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Christiane M.

Christiane M.

Maine

Christiane M.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Skiing
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Christiane M.'s Bio

I hale from the land of Suburbia.... but if you've ever met me, you'd never guess it. I go from Carharts to Ballgowns on the reg. But hey, why not?

I like to be defined by the mountains and the wind that shapes them. From the Arctic, to Alaska, to Antarctica (yeah, I like those A's eh?) Ive been chasing glaciers and good times.

As a student, I study geology... mainly as an excuse to spend my time outside exploring to my hearts content.



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(one day Ill write a real bio... for now this shall suffice)

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Christiane M.posted an image about on October 9, 2014

Tested 'em out in their namesake land

When I first saw these on backcountry.com, I fell in love... however, the whole never seeing this company in any store in the USA...EVER.... deterred me from purchasing them. But, the moment I stepped off the plane in Longyearbyen, Svalbard Norway, pretty much everyone under the midnight sun was decked out in Norrona. So I went into the shops in town and picked up a pair of these pants. Oh my god. They are pretty much the greatest softshell pants I could have ever asked for. I wore them on multiple field excursions, and they have some pretty sweet features for all the geologist out there. Need a pocket large enough for your little yellow "write in the rain"... cargo pocket is PURRFECT... also they really quite durable, and so if you are sitting on your knees looking at some sediments, you will never have to worry about ruining your pants... even the finest glacial clays just wash right out.

The other pockets on these things are pretty great too. The two front pockets are soft as kittens, and a great place to warm frozen finger tips when your being active and get that weird "too hot for gloves yet too cold for no gloves" feeling (happens to me all the time).

Ive worn these pants on every single hike or field excursion I have done here in Svalbard, and I only have 2 minor complaints. 1: They stretch out a little bit with wear.. However, if you wash them, they go right back to their original size. In case anyone was going to ask: I am 5'8 and ~130 lbs, and so I went for the size medium for the length. 2: the ankle snaps are just a little bit too loose at times. They work pretty great, but by the end of the day when you're running back down that glacier, they may slide up your boots and let a little snow in.
Did I also mention that these pants are super attractive too? I mean you can go from hiking directly to the bar, without a second thought (that may be 1 part svalbard culture, and 1 part pant style... but I would were these out and about back home in the USA)

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Christiane M.posted an image about on April 10, 2014

Mountains or towns...

...this wont let you down.
On top of a tank during summer peak bagging or as a mid-layer during the depths of winter, its so versatile. I have an old one, and the color is amazing (especially during hunting season).
I have not gone on a single trip without this thing since I got it.

(I realize this is my second photo of this thing, but its really one of the best pieces out there so I couldnt help myself)

Photo: wandering the streets of Ushuaia Argentina

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Christiane M.posted an image about on April 10, 2014

these boots will take you places

16 hour hike over glaciers and their outwash fields? Not a problem
Jaunts in the icy woods of New England? Not a problem
They are light, comfortable (if you get the right size), great with or without crampons and just all around reasonable.
Just look at the kinds of places you can go in them!

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Christiane M.posted an image about on April 10, 2014

Glacial whipped cream pie with a side of

Nano Puff.... There is nothing better to wear while cooking up scrumptious desert in the backcountry... or while doing ANYTHING else in the backcountry.
If I could only have one piece of outerwear, I would without a doubt pick this one. Ive never been so in love with a single piece of gear.
(I shall write a full review soon)


photo credit to my girl ICECOOL
Gilkey Trench, Juneau Icefield, Alaska

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Christiane M.wrote a review of on April 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So this one time I fell head first into a crevasse... (sounds way worse than it was, because I was roped to an anchor and had ~triple redundancy on the safety end of things)
But basically this thing save my life.
One minor sketchy aspect: even though I doubled back my harness, the waist managed to stretch a little bit during my fall.
It was super concerning, and I have no idea why that happened, I dont think I put that much pressure on it... It was a very short fall...
Considering I was upside down in the crevasse (same one as the image below) the waist belt was crucial, so that marginal slippage could have been detrimental. BUT it did hold me in. I made it out, alive and smiling, then went back down to have a second look at the crevasse...

For what its worth: all the other times I've used it, i've had no problems.

Positives: super lightweight, and if your wearing it over thick pants its actually sufficiently comfortable to be sitting in.
Bathroom usage is also a breeze!

recommendations: if you are female, and have a very small waist, beware... the small is not all that small...

