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Grant Burton

Grant Burton

Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, Fergusen, The Uintas

Grant Burton's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Grant Burton's Bio

I have been exploring the Utah wilderness for about a decade and a half. Born and raised in Salt Lake, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, and a little bit of mountain biking as well. I like to help people find ways to improve their time with nature. From the right safety equipment in the back country, to a perfect pack for your day trip I'm open to finding the perfect equipment!

Grant Burton

Grant Burtonwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

Make that pack lighter, and climb more!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Starting to bring your climbing to the next level? Gear can really weigh down your experience, especially if your bringing way too much of it! Not only will this save you on approaches, but placing the cams is effortless, and you will notice the difference on your harness. The #4 in particular is considerably easier to maneuver on your harness and in your hand. These aren't my daily driver, but they will definitely be on my next Winds trip!

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

The right tool for the job
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looking to have more versatile cams? Want to find a cam that can protect that spot that always gets you nervous? The offset has slimmed down my rack and rewarded me with solid placements. I find it is the best on awkward granite constrictions or jagged quartzite. Much more than a specialty piece, and fits in more places than you'd think. In Little Cottonwood Canyon, these find a permanent place on my rack.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pad had survived everything from my pups sharp claws, to needles and debris that has made it into my tent (mostly from the dog). The pad performs well if any moisture makes it in your tent as the baffles keep you dry, and it is big! No more falling off my sleeping pad in the middle of the night to wake up to numb limbs and shoulders

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on March 30, 2016

All around backcountry tool.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From the icy skin track, to deep fields of powder this will be your work horse ski or your one quiver ski. I find this the perfect ski for days when I don't know what to expect in the snow quality and don't feel like hauling the real wide powder skis. I have skiied every thing with these from steep couloirs to low angle trees, and it excels at all.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on April 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Long

This mat takes some getting used to. It is bulkier than most mats, and can be a bit slippery when you are really sweaty. The mat gets me through once a week Yoga, and now that I don't sweat a ton during my sessions the mat is good. I was glad to find a long version, it works well for a tall guy like me.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on November 1, 2014

The kind you trust your life with
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this harness for my scariest outdoor adventures. I love how everything on this harness is adjustable and bullet proof. The gear loops are designed well so that your remaining gear will always rest in the center of the loops, making grabbing your gear very easy. There is no "weak" spot on the harness. I think it goes without saying that the dual belay loops make multi-pitch and cleaning routes significantly easier. Makes you think why you ever used only one of them. This is my favorite traditional climbing harness on the market.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on October 22, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't think this stands out as a super comfortable camp pillow, nor does it pack well. However it's 7$! How can you pass that up? After many nights of makeshift pillows from jackets to a 70 meter rope, I decided it was time to at least have a pillow if I have space to bring it along. I don't think I'd bring this on a long backpacking trip. However it could work but would just take up more space.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on October 22, 2014

My staple trad biner
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite biners for trad for a few reasons. This is almost the lightest carabiner for its cost. In fact the only biner that is lighter than it, the trango phase, compromises on the gate size. When I am clipping I prefer to have a larger gate. Which brings me to how crazy I am about the gates. These biners clip with ease. The gate swallows rope well and never catches or snags while I use it. Given the cost, it is not very difficult to replace these when a biner needs to get left or replaced. I am just mad over these madrocks!

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on October 6, 2014

5 5

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

I like how low profile the design on these shorts is. This is a comfortable short with a velcro and lace up waist. I like how redundant and convenient this waist set up is. In the past I have had problems with velcro going bad or the lace getting lost. No longer do I need to worry about swim suit failure with the girlfriends family. hallelujah!

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Exceeds expectations
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lately my climbs have been getting longer, with that, so have the rappels. After using a single rope all summer I am stoked on my half ropes. First, you get less weight to haul. No longer does one person need to carry the rope weight, you can split it between you and your partner. Second, you can create a more direct line of protection. If your trad line has opposing cracks that create a zig zag, you can limit the direction of pull on your pieces by clipping one rope into one crack and the other rope on the other crack. In addition to less pressure on your protection, this will cut down on rope drag. Third, instead of that sketchy down climb in the scary loose gully, you get to breeze down the cliff or tower in 60m rappels. This option is especially useful for those taking on desert towers. My consensus is that half ropes are the way to take on large projects or towers! I Chose Beal because their ropes always have the longest life.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on September 30, 2014

5 5

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

I have never owned such a comfortable shirt. This is especially important for an item of clothing that I find myself grateful for in desperate times. I will use this for my base layer when I backpack, a toasty layer to stow away on my fall climbs, or just something nice and warm to wear for the night out. For me the fit is 98% there, but a medium proves to be just a tad short in the arms and torso. Keep in mind that I am 6'3" and finding clothes that fit 100% perfect is very rare. Even with this I plan on keeping the shirt, too comfy.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on September 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Personally, I dread opening power bars. They are no substitute for a real meal, and often turn into "lunch" when my friends and I don't want to stop for longer than a few minutes. This being said, these are as good as power bars ever will be. There are many bars that will cause me to instantly vomit, but these are tasty and can hold me off until I can get my hands on some legit food.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on September 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a fruit snack aficionado, no performance food pleases me quite like my stinger chews. I can feel a rush of energy that can give me the extra fuel to push that 17 mile day with a 50 pound pack to a 24 mile day. Although I need to rotate what power bars I keep with me, the chews are always stingers! Climbing, hiking, backpacking, biking, skiing I use these for everything.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on September 26, 2014

Everything you need for sweaty climbing
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Now there isnt much to a chalk bag, after all it is just a bag right? I like this one because it has a nice little pocket on the outside and a big ol' fleece liner. The cord is very user friendly and easy to cinch shut when I dont need to access my chalk. I also like how the bright red sticks out among the chalk bags at the climbing gym. As someone who has lost a couple chalk bags this way its a great feature. This is a great item to have for when the sun starts warming the granite up.

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Grant Burtonwrote a review of on September 24, 2014

5 5

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

Love these shorts. No longer do I need to deal with the gaggle of belt/harness/short clash. You know, tighten the harness, belt becomes loose, pants don't fit quite right. With these, not a problem. In addition, the material of the shorts is super stretchy. Comfortable for so much more than climbing.

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