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Conor Hampson

Conor Hampson

Salt Lake City

Conor Hampson's Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Conor Hampson's Bio

The natural world is fun, and there are so many ways to enjoy the landscapes that surrounds us.

I get outside to rock climb, make surfy turns in deep snow and see cool stuff.

Whether you’re looking to update some old gear, or learn about the equipment involved in taking up a new pastime, I am more than happy to see what I can do to help.
Don't hesitate to reach out!

champson@backcountry.com
- 801-619-7478

Conor Hampson

Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on March 8, 2018

5 5

jamming hurts less with taped hands!
I think it is important to have either technique or tape -
Metolius' tape is less sticky than the trango tape and I think it best for tape gloves while the euro tape is probably better for supportive finger taping .

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on March 2, 2018

5 5

I have a Maze and I think it is a great ski helmet.
The padding is really adjustable and given the helmet's overall lightweight design, i think it is actually more comfortable (and warmer) to ski in than a beanie.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on February 27, 2018

5 5

I use my micro traxion for hauling and TR soloing.
I am new to both.
Still, I think that the Micro Traxion is kind of the go to device. It is easy to use, reliable, durable and lightweight.
For rope soloing I back the micro traxion up with a Wild Country ropeman ascender - tho I think a second micro traxion might feel a bit smoother.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on February 9, 2018

5 5

I have a rack of the new friends and I really like them.
I think that they're super comparable to c4s - similar double axle design and a size/color scheme that is pretty much the same.
The Friends' are a bit bigger in each size, but not by much. I treat them like Camalots when I'm looking at gear beta.
I like the Friends because they share all of the c4's positive attributes and feel a bit more functional. I like that the extendable slings cut down on the number of draws I have to carry, and the slightly wider lobes grip sandstone better than the standard c4s. They are also lighter.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on January 10, 2018

5 5

I use belay specs in the gym. Most of the walls are too steep to comfortably watch a climber up an entire route and I am sure the specs have made me more attentive.
I don't use them very much outdoors. They aren't as useful on vertical routes, and usually just get left sitting around (mine have narrowly escaped being stepped on a few times and I don't think they'll prove very durable once my luck runs out).

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on January 3, 2018

5 5

I got a gray Ange for a gray cam of mine, and just used it for the first time a couple of weekends ago.
Other reviewers have already touched on the qualities that make the Ange such a good biner and given that I've only clipped mine a few times, I don't have much to add. It is super light, super easy to clip and Petzl says it is super safe.
I have no idea how the Ange does long term, though I have heard that it is durable.
If I needed new alpine draws and didn't mind spending the money I'd go with a small Ange on one end and a large one on the other. They sell some draws that way as well, and when I need new draws I may go that route.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

5 5

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs

I mostly wear my Alpine Start ski touring and rock climbing.
It is super light/packable, and keeps out the wind without insulating or heating up.
Mine has proven pretty durable but I don't think that the jacket is meant to take much abuse. I probably wouldn't climb a chimney in it, and if I chose to, I probably wouldn't expect much sympathy from the warranty folks.
The Alpine Start is a lot like the Houdini jacket that Patagonia makes, and most outdoor companies produce a comparable layer. I chose the Alpine Start because it feel long in the arms. Other than fit, I am not sure there is much differentiating any of the wind/light rain layers that Backcountry sells.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on December 14, 2017

5 5

I like the Nano Puff because the face fabric seems more durable than most other comparable jackets.
It is a great layer for a variety of technical purposes, though i probably wear mine most to walk my dog.
It is a pretty terrific belay jacket to bring along on multi pitch climbs as it packs down and is easy to stash while climbing.
I get cold super easily and I kind of like climbing in a layer - the nano puff isn't indestructible but gear tape fixes the holes nicely.
In terms of fit, I think the Nano Puff is pretty boxy. I've heard a lot of complaints about the fit but I like the relaxed cut. I think the Nano Puff moves a lot better than the Nano Air and Arc'teryx's Atom LT, both of which are cut more 'athletically.' The looser fit allows better mobility - freedom of movement is pretty important to dog walkers and climbers alike.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on December 11, 2017

4 5

I really liked my nano puff and I decided to invest in a Nano Air once it started looking haggard.
I have both jackets in size L, but they don't fit that similarly.
The Nano Puff has a 'boxy' fit that I think is pretty comfortable. I like the loose fit because I think the jacket moves better and feels more mobile than it might if it were cut to fit more snuggly.
The Nano Air is cut to fit more snuggly, and while that necessarily a bad thing, it is mostly cut to fit closely through the shoulders and chest. it is kind of shaped like a bell or so.
The Nano Air's face fabric is kind of soft and I think that it is a bit warmer than the Nano puff. That said, they are pretty comparable jackets.
If you are looking into both and hoping to differentiate, I think it is probably worth going for whichever best suits your needs. I've heard that the nano air layers really well under waders for fishing or under a bib while skiing, but I think the Nano puff is better suited to climbing and the alpine.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

4 5

it is probably a good idea to minimize climbing's impact on the rock and landscape.
Less visible chalk helps keep the rock clean in areas that are frequented by more than just climbers.
I don't think I climb many places that call for eco chalk, but it does make sense around Moab (and probably other areas with desert sandstone). Tons of people come to look at but not climb those features - if chalk is an issue, just use colored chalk.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

There are a bunch of cool cams that I've never even handled or placed, but I'm still pretty sure these are the definitive desert cams.
Fat Cams have the fattest lobes of any cam on the market and their extra width puts more metal in contact with the rock - affording the cam better purchase on soft sandstone. I don't think that they have much application on other rock types.
I've only had a rack of Fat Cams for a few months, and while I don't think I'll have need of a second piece in any size, I do like saving one for those 'i'll probably fall there' scenarios - they are unlikely to track out the crack.
I think that they are pretty easy to place - you can manipulate the trigger with a single finger - and they're easy to clean on sandstone (though I can imagine they're a nightmare elsewhere).

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on November 26, 2017

5 5

I think that the new Friends are better cams than the C4s.
They're nearly identical but the friends have extendable slings and their triggers feel slightly smoother.
There are other subtle differences between the Friends and the Camalot - the three is noticeably bigger, the four feels like it covers a wider range... Still, it is pretty convenient that WC chose to mirror BD's size/color scheme.
The friends are a bit lighter than the c4s overall and their extendable slings help down the gear I haul along on my harness and effectively makes each piece significantly lighter - woah .
In terms of the placements they cover, the new Friends are pretty much the same as the C4s. The lobes, however, are a little wider - giving them better purchase on sandstone.

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Conor Hampsonwrote a review of on November 17, 2017

what a tent!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty much everything that Hyperlite makes is minimalist and durable. Their mid tents only weighs a pound, and work pretty well through all four seasons.
I bring along along stakes to anchor the Mid during the warmer months but for snow camping skis (or ice tools) replace the stakes.
Cooking inside is easy given the ample vertical space, and in comparison to most 2 person tents, the UltraMid offers a lot of space for gear storage.
Hyperlite doesn't waste a lot of tech in terms of construction, and I think the tent's simplicity probably factors heavily in its overall durability.

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