Gear Commentary

Note: These are my views only, NOT statements from the manufacturers, who would certainly disagree with some of what I'm saying. I work with these companies, but if you could hear the design conversations I think you would agree that I don't pull too many punches. If you disagree with something I've said here, please feel free to drop me an email to [email protected], I'll publish it..

Ice Climbing

Black Diamond ATC Guide belay device (March 20th, 2006)

Viper Bump (photo at left).

Leashless Ice Climbing: Vipers, Fusions, thoughts on which tool to use... I've been climbing a lot on the new Fusions and more traditional Vipers, here's my take on what to use where.

Deviant Gloves: These are really, really good for mixed climbing.

Black Diamond Android Leash Review and Commentary. I've been working a lot on a new clip leash with Black Diamond called the Android, it is the first clip leash I really like. It's full-strength, very easy to remove even when iced up, and this is the big one, doesn't misclip (read dropped tools).

Black Diamond Cobras, Sabretooth Crampons. Mountaineering crampons for mixed climbing?

Old Gear Commentary

Thin Red Line Scorched Earth Review: A paragliding harness that weighs less than one pound. Walk more, suffer less.


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