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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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Hardest Route in the World?!

This is getting out of control!  Sport Climbing has become so focused on getting harder and harder that athletes are putting up new routes weekly that rival even time tested routes like Action Direct or Flex Luthor.  Climbers like Adam Ondra and Chris Sharma are progressing the sport in such a staggering way.  And it is impressive.

I just saw a post on UKClimbing and Climbing about Adam Ondra's new testpiece in Norway.  The climb is in Hanshelleren cave at Flatanger and it looks to be incredibly overhung.  It looks very featured and I would love to visit someday.  The power endurance route is 55 meters and goes from 20 meters of 9a+/b to a 30 meter 9a finish.  Below is a quick clip of Ondra working the route.

Adam Ondra climing in the Flatanger cave in Norway from Ove Magne Ribsskog on Vimeo.

Just recently Reel Rock showed Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra squaring off while working some of the hardest route in the world in Spain, but this is definitely stepping it up.  Can't wait to see video of the full send once he gets it done.