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Greg's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Greg's Bio

I enjoy cooking,building and creating.


I am a total smart ass and I don't like being like other people. I hope my reviews show that.


Through much debate and group counseling it has been determined I am a gear whore.. Not a hoarder per say, but at some point it becomes a bit ridiculous. How many DH bikes does someone need? How many spare parts? How many sleeping bags? How many stoves? How many tents? How many jackets? Is there really a good answer? I don't think there is a good number based upon the different seasons and all the places to go and explore. Plus, new tempting stuff keeps coming out all the time. FML .


*SPECIAL NOTE* I admire and respect many of you out there. But I shouldn't be surprised that I piss off many of the uptight easily offended people that frequent this site or the ones I see when out and about. You know.. Like the members of the mountaineers club, The clueless people who are REI members. Not to mention the tree hugging hippies that have a stick lodged in their butt sideways. Yep, you hate me and I hate you guys too. I will be the guy out on the trail or the guy having a good time with my friends, then when you come up to another group with your holier than thou attitude I will be the guy telling you to get bent, or go into graphic detail where and how you can go fornicate yourself with any number of nearby tree branches. I am always amazed when I see people who think they have some sort of say over others when out in the middle of nowhere. And let's not forget here on the internet.

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greg wrote a review of on September 30, 2014

4 5

You have to start loading the week before. This isn't a take it right before your adventure or event.
Did they work? I don't know. I got them on Thursday and didn't read the instructions until I reached Ashford base camp. I started loading on Sunday and quit loading after our Wednesday morning summit climb.
I am guessing the load is crucial so I assume I didn't get the real affects of the capsules.
So this is more of an FYI than anything.

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greg wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

4 5

Yeah, they are the gaiter to get for mountaineering. You can buy another brand, you can buy another style from OR but this is the quintessential gaiter that all the others will be judged by. So go ahead and buy a different one.. Go ahead. Do it. You will be kicking yourself later that you didn't just buy this one to begin with. Tough as nails.

I don't like wearing gaiters, but If you are going to have to wear one you might as well know you have the best ones out there to get.

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greg wrote a review of on September 25, 2014

5 5

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

I have a tendency to over pack. I also have a tendency of blowing up when climbing up hills. Not a good combination. Like Steve Martin in the Jerk, as he grabbed the chair and any number of other useless things and kept saying " And that is all I need.." Then I grab something else and repeat.

I knew I needed some help getting my ass and my overly burdened pack up to Muir and also getting to the top of Rainier. Maybe it is all mental and this was just my placebo? Or maybe these things really do the job? Either way they seemed to work for me.

I took 4 in the morning and then took 2 each break and 4 afterwards. My legs seemed to be doing great. The second break heading up the Muir snowfield my calves cramped... Wait, that is an understatement, they seized up and turned into two rock hard hams on the back of my legs as I was rolling around on the snow cussing and begging them to release. They finally did after everyone in the group got a chance to hear all my lovely phrases and choicest of words. Then after what seemed like an eternity I was able to get my ass back up and we continued on our way.

You didn't think it was going to be that easy did you?

Yes, the bottle of Siracha cock sauce and jar of peanut butter along with 3lbs of gummy bears and all the other number of uneaten things I hauled up there was well worth the extra weight. I did share my full roll of Charmin extra soft with others as well. That stuff is awesome.

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greg wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

I have been using some under armour for the past few years and I have to say.. They don't even compare to Patagonia's Capilene. I was very comfortable in these though I only wore them the night before and during our summit climb of Rainier, then throughout the next few days as we were doing crevasse rescue training. I was very pleased with their ability to keep the stinky stuff I was producing to a tolerable level and not getting overly ripe.


My main complaint with wearing long underwear is how it usually makes my skin feel. kinda like all the hair on my body was getting pulled on and it just is a weird and uncomfortable feeling even after taking them off. Not the case with the Capilene at all. Very comfortable and they did keep my back sweat to a minimum when taking off my pack and getting a cold gust along my backside.

