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Spending time in beautiful natural settings and moving over the face of the earth under my own power is what I love. I grew up exploring the Pacific coastline and Sierras in California. My passion for climbing has led me to Utah where taking advantage of the easy access to the mountains allows me to continue the never ending journey of honing the skiing and climbing skill set. I also enjoy surfing, sailing, and backpacking.
Sweetgrass Productions truly captured the essence of skiing human accessed terrain. I never thought a ski movie about skinning would be this entertaining. The beautiful cinematography coupled with a stellar sound track and unique story line have escalated this movie to an all time top pick. If you haven't seen it track it down!
These guys are super tasty and a nice departure from the typical bar/gel combo. The only downside is that they get rock hard when exposed to really cold weather so keep them in your jacket to keep them soft. From a taste perspective they are hard to beat. The honey and vanilla are my favorites. I still like the strawberry but find the taste to be a little artificial/contrived.
This locker lives in the bottom of my pack with my CAMP Alp 95 Harness,DMM Bugette Device, and Beal Rando 8mm Dry Rope. This is an ultralight setup that is always in the bottom of my ski pack. These biners have a great hand feel and are nice and compact. Did mention that they are light? If you are getting outfitted for a wall and need a lot of lockers these guys are great.
This device lives in the bottom of my pack with my CAMP Alp 95 Harness, CAMP Photon Screw Gate Carabiner, and Beal Rando 8mm Dry Rope. This is an ultralight setup that is always in the bottom of my ski pack. The device is great for raps on thinner ropes. As always there is a trade off with ultralight products. This should not be your everyday belay device. Unlike the BD ATC and like models this is best reserved for light and fast missions in to the mountains. That being said, it is a solid performer.
This harness lives in the bottom of my pack with my DMM Bugette Belay Device, CAMP Photon Screw Gate Carabiner, and Beal Rando 8mm Dry Rope. This is an ultralight setup that is always in the bottom of my ski pack. This opens up many options as far as safely getting in and out of certain ski lines. The harness was designed to be a minimalistic piece and not designed for all day hanging. It is a great piece that can help you get in and out of dicey spots while adding a huge margin of safety. Also great for glacier travel in places like the Bugaboos.
I love these guys! Patagonia nailed it with these. If you are going to be involved in any kind of aerobic activity (touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing) in a cold environment these are great. The soft shell material and vents keeps you dry when moving which keeps you warm when you are sipping tea on the summit. The suspenders keep the pants where they belong. I'd recommend getting them in your actual waist size or even a little small because the waist does stretch a bit(that is why the suspenders are great). There is also a kick patch near the cuff to protect the fabric from misdirected hits with the crampons.
This is a great jacket! I used it extensively this last winter as my back country skiing/ski mountaineering jacket. The features that set it apart from other jackets are it's ability to dump heat and moisture on the up track. I tend to run hot and moisture management can become a problem especially when there is some kind of precipitation. This is the best jacket that I have found that keeps me comfortable and not clammy when skiing uphill while it is snowing. The "pit zips" go from the elbow to the hem at the waist and the arms are articulated so you can climb in the jacket and is stays tucked into your harness. The thumb loops are also a nice feature that I find my self using alot
I have the small version and it lives on my harness. It's great for cutting out and replacing manky tat as well as cutting up salami. I have had no issues with the blade opening up when I didn't want it to (I have had this issue with different models of knives). The opening action is still stiff after 4 years of use. I view that aspect of the knife as a positive because I don't want it opening up and exposing an edge to things that are not supposed to be cut. If you are looking for a locking blade look somewhere else. It is a solid light weight performer.
I have the 2 smallest sizes (1 & 2) of these guys and they are great pieces for your aid arsenal. I have found the 2 smallest sizes to be most useful, above that you can get Black Diamond C3 000's (or other micro cams). These really shine in parallel sided thin cracks where you can't get a decent micro nut placement.
I got a spool of the 6mm after a failed attempt on the Palisade Traverse (8 mile technical ridge traverse on delicious Sierra granite). There is very limited information on the route and we soon found ourselves realizing we had a lot of mandatory rappels ahead of us and not enough cord to set them up. We ended up bailing to the east and had to sacrifice a number of our good slings to get back to the glacier. I haven't made it back to the traverse yet but the spool is getting used a lot in making cordelettes and replacing tat at rappel anchors. If you are going through cord at a steady rate getting a spool is the way to go from a cost and convenience perspective.
The DMM Alloy Offsets are super handy in pin scars and irregular sized cracks. These are great budget option if you have not yet sprung for the Metolius Offset Master Cams. I carry both on my rack and use them for protecting flared cracks while free climbing as well as aid. The bottom line is that these are a solid, cost effective, peace of mind assuring piece of pro. Great in Zion, Yosemite, Cochamo, or any where else you may find flared cracks or pin scars. Get some!
These little gems are an aid climbers dream. They slot perfectly into pin scars and remove the sketch factor from formerly dicey placements. If you climb in Yosemite or any place with flaring cracks these are a must! I have found that the 4 smallest sizes 00/0 - 2/3 get the most use. These are so useful that they have found a permanent place on my standard granite rack. Picture from the headwall of Desert Shield, C3, Zion. I was super grateful for the offsets on the last two pitches.
Just bought a 115L after using a friends to shuttle loads to the base of a wall. I was impressed with the durability and pleased with the ease of loading due to the wide mouth. We were shuttling loads of approximately 75lbs. With loads that heavy the pack isn't going to be comfortable for extended periods but is plenty tough to handle it. They are also a great option for gear caches where you need to seal out the elements (ie, Patagonia and the greater ranges).