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Diana Jenson

Diana Jenson

Gearhead

I spend my most of my time in Little Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork Canyon, and in Joe's Valley.

Diana Jenson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Yoga
Climbing
Surfing

Diana Jenson's Bio

I have lived in Utah my whole life. When I was younger I was never really exposed to the outdoors, I knew it existed but never knew the endless opportunities that were available for me out there. I grew up traveling around the world and seeing its beauty but never really pitched a tent until I was 21. My family and friends knew nothing about the outdoors and neither did I. The thought of being in nature intrigued me but I never knew how I would get there, until one day I just went for it. I bought climbing and camping stuff and decided to just go to the climbing gym. I got a gym pass right off of the bat and really only had a couple of acquaintances in the gym, which was scary, but before I knew it I had made lots of friends who were willing to climb with me and teaching me how to be a safe climber. I became, like everyone else who climbs, addicted. As soon as I knew what I was doing inside and felt comfortable with climbing on plastic I started climbing outside and never go back to the gym unless the weather is bad. I travel to climb a lot. I pitch a tent almost every weekend and climb somewhere and I have never been happier. So if you aren’t doing something that you have always wanted to do just go for it, be smart about it and learn the right way to do things, but just get out there and you will eventually meet people who can show you the way, it might be scary but it is worth it.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on November 12, 2016

5 5

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

These bindings are real slick and I think they are going to work great this season. While I have not had the chance to use them yet, they are making my setup lighter and seemingly easier to use. They are definitely an upgrade from my old Voile plates with Burton bindings and I can't wait to use them this season. Will let you know how they work out.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on November 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have become my favorite trekking pole. I love them for everything from approaching climbs to hiking with my friends. These poles work great for climbing approaches because they are so packable and light you can just throw them in your pack when you are climbing and not even notice they are there, and then you don't even have to think twice about having a pole for the approaches and descents. I try and bring poles with me whenever I am hiking for a long distance or steep trails to help protect my knees and with these poles I hardly ever think twice about it.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on November 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the size and burliness of this bag it's surprisingly lightweight. It is well padded and protects my skis well and has plenty of space for other items. I like the integrated hook system so that I can hook my other patagonia bags to the ski bag to roll them around and I don't have to worry about getting a cart.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: XS

There's the joke that the worst part about a Houdini is buying a Houdini. But seriously, it's definitely worth it and you will not regret the price once you fall in love with this jacket. It is about as small as a jacket could get when packed, and does a great job at blocking wind. I use this jacket for climbing, especially on longer routes and it clips easily to my harness which I appreciate. It actually comes with me everywhere and when I use it in combination with and R1 Hoodie it can be a very warm kit for alpine climbing.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Nomic really is the water ice climbing tool right now. It does great on mixed terrain and really shines on ice. The most noticeable advantage to the nomic over other tools is its stability when matching. No other tool feels as good when matching and the grips seem to be oriented just perfectly.

A lot has already been said and I definitely backup any statement saying this is the best ice tool on the market today. I also really love the petzl picks, I do not have to do as much alterations as with say the BD picks.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 7, 2016

4 5

In my opinion this is a tool with a very specific use. It should not be your all around piolet or even considered a general mountaineering axe and should not be replacing your old piolets (for example BD raven). I've watched the adze and head snap off when cutting steps in moderately firm neve, seen the shaft bend, and the steel pick disintegrate when swinging into junky ice. That all being said I still really like this axe as a specific tool for certain ski or climbing missions, where I will most likely not need an axe, and if I do it will be simply for snow walking and or that one small patch of ice. This is primarily a ski mountaineering tool for skimo racing where they are required to carry one and or they do not need many of the functions of normal piolet.

Some things to keep in mind that the head and spike do not have compatible or usable clip in points, and the head is not rated (I've watched them break). The skillset of proper piolet technique and usage has somewhat been forgotten, and unfortunately this tool cannot do with any bit of confidence the majority of things even a standard BD raven can do.

That all being said, the thing is insanely light and the shorter lengths fit in a pack nicely. The grip on the shaft is just a bit of grip tape but it seems to work well, and for the very small amount of time this guy gets used it seems to get the job done.

