A few ideas for a social beer with buddies to add to your Covid coping toolbox. The COVID-19 pandemic seemed to go from an issue affecting other people in distant parts of the globe to knocking on the front door almost overnight. And, now that it’s here, social distancing and self-isolating have become a social imperative. In some areas even a … Continue reading Getting Cabin Fever?
The New & Improved Petzl DART Crampons Petzl is replacing the old DART (mono-point) and DARTWIN (dual-point) crampons with a fantastic new ice climbing weapon. While they’re just calling it the DART, don’t be mistaken, it’s an entirely new design. The new DART blends design features from the old DART & DARTWIN along with the LYNX into a lightweight package that climbs exceptionally well. And, … Continue reading First Look Review: New Petzl DART Crampons
GORE-TEX has announced that they’re replacing the current GORE-TEX PRO with a new line of products starting in the Fall/Winter of 2020. Since it was introduced in 2007, having the “PRO” tag on a GORE-TEX garment has announced a rugged, top-of-the-line waterproof-breathable product. However, as there was only a single membrane available under the PRO umbrella a compromise between durability, breathability, waterproofness and so on … Continue reading The New GORE-TEX Pro
Yosemite A place forever intertwined with the history of rock climbing, and has remained relevant in the climbing universe after many decades. While access, culture, and the valley floor are completely different when compared to the days of the Stonemasters, the source of inspiration remains the same. Through rock-fall and epics, The Valley constantly reminds us that it will remain untamed—regardless of how many millions … Continue reading The Overwhelming Truth of Yosemite – For a Climber
Summer’s here and so’s the annual Arc’teryx Climbing Academy! If you haven’t been to one of these events yet you’ll definitely want to check it out. It’s based out of Squamish BC where you can find world class granite climbing without even leaving town. The event takes place August 22nd to 25th but registration is open as of May 15 and events and clinics book up fast … Continue reading Arc’teryx Climbing Academy 2019
Most of us buy or acquire our climbing gear slowly over time. When you first get into the sport there’s a lot of expense associated with getting kitted out so gear is bought a little at a time. Once you’ve been climbing for a while, equipment is replaced as it gets worn out or newer, shinier and possibly better gear. Of course this leads to … Continue reading Building the Ideal Ice Climbing Kit:
In this article we’ll take a detailed look at a few backcountry first aid kits from Adventure Medical Kits. Adventure Medial Kits has a long line-up of first aid kits for a range of applications that have proven to be a great starting point for both my personal and professional backcountry use. However, it can be a bit tough to choose a specific kit as … Continue reading What’s in your Backcountry First Aid Kit?
Mountains are a place we go to get away from it all. No cell service, less people, just you and maybe a few close friends to get up to some adventure. Over the past few years, social media has had a large influence on what happens in the mountains. Not to get into that too much, but what we wear is something most people take … Continue reading Review: Mountain Hardware Exposure/2™ Jacket and Pants
The 2018 version of our Annual Christmas Guide for Climbers. For me Christmas is always a bit of a mixed blessing. I have to put up with hearing Christmas carols everywhere, and there’s the stress of spending time with family, finding gifts for everyone and often lots driving on icy roads. On the other hand it’s great to catch up with friends and family and … Continue reading Black Sheep’s Christmas Guide for Climbers 2018
A comparison review of the Arc’teryx Quantum Series of insulated jackets: Proton, Atom & Nuclei Walking around an outdoor gear store, or perusing one online for that matter, can be both fun and intimidating. There’s an absolute mountain of choice (yes, the pun was intended) when it comes to good quality kit! Now, a wide selection can be a great thing as it allows you … Continue reading Picking the Perfect (Arc’teryx) Puffy: