Peter Makowski

Peter Makowski

Wasatch Front, Uinta Mountain Range, Cottonwood Canyons

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Peter's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Road Cycling
Sport Climbing

Peter's Bio

I'm the guy that drops his shit on the trail, always falls in the powder fields, and falls in the river. You'll wait for me at the bottom of the hill while I gather my yard sale, and you'll watch me tie up my boots while we miss the first tram at the Bird. I have a hard time putting on my waders and getting my leader tied.
But I love Utah, and I love the outdoors. And if you're sick of waiting for me to dig myself out, you're in too big a hurry.

Peter Makowski

Peter Makowski wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

4 5

These puppies provide some great support without rubbin me the wrong way. I have bad knees and on long bike ride they tend to give a bit. While wearing these tights I've seen some improvement, more stability, and comfort. They wick like no other, very breathable. I highly suggest these bad boys.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2006

5 5

This is a great down jacket. Super light, easily packed, and ultra warm. I've worn it to the bar and on summits in December. Never fails. The outer shell is a bit delicate but is stands up well. I highly suggest this jacket when sleeping in a snow cave. It kept me toasty on many cold nights. Best mountaineering down jacket I've used yet.

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Peter Makowski

Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2006

5 5

I just got this full zip and it rocks. I will no longer go out without merino wool on my person. This thing breathes really well, and keeps me warm when it get chilly all the sudden. It works best when layered with another merino piece. It's super comfy and doesn't itch in the slightest. I was suprised how handy that chest pocket is. I used a lot more than I thought it would. Rarely do I have to remove and add layers cause this stuff adapts to you. Long live merino wool.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2006

4 5

This boot is really nice. It took only a few trips to break in. For short mountaineering trips they killed it. On some of the longer trips they gave me a little trouble. I definitely suggest getting some footbeds for these bad boys. I've got some gnarly blisters, but footbeds made a big difference. I slipped in a river in the middle of winter camping and my feet stayed warm and comfy. Wow. Great boots, I like boots.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2006

5 5

The Ecrin Roc is the first helmet I ever used, and it's never failed me. Not the lightest helmet out there, but I can hardly tell I'm wearing it for the most part. The fit ajustment is simple and tough, and it ventilates well too. I've used it on mid summer trad routes and some winter mountaineering and mixed climbing routes and it does the job. It's funny, I only smack my head on the rock when I'm wearing this thing. Helmet karma I guess. I highly recommend the Ecrin Roc for excellent noggin protection.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2006

5 5

I bought this sleeping bag a few years ago. I've put it through hell. After numerous camping trips in all four seasons and a few dozen trips across the country this bag has yet to fail me. It packs down reasonably small, it's light enough, and warm too. I love Polarguard Delta now, it's given me many warm nights while my buddies freeze their butts off. Ha Ha! It's not made of cats, but you'd think it was by how warm and snuggly the Cat's Meow is.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

I'm a little guy, 5'6" about 125 lbs. I'm pretty sure the Tadpole 23 was made for me. It's really light weight, great for backpacking. The mesh ceiling is really nice too, it's makes stargazing on cold nights incredible. The shape is realy unique and it's easy to set up. I've slept me and buddy in there with plenty of room, don't let the small size fool you, there's a good amount of room. The vestibul is spacious, I've fit 2 packs and 2 pair of boots with room to spare for my stove. It's worked it all seasons, it even stood strong in a mid winter storm when my snow cave colapsed on me. This tent is a winner for sure.

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Peter Makowski

Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

I've fallen in love with merino wool, and the Icebreaker Bodyfit Long Sleeve is my lover. Not only does this thing keep me warm in every condition I've thrown at it, but it adjusts to my body temperature. If I'm cold it warms me up. If I'm warm it breathes and cools me down. Plus it never stinks!...and I'm the stinky kid. I've stopped showering and just cover myself in merino. My life is now complete. Thank you Icebreaker!

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

I love my Patagonia Capilene 3 bottoms. I'm usually a merino wool type of guy, but these bottoms have proved themselves. I wear them whenever I go out on a cold adventure. I really like to wear them with shorts when I go climbing in the late fall/winter/early spring. They are bomb proof. I've owned them for 4 years now and not one hole and never have I been cold my the nether region. I would move to merino, but these bottoms won't let me. I'm affriad they'd try to strangle me in my sleep if I ever betrayed them. They're tough! I wouldn't mess with em.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

The Paramount Convertable Pants are my favorite pants to wear on all my outdoor adventures. The convertable feature obviously makes them versatile. I wear them hiking, climbing, camping, or just laying around the house. I decended a 200 ft. snow field in these guys all on my butt. Nylon rules, makes a great "buttsled". There are a bunch of pockets, and they're deep, really deep. I like pants, especially my Paramounts.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

I was a little sceptical before using this coffee press with my Jetboil. But it works great! I usually have to press it twice to keep the grounds out, no big deal. Now I can make a cup of coffee where ever or when ever I want. You don't want to see me without my daily cup of coffee. Seriously.

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Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

4 5

I bought this XL Racing set for short tours in the backcountry. The crampons and axe are very light and nice for when things get a bit steep. Definitely not suitable for most mountaineering adventures but great for some of the mellower stuff. Again...so light!

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Peter Makowski

Peter Makowski wrote a review of on December 7, 2006

5 5

I took the OR Prophets out snowboarding on a really chilly day, and they were great. Nice and warm, enough for my hands to sweat. The Gore-Tex liner worked like a charm. The minute my hands started to sweat, the glove wicked my hands dry. These probably wouldn't be the best glove on super cold days. But for semi-cold to spring conditions they're great!

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