Scott Scooter Sowle

Scott Scooter Sowle

The Wasatch Front, Alta, Mt. Rainier, BCC, LCC, Pacific Northwest, Seattle Cyclocross

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Scott's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering

Scott's Bio

Living in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains gives me ample places to hammer on my gear including cycling, mountaineering, hiking, climbing and backcountry skiing. It's so great to have Backcountry.com in our backyard also.

Grew up in the Tri-State area of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio with a love of skiing, cycling and hiking. Arrived in Park City when there were more dogs than people and alpine touring was via old cable bindings and leather boots and in later years graduated to using Lange plastic cuffs to stiffen leather tele boots. Road cycling was awesome and then came along the MTB which were made to handle the Wasatch trails along with the awesomeness of Southern Utah. Grabbed a hold of cyclocross later in life and love sneaking into the PNW and hitting those muddy courses.


Speaking of the PNW, it's another great spot for the mountaineering geek in me. Tackling Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and many snow capped peaks in between have been very challenging and rewarding.

Priorities: Helping others gain a smile in life!

Get out and do it!!!

Scott Scooter Sowle

Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on July 13, 2014

Barry,

The EL (extra long) is designed for those who are 6' to 6' 6" with a torso length range of 20" - 24". If you have a long torso length at 5' 10" it may work ok. You may want to also look at the Deuter ACT Trail 32 which will accommodate a shorter torso length with the same great features... http://www.backcountry.com/deuter-act-trail-32-backpack-1950cu-in?

Enjoy the Summer!!!

Scooter


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Scott Scooter Sowle posted an image about on June 9, 2014

Even For Cycling

As I left the Salt Lake Valley floor it was in the 80's and riding up Big Cottonwood Canyon to prepare for the Wasatch Crest trail saw temps drop into the 50's with a strong breeze on the ridge lines. I'm glad that when carrying a pack I always throw my Precip jacket in as it kept me warm and comfortable on this epic ridge line ride and a few slogs through 2-4' snow banks still on the trail.

The Precip is a no brainier at under a 100 bucks you'd be the Goats rear end if you don't include it in your outdoor gear arsenal.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rob, stated it well in his review below. I've been using Time ATAC pedals since their introduction and they've never failed me. From recreation use to hammering in MTB races these pedals just plain rule. The float is one of the best on the market and their fail rate in zilch. Easy muddy condition cleaning and never stuck in them except when not changing the cleats out in a timely manner or check the tightness of the cleat screws. You can't go wrong with ATAC pedals.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 25, 2014

JP,

Both the Marmot Zeus and Patagonia Down Sweater are both in the same class. Me, being a Marmot product lover would even take up with the Patagonia side as many of my friends wear them, love em and let me use em. The warmth I would say is an equal match, along with sizing running the same and both do have DWR coating. If you're looking for something a little warmer but in the same weight class you should check out the Backcountry.com Hadron Down Jacket http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-backcountry-hadron-down-jacket-mens? another mid-layer down jacket that I own and love which is filled with 850 down.

Happy trails!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 18, 2014

Michael,

Love Marmot products and the generous fit. I feel you'll be ok with the XXL in length. I'm 6' 180 lbs and wear a medium. A great idea is to grab a Marmot and possibly one of the other choices and return the one that doesn't meet your sizing requirements. The awesome Backcountry return policy and knowledgeable Gearheads are able to set this up for you and you can't beat it. Just give them a call at 1-800-409-4502 or hookup with them on the live chat.

Enjoy!!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 17, 2014

Great question.

Most packs are not waterproof and some come with a rain cover. Unfortunately the 60th Anniversary pack doesn't come with a cover, but you can find one here http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=backpack+rain+covers&s=a

I do know that Mountain Hardwear makes an Outdry pack in a couple of models that are waterproof. Here is the only one currently available here at Backcountry. http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-south-col-70-backpack-4275cu-in?

