I have decided to order myself one. The smaller size allows for less flopping around when you give slack or otherwise unweight the belay device. She digs the Hera color, and as an added bonus you support the HERA foundation.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

Girlfriend Approved!
5 5

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

My girlfriend bought the Primrose SA after trying it on in a store. She tried the Petzl Selena 2 as well, but preferred the fit of the Primrose. Said that it was very comfortable while climbing and hanging. She likes the Speed Adjust leg loops cause it makes it easier to pull up and over pant/short legs. She digs the girly raspberry color.

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 21, 2013

Very Versatile
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To be quite honest I probably could have just gone with a Pocket Rocket, saved some money and space in my pack, and been fine. BUT, I do like that the fuel canister is set away from the burners, and that it has its own wide stand. Something about boiling water sitting on top of an unstable canister base makes me feel a little uneasy. There is also the fuel versatility; I'll probably use canister fuel 99% of the time, but who knows... I just like having that option.

This thing boils water fast! I thought I was just getting great results the first time I was using it because we were at ~sea level. Just used it again at 9K feet, and it was bringing 2 cups to a boil before I even thought to check. I would probably give this 5 starts if it packed down a LITTLE bit smaller

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Sam Audererwrote a review of on August 17, 2013

Borrowed Once
5 5

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

I borrowed this tent from a coworker for a trip to Colorado. Unfortunately we only ended up using it 1 night, and it didn't rain and wasn't excessively windy or anything to put this thing to the test. That said, my initial impressions are pretty good. I really like the ease at which this thing went up. We put it up in the dark with headlamps for the first time and it took less than 3 minutes to have the whole thing erected with the rain fly on. I was pretty impressed by that, as my old "backpacking" tent takes forever and is really frustrating, even with two people.
The material was notably thin. Definitely had concerns that I was going to tear my buddy's tent on something. This is probably unfounded, its just that my tent has very thick (HEAVY!) material that seems pretty bomb proof, though it also weighs like 13lbs.
The tent fit 2 adults comfortably. If I was to be making the purchase I might go with the SL3 just to get a little bit of extra floor space and headroom. Really impressed with how small this thing packs down. With the current sale price ($180) taken into consideration, this tent simply has to be a 5 star. At full price I might be inclined to remove a star...

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