Jason Griffith

What’s in the Ultimate Cascades Daypack?

  The Cascades offer an amazing array of options when it comes to different mountain sports. And Spring is the best time of year for multi-sport days. We may not have the fluffiest powder, fattest blue alpine ice, or cleanest white granite, but we have some of everything, so Spring is an amazing time to take advantage of the area’s diversity with single-day outings which combine several different activities on adjacent peaks. Whether you are looking to combine splitboarding with [...]

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Synthetic Insulated Jacket Layering Review by Dane Burns

The typical question: “I will climb Rainer this summer…next Orizaba, Kili, then Aconcagua! What do I need for clothes?” Here are some thoughts on a well proven “systems approach” that you may have not had. It is a multilayer and multi use cold weather system based at least two garments. One garment with 60g insulation (part of your “action suit”) and the another with 100g insulation. (your “belay jacket”) The bench mark Patagonia DAS belay jacket is 170g insulation by [...]

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Plum Guide Backcountry Ski Binding Review by Sky Sjue

Move over Dynafit, there’s something leaner. And stronger. And sexier. In the Tech era, with many innovations based on the Dynafit design and its expired patent emerging, Plum Guide bindings caught my eye with their silvery sparkle. These bindings are minimalist CNC-machine sculptures, everything I always liked about Dynafits with significant improvements to their limitations. Before I further affirm my love for these bindings, I will mention the most important caveat for the masses. These bindings are not for the [...]

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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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