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Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Axe Review by Dave Burdick

CAMP and its sub-brand Cassin have offered a steady line of nice tools over the past decade (and beyond of course). While these tools didn’t get the same hype and adoption in North America that other large brands have, the designs were solid and innovative. One of these tools, the CAMP Awax, came out as a light alternative to the heavier clearance shaft tools that were becoming mainstream. Good clearance, light weight and a solid pick design made it a [...]

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Small Cams Review by Bill Coe

So you’re in the market for some new small cams? Oh boy, are you in luck. More and more companies are churning out high end products that fit that classification. You’ll not only have lots to chose from, but what is out there is all very very good and getting better all the time, making your choice better yet difficult. For myself, I started in to this with a few incorrect assumptions. 1st) I thought that TCU’s, the units that [...]

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Ice Tool Umbillical Review – By Dane Burns

The Joke Slinger, on the BD Spinner leash, Jan. 2010, the Cascades. With the invention and popularity of leashless climbing a once condemmed and decades old climbing tool has come back. While they are not mandatory, they are in vogue. It has been over 35 years since I saw the first pair of umbilicals in use. The author’s umbilicals of 9/16″ webbing being used on a quick ascent of Polar Circus in the winter of 1979. Gregg Cronn photo Back [...]

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Backcountry Skiing by Martin Volken et. al.

Mountaineers books recently sent us a copy of Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering by Martin Volken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler.  For those of you who don’t know, Martin owns Pro Ski Service in North Bend, WA and a guiding service by the same moniker, with the other authors of this book being fellow guides for his operation.  Below is what we hope is a comprehensive review of the this excellent book.  The Chapters are organized [...]

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