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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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tallahassee Rock Gym Expansion

The Tallahassee Rock Gym gave me my start in climbing and was the driving force in my early climbing years.

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.  Meeting up with friends at the gym, even in the middle of the Florida summer heat, to climb some nasty slopey boulder problems.  Taking my first whipper on the lead wall and getting right back on to finish the route.  I remember it like yesterday.  Working at the Tallahassee Rock Gym was a privilege and climbing there was a blast.  There was always an amazing sense of community and togetherness.  Climbers would help each other out with a spot or beta and everyone was so enthusiastic about climbing.  I started the FSU Climbing Club with two close friends, Dustin and Mike, and couldn't be happier about my time at FSU and the Tallahassee Rock Gym.  Going on climbing trips to Foster Falls and Obed as well as the Triple Crown are memories and experiences I will never forget.  This gym is genuine and I really do miss it.  I need to get back there sometime soon.

Support their cause and spread the word.  This gym is worth it!