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greg wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Spend a week at Camp Muir and smell yourself. Yeah, that isn't a pleasant thing. My crotch smelled like death with sprinkles of poopy fumunder cheese to top it all off.

What are you gonna do?

I hand sanitized my balls. It was crisp, it was refreshing and it got a good laugh from the other guys in the group. Would I do it again? You bet your ass I would. Those little guys need to be bathed regularly or they make themselves less than pleasing to be around. I was making myself sick so I can't imagine what the other guys were thinking of them and their wafting odor.

Purell is nice and all but I don't want the alcohol drying out my boys. This foaming hand sanitizer keeps them soft and supple which is what we are all searching for. Plus, I think the excess Purell gave me a bit of a buzz as the alcohol was absorbed through any number of mucous membranes down there.

So a hand sanitizer that can do double duty as a nether region cleaner and hand cleaner is tops in my book.

Well done.

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greg wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

4 5

Fit: True to size

It is a billboard but it is a very well made billboard.

The shirt has awesome little touches that you don't see in most run of the mill tee shirts. This isn't a generic tee that they just slapped some screen printing on and called it a day. Nope, it has some real forethought put into it and that is kinda weird to be able to say about a tee shirt.

I would say try one and see for yourself. Hopefully you like Mountain Hardwear because you are definitely doing some advertising for them.

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greg wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

3 5

I have mixed opinions about these boots.

They got my ass to the top of Rainier so I have to give them credit there. One of the other guys had them and so did our main guide Brent Okita. Brent told us that if it would have been any colder he wouldn't have let us climb in our leather boots.

I had issues with blisters on my heels though I know that the heel pocket is tighter than the Scarpas I had owned. The other guy that was in our group hated his. He was pretty much ready to give his away. I asked where he bought them and he told me REI. I told him to return them once he got back home. Tell them they didn't work for you.

I have really fucked up feet so I don't know what to think about any boot. I had pre taped my heels before setting off up the mountain and I was dealing with blisters throughout our week long seminar. During our pre gear check our other guide went on a complete tirade about La Sportiva and their customer service when his Spantics fell apart. He was firm in his opinion that La Sportiva can go suck their own ass and he point blank told us he pissed in his boots when he sent them back the last time. He did concede that the Evo's were a good boot but that the customer service is the worst out there of any company and they don't deserve anyone's loyalty in buying a product from them.

So is it a good boot? It seems to be a decent boot for summer mountaineering that certainly has its limitations when the temperatures drop.

I hope to never have issues with my La Sportiva boots. Pissing in my boots would be the least of their problems with what might show up on their doorstep from me.

I can't say they are great boots.. I can't say they are horrible boots.. They are Boots.

My feet are so swollen right now that I look like I have pregnant woman feet with blisters to top off the baboon butt foot sundae I have going on.

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greg wrote a review of on August 24, 2014

5 5

I brought one of these to Hawaii for hauling food around while we were at the beach. We drove up to Hawi in the morning and got ice cream for later in the day. Everyone was telling us "You have got to try the ice cream up there." I forgot about it being in the soft cooler and pulled it out that night in our room. It was still ice cream. I was amazed it lasted that long.
I definitely think these are a great vacuum jar for heading out and wanting to keep your food hot or keeping it cold.

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greg wrote a review of on August 24, 2014

4 5

If they were any smaller I would use them for Limoncello instead of Champagne.
I really like GSI's ability to make the things they make. The stems unscrew and then fit into the glass making them very compact for packing and travel. They are also very sturdy where many plastic champagne flutes can get a little brittle. Hence, why I needed to find new ones.
I have many items that GSI makes for camp kitchens and I have always been pleased. These will be used for our trip to Europe this winter where champagne is cheaper than beer. The French make great things out of grapes. Their beer.. Not so much and they charge so much for it.

