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Jason's Passions

Running
Skiing
Climbing

Jason's Bio

Self-confessed gear-head -- it's an addiction. I enjoy alpine pursuits (trad, ice, general mountaineering, backcountry skiing) as well as distance racing (running and triathlon) and finding the gear to help me do it all faster, lighter, and safer.

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jrv wrote an answer about on November 28, 2008

Temperature range for the Punisher glove is listed for 15 to 40 degrees F... Check out Black Diamond's website for the temperature ranges of all their gloves and mitts: http://www.bdel.com/gear/gloves_overview.phpChoose any glove and click "compare" on the bottom right to get a chart of all their gloves' temp. ranges...

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jrv wrote an answer about on November 26, 2008

Patagonia doesn't make this one in blue -- the closest they have is a color called "North Sea," which is sort of grayish... See here: http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/product/product_focus.jsp?OPTION=PRODUCT_FOCUS_DISPLAY_HANDLER&catcode=MAIN_FA_US.CLOTHING_GEAR.MENS.JACKETS.FLEECE&style_color=25135-767&ws=

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I love my Black Diamond Raven. I've used it for glacier travel in the Cascades as well as winter mountaineering in the White Mountains and the Catskills. Strong, lightweight, and comfortable -- I look forward to many more trips with this tool. Check out the axe and pick protectors from Black Diamond to keep your axe from shredding your belay jacket when packed in your luggage...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I was first introduced to Nuun by a WFR instructor two summers ago -- I love this stuff! Tastes great without being overly sweet, and it's super convenient. I use Nuun when distance training as well as on longer back-packing and mountaineering trips. Lemon-lime and orange-ginger are my faves...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

Most of us recognize that helmets are necessary but don't particularly enjoy wearing them -- enter the Half Dome. This helmet is surprisingly comfortable and highly adjustable -- it fits well in summer on its own or in colder conditions with a hat underneath. I have a small head and many helmets don't seem to fit well, but the Half Dome fits great -- I tend to forget I'm wearing it...

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I lived in these for three weeks of mountaineering in the Cascades in late summer, and I couldn't ask for more. The fit is slim, but with some nice stretch for climbing... The soft shell material sheds all but the most drenching downpour, and the fleece lining is plenty comfortable with or without a base layer. I got a tiny rip in the material (sustained during a fall on some talus that should have done a lot more damage than it did), and the rip never expanded -- no field repairs necessary. You can't go wrong with these pants!

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jrv wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

I've had my Eldorado for years and I love it. You can't beat this tent for simplicity and ease of set-up, strength-to-weight ratio, and versatility. The small footprint give you lots of options, and I appreciate that you can set the tent up from the inside -- a great feature in foul weather. There's a good amount of space for two plus essential gear... If you don't quite need a tent this sturdy and weatherproof, check out Black Diamond's Firstlight -- the same tent design, but with lighter (and less waterproof) fabric and fewer ventilation options. The Firstlight is cheaper, too... If you're looking for a tent you can use year-round and in the harshest conditions, though, you can't go wrong with the Eldorado... Well worth the price!

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