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  1. AT Gamma Mx Hoody

    I am considering the Gamma Mx Hoody (arc'teryx) and the ascensionist (patagonia) for a new lightweight soft shell for ice/alpine climbing. My local shop has the Patagonia jacket and it seems nice, though I think the cut is a bit too trim around the chest. I'm not able to find the Gamma MX locally. Anyone tried the Gamma Mx? I'm curious has to how light it feels, how well it sheds light precip, overall cut for ice climbing, etc...general impressions. I'm able to get both pieces for @ the same price otherwise I wouldn't consider the Gamma. thanks
  2. FF Volant Parka

    Looking for opinions on this jacket. Back to the same dilemma, 98% of use will be lower 48 winter climbing, ice climbing, but I also want something for denali next year and wondering if this would suffice. Not being near feathered friends i'm not able to handle the jacket and have no idea how much 9oz of fill really feels like. I'm also looking at the Frontpoint of theirs which has 13oz. of down fill but wondering if this would be overkill for most of my outings. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  3. New BD Vipers

    briannabanana which picks are on your BDs? I assume the standard Lasers? I ended up buying the Vipers with the Laser pick and am finding it to be difficult to clean. They also seemed to displace a lot of ice, but maybe those were the conditions that day. Anyone have experiences with the Titan picks? I think they have a larger cross section so in theory would displace more ice (right?) but i've heard many think it is the superior pick (i am on pure ice). I'm new to aggressive pick tuning...any pictures or tips?
  4. New BD Vipers

    I'm looking for general opinions on the new black diamond Vipers if you've climbed with them. I have my eyes on the new Cobras as well but the price difference is significant enough to give pause. This will be my all purpose tool (waterfall, alpine). Very little mixed climbing use. if you've climbed with these i'd love to hear your thoughts. thanks
  5. Where to buy gas cannisters?

    I am going to Whittaker's in ashford on the way into the park. be there on friday for a trip up gib ledges friday night. When and where are you going?
  6. Mount Rainier Summits This Weekend!!!

    I plan on doing Gib Ledges in a couple of weeks and have never been on this route… Can anyone offer any beta or close up pics specific to the ledge traverse? It’s difficult to discern a ledge system from the pics I’ve seen. Some TRs seem to imply it is a sketchy traverse while others sound like it’s rather straight forward. I assume a party of 2 should go un-roped through the section? Or are there opportunities for rock pro? Any info is appreciated…thanks
  7. Mount Rainier Summits This Weekend!!!

    Pochi Nice job. Did you attach photos? I can not seem to download them...
  8. Feathered Friends Frontpoint Parka(new) - medium

    which fabric? Color?
  9. Trango Extreme vs. Trango Extreme Evo GTX?

    Are these built on a narrow last? How is this boot for those of us with 'semi' wide (d/e) feet? I've had issues in the past with sportiva products, namely the nepale extrmes being too narrow.
  10. Pack w/ Frame 55L-70L

    I climb with a CCW Chernobyl but lately after a day in the hills carrying rope and gear I am finding the lack of frame is just killing my back. Any suggestions for packs with a frame in this size range (3300ci-4000 ci) for alpine climbing and up to 3 days out? How are Ospreys? thanks
  11. Best all-around ice tool????

    Rage = poor man's Cobra whichever you can afford. Both are great.
  12. Scarpa Omega Boots

    I'm just curious what improvements they've made to the alpha. i read a wider toe box, which is good. Now if they've also made improvements to make the akle tie in more secure/tighter I think it will be a 'god' boot. anyone acutally tried them on?
  13. Scarpa Omega Boots

    Just saw this boot on mountgear and I’ve never seen it before. Is this a new boot? Anyone know anything about it, I can’t find anything on the scarpa website (whatever that is) as of yesterday. Looks basically like a red version of the Alpha. And by the name I’m guessing it IS just an evolution of that boot.
  14. Yet another ice tool question

    I thought the Axars were a better tool than the Aztar and don't know why they gave up on them, but then again you'll always find someone longing for the (not so) ol days. Currently: BD RAGE Awesome tool for many situations.
  15. CCW Chaos vs. Arc Teryx Needle 65

    CCW is a very nice pack. My torso length may be the issue, but when I'm climbing steep terrain teh top lid hits my helmet and is bothersome. I think just trimming the bivy will solve. This pack is nice, but did make me finally realize that i like framed packs for carry any kind of weight. not a fan of tool tubes either...