Gear Review - Mammut Parinaco Jacket

I love jackets. I am a jacket connoiseur and whether it is a light wind shirt or a heavy duty down parka I love trying on jackets, feeling the fabrics fit and cut and seeing all the features. I really can't get enough of them and now that every outdoor company is throwing in outrageous colors it is even better!

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Gear Review - Black Diamond Mission 50 Backpack

This is the mother of all technical backpacks. I would describe this pack as comfortable, versatile and feature rich. Heavy loads are no problem, stripping weight is no problem, carrying a rope, ice tools, crampons and all the usual alpine/ice gear is no problem and even skis can be carried by the Black Diamond Mission 50.

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Tallahassee Rock Gym Expansion

Every climber has a similar story of their early days...driving home late after climbing with forearms burning thinking of the problem or route that shut you down go after go. I remember it like yesterday. Working at the Tallahassee Rock Gym was a privilege and climbing there was a blast.

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Gear Review - Outdoor Research Stormsensor Glove

Gloves. I don't think there is a more important piece of gear for winter activities than gloves. Your gloves need to be warm and dexterous but they also need to be comfortable and dry. The perfect glove, I have found, does not exist, but there are many good options for all around use and only a few suitable for specific activities like ice climbing or skiing.

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Longs Peak Cirque Ice Climbing - 11.5.12

Alpine climbing at its finest. High elevation, wind, little sun, cold temperatures, it all combines to make an epic day on the mountain. My first day out this season was up to the high alpine of Rocky Mountain National Park in the Longs Peak Cirque. We started at the Longs Peak Trailhead parking lot at 6:20 am and didn't return until about 4:30 that afternoon.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Gear Review - Mammut Castor Pant

The Mammut Castor pant provides ice climbers and mountaineers a good fit, protection from the elements and amazing technology.  These are probably my favorite technical pants ever for ice climbing, back country skiing and general winter excursions.  These pants have welded zippers, thigh vents with snow screens, gaiters with an ankle zipper opening, belt loops for an improved fit and even suspender attachments.

The technology that Mammut put into this pant is also very impressive.  The Schoeller-WB-Formula fabric is incredibly waterproof and windproof and welded zippers add to the wind/waterproof-ness.  Mammut even took care of the inside of the pants with a microfleece lining that gives you a little extra warmth and comfort.  In addition there are two front hand pockets and one back pocket.  Over the knees is a stretch panel that allows freedom of movement on ice routes or while hiking and the Castor pant even incorporates Schoeller-Keprotec on the instep of each pant leg to protect from ski edges and crampon points.

Overall this pant is extremely technical and fits comfortably.  Mammut makes the pant in a regular and long and the fact that they are adjustable at the waist, with a belt or suspenders, makes this pant great for any use.  I think this is actually the best winter activity pant you can buy.  The price isn't super appetizing at $300, but then again, for the best you pay the best.

Final Say:
If you find yourself daydreaming of ice and snow covered mountains, get this pant!!!