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greg wrote a review of on August 24, 2014

4 5

I am usually a Petzl headlamp guy. The Black Diamond headlamps just haven't struck any desire before to try them. The reason I bought this headlamp is because of the high lumens and the long battery life.

The four AA batteries is kinda on the heavy side but not having to deal with changing out batteries I think is well worth the extra weight. The on off switch takes a bit of time to get used to trying to figure out how to get to the different modes available. Once you know how it works it isn't that bad. I haven't had to use a gloved hand yet to turn it on and off but I could see it being a bit of a pain in the ass.

I was warned that Black Diamond headlamps sometimes have longevity issues.. Is it true? I guess I will find out. Petzl just seems to be getting into some really overly fancy lights for their high end headlamps. I just want a bright lamp with a long battery life that takes standard batteries and not some rechargeable battery that needs a USB port to recharge.

I think Black Diamond is going to start making bigger waves in the headlamp market.

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greg wrote a review of on August 24, 2014

4 5

I just got one of these packs. I was thinking the 25L would be good but had a chance to try it on along with the 35L and 45L. It was definitely too small for my needs and the 45L was not too bad but I already have a 45L pack. So I guess I was like Goldilocks and this one is 'just right'. Actually Bill Porecca recommended the 35L size. So I guess he gets to be Goldilocks.

I don't think I will ever use the aluminum frame back support. This bag doesn't seem big enough to warrant one. Maybe for Ski touring? We'll see.

I am still trying to get used to the top cinches and the way the packs inner expandable collar works with the lid. It is very innovative but it takes a bit of getting used to. I have found myself re adjusting and re packing it just to get it right. Then I realize I forgot something and have to go back through the process again.

I mainly wanted to get a summit day pack for Rainier. I don't see the need to haul a huge backpack to the top. This thing rolls up very small and is just over a pound with the frame removed.

I think Patagonia did a great job with this pack. I am also looking forward to using it when we get to Chamonix and get to do some cool day climbs.

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greg wrote a review of on August 24, 2014

4 5

Low and Slow is what I was going for when I purchased this stove. I have an Optimus Crux stove and know they are a stove head you can simmer with. I also wanted to get a stove that was as low to the ground as possible and had a wide base for stability reasons.

I had a chance to Fondue this last weekend at our local Winery. Once the water gets boiling in the double boiler set up you want a stove that can be reduced down to a very low flame. You don't want steam and boiling bubbles shooting out all over the place. I didn't see any issues with the stove at all except for the fact I had it in the center of the blanket and set it on a cutting board to protect the blanket from any sort of heat because the stove is very low to the ground. I will most likely make a stove base for it so it can be mounted more securely.

It is a great little stove that can pack into the Snow Peak 1400 along with their Ti nesting bowls along with a fuel canister.

I am glad I got one and looking forward to using it this winter when we go on some adventures.

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greg wrote a review of on August 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Many places you go to have a picnic don't allow alcohol. I really like these bags for putting wine in and going Sea Kayaking or just down to the local lake or park for a picnic. The fact it has a wine bottle and glass on the side just kinda advertises what you are pouring. "No Officer, this isn't wine.. Heavens no. Just some fruit juice full of vitamins and minerals. Why does it have a bottle and wine glass on the side of it? I have no idea Sir. We would 'never' consciously break the law Sir."

They do pack really well and they allow you to bring some vino along where a bottle would be impractical. They just need to lose the picture on the side. Put a picture of an apple or a cherry on the side. "Just apple juice Sir. Or just fruit juice Sir "

The last time we were in Paris I was using these bladders to haul wine around to different places we would picnic at. In some ways the advertising helps because people don't freak out when they inspect your bag and wonder what is in it.

Wine drinkers are pretty weird. Like an elegant picture of a bottle and glass is going to improve what you are pouring.

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greg wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

4 5

I wanted to get a waterproof blanket for sitting on when we snowshoe or stop for lunch when skiing. I guess I didn't really know what to expect.

