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depends what you want ...
Arc'teryx is very innovative and their products are well made, beautifully designed, and contain top-shelf materials. I live 10 minutes from their HQ and check-out their discounted gear freque...

In GEAR » Should I be carrying more Dead Birds?
February 21, 2:11pm

I have the ultralight ...
I have the Ultralight and I think it's a brilliant piece. One thing to note is that it's cut to be a mid layer. It's a pretty trim/slim fit. Given its weight and compressed volume, i...

In GEAR » nano puff or ultralight jacket
February 18, 1:22pm

Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy or Similar ...
I have a Black Diamond [Bibler] Hooped Bivy. It's pretty minimalist and very breathable. It comes in a variety of options. The fabric has a funny, fuzzy interior coating which helps transfer...

In GEAR » Breathable Bivvy - Alpine Conditions and Down Bag
February 10, 4:16pm

Re: Re: Rope for Scrambling
"You need: 1. A rock climbing class, for basic physical skills and knowledge of how properly use a rope, set a belay, rappel, set & remove protection pieces 2. 30-50 m of 8-10 mm dyn...

In GEAR » Rope for Scrambling
February 10, 4:02pm

good idea for longer trips ...
I don't have any direct experience with them, but I have two friends that were able to save lives b/c they had a sat phone [both situations were pretty heavy]. If you're a long way from ro...

In GEAR » Experiences with satellite phones?
January 22, 11:46am

depends what you're using it for ...
I remember descending Mt. Shuksan's Fischer Chimney route at night with a Petzl Tikka [one of the early models] - it was a very scary descent. Had I had a better light, it would have been much...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
January 08, 9:41am

for climbing/mountaineering
I can't see carrying one of these backpacking, but for mountaineers launching an assault on a large, new mountain route, this would provide some great beta if pictures aren't/weren't av...

In GEAR » quadcopter/drones for backpacking (the future is coming)
January 08, 9:04am

I have no idea what leukotape is and I've always found moleskin to be useless. In 2004 while breaking-in some *veyr* stiff mountaineering boots, I grabbed some Hypafix tape from my FAK one time...

In GEAR » moleskin vs leukotape
January 08, 8:58am

rent a sleeping bag
If you live in an area with a big outdoor store - try renting a winter bag. Before I could afford the proper winter gear, I used to rent a winter sleeping bag. I assume this is your first real wi...

In GEAR » Please evaluate my gear for winter hiking / backpacking.
December 24, 9:23pm

DAS and Arc'teryx Dually
I've used both the Patagonia DAS and Arc'teryx Dually. Warmth seems comparable. DAS has a better hood, but dually is unbelievably resistant to water. Both nice pieces and used frequently.

In GEAR » Best Warmest Synthetic Belay Jacket?
December 20, 10:06pm

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