CiloGear Pack Review

CiloGear Pack Review

CiloGear is a pack company based in Portland, Oregon that focuses on making high end packs for alpinists, and anyone else who appreciates a good sturdy and versatile rig. I got my hands on one to test out for a month, and I was thoroughly impressed. In fact, I’d probably have to say it’s the […]

Friday Links

Some good stuff out there this week. Will Gadd defines the word tragedy as it relates to climbing accidents, and I couldn’t agree more. Pimpin & Cimpin has yet another brilliant post about what your harness says about you. And the Cremnomaniac has some helpful trad climbing tips. Have a good weekend everybody.

Petzl Fuse 9.4mm Rope Review

Petzl Fuse 9.4mm Rope Review

Skinny ropes have been popular for quite some time now, but I’ve generally stayed away. For one, they don’t work with well Gri Gri’s, no matter what all you people who are using them tell yourselves. I tend to use 10 mm cords for that reason, and because at 175 lbs, I put some weight […]

Back in Bonedale

Wow, the last two weeks have been a blur! To kick things off, I was part of a four day trip to Twin Lakes where we fished, climbed and rafted the Arkansas. I then spent 4 hours back in Bonedale before heading north for Idaho. What we hoped would be a mostly climbing trip turned […]

Big Agnes Pomer Hoit Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Pomer Hoit Sleeping Bag

Last spring I needed a new down sleeping bag, and after some research decided on the Big Agnes Pomer Hoit. I already had the synthetic Farwell, which I liked for car camping, and also allowed me to experience the unique bag/pad combo that Big Agnes uses. For those who aren’t familiar with it, here’s how […]

Colorado Climbers Missing in China

In a situation that is eerily similar to Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff’s disappearance, 3 climbers from Colorado are overdue from an expedition to China. Jonny Copp, Micah Dash and Wade Johnson were attempting to climb a peak in the Western Sichuan Province, and were supposed to fly out on June 3rd. According to this […]

Upper Frying Pan Topos – The Mental Block

Upper Frying Pan Topos – The Mental Block

I’ve been wanting to get these up for some time now, but didn’t have any good photos to use. Last week I finally got up there and got some images, so here you go! Last fall I put up the topo for the Outpost, and now here’s the Mental Block. This is a great cliff […]

You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em

You walk outside and look at the sky. The change from an hour ago is incredible. Where there had once been bright blue there are now towering clouds, sure signs of heavy moisture in the air, as it is only 10:30 in the morning. Afternoon thunderstorms are normal during the summer in Colorado, but this […]

We’re All in This Together

As I was hiking up to a local crag last week, I noticed some new stone steps that had been installed on the steep trail. At first I didn’t think much of it, but as I continued up, it became clear that someone had put some serious effort into improving this slidey path. I figured […]

Locals Corner

Redstone Ice Conditions 1.8.14

The ice in Redstone is in great shape, with all the standards looking good and many other things to climb on as well. Here are the details: Banzai Pipeline – has ice on it, may be climbable but will be very hard. The bolted route to its right is doable. Avocado Gully – In typical […]

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