Chris on October 18th, 2009

Anyone that is familiar with investments knows about the concept of diversification.  Basically, it is the idea that you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. I apply this concept to my equipment and clothing as well.   This is especially true on long trips when your body will be undergoing changes due to the […]

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It has been well established that layering is a superior approach for dressing for outdoor pursuits.  However, the traditional layering method of base, insulation, and shell often does not meet my needs. I have spent a lot of time in the cold working out this method for layering, that allows for changing weather conditions, and […]

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Chris on September 18th, 2009

It is no surprise that I enjoy the cold, and so it is no surprise that I’ve spent a lot of time in some cold places.  I’ve learned a lot of things about how to sleep comfortably in the cold.  Here is what I do. I take a good look at the historical temperature and […]

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Belay jackets are an essential piece of mountaineering gear.  I picked up the idea from Mark Twight’s excellent book Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High.  It works so well that I use it anytime I’m traveling in cold conditions. Climbing involves one of two states; climbing or belaying, or to put it another way, […]

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