james tepner

james tepner

Mostly climbing in California, so far...

james tepner's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

james tepner's Bio

I will infect you with my enthusiasm for the backcountry and aspirations of mediocre alpinism.

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james tepner wrote a review of on August 8, 2012

Crafty carry
3 5

I was playing with ideas for keeping snowshoes together and attached to a pack, besides the obvious protruding tool-carry under the pack lid or A-frame, and came up with a prusik loop girth-hitched to a carabiner. I like this better than little velcro strips to fumble with gloved fingers plus you have an extra prusik and 'biner!
The attached image is a "front and back" side-by-side

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james tepner wrote a review of on April 9, 2012

4 5

My first approach shoes and for the price I believe I chose well. Light weight feel, no break-in, cushy inside and sticky outside. Much more fun for quick-local hikes and scrambles than my hiking boots! The lacing works well and helps dial in the fit for scrambling as well as holding the heel back nicely for hiking. The sticky rand goes along the sides and up the heel (see images.)
True to street size in my experience, I have a moderately wide foot.

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james tepner wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

I know there is already a ton of reviews on this but I am compelled to give my rave anyway. This bottle holds 2+ liters, yet can be folded smaller as liquid is used, and weighs close to nothing. My Nalgenes mostly stay at home or only get used as a "pee bottle" since the day I got one of these. I took away 1 star due to the smallish fill opening which also makes it take longer to air dry after trips but that is not a big issue. Get it, you won't be sorry!

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james tepner wrote a review of on January 25, 2012

Works for me
3 5

At just 1 lb. this pad has become my favorite and I find I rarely pack my self inflating pad any more since I got this one, and no wonder at 2.5 lbs. Not to mention the versatile uses as a chair etc... and the fact that it can't get a leak or otherwise fail in the midst of a trip. Mine does have a little damage from tools and branches but I feel it is holding up very well considering I often carry it outside the pack.
I am a side sleeper too so I make this pad more comfortable by putting a jacket or some clothes between it and my bag which I am sure raises the R-value besides keeping planet Earth from crushing my hip and ribs. If this one got wasted I would get another for sure.

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james tepner wrote a review of on January 25, 2012

3 5

I use these as liners under gauntlet shells and they work as expected. I try not to wear alone, especially with poles or tools, as I'm sure they would get wasted in a hurry. Gloves take a beating, even really tough ones can barely make a season or two of climbing before they are worn, so of course knit gloves are all the more fragile. Also note the recommended use is "casual" but I've gone well beyond that with them.

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james tepner wrote a review of on January 24, 2012

4 5

This hat blocks wind so well that it is actually hard to hear while wearing it, therefore it is warm. I wouldn't say it is ridiculously warm though, in freezing sleety weather I've worn this over a silk balaclava and under 2 hoods so derive what you will from that. My only issue is that mine is a little too big for me (it was a gift) so it wants to get sucked off of my head while skiing. I recommend this beanie, in fact I bought one for my dad and he loves it.

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james tepner wrote a review of on January 24, 2012

3 5

I have had the MSR Hubba Hubba for about 5 years now and it has been a good tent. There is adequate room for 2, especially considering the dual doors/vestibules. This tent is light yet has held-up very well (I do always use the footprint.) The hub-style pole setup is a little strange if you're not used to that but it makes the tent strong, with nearly vertical walls (read as more interior space) and pitches very quickly due to clips rather than sleeves. I would recommend this tent, especially at a sale price.

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james tepner wrote a review of on January 20, 2012

4 5

I like these shoes! I wore them up and down San Gorgonio as a 1 day (16 miles) last Summer with almost zero break-in and had no issues. They are a good lightweight summer hiker. They breathe very well (non-Gore-tex) I would agree the sizing is true. I would not wear these on any further distance or with more than a daypack as they are lightweight with a lot of feel so your feet bottoms would get pounded. I still use the original Merrell insoles.
These shoes also double for me as indoor workout trainers and they have massive grip on regular floor surfaces.

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