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
- Cycling
- Running
- Hiking/Camping
- Skiing

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Sam Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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 Auderer wrote 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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Sam Auderer wrote a review of on August 17, 2013

Good Morning!
5 5

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

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. I am 5'10.5" and I find 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 Auderer wrote a review of on August 16, 2013

Good Product, might wanna buy ATC-Guide.
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for my girlfriend cause I wasn't sure how badly the climbing bug would latch on. I definitely like that it has the high and low friction modes, as I'm sure that it helps her hold my heavier body during a fall. In hindsight I should have just gotten her an ATC-Guide, as she is really enjoying climbing and I would like to get her on multi-pitch some day. If you are trying to decide on a belay device and you already know you love to climb, just go ahead and get the Guide (or Reverso, etc.).

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Sam Auderer wrote a review of on August 16, 2013

Great so far!
4 5

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

Got this rope a few weeks ago and have climbed on it for a total of about 8 days. Feeds well through my ATC Guide. Everything is pretty much going as expected. Haven't taken any big falls on it yet, but the small falls I have taken suggested a pretty soft catch. Also really like the color I got (Blue). Nothing too extraordinary. Kindof wish I had gone 70m, but I haven't actually needed the extra length yet.

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Sam Auderer wrote a review of on August 16, 2013

Girlfriend Approved
5 5

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

Recommended these to my girlfriend because of the outstanding reviews and because she has a very narrow, long foot. She doesn't know that she cares about that stuff, but she was sold on them because of the color... :-|. Oh well. She likes them a lot and is happy to have such good looking shoes. She wears a size 9 street shoe, but we ended up getting her the 39.5 (~8 womens) to get a tight fit that will accommodate a little stretching.

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Sam Auderer wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

Great Air Traffic Controller
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My ATC Guide does a great job with my Sterling Evo Veloicty 9.8 rope. The ability to use high or low friction modes depending on the climber/situation is a big value add for me. The auto-belay function works great! Belaying my second from above is very easy and you can focus on rope/anchor management. It is a little bit awkward trying to lower in auto-belay mode from above. Had to put a lot of effort/power into releasing, and I definitely recommend backing up with a muenter hitch. Without the muenter I wouldn't have had any control over the lowering speed (either suspended or free fall). I'm filing that under personal technique rather than device functionality.

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Sam Auderer wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

Big Tarp, well Built
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My buddy has the BD Super Chute so I figured I would get something different. This thing is built with some sturdy materials, for sure. The nylon on the bag is pretty thick and seems indestructible. The tarp is enormous, and the compression straps work well with the heavy buckles. The draw cord around the mouth of the bag does feel a little flimsy which surprised me, but it hasn't broken or anything. Shoulder strap is comfortable, but I have been loading it into my backpack if there is a longer approach. Glad I bought this over the Super Chute.
Pictured is my 60m 9.8mm rope on the tarp waiting for the next lead.

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