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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 SCS National Championships Video

I love the quality of climbing videos that are being put together these days (the Dubstep is getting played out, but still sounds great).  The camera shots, the boom construction, the climbing, spotlights, music, is all really engaging and gets you psyched.  The enthusiasm going into some of these competitions is really cool to see after starting my climbing in the deep south.  Starting out with The Triple Crown and ABS indoor gym competitions was great, but seeing it on this type of scale is super satisfying!

I wasn't able to get down to Boulder to see this first hand, but it looked like it was amazing.  Movement is a pretty awesome gym and the climbing terrain is stellar.  I know they constructed the gym with national and international climbing competitions specifically in mind and I am happy to see it has worked out so well.  Check out the video below and see how far competition climbing has come in the USA.

2012 SCS National Championships from USA Climbing on Vimeo.