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Alan Rousseau

Salt Lake City, UT

Alan Rousseau's Passions

Skiing
Climbing

Alan Rousseau's Bio

I work as a mountain guide year round. My home base is in Salt Lake City, but I really just spend the winters here. I guide between Utah, Washington, Alaska, Peru, and Russia. I try to take two person expeditions a year, and always enjoy returning home to the local climbing in Utah.

Alan Rousseau

Alan Rousseauwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

great shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I work as a mountain guide and Helly Hansen ambassador. Since 2012 I have been wearing the Odin Mtn Jacket. I have worked with HH on this jacket, and I am very happy with how this product has evolved. The jacket has become lighter and more packable than ever before.
I have used this jacket extensively for ice climbing and alpine climbing. The fabric on this new mountain jacket has a bit of stretch to it which I have found increases the durability and makes it easier to move in. I was climbing with this jacket in the chamonix valley a couple weeks ago, it kept me dry and was abrasion resistant to the coarse granite.

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Alan Rousseauwrote a review of on May 31, 2015

Great light single rope
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a Beal athlete and professional mountain guide. I have used the Joker unicore in Nepal, Canada, Washington and locally in Utah. Despite a thin 9.1 diameter, I trust my life to it on large alpine faces, and as a redpoint rope for difficult mixed and rock climbs. I highly recommend this product for alpinists looking for a light single rope, or those looking to shed a bit of rope weight for harder single pitch climbing.
The first thing I noticed about the Joker was how supple a cord it is, however, I have been really surprised by its durability. My joker unicore has survived a Nepal expedition, a winter of mixed climbing, a spring rock climbing, and is still going strong.

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Alan Rousseauwrote a review of on July 26, 2014

perfect wind shirt!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

As a helly hansen ambassador and mountain guide I have used this jacket extensively for both training and climbing. This spring working as a guide on Denali I wore this jacket and a base layer the majority of the time I was moving. Its ability to stop the wind keeps you just warm enough without overheating even when you are working real hard. Thru the summer I have been using it in the cascade range for alpine rock climbs. It is light enough to clip onto a harness and adds just enough to take the sting out of the wind at belays. This jacket works as well as a training piece as it does for your main event.
Photo by Mark Pugliese, on a team solo of SW ridge of Mt. Francis Central AK Range

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Alan Rousseauwrote a review of on February 27, 2014

does it all
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I work as a mountain guide year round and I am a Helly Hansen ambassador. These pants are one of the most versatile clothing pieces I have ever used. They are nicely fitted for climbing with crampons, and a trim enough design they are comfortable to use as a layering piece.
I wore a pair of these every day for 30 + days on an expedition to the Himalaya where I climbed first ascents ranging from ice and mixed climbs @ 14,000' to previously unclimbed peaks at 6,600 meters. At lower elevations the pants on their own were enough, higher up I would layer a waterproof and often puffy pant on top. The pant is also great for local adventures around Salt Lake. Its a perfect weight for ski tours, or other aerobic activities in winter. Also I spend the summer guiding in the North Cascades, this is generally the only pant I wear, until the rain or snow really starts coming down, then I will throw a waterproof pant over the top.

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Alan Rousseau

Alan Rousseauwrote a review of on February 27, 2014

Bomb-proof
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Verglas jacket has been my go-to jacket for guiding and personal climbing over the last two years. As a H.H. ambassador it is a piece I have struggled to provide critiques for. The materials and zippers are durable, and the cut is great for staying tucked into a harness, and fitting over a helmet. I have used this Jacket extensively for technical climbing and skiing in the Alaska Range, as well as on first ascents in the Himalaya. This December the jacket kept me dry on an early season ice trip in the Canadian Rockies, and over the next year I will have on with me for another round in the AK range, St. Elias, and Himalaya. Give it a try if you are looking for a truly durable waterproof layer for cold weather mountain adventures, you wont be disappointed!

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