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ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE CILOGEAR WORKSACKS

on a recent trip i forgot to change over the heel bails on my crampons and found the straps too short for my double boots. no problem, i got the extra length by threading in 2 of the simple straps off my Cilogear worksack. true, any pack could have provided this, but from a Cilogear [...]

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THE WHITE STUFF: CILOGEAR W/NWD WORKSACKS

heading into Zao Ice Garden. Photo John Price Photography i first noticed large dyneema Cilogear packs being used by military in Central Asia. coming in pure white i assumed them to be some sort of winter warfare thing, and noticed some users daubed theirs in enamel paint to change the appearance. the dozens of dangly [...]

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EATING ON FUJI: CONSTANT CALORIES

Mt Fuji as we do it is a single huge push up and back in a day. we start at the bottom and return to the bottom, hopefully via the summit. at its most streamlined its still a 10hr round trip, covering 2500m of vertical gain, and all of it is cold, wind-strafed and upwards. [...]

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LA SPORTIVA G2 SM: EARLY THOUGHTS. HMMMMM………

at the real mountain & real money end of the climbing scale la Sportiva’s G2 SM‘s have been ohhhed and ahhhed at for about a year now. Simone Moro‘s pedigree behind them confers a degree of seriousness, and slotted in at Spantik-level they get attention by climbers who at it large. but me…..im undecided. not [...]

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EXPED EATING: DIFFERENT TRIPS, DIFFERENT MENUS

the recent trips in China/Tibet were at opposite ends of the expedition spectrum: minimalist & aerobic, and grinding & loaded. both trips had almost identical timelines, altitudes and temperatures, but engaged in different ways that had different effects on the metabolism. and just as each trip required very specific equipment, methods and timelines they also [...]

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THE FRANKEN-STOVE Mk I: COLD WALL COOKING

>>>this information violates just about every warning issued by stove manufacturers, tent manufacturers and compressed gas manufacturers. we know that. we also feel that if you have the wherewithal to climb hard, cold routes you also have the wherewithal to manage other dangers. proceed at your own risk<<< there isnt really a cold-specific stove out [...]

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Mt ASURA, FIRST ASCENT, GANGGA RANGE: CILOGEAR AND ALPINIST

post here from our friends at Cilogear https://www.facebook.com/CiloGear and the newswire article at Alpinist http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web15y/newswire-first-ascent-asura-peak-gangga-range

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PRIMALOFT GOLD: SMART STUFF

primaloft gold is one of several water-resisting down insulation versions currently out there, and is probably the most stable. most WP down has been nano-treated to reduce being compromised by moisture but the jury is still out on how well that will last. already early versions have been withdrawn or not remade as a question [...]

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POWERWOOL, PRIMALOFT GOLD DOWN & ALPHA: CLOTHING FOR TIBET

autumn in Tibet is like autumn anywhere – rapidly cooling, some moisture still in the air and oscillating winds both cold and neutral. only in Tibet it’s all exaggerated. the winds are colder, the sun is stronger, the difference between sun and shade is huge and the cold fronts huge. this means clothing needs to [...]

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GRIVEL SIGMA K8G ‘BINERS

the new Grivel double-gate biners have been available for about a year now. the idea goes back a while, with a few esoteric companies producing similar concepts, but its taken grivel – who are still secondary players in the biner world – to make it really happen. Grivel have their own slice of the climbing [...]

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