Category: Gear

Discussion about gear

Jetboil Flash Review

I have owned a Jetboil bivvy stove since 2005, used it primarily on expedition climbs at altitude where weight is an important factor, and mainly for melting snow and boiling water for drinks and de-hi/ instant noodle meals. I recently…

Review of Lowa Expedition 6000 RD PLUS

About two years ago I realised my Scarpa Vegas were beginning to wear out. The soles were rubber slivers of slippery-ness and the liners, which once kept my feet warm at 6500, were tatty old sox. Hence the enlightenment, ‘I…

Alpine Guides Technical Manual: a resource for Alpinists (2009 edition).

Despite a rather uninspiring front cover, this book is a very tidy little package and bound to stand any budding mountaineer in good stead. Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd have revised their technical manual several times since the first edition came…

Berghaus Yeti Gaitors

This iconic product from Berghaus has been around in various incarnations for many years- I got my first pair in 1984. There are numerous other old codgers who swear by them; in fact I?ve heard say they are the best…

Black Diamond Expedition Pole review

I go through poles like water! I either snap them between rocks on the moraine, or break them whacking my crampons to clear the snow. So it?s with some relief I?ve discovered the Black Diamond ?Expedition? poles. These three section…

Review of Black Diamond ‘Venom’ tool

A long snow route with a few pitches of ice like, for instance, the east ridge of Cook, is the hardest type of climbing to choose an appropriate tool for. You can either have a good ice tool that?s hopeless…

Black Diamond First Light Tent Review

This compact two-person, four season tent weighs 1.5 kilograms and must be one of the lightest on the market?.. and is a real gem! I?ve used it on three overseas mountaineering expeditions, each with different weather conditions, and its stood…