Mountain Standards

Posted September 29, 2008

Asolo Distance: A Hiking-specific Approach Shoe

I would recommend the Distance as a great lightweight, durable hiking boot—not as a true approach shoe. Its performance as a hiking boot earned them a spot inside my duffle for my fall climb of Cho Oyu.

Posted September 27, 2008

CiloGear 60L WorkSack: Simple Success

Six months ago I unpacked a new 60-Liter WorkSack made by CiloGear, and it was love at first sight. I marveled at its simplicity and then loaded it up to find a number of basic-but-brilliant features: a removable frame sheet and bivy pad; lightweight, strong techy materials such as SilNylon; removable compression straps; simple suspension; all the right pockets and no extras; a single interior compartment; a dense foam hip belt: PERFECTION!

Posted September 25, 2008

C.A.M.P. Corsa Ice Axe: Too Light for a Real Challenge

The Corsa is ideal for low-angle glacier travel, moderate ski mountaineering and adventure racing but, if there's a chance you might find yourself in more serious terrain, you'll wish you packed something more hefty.

Posted September 22, 2008

Millet Peuterey 40: The Brawny Ski-Mountaineering Pack

The Millet Peuterey 40 is marketed as a “versatile summer/winter mountaineering pack for one-to-two day excursions,” but at 4.2 pounds, this little pack weighs in heavy for its limited capacity.

Posted September 16, 2008

Marmot Kingpin Jacket: Versatile in Winter

This jacket is ideal for colder, higher-altitude alpine climbs like those found in the Canadian Rockies, Alps and Andes, making it an amazingly versatile jacket for cold-weather use.

Posted September 10, 2008

Cloudveil Enclosure Hooded Jacket: Little Guy in a Fat Coat

The Enclosure survived two months in the Chugach, two weeks in the Alaska Range, and a week rock climbing at the local crag with only slight abrasion marks, one pinhole, and a lovely stain pattern.

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