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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Chris on September 26th, 2009

Wind layers are a vital piece in my layering system.  In cold weather, rain isn’t a concern, but wind can cause rapid heat loss.  Preventing this with a very light breathable layer is critical.  I wear my wind layer right over the top of my base layer.  That way as I add insulation, I don’t […]

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Chris on September 16th, 2009

Softshell pants are, in my opinion, one of the single greatest clothing innovations to come along in quite a while, especially for climbing.  I have tried the traditional 3 layer approach on my legs and it fails every time.  Hard shell pants simply cannot breathe as fast as I need.  The other problem with the […]

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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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