The double is quite large and it isn't a small package when folded up. It would take up the majority of a backpack if it was shoved in there. They made the zippered case with a shoulder strap part of the blanket. It all folds into itself and then three sides zip together to look like a flat shoulder bag. I think it will be awesome for concerts or for picnics. I also really like the soft fleece top.
We used it at the local winery for a picnic and it is a very nice blanket.

I still need to find a more packable waterproof blanket to get for skiing and snowshoeing.

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greg wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

4 5

I really like this hammock.

The Grand Trunk single is supposed to be a bit longer than the Eno. Does that make it more comfortable? I saw the reviews that Outdoor Gear lab did on hammocks so I decided to try a grand Trunk over the Eno.
The material is the same as the double Eno I have. The GT carabiners are way too heavy and I replaced them with some small lightweight wiregate carabiners. Much better.
The GT comes with two twine cords for hanging. They use a simple method of knots along the doubled up cord and are easy to set up and are better than nothing but you would definitely scar a tree using them. The Eno hammocks don't come with anything but I think I will just use the Eno Atlas straps with this hammock instead of the supplied twine cord.

Whose is better? I think it is a toss up.. Better and lighter carabiners with the Eno but no supplied ends for hanging. The GT has Carabiners that you could use as weapons to knock someone unconscious and they come with twine cords for hanging.

I am just happy that I have a hammock that I can sleep in that doesn't try to smother me in my sleep like the doubles do.

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greg wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

I got the blanket for our upcoming winter trip to Europe. It is great stopping at some small stand and getting a treat to eat, then doing some people watching. My wife gets cold very easily and I like to stay prepared to keep her warm. This is a great blanket. It comes with a stuff sack and is very thin, yet it is very warm. I have been using it in the evenings while I lounge in the hammock after dark.

The price is a little steep but the quality is top notch for a compact blanket that does a great job keeping you warm.

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greg wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

3 5

It smells good. I usually eat too fast and don't drink enough water. That is not going to be the case eating these. I got the Turkey and it is really hard to get down. The bitterness is weird and overwhelming. While you are chewing it you can tell there are nuts in it. The chewing just goes on and on while trying finish the bite you just took. It is hard to eat one. I need liquids to help wash it down. The lingering smokey flavor isn't that bad and it almost entices you to take another bite, where if you do you get to relive the first bad experience.

I would definitely tell someone to buy a single bar and try the different ones before committing to a whole box.

Are they gross? They sure as hell aren't delicious. They do have a Jerky flavor quality and a overpowering weird bitterness/tartness. I think they still have some serious tweeking to do with their recipes.

I gave one to my Indian neighbor ( Not a Casino Indian. An India Indian.) He gave me a look and his head shot back.. "What the hell is this? That is weird and gross.." I think they have sort of a curry flavor to them. Needless to say.. He didn't like them.

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greg wrote an answer about on August 18, 2014

Hey Casey,   I have one of the Optimus...

Hey Casey, I have one of the Optimus Crux's that was manufactured in Japan. I wasn't quite sure what you meant with your question so I took a photo of the O ring. It seems it is 'inside'..?

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greg wrote an answer about on August 15, 2014

Mary, I am going to look at the Primus...

Mary, I am going to look at the Primus windscreen and see if that will work out. It looks kinda cool and doesn't impact the canister heating up. Someone farther down in an older post showed it does work with the Crux.
I still found them for sale on the internet around 20 bucks. I could see it being useful with a number of small stove heads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1CnpuhodB4

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greg wrote a review of on August 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the packets and I also buy these larger containers. I use them for my early morning workout water. I squeeze a few shots into my water bottle and I am good to go during my workouts until I get home to get some real food in me.
I am not a fan of taking the shots straight into my mouth. I feel for all you ladies. I mix the stuff in water bottles and drink some sweet water. Hydration and energy all at once.

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