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…

1999-2001: Canadian Ice Climbing

To be completed…. Pat Deavoll on the crux pitch on Sea of Vapours, Mt Rundle. Climbing Firedrake, in the Jasper area. Climbing O La Tabernac, Ice Fields Parkway. O La Tabernac, Ice Fields Parkway Pat on the crux pitch of…

Pat’s Climbing and Outdoors Resume

Outdoor career summary Mountaineering 2012: Successful first ascent of Koh-e-Rank (6200m) with Maryrose Fowlie in the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan. 2011: Successful first ascent of the NW Ridge of Koh-e-Baba-Tangi (6600m) in the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan with sister Chris…

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…

One of the Happy Ones

Its early July, and the snows arrived in the South Island. Daylight hours are short and its cold!Everyone with an outdoor bent is happily gearing up for an early ski season- everyone bar a small bunch of Kiwi mountaineers. These…