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 17, 2014

Molly,

Great choice, great product, great manufacturer and great price. Unfortunately the Minimalist doesn't have a two way zipper and you'll not find a 2 way on any of the Marmot light weight jackets. Many manufacturers have eliminated two way zippers (for the weight weeny) on most of their products and it's a real bummer.

Stay dry and enjoy!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 17, 2014

Hayes,

The pant side zips are approx 10" and don't really work well when trying to slip them on over boots. I suggest grabbing up the Marmot Precip Full Zip Pant http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-full-zip-precip-pant-mens? . They are what I carry in my packs and love them for their waterproof, breathability and easy on and off with the full leg zips. I'm 6' 180 lbs with size 11 feet and wear the medium, which are still a bit big in the waist but allow for layers under and plenty of length.

Send it with a pair of these and enjoy!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 15, 2014

Anthony,

If you're looking for a budget minded headlamp it is a great choice and yes the burn time is lacking a bit. I really suggest the Black Diamond Storm http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-storm-headlamp It's been a main stay of my pack for 5 years and just love it's brightness and waterproof. Using it from Rainier and other PNW climbs, rainy spring time in the Wasatch Mountains and cayoneering in Southern Utah. You can't go wrong with the Storm.

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 15, 2014

Blake,

The big difference is material. The Minimalist is of Gore-tex Paclite and Precip is a proprietary material NanoPro and of course the extra chest pocket on the Minimalist. Both are very breathable and I feel the Minimalist will have a little longer life. I've been rock'n the Precip models since their first introduction and love the weight, waterproof, breath-ability and of course the budget price of less that a 100 bucks. I'm hard on jackets going through them in a couple or so years. I've used the Precip from Mt. Rainier attempts to the rainy Pacific Northwest Olympic peninsula, while cycling and an awesome spring shell for Backcountry skiing. It's never failed me and I absolutely never leave it or the Precip Full Zip pants out of my day pack or expedition pack.

Hope you enjoy!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 6, 2014

According to Zamberlan fit chart you would require the size 45 boots. I see however that this is not a current option at this unbelievable price for a boot that, yes, will accommodate you comfortably on a Acocangua attempt. You may be able to get by with the size 46 which is available, by installing a custom footbed (boots already come with a great removable footbed) and wearing a very thick sock like the Smartwool Trekker along with a liner sock. They'll work with all styles of crampons and suggest either a Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro or Clip models, which I've been using for over 6 years and love them. http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=bd+sabretooth+crampons&s=u
These boots are awesome and sure you'll be pleased.

Need some more info or suggestions I recommend calling a Backcountry Gearhead that is very knowledgeable in the mountaineering field, Bill Porreca http://www.backcountry.com/profile/Bill-Porreca/505555921

Send it!!!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote an answer about on May 2, 2014

EmpireForest,

Awesome choice of time to climb Rainier and this should work if you don't ever have problems with cold feet easily. I've used a similar boot the old LaSportiva Trango GTX and my feet stayed nice a toasty. Did have one time 2 years ago when we were caught by a storm at the summit with high winds and wind chill of 10 below and wished I'd had warmer boots or a good insole. The boots I now have are the Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX and haven't had a problem on any of the PNW glaciers and peaks. http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-trango-extreme-evo-light-gtx-mens They are the Cadillac of all mountaineering boots I've ever owned and worth it!

Enjoy your upcoming attempt!!

Scooter

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Commuting in the winter can be tough on your feet here in Salt Lake City, slush, snow, cold winds and sub-zero temps these booties helped my feet to survive the 2014 winter. I used these over a pair of over sized MTB shoes with thick SmartWool Trekker socks and they worked great. They shed the water and slush and didn't allow my toes to turn black from frost bite during those wild cold mornings. Wish they could also protect me from those crazy disrespectful drivers though.

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Scott Scooter Sowle wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

What can I say, been wearing Carhartt since I was a kid and still a kid at heart. Yea, there not light weight or stretchy hi tech pants, but when it comes to work duty worthy there are none better. I've used them hard on Alaska fishing boats in the Bering Sea, hammered in them on construction sites and they are just darn tough and comfortable.

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