Benjamin August

Benjamin August

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Salt Lake City, UT

Benjamin August's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Benjamin August's Bio

Product Content Specialist - Backcountry

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a guy trying to camp on foam in single digit weather on foam for years. I grew up using inflatable pads but have never owned one, let alone a insulated pad. I decided that I'm finally getting out enough to get a good foam pad. This guy was my choice. 4 days in on this pad and I'm very happy with it. The high R value keeps you super warm at night and even when you're side sleeping it accommodates your body to keep you off the ground.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Was heading up on my first alpine trip and was going over the essentials I didn't have. Based on researching having a rope knife was near the top. I bought this guy because it's from a brand I trust, was a good lightweight product, and had excellent reviews. First trip and I needed it because we got off route on the descent and got cliffed-out with the sun setting. Felt like an idiot but glad I had a rope knife and some quick links.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Bringing this chalk bag could mean the difference between bringing a backpack and not. Is it completely necessary? That's for you to decide. However, I've dropped my phone on a multipitch and struggled with gear management as a amateur climber so I got this to consolidate topo's, It headlamp, extra cordage, a mmph-ton of chalk, rope knife, etc. It's one of those things that you buy and wonder if it will have the utility you bought it for, the answer is yes.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

I'm not sure how Black Diamond does it but the sizing of the C4's are incredibly intuitive. I have a single rack of metolius and a single C4 from 0.5 - 4 camalot. It seems that more often than not I get sizing correct on a placement in c4 faster than in Metolius given the larger camming range. That being said Metolius is my preference in the smallest sizes. Overall a great value .

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Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

I've had my full set of brassies for about 3 months now and have most used them as incremental protection on granite when stuff gets thin. These guys bite more than the aluminum standard size DMM offsets. I lost one last week in Idaho on elephants perch and was heartbroken. Great thing Backcountry provides individual sizes.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

I've had my full set of brassies for about 3 months now and have most used them as incremental protection on granite when stuff gets thin. These guys bite more than the aluminum standard size DMM offsets. I lost one last week in Idaho on elephants perch and was heartbroken. Great thing Backcountry provides individual sizes.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on August 28, 2018

5 5

Glad I made the switch to using the Actik considering the batteries used are both economically and environmentally more friendly. Gonna get a spare battery and be set up for years to come. I've noticed it doesn't turn on unexpectedly compared to other lights ive used.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on August 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs

I distinctly remember my dad telling me when I was 19 "That's a ridiculous amount of money to spend on boots" . That was 6 years and one resole ago, money well spent in my mind. Red wing does so much to create a premium boot: the stitching, the soft sole which conforms to your foot profile, the construction of the cork midsole, and only the best leathers around. I've never loved a piece of clothing more than my mocs. With leather care, washing, and treating them right, I expect these bad boys to last at least a decade and a half. Make sure to size them right *from the start* the leather will stretch.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on August 12, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought 12 of these HotWire draws a couple years ago when I began to take sport more seriously. For sport I found them to be fairly convenient aside from the very prominent wiregaote nose, but as I've used them more to extend placements in trad when it doesn't warrant an alpine draw I realized that the BD HotWires are really quite heavy. Oz or Hoodwire would be a better investment depending on how much weight you're trying to save.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on August 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is only my second rope which I've owned and also the smallest diameter. Having a slim and lightweight 70M rope is indispensable in Utah on long wandering multipitch routes. I've had my rope since early February and it's starting to show some pretty moderate sheath wear (August) from seeing regular winter desert use, and spring more abrasive granite. Solid buy, love the Unicore technology.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on August 9, 2018

5 5

Bought a full Metolius rack of 00-4 in power cams and 5-8 in master cams. Before buying my rack I had only had a couple initial leads to get my bearings with placing gear. These cams have been growing with me at every stage since then, in fact, I can't really imagine a better first rack value for what you get. If you look at the cam range and the weight that accompanies them you're really getting an amazingly light set of cams compared to any competitor and at the same time at a better value. Another benefit for beginners (and occasionally intermediate climbers) are the placement rangefinders on the side of the cam. When you want assurance that you're not undercamming you can quite literally see it when you get it in the green or yellow. People can gripe all they want about the lack of a thumb loop, well guess what, the power cams have one too! The only issue I take is why Metolius hasn't adopted a double axis. Overall super satisfied with my decision.

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Benjamin August

Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on August 9, 2018

5 5

Bought a full Metolius rack of 00-4 in power cams and 5-8 in master cams. Before buying my rack I had only had a couple initial leads to get my bearings with placing gear. These cams have been growing with me at every stage since then, in fact, I can't really imagine a better first rack value for what you get. If you look at the cam range and the weight that accompanies them you're really getting an amazingly light set of cams compared to any competitor and at the same time at a better value. Another benefit for beginners (and occasionally intermediate climbers) are the placement rangefinders on the side of the cam. When you want assurance that you're not undercamming you can quite literally see it when you get it in the green or yellow. People can gripe all they want about the lack of a thumb loop, the dynema sling if you grab it properly does the exact same thing and has a very secure trigger motion. The only issue I take is why Metolius hasn't adopted a double axis. Overall super satisfied with my decision.

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Benjamin Augustwrote a review of on July 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Bought this helmet for my climbing partner and she let me know that she loves it. Some people aren't on ~team helmet~ but this helmet is your last line of defense in the event of rockfall. Plus she has the benefit of choosing a great looking helmet.

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