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i love climbing, all kinds. i also enjoy jumping off things, mostly cliffs, preferably with a parachute and wingsuit.
i spend the rest of my time gardening, running, skate skiing, traveling, fixing things, cooking vegan things, writing, blogging at highinfatuation.com/blog, and trying not to adopt too many animals.
Every once in a while I find a gear item that is actually life altering, and it's usually a small, unassuming item. After 20 years of blowing up thermarests, it has definitely gotten a little old. This little mini pump has definitely changed my life, and I don't want to be without it ever again! It's really small, so I won't have to. While setting up the tent (or reorganizing the car, depending on where you're bivying), just lay out the thermarests (I generally have to do 2, which is way too much) and get the pump going. I usually finish them off with a few breaths to get them really firm, and can't believe how easy it is compared to how not easy it used to be... I often drop the pump and make the lid fall off, but it goes back on well fortunately (it doesn't break when it falls off, just pops off the small tabs it sits on). I keep it in the stuff bag of one of the thermarests so I don't forget it. If you use thermarests, you should buy this thing immediately.
I was pretty disappointed with the former Hero 3 for a few reasons--the top one being that the Wifi would connect itself to my iphone whenever they were near each other. This resulted in me doing a 4 hour hike up a mountain for a wingsuit jump and then discovering the battery was dead at least once. You also had to cycle through almost the entire menu to turn it off, which was really annoying. So far the 3+ does not seem to be doing this, which is an ENORMOUS improvement! It's also lighter and thinner, and it's easier to open the case. The picture quality seems to get better with each generation, and the 3+ seems to do very well in low light.
I just got this pack, and there is a little tag that explains that it's made out of waxed canvas so the surface looks slightly distressed. This is the first pack I've ever had made out of waxed canvas, and I like it--the material is solid and feels very durable. The closing system is backwards of what I'm used to: the lid pulls over the top and clips toward the back, and it's very easy to get into when you have the pack propped up against something. It has the big 3 zip pocket: inside lid, outside lid and also front of the pack, which I really like. The only thing I miss is the cute little zippered "chalk forever" pouch that Mammut got me addicted to in my last Neon packs. But luckily I have two, so there will still be chalk forever in my pack. So this pack gets major cool points and also has great functionality and is definitely big enough for a crag day.
My dog Cajun has the magenta one, which happens to be our favorite color. She is rarely on a leash, so this collar is mostly for attracting compliments (works great) and holding her name tag. I don't love it for leash walking, because I feel the small cord is kind of chokey (as opposed to a flat webbing collar), but since we rarely do that, this is our most favorite collar.
I live in the desert and I'm super active. Not easy to keep up with hydration. I fill this every night and keep it by my head, because if I don't even have to sit up I will actually drink when I wake up thirsty. I also carry it every time I hike somewhere short just to catch up with hydration. Great when driving long bumpy dirt roads too....
I've been waiting for a while for adjustable straps to come back. I like this top because it has small sliders on the straps, but it also has a hook on one of them in back, so you can clip the straps into racer style if you want. The turquoise and raspberry are really good colors: this is my favorite prAna top this season. It is very long, longer than I'm used to with a sport top.
I love the size, shape and quality of these duffels. Perfect for air travel or road tripping to keep things organized. They're simple and well built. I especially like the side straps, of tubular webbing.
I'm using this ball with a ball tosser for my ENERGETIC cattle dog mix. So it's about 10 times more expensive than a tennis ball, but it turns out it's worth it. Tennis balls don't seem to last very long, and they don't have nearly the bounce this one does. Even more importantly, in dirt and sand the tennis balls get wet and coated and become almost impossible to find when tossed too far. This ball is too smooth for dirt to stick, and you can always find it. It also whistles when it's flying through the air, and I think it helps my dog keep track of it when there's a really big launch. It has also not gotten chewed up, torn or smushed which always happens with tennis balls after a day or two.
I've been working with Evolv to make these shoes for the last 2 years: the leather version was first and the synthetic (vegan) version is almost done. I've been wearing them for climbing on plastic and also for crack climbing in a bigger size. I'm really happy with the fit. The toebox is really precise. The shape is flat with a very slight, almost imperceptible, downturn at the toe, and that's why they climb so well. I also like the heel--it's low profile and clean. They are perfect for cracks because the upper is smooth and seamless, and this is what lets you put your foot in all the way and keeps it from hurting. This shoe has been a long time coming, but it was worth it.
My dog waits at the base of climbs, and if it's cold she gets chilled when not moving. Covering her with a down jacket doesn't work because she never stays completely still, so this is a great solution. It's also good in snow, and stays warm. It seems to run a little big--she wears medium in the fleece jacket and is definitely size small in this one. She's a 43 pound cattle dog mix, pretty lanky and athletic, and does not have the husky double-coat, so needs a little extra layer in cold weather and when having to wait patiently :) Anyway, we love this thing--we gave one to a friend who has REALLY thin fur, and he basically wears it all winter long and is much happier than he used to be this time of year.
I have two of these: blue and brown. I was reluctant to start using them for cold weather hiking, climbing and base jumping because they seemed too nice. Finally I decided it's stupid to save things like that--you should use what you have, right? So I started wearing these as a midweight layer, like a fleece zipneck, instead of saving them for nice. I have worn them incessantly for 2 winters now, and love the weight and most especially the height of the neck when fully zipped--I'm into neck gaiters when it's cold or even somewhat cold, but don't need to wear one with this sweater unless it's REALLY cold. The sleeves are long enough, which is often an issue for me since I have a positive ape index. And they still look quite nice despite being used very hard--I can easily get away with wearing them out to dinner.
I have a little teakettle problem, so I own a lot of them. I will not disclose the actual number because it's embarrassing. This one did not attract me initially because I like a long spout and it was lacking a certain charm visually. Over the years, it's the one that always makes it back into my car camping kit, because it's the most practical. The cylindrical shape (no cute spout) and the wire folding handles make it low profile and sturdy in the dish box. I had an issue with the top fitting too tightly and not letting enough air flow through to pour well, so I pounded a hole in the lid with a nail, which worked quite well. Though this teakettle was not my first choice based on purely superficial reasons, it's become my tried and true camp kettle.
I use this for super deluxe car camping and I also use it for an extra guest bed because it's that comfortable. It does take some blowing up, it's true. But it's worth it. Not light or small, super deluxe for sleeping on :) Unlike other blow-up pads, it's very well protected inside the fleece cover and is much less vulnerable to those inevitable pinholes which is also a good feature.
I used the Serenity rope on the Salathe Headwall: it made the difference between being able to clip biners or not at the end of that loooooong pitch!
I got this for a Honda Fit, to get a little extra space when roadtripping. The box fits a lot more than it looks like it would, and it is shorter than most of them which is good for the small roof size of the Fit. I almost got the 14, which would also have fit the roof, but would have extended further toward the front of the car. Either would work great, but I'm glad I went with the smaller one.
Just got these for a roofbox on my Honda Fit. I like the shape, and they seem lower than normal bars. I don't have any to compare to, but they seem quiet. The only thing I don't like is that the rubber gaskets gap open where they seat on the roof, because of the curve of the roof. It doesn't cause anything to happen, but it doesn't look finished. Other than that, they are great!
This board was an upgrade for me, since I started to use it more. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the choices--going from a pretty basic option to all the different pockets and grips that this board offers, and for the first few workouts I kind of wished there were less choices. After using it for several weeks, I like having so many small variations in the grips because I'm getting to know the board and I'm actually using them all as I progress in strength, and the pinch is really good. If I had less space and didn't plan to do such a specific hangboard workout, I would choose the Project Board.