This should be an addition to your axe quiver not a replacement to an already owned axe.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 7, 2016

5 5

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

This boot is my summer alpine boot great for early season ascents in the Tetons, or North Cascade Climbing in the summer. Very waterproof the boot does quite well on snow and climbs rock great. I'd expect the climb ability of the older Trango S Evo's but more waterproof and noticeably lighter. The boot can get cold and is not a altitude or winter boot at all, it is very much a spring/summer boot. It takes crampons well but without a front toe weld it needs toe strap crampons. Don't expect to be climbing a lot of ice in these boots, but they can hold their own on moderate steps of water ice if needed.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really enjoy the Serenity as my go to rope for alpine missions. I have a few of them in multiple lengths and can say the Serenity handles very well and the dry treatment has actually held up well considering I am using it mostly on Rock. I usually expect that a dry treatment will wear off after only a few missions on rock but this one seems to be holding up well. I've used serenities here in Utah, but also in the Bugaboos and Tetons and think they suit the terrain very well. The sheath has held up great to lots of terrain belaying and never seems to get very fuzzy. All come with a good middle marker and with an 80m length available plus the half single twin rating a bunch of options exist.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 112 lbs
Size Purchased: 0

I am usually a size 0 or a size 2 depending on the size of the legs, but I went with the size 0 on these and they fit great.

I really love these pants and would wear them every day if I could. I like to climb in pants, even when it's warm out and these pants are super light and breathable on warm days.

I even wear these pants with a pair of long underwear on colder days in the mountains when in the alpine I love them so much.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have a firstlight and you are going to use it at all when not in total lightweight mode it makes sense/I would suggest having the ground tarp as well. Firstlights are not the most durable tents, they are not supposed to be and therefore it will really save the floor of the tent if you want to use it car camping and or any form of camping when weight is not as issue.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

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

I thought that this shoe ran a little large. I had to size down a half size for this shoe from other 5.10 shoes. For example I use a 7.0 and for this shoe I had to size to a 6.5.

I really like the guide Tennie though. It is comfortable and climbs really well for an approach shoe, and 5.10 dot rubber grips great. I would expect similar quality to that of other 5.10 products and I usually can get one or two seasons out of these shoes.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great pad for alpine climbing and or lightweight backpacking. It is actually surprisingly more durable than I expected it to be and mine has lasted well over 100 nights without a tear or lack of ability to hold air. Just don't be a dummy and treat it well and you should have no problem... and if something is to happen they have a great warranty program and will either fix it for free or do a really good job repairing it for you at little cost.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This guy lives in my car. I spend a lot of time on the road and therefore have plenty of time to work-out my forearms. I do recommend looking up forearm specific training programs for how to use a forearm/grip trainer as just aimlessly squeezing one of these isn't going to do what you hope for... except for maybe relieve stress.

One thing to keep in mind, is always make sure to do oppositional workouts too.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Vector Helmet is a little sturdier than the Vapor Helmet, which makes this my day to day go to helmet. I like the color options and the adjustment system in the back works great and fits my head really well, and also fits great over a baseball hat or wool hat. The headlamp clips work fine. I also have found this helmet to take a pair of goggles well, if used in winter and or for skiing.

One thing to keep in mind with any of the new lightweight helmets is that they are not the good old plastic helmets and can break if you do not treat them properly. This annoys some people who want to have fairly indestructible helmet. However, the sleek design and lightweight properties of these helmets make up for the lack of durability for me.

I have occasionally caught the back adjustment when stacking coils around my head, and or putting up or down hoods. Not a huge issue but something that could be improved upon.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And that's really it. Nothing too fancy but it gets the job done and works fine for it purpose as a nut tool.

The edges on the metal are a little sharp but other than that I have no real complaints. Oh, and it definitely works great as a bottle opener.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great lightweight carabiners, and I have begun to really love the hoodwire design as it prevents ropes from getting caught on the lip of the carabiner that can happen with a standard wiregate. The only drawback I've experienced with this carabiner is with the hoodwire and fat lip on the carabiner it sometimes cannot, and or has trouble fitting in some of the holes on old pitons.

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Diana Jensonwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a must have tool for any multi-pitch climber. Similar device to the Petzl Reverso, though in my opinion, the BD Guide ATC handles a variety of rope sizes better and feeds smoother in guide mode which keeps my elbows happy.

The auto-blocking mode for belaying direct off the anchor or off your harness works great, and can also be used as a standard belay/rappel device in either high or low friction mode.

The extra little hole in the front is to be able to release the auto-blocking mode, but this is a complicated maneuver and should only be done with a fair bit of experience and practice and should always be backed up.

Wear, such as with any belay device can happen between the two tubes of the device on the bottom side and should always be checked for sharp edges.


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