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kevin's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Bouldering
Trad Climbing

kevin's Bio

i just wanna get high, anybody else?. alpine granite, rock, ice, trad, multi pitch. that is the name of the game around here.

love heights, love rock, love to be miserably cold. a recipe for disaster.

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kev p wrote a review of on June 4, 2010

5 5

this is an amazingly versatile piece of gear. the teeth on one side are so useful for alpine and ice climbing allowing you to safely run thin alpine ropes, the fact that you can belay off anchor with a self locking device is so helpful in the bigwall climbing world. and as for me ill avoid dragging a gri gri up a long pitch any time i can. and you can repell with it! recomended.

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kev p wrote a review of on May 26, 2010

4 5

pretty cool cam. super light weight, does well in meandering cracks and corners where a four cam unit cant have eaqual caming on all lobes. the wires o the outside make it harder to place shallow cracks, being a three cam unit they tend to walk a little more but i find this acceptable with an extended sling. the smaller sizes are used constantly, for me at lease, these are a great piece, durable light wieght, useful, worth having

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kev p wrote a review of on May 7, 2010

5 5

i bought this jacket for high alpine climbing and mountaineering, its super warm. i have only had it at around ten below but was still ready to go. its all fluff and little fabric so every ounce is to serve your warmth. if you want to a jacket for climbing NEVER skip on the hood. fits easily over any helmet and makes on the difference in warmth when its dark or the wind is whippin at the back of your neck. this is perfect for long winter belays when you have to just stop and sit on your but for an hour or more. i have also slept in this jacket in emergency bivy and was still warm in my cave. the angle wing technology means that you wont suck a bunch of cold air in everytime you take in slack. i love this jacket and its priced to sell

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kev p wrote a review of on May 7, 2010

5 5

these are a must have for any rack, the passive option is perfect for some messy cracks and the active cam placement is great for horozontal and vertical placements, not as great in vertical but with a few good tugs and a sling theyre good to go. dont bother carrying the larger sizes. they just are not worth the weight to size ratio especially if you are also carrying cams. just grab the first four and enjoy.!

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kev p wrote a review of on May 7, 2010

4 5

i agree with some of the other reviews as the fact that you can achieve a better placement with a slung hex esspecially on the larger sizes. however in my experience having wired hexes can come in very handy for reaches and deep placements and if you dont happen to just have to totaly free hands. also the idea of the wire making hex want to walk easier can simply be taken care of with and extendable alpine draw which is often times neccessary to prevent rope drag in the first place. all in all these are a very good piece especially for beginers to learn perfect placements, cheeper than other options, all in all a good band for the buck.

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kev p wrote a review of on May 6, 2010

4 5

these are a nice fi fi. they are lighter than other hooks out there and its just plain convenient that they come pre slung with sewn 9/16 webbing, saves a lot of trouble with messy water knots and trying to guess the right length. many believe that these are slung too long but if you do a little research i think youll find that most people want thier fifis shorter than what is truly proper. plus, would BD get it wrong? i for one an fine with admitting that they probably know better than i do on some if not all things. nice little fifi, im in.

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kev p wrote a review of on May 5, 2010

5 5

its true that the gri gri has really made a name for its self around the sport crag and rightfully so when catching huge whippers all day long, it keeps you from pumping out just from belaying. but let not forget that we have have an amazing big wall tool here. the gri gri comes in very handy on long aid belays and belaying off anchor. a bit heavier than an atc but worth the weight in gold.

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kev p wrote a review of on May 5, 2010

4 5

this little ascender is a must for anybody who wants to do long fast LIGHT alpine ascents, its a little trickier to use than a regular jumar but the weight and space that you save having it just hang off your harness has been well worth it for me. also really useful if your partner needs a little help following through some crux sections. i would get one just to have one. good stuff, very secure, wont slip. im all about it

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kev p wrote a review of on May 3, 2010

4 5

these are sweet tools, they are so light you can swing them all day with half of the pump, the handle angle seems to be perfect to me on steep and low angle ice and rock, the pinky locks come in very handy to help relieve your grip. the carbon is so nice dampening the bows although it takes away a bit of sensitivity. love these tools but they dont come cheep

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kev p wrote a review of on May 1, 2010

5 5

these area boot without a limit! they are slim light and fast, yet tough and warm enough for the gnarliest rock and ice terrain in the world! take the time wearing these around hiking or on short climbs to get the WELL broken in at first, this will save you a lot of trouble on really long approaches with rubs and hot spots and such. perfect for auto crampons and climb GREAT right on alpine rock! stiff enough to get good register on even small foot placements with no crampons yet flexible enough to twist your feet into all the right places.

my life changed the day i brought these bad boys home!

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kev p wrote a review of on May 1, 2010

3 5

let me just start by saying that overall i think that these are solid pieces, the construction and durability are everything that you would expect from a great company like metolius!. i feel that there are some good qualities such as a narrow width at the end (in comparison to a C4) which can make these cams preferable for tighter placements, also the metolius ranger finder system is always a plus. on the down side the fact that these cams are only a single axle means that you cant get as great of a range out of one cam as with a double axle piece, this means more gear and possibly more than one try on finding an acceptable placement, also i feel that the triggers have a really jerky/ snappy feel right off the pull which bothers me personally, this is due to short trigger wires, i also feel that the kevlar trigger wires would be inconvenient to send in and have replaced if one broke or became worn out.

all in all these are a great cam, but still my number 2 choice

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kev p wrote a review of on April 29, 2010

4 5

let me honest, hex placements can be scary even for experienced trad climbers but i feel that these hexes can give you a little more peace of mind, the slight curve shape gives them better coverage in messy splitters for cammed placements as well as for chocked pieces, the wired stems are a plus for placing gear on a reach (which cant be done with a slung hex). durable and versatile, i likey

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kev p wrote a review of on April 29, 2010

5 5

these little guys are a must have. always a go to piece when in a pinch. the three lobes make these great for meandering finger cracks. get good coverage on the lobes and move on. also the range finding colors on the lobes are a fast easy way to make sure you are camed correctly without having to wonder, a great too for a beginner that doesnt quite have the eyes yet also. rack all six on one gear loop and you can barley feel them hanging there. these cams are the bare minimum in weight and size yet offer the most in performance and peace of mind. dont miss out

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kev p wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

4 5

first of all, the product for the price is amazing. the only way i can think to review this product is in comparison to another. i own a rack of the wild countries and a rack of BD stoppers and there are a few subtle differences that i believe have made the Rocks a more versatile piece. the are designed longer (taller) than the BDs so they fit into gradual constrictions while offering a lot more surface area coverage. the rocks also have a slightly higher strength rating than the Smaller Stoppers and i noticed that the smaller load bearing size of rock is slightly smaller than the smaller stopper, maybe not ann everyday difference but huge when placing pinscar dihedrals and such, cool product.

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kev p wrote a review of on January 24, 2010

5 5

these cams are a true epic when it comes to building the ultimate rack. granite sandstone and even the occasional basalt line are no issue for these black diamonds. these are the best single stem cams i have ever used thanks to their superior design and unparalleled durability and reliability. placing a C4 truly offers you that sense of set it and forget it. peace of mind so you can focus on that crux move. bottom line, they can cost about 10 to 15 dollars more than other cams, i would pay 30.

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