Why Is a Rack Called a Rack?
Why is a rack called a rack? ——Robert Patterson, Kingston, Ontario The word “rack” has about two dozen definitions, from destruction, to a scud of clouds, to a cut of juicy ribs, to … Continue reading "Why Is a Rack Called a Rack?"
Osprey Mutant 38
MSRP: $170.00 BEST FOR: Light and fast alpinism The new Osprey Mutant 38 lives up to its name: this thing is freakishly good for alpine climbing. We’ve taken it out for long days … Continue reading "First Look: Osprey Mutant 38"
Mountain Hardwear Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt
MSRP: $70 BEST FOR: Cragging, around town If you’re a sucker for a soft pullover, read on. New for fall, the Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt from Mountain Hardwear is soft, flowy … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt"
The Theory of Slings
My buddy followed me up a pitch and said he couldn’t believe that I’d clipped old tat on a fixed piece of pro. Can a bundle of tat collectively be strong enough to hold … Continue reading "The Theory of Slings"
PrAna Revere Long Sleeve T-Shirt
MSRP: $49 BEST FOR: Cragging or gym wear A friend years ago had a scoop-neck prAna top that she said she used all the time. “It’s in there every wash,” she said. You … Continue reading "PrAna Revere Long Sleeve T-Shirt"
MSRP: $150.00 LOWA made their name in the world of high-end alpine and hiking boots, but they have seriously lagged behind in the rock shoe game—that is, until the Rocket. With this performance … Continue reading "Lowa Rocket"
Optimal Temperature for Sticky Rubber?
A friend warms his climbing shoes in his armpits. I said that sticky rubber works best at low temps and that he shouldn’t heat up the soles. We agreed to settle the argument by … Continue reading "Optimal Temperature for Sticky Rubber?"
Grivel Stealth Helmet
MSRP: $99.95 Excuses for not wearing helmets have gotten thin. The argument that a helmet is heavy, restricts your fluidity, or makes you look like you have an unnaturally large brain no longer … Continue reading "Grivel Stealth Helmet"
Black Diamond Momentum
This review appeared in Rock and Ice issue 249 (April 2018). The Momentum is Black Diamond’s first foray into rock shoes. Hailed by BD as the “perfect entry-level” shoe and great for “all day comfort,” … Continue reading "Black Diamond Momentum"
Should I Resole My Rock Shoes?
I have two pairs of rock shoes that are getting very slick soles. I only occasionally climb, so they are still in great shape and I can’t justify buying a new pair. What can I … Continue reading "Should I Resole My Rock Shoes?"
Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket
Best For: Light and fast alpine rock climbing MSRP: $149.00 When I’m going multi-pitching—be it for a romp up a moderate in Eldo or a big alpine mission in Rocky Mountain National Park—I … Continue reading "Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket"
The North Face Chalk Bag Pro
MSRP: $25.00 BEST FOR: Rock climbing A chalk bag’s a chalk bag’s a chalk bag. 9/10 times you can’t go wrong. That being said, every bag is slightly different, and it’s worth checking … Continue reading "First Look: The North Face Chalk Bag Pro"