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Ditch Some Layers With Arc’teryx Alpha IS Jacket

Arcteryx Alpha

If you get cold easily like me, you probably end up wearing 7-8 layers when recreating outdoors in winter. For me, that usually means at least 7 different zipped neck collars, not to mention a neck gaiter, to get in my way — something that can be quite annoying when ice climbing, let me tell you. With their new Alpha IS Jacket, Arc’teryx hopes you can now ditch a layer or two by combining your insulation layer(s) with your outer shell into a single garment.

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Julbo Reaches Back Into The Vault

Julbo Vermont

From its headquarters high in the Jura Mountains of France, where the company was founded in 1888, three generations have directed Julbo’s evolution from manufacturer of corrective lenses to global producer of protective eyewear for all active outdoor pursuits. With the brand’s rich history in alpine-mountaineering, high-altitude and glacier exploration optics, it reaches back into the vault to re-release some of the most famous styles for 2017.

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Learn Fundamental Ice and Self-Rescue Skills

Sharpen Ice Tools

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) has teamed up with Outdoor Research and Petzl to create a 10-part video series to help you learn the fundamentals of ice climbing and self-rescues skills. Useful for everyone from newbies to veteran climbers alike, the video tutorials are lead by longtime guide and AMGA instructor Patrick Ormond — married to Chicks Climbing co-owner and guide Dawn Glanc.

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Backpacking Tarp That Helps You Get Organized


Tarps already have many uses — from shelters to ground covers to a clean rope platform when climbing. But what if a tarp could also help you organize for your trip, ensuring you don’t forget anything? Enter TripTarp — a 5′ x 7′ tarp printed with a categorized gear list and corresponding zones in which to physically place all your gear, giving you one big visual on everything you need.

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