Spanish Pyrenees & Costa Blanca Crags
I've got this double rope. Really an excellent choice for trad and ice climbing for extra security. Climbing with double rope gives you quite a bit more options and Beal makes a very competitive half rope in the ice line. I use it for trad climbing too on free climb routes. You can't beat the low impact force / weight comparison. Handles really nice and smooth. Ropes are several years old and they still feel really good, no weird spots.
I have some Nepals I bought last year, which might be the closest to this model. After a few uses I have some positives and some negatives of this boot. I chose this boot bc after trying several technical alpine climbing boots, these are the most recommended AND they fit much better than anything I had used before. So they are now mine. In practice, nothing climbs better, nor gives the same type of security while front-pointing on some vertical ice (as far as leather boots go). But here's the downside, these boots are not made to spend a night out up high in -0 temps. I have cold feet and I have suffered considerably with these boots. Eventhough they have the thinsulate lining, it was like I was barefoot all day long after a night out. When I got back to the vehicle, I had lost some feeling in my big toes and it took two weeks to recover. However, I blame that one myself and not in the boot's functionality. So it still gets 4 stars.
I would recommend this boot for you as a "first timer" but it doesn't matter if its your first mountaineering boot or your 5th. What matters is the activity you plan on doing in these boots and the fit. You don't want this boot if you plan on doing a bunch of hiking in the mountains. This is a climbing boot with the advantage that you can approach quite comfortably. If you plan on hiking up high, Sportiva has other boots that are better for those requirements. So I am going to assume that you will be doing some climbing. I have Nepals and they don't take the cold too well. If you plan on doing a bunch of ice climbing with nights out on the mountain, go for a double boot. The Baruntse looks good! If you plan on doing light and fast alpine climbing ascents, these boots are the best tool you can buy. For any thing else, you might find something better.
More than warm enough for even the coldest outings and cool enough for the hottest summer crags. I love this helmet! If you are looking for a good fitting, cool looking, extra versatile helmet for all sports. This is it, no looking back!
I bought a similar model rope from Millet in 2007 and I go climbing just about every weekend at some crag here in the costa blanca where we have lots of wicked limestone. To this day I have climbing buddies that comment on this baby, how she runs, how clean the rope is, and how they wish they had bought a Millet rope for cragging.
I got really hot skinning up but sliding down really helps keep your ears warm. And on really really cold alpine ascents, its the best out there.
No problems for summer climbing, even when its super hot.
I'm sure there are better nuts, stoppers, etc but these are excellent pro. I climb on limestone (hardly any clean, uniform cracks) and they always seem to be the right size and snap down bomber tight in the rock.
Perfect layering piece for the ascent that starts really warm and gets really cold. On spring or fall days when this is the case, this in-between works great between really warm and really cold. Start with a base layer, as it gets colder, slip on the puff vest, and when you're up high, put a jacket over it and you'll be toasty warm. It works perfect!
You'll have no problem with flexing in these pants. FULL RANGE MOVEMENT! As far as the rain....if its a downpour, you'll get a little wet but they'll dry really fast and in light rain you wont even know its raining.
I bought this fleece several seasons ago and its still one of my most worn items. It used to go out to the bars with me on the weekends but now its my "jacket" for trail running. One of those items that you will never stop using once you have it.
Go for a 34 it will fit fine.
These pants are my all-mountain pants. For skiing, climbing, trekking, etc. You'll be fine skiing as long as you are skiing and not rolling down the hill.
Yeah, just like everyone else said.....an awesome mountaineering sock. Dries super fast, great for sticking at the bottom of your sleeping bag at night for drying. Keeps feet warm, or warm enough on colder outings.
I've washed them several times but never put them through the dryer. They seem to loose some of its original puffiness after the first wash and shrink just a bit.
Another great piece from Patagonia! I use this over a long sleeve capilene shirt or a merino wool base layer, and its goes on almost any ascent from alpine ascents (-5 to 10 Celcius) to multi-pitch craging. If you get caught in the wind, you will have to slip on a shell. Probably the most oustanding quality of this garment is its ability to breath and get moisture away from your body. You can actually see droplets of moisture on the outside of the garment after the hard work.
I have a size large and the sleeves are perfect length but the body is very long. Its great to tuck in and doesn't ride up as your trucking a big pack up the hill.
I have a few of these briefs that I bought like more than 5 years ago. It's incredible how long these undies last. By far the most durable underwear in the market!! Capilene rules!!
I have a Rain Shadow Jacket and it is by far the most used piece of clothing I have in the arsenal. It goes with me to all crags, around town on rainy days, and up high on summer ascents. It's a jacket that is breathable enough to be versatile in the mountains during the summer and slip on during chilly climbs in the winter. It takes on buckets of rain with no problem and it packs down great. Also durable enough to wiggle up chimneys. A "must-have" piece.
I'm no scientist but Gore-Tex is a long lasting fabric with good reputation. Brands like Patagonia and North Face only develop a fabric that has all the same qualities as Gore-Tex but (probably) better in some ways and just different enough to patent it. I have a Rain Shadow Jacket and I've been out in some serious downpours. I would say Patagonia's fabric is just as breathable and waterproof as any gore-tex piece.
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