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Christiane M.wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

My Alaskan trek pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had this bad boy for a 3-ish month summertime ski-tour/ glaciological field school on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska. It was not too bad... My friend also had the same pack on the same trip, and she ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT... I only had a few minor qualms... When its FULLY loaded, its not the most comfortable thing, but no pack ever really is... It does however carry the load very well. Great padding and support.

Positives:
super stretchy waistbelt mesh pockets: you can fit all of the SNICKERS ever necessary
the brain pack is actually pretty useful
the front pocket unzips so you have super easy access to all of the stuff you crammed into the bottom of the pack.
Downsides:
if you are carrying skis on your pack there is NO WHERE to keep your water bottles, which kind of sucks, because there is no way I want to take my pack off (with skis on it) to get to my water... however if you pack right, the brain can hold your naglene sufficiently.
No matter how I little I packed, it always seemed to be the same size... but that was fine because realistically, i generally pack the same for 1 day as I do 10. And I always had space for my stuff- be it an ice corer, a shovel, first aid kits, tarps, ropes, clothes... (insert miscellaneous glacier necessity here)....


photo is from the Lewellyn glacier in British Columbia, it was shot by Jeff Barbee

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Christiane M.wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After reading reviews I was debating if this would have plastic pieces on the front... Upon delivery low and behold, it did have plastic adjustment straps...
at first I was kinda pissed off, but then upon further inspection, it seems totally safe (why the hell would BD sell something that wasn't??) as they only adjust elastic WITHIN the webbing of the legloops, so if they ever do break this thing should still do its job.
But thats just my first impression... just something to be aware of... its also super comfortable and I really look forward to using it more!

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Christiane M.wrote a review of on April 8, 2014

I come from the flock of Southern Geese
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This may be one of, if not, my favorite winter jacket. I got it for a goose sponsored adventure to Antarctica this past winter, and it was bomber. Pop this puppy on (and maybe a wind layer) and you will be able to stand on the bow of the ship watching whales and icebergs float on by. Want to sit out and watch the southern cross at night? Pull up the hood and you will feel perfectly warm and cozy as you float on the southern ocean.
Since Antarctica, this thing has actually replaced my Expedition Parka as my Maine winter jacket of choice. From ski trips, to winter car camping it has yet to let me down....
Need I mention it is also HELLA stylish? I feel completely at home whether im walking down 5th avenue, skinning up the Whites, or just walking to class on those 4 degree mornings. (my roommate would take it whenever I wasnt wearing it, she REALLY wants one).

Its positive features (which are ingenious and I usually discovered them as I was wishing that they'd exist) include: a pullstring at the bottom to block out the air... that PULLS FROM INSIDE THE POCKETS, peace out frozen fingers. The thing has double layers of outter fabric, so any feathers that come out are still keeping you warm, instead of blowing in the wind. Also, the interior stuff-to-become-a-pillow pocket is soft and fuzzyish. The pocket is the appropriate size to fit some bottles, for easy mobility of your beverages around your standard college campus. (the pocket is nearly impossible to actually make a pillow out of... the thing just wont pack down... and the pillow kind of sucks, but I wear this thing to bed so why would I want it as my pillow anyways...)

The only real downside has been that its cut a little tight in the butt. I got a medium (im generally a small) and it hugs my bottom a little too much sometimes.... but hey, it just keeps out a little more cold that way right? Also after wearing it almost daily since december, the down has lost a little fluff, but really that was to be expected.

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Christiane M.wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

Fore-bare it a bit.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are great... In every way, except when it comes to comparability with a poc helmet. I've tried adjusting them every imaginable way (moving the straps up and down on my helmet, tightening, lossening, etc). One time I was fidgeting with my goggles at the base and somehow managed to slice my thumb open with them.. Blood everywhere. It took 3 lift rides before I found a ski patroller with a bandaid... But I did not return them! And yet I still find myself constantly adjusting them, and without fail there is a gap. The tragedy. Just be fore warned (ha! foreheads).

That being said, these google are amazing. I bought them at the beginning of the season and have used them for everything: skiing, hiking, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, etc etc etc.
In the variable winter lighting that prevails in northern New England during the winter these have provided ample definition and visibility; making that flat-light hidden ice a little more visible. They are also incredible at the whole antifogging thing, no matter how you tuck/cover/manipulate your neck guard around them. They only fogged up on me once, and I had just covered the vents on top with my hat, instant fix.
I'd highly recommend them, so long as you don't wear a poc helmet, or atleast don't really care about having a minute gap. But if you ask me, the positives of these goggles definitely out way the negatives, hence why I never returned them.

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