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Geoff Conner

Geoff Conner

Gearhead

The Wasatch Front, Southern Utah, Appalachia, wherever the adventure takes me

Geoff Conner's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga

Geoff Conner's Bio

I am a Tennessee Native and am currently living in beautiful Salt Lake City. I completed a Northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2012, grew up camping, hiking, climbing, biking, handling snakes(joke, maybe)and spending all my time in the mountains of East Tennessee. I ventured out West 8 years ago and spend everyday trying to get after it in the gigantic playground that is Utah. I look forward to discussing any upcoming (or past) gear related requests, questions, trips and/or just sharing my knowledge of the outdoor arena with you! We use the gear we sell, so if I am not available I will get back to you once I have returned from my latest adventure here in the Wasatch and beyond.

YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT 801-736-5313 MONDAY - FRIDAY 9AM - 5PM OR EMAIL AT GCONNER@BACKCOUNTRY.COM

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Always with Me
4 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a jacket that everyone should have for high aerobic cold weather pursuits or as a summer emergency piece. It's ideal for touring, climbing, trail running, backpacking, and any number of other endeavors. Basically, this piece has replaced all of my fleece and lightweight insulation pieces and is the main staple in my layering kit. The fit is trim but not tight, the insulation is perfectly mapped out, and the fabric feels great and breathes well. My favorite feature is the hood - it cinches up perfectly when wearing without a helmet and fits nicely under a helmet. It's also fantastically designed for mobility, making it a great option for climbing. Fit is true to size but you can size up if you prefer a little more length and a slightly looser fit (I did).

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Does the Job
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The G22 is a decently lightweight, stable option that does job up to vertical ice. The front points penetrated easily and definitely inspired confidence. They will fit just about any boot - I've used them with the Mont Blanc Pros, Phantom Techs, and the G2 SMs. They also fold in half, making them nice for packing.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Versatile Mountain Shoe
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

First, I feel these are true to size. I wear a size 8 and the size 8 is perfect. Second, these are extremely comfortable and seem to mold to your foot the more you wear them. The lacing is solid and really allows you to tune the feel for either backpacking or more technical climbing. Third, the versatility provided by the removable liner is key. I recently did an ascent up Pico de Orizaba(18,490 ft) in Mexico and wanted to go fast and light. After a preliminary day hike from the base to around 16,000 ft, I opted to ditch my Mont Blanc Pros and pair these with my Camp USA XLC crampons. I switched out the standard GTX liner for the Insulated Mid Liner and my feet were comfortable and warm all the way to the summit. My conclusion is that these are a fantastic versatile option, even for high elevation ascents that don't require long exposure. They crush on long technical approaches, offer enough support for carrying a heavy pack, are stiff enough for certain crampons, and climb and edge well. They are my new go to for endeavors ranging from The Grand to the Cirque of the Towers to Orizaba.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

Aggressive Driver
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I spent a week climbing on the Carbon Tech Machines in Ouray recently. It took me a few runs to get used to these guys. They have a similar geometry to the Nomic and are in the same category of vertical ice tools to that and the X-Dream, but the weight distribution is a bit different and seems to be more in the handle than head. Initially, all my swings were a bit hard, causing the blade to go really deep every time. After I figured it out, I was able to be precise with very little effort. The long pick does indeed make for great hooking and the handle is very comfortable. The pick seems to be quite durable as well, holding up nicely over the week. I'm excited to keep using these and test them out in more variable terrain.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on September 22, 2016

Versatile Race Pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My buddy tried a few different vests out and settled on this one for the Wasatch 100. He loved the minimalist, yet functional design and felt it carried the best on his frame. Enough pockets to carry his pill holder and chews and his jacket and layers comfortably fit in the back.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on September 22, 2016

Great Harness for the Little One
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My 2 year old nephew hasn't quite advanced from climbing furniture to climbing at the crag, but he sure does love swinging. The Bambino is the perfect option for that and will be great when he finally decides to hop on route. Crazy amount of adjustability, so he will be adventuring in this for a long time to come.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My brother's review:

Super light harness. Not my favorite but it got the job done. Helped keep our weight down on a trip to Greece. Moderately comfortable. I prefer fitted leg loops and wider leg loops. Arcteryx harnesses still seem to be the lightest and most comfortable if they fit and you’re not on a budget. No real complaints other than preference issues.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My preferred cord for building anchors, great for all sorts of other things as well. Must have simple tool to carry along for solving multiple problems that you might run into. It’s small and light weight when wrapped properly.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review:

