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Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Want a GriGri +

Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Want a GriGri +

By now you’ve probably read multiple reviews about why the GriGri+ is so great. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not all roses, people, and below are five reasons why you might not want to get a GriGri+. You like dropping people Perhaps the most interesting new feature of the device is the anti-panic […]

La Sportiva Kataki Review

La Sportiva Kataki Review

Before this summer, it had been several years since my last visit to City of Rocks. And even though it had been awhile, I can still vividly remember how much my feet hurt on that trip. At that time all my shoes were sized for steep sport climbing, which was totally fine for the crags […]

Adidas Summer Apparel Spotlight

Adidas Summer Apparel Spotlight

When most people think of Adidas, images of soccer cleats, running shoes or hip street kicks pop into their awareness. But, thanks to an excellent clothing and approach shoe offering, strong sponsorship of North American rock climbers, and the 2012 purchase of climbing shoe company 5.10, attitudes are slowly starting to change. My first exposure to […]

4 Gear Essentials for Spring

4 Gear Essentials for Spring

Even though we still have quite a bit of snow in the mountains, spring has finally arrived in Western Colorado. The warm, dry days are outnumbering the wet and cold days, there’s light in the sky late into the evening, and it’s time to climb! In that vein, we offer up some unique and worthwhile […]

Salewa Firetail 3 Review

Salewa Firetail 3 Review

A big problem I have with many approach shoes is their lack of versatility. Sure, the majority are great for scrambling through rocky terrain, and some can climb reasonably well, but the simple fact remains that most approach shoes are being used mostly for, well, the approach! If that happens to include muddy or snowy […]

Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket Review

Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket Review

The most recent storm had been accompanied by winds up to 98 mph, which had thankfully calmed down to a mere 20-30 mph as we worked our way up the exposed ridge toward our ski objective for the day. When we crested a rise, there it was before us, or rather, should have been, but […]

Petzl Volta Guide Rope Review

Petzl Volta Guide Rope Review

The new Petzl Volta Guide is touted as an ideal cord for “intensive mountaineering,” certified for single, half or twin rope use. Over the last couple of months, I’ve used it on such cutting-edge mountaineering routes as Glitter Gulch, The Machinist and Velociraptor. Not familiar with these alpine test pieces? Yeah, the truth is these […]

2017 Winter Outdoor Retailer Climbing Report

I only had a day to check out the Winter Outdoor Retailer show, but it was packed from start to finish and I got to check out a lot of the new stuff that’s coming out. As usual, nothing groundbreaking, but many small innovations and refinements. A brief recap follows, let me know in the […]

Tenaya Tarifa Shoe Review

The Tarifa is a high performance shoe that excels on technical terrain, while offering the usual comfort we’ve come to expect from Tenaya. Like all Tenaya shoes, they were fairly comfortable out of the box, though at first the fit felt funky, like my toes were being squashed together in the narrow toebox, but not […]

Roca Endurance 9.6mm Rope Review

Roca Endurance 9.6mm Rope Review

Climbing ropes get no respect. They get thrown off ledges, trampled by dogs and forgotten in cars on hot summer days. And despite all this abuse, we expect them to save our ungrateful butts every time we pitch off our project or blow the on-sight burn. And they do, every time, never breaking, always catching. […]

Trango Vergo Review

(Editor’s Note: I love the Petzl GriGri. It’s been my main belay device for the last 15 years. To me, it’s the gold standard for assisted-braking devices. And as such, any new device in this category should be compared directly to the GriGri for an honest look at how it stands up.) The GriGri was […]

Black Diamond Solution Harness Review

Touted as a sport climbing harness, the Black Diamond Solution stands out as an extremely comfortable and adept all arounder that is priced well below other comparable harnesses. On a recent trad climbing trip, I wore the harness on numerous three-pitch climbs, carrying a double set of cams with ease. I have bony hips, and […]

Black Diamond Pipe Dream 45 Pack Review

Black Diamond Pipe Dream 45 Pack Review

I have to admit, when I first saw the Black Diamond Pipe Dream, I thought it was just a gimmick that all the cool kids in Rifle were sporting. I mean, it looked unnecessarily large and bulky, and why would I need a mini-crash pad for sport climbing? And then I got one, and my […]

Petzl Sitta Harness Review

Petzl Sitta Harness Review

Second only to climbing shoes, a light and comfortable harness is probably the piece of gear I value the most. An ill-fitting harness means you’ll be uncomfortable all day long, from belaying and taking falls to hanging out at belays on multipitch routes. And while I’m less concerned with how much it weighs, the less […]

Scarpa Vapor Review

Scarpa Vapor Review

As anyone knows who visits this site regularly, I’m generally not a fan of stiff shoes. I like to be able to feel what I’m standing on, which means more to me than any added support from a stiffer shoe. So it was with some skepticism that I decided to check out the redesigned Scarpa […]

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Locals Corner

Bulldog Creek Dog Walk (IV WI 4+)

Hayden Carpenter and Tom Bohanon recently repeated an obscure ice climb on the south side of Mt Sopris. Given a brief mention in Jack Robert’s ice guide, Bulldog Creek Walk is described as being 100 meters of WI 4. What they found was seven pitches of ice in a remote setting that makes for one […]

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