Archive | Climbing

As Seen at ISPO: New Climbing Hardware

North Couloir

At ISPO earlier this month, I had the opportunity to walk around and check out some new climbing hardware that I didn’t get the opportunity to see at Outdoor Retailer. From new ice tools and crampons, to ingenious sport climbing quickdraws, there just might be something to add to your kit next season.

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Ice Climbing in Cogne, Italy


Leaving the car under the pitch black cover of a pre-dawn, 6:00 am start, we donned our headlamps and headphones for the 2 hour hike into Repentence Super. Roughly 1:30 hours into the approach, the trail turned sharply upwards, where in times of less snow, you would most definitely require crampons. Halfway up the slope, our hearts sank as we spotted a party of two ahead of us. We had been skunked. Welcome to Cogne.

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Scarpa Ribelle Tech OD Alpine Boot

Scarpa Ribelle

We have entered a new age of alpinism where fast and light, done-in-a-day pursuits are now the norm. To meet the needs of this new breed of climber, our gear has had to quickly evolve as well. Part trail runner, part technical alpine boot, the new Ribelle Tech OD alpine boot from Scarpa sees you through from the valley floor all the way to the top of the mountain, without the need to ever change your footwear.

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New Fjällräven Alpine Collection

Fjallraven Bergtagen

For 2017, Fjällräven heads back to its roots with a full mountaineering collection. Designed in conjunction with their first sponsored mountain guide, the Bergtagen line includes everything from base layers and shells to puffy coats and a mummy foot sleeping bag — a full system to keep you protected when you set out to play above tree line.

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