This device paired well with the edelrid 8.9 mm swift dry climbing rope. It took a bit of getting use to for rappelling and top belaying but once I applied some repetition to its various belay settings I became very comfortable with it and don’t want to use anything else. It’s the lightest device I’ve ever used and the auto locking against the locking carabiner is amazing. It’s still not a hands free device but few belay devise are. The auto lock does add protection that you can’t otherwise find with an ATC or most standard belay devices. It always worked appropriately. Definitely watch the youtube videos on how to use it in all the settings and put it to practice in a safe setting. It also can’t be paired with just any locking carabiner so be sure to buy the correct equipment. I’d recommend this to any experienced climber. Not for novice use or general rappelling.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

80 Meters of Awesome
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review:

This rope was awesome. Specifically purchased for a trip to Greece to help meet weight requirements for carry on and checked baggage. The 80 meters ended up being necessary for many of the routes we did. The 8.9 mm diameter paired well with the Edelrid Megajul. Super low friction during belay and after being used for a few days it no longer became tangled easily. After climbing some seriously sharp limestone, the sheath showed minimal wear, it seems to have a very durable protective coating. The smaller diameter does seem to get caught easier when pulling the rope but knowing this ahead of time allowed for caution and we were able to pull it every time without any real issues. It’s not the best rope to rappel on due to the dynamic properties and narrow diameter but it got the job done. We mostly topped out and hiked off all the multipitch climbs so it wasn’t a big deal. I’d definitely recommend this rope for sport, trad and alpine ascents. It’s easy to handle, durable and the size and weight minimize rope management difficulty.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Highly Recommend
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review:

These are the lightest quickdraws I’ve ever owned. They were purchased specifically for a trip to Greece to meet weight requirements flying around Europe. I have a rack of 8 along with 6 alpine draws and a random metolius F.S. Mini 2 micro draw that weighs about the same but is substantially smaller. I use two wire gate biners, a locker and two nylon runners for anchoring bolted routes. I used these photons and other draws on many single pitch and multi pitch routes. Several of the routes required 20 draws due to 40 meter pitches. I skipped a bolt here and there on the easier areas since I only had 15 draws total and in retrospect, I would just buy another 6 of these photon draws because we were almost 20 lbs underweight for each flight (50 lb max). Compared to the mini quick draws, I would choose the photon every time. They’re larger but don’t weigh any more and might even be lighter. It’s much easier to handle the larger carabiners and you can’t clove off a standard rope on those mini draws. All in all, I highly recommend the Camp Photon Wire Express quickdraws.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Perfect Travel Companion
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review on this pack:
This pack is the perfect travel companion. I’ve used it on several trips. It’s small enough to use as a carry on during any flight. It’s compartmentalized enough to organize everything for a trip. I’ve packed all my clothes and toiletries along with all my son’s clothes and toiletries, diapers, wipes, first aid kit, snacks and a tablet without any issues. My wife used it on a 10 day trip to Europe and was able to pack all her clothes, toiletries, a DSLR camera, snacks and surprisingly had quite a bit of room to spare. Since it’s the smaller version of this pack, it was still quite comfortable despite not having a frame. We used it as our climbing bag in Greece during a 9 pitch climb with a long approach and an even longer descent. I stored all the gear inside with an 80 meter rope on the outside which was secured with the side straps. It worked quite well for this too. I’d recommend this pack for any sort of travelling and would even use it backpacking if I could keep it under 20 lb (due to the lack of a frame).

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Excellent Travel Option
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother's review on this pack:

This backpack was excellent for travelling and gear storage. I took a trip to Greece specifically to climb. I used only this bag and I was able to pack all my clothes and toiletries in the bottom compartment, a first aid kit, multi tools, head lamps, and a couple books in the top compartment and a full rack of quick draws, alpine draws, 6 lockers, two belay devices, two harnesses, two pairs of climbing shoes, a 50 ft and a 20 ft accessory cord, 50 ft of webbing, a set of nuts, a set of tri-cams, a separate day pack, a 1.5 liter Nalgene and an 80 meter rope in the main compartment. I am a savvy packer and was amazed at how much I could fit in this thing. There was even a small amount of room left in each compartment. It had a separate side compartment to store all the straps in when checking the bag which was nice because I’ve had buckles broken and straps torn in the past after checking a backpack. Every time I got the bag at baggage claim there were there were new scuffs and scratches but it never wore through the material and nothing ever broke on the bag. It has a ton of gear loops too which made gear organization super easy. The only negative feedback I have is that it doesn’t have any sort of frame. It still wasn’t too bad to wear around for a few hours at a time. Sizing is easily adjustable to share between users.

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Geoff Connerwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

Brother/Ski Patroller Approved
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this for my brother for patrol season, here is his review -
"This helmet has fulfilled it's purpose. Lightweight, the shell thwarts branches and other debris(takes a beating), the ear pieces are removable and it's a great fit with or without them. The boa system seems to be superior to any that I've used on previous helmets(Smith Vantage, Scott Chase to name a couple) and provides a tight comfortable fit. The color scheme is unique and overall I'm pleased with the product and would recommend it."

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