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WINTER 2016 / 17: Mt FUJI

every winter ascents of Fuji get more in demand, but the mountain doesnt get any easier. to keep it safe and doable, we limit the number of trips we run up there, and focus on genuine big mountain-style ascents, treating the peak like we would any other big alpine objective. this means; trips are often [...]

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IRAN: ICE & ALPINE CLIMBING

we have had a good relationship with Iran going back almost 20 years. as Tripleshot Consulting, while the rest of the world hasnt known how to position itself with Iran we have been hosting a long and positive interaction with the climbers, mountain areas and evolving scene. always engaging, always welcoming, totally unique and refreshingly [...]

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WILL GADD & SARAH HUENIKEN / 2016: JAPAN’S FRONTIER CLIMBING

4 years ago we stood in the base of a volcanic valley in North East Japan, stared up at dozens of ice lines that dripped down the weird volcanic flutings, and knew in the hands of the right climbers it would work. we knew a smattering of routes had been done thereabouts, but we also [...]

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NEOSHELL BIVY BAGS: UPDATE

requests for the neoshell bivy bags has been way beyond expectations – seems the number of users who want a light, stretchy, breathable, extra long, simple bivy bag for mostly cold conditions is huge, which isnt surprising. the thing is, these are not commercial bivy bags, which means theyre not going to be on shelves [...]

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TRAINING FOR THE NEW ALPINISM – 5 MONTHS IN REVIEW

when Training for the New Alpinism  first came out it saw a spate of reviews from people who had bought  it and people who had read  it, with many people stating it was the grandest thing ever. that was well over a year ago (lets say minimum of one full yearly climbing cycle), and interestingly reviews [...]

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POWER WOOL: SOPHISTICATED SOLUTIONS

power wool is soon to have it’s big release for fall-winter, so it’s a good time to get some real-world beta out there along side the endless press releases and showroom fondling from the trade show circuit. having used the stuff over almost a year and taken it from baking granite walls to nasty tibetan [...]

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POLARTEC POWER WOOL: TALES FROM THE TESTING

still a way from its full release, Polartec has OKed comments from the testing process to ferment interest in another of its game-changing innovations. expedition use is what matters: weeks of constant use, minimal maintenance, just a squirt of dish liquid to clean it and an hour in the sun to dry – true expedition [...]

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DYNAFIT DAYMAKER HELMET+LIGHTING SYSTEM

a few months ago, after playing with this at a tradeshow, the thought was WOW! now, after using on expedition, the thought is %&$#@+ WOW! its a gear off!! two impressive helmets in an impressive place. the Dynafit Daymaker at 5320m on Gangga VII perhaps because of the serious price tag Dynafit’s Daymaker ‘head system’ [...]

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NEOSHELL EXPED BIVY BAG

the neoshell exped bivy bag: putting evolution into the technology, not the bling new places generate new ideas. bivy bags have stalled a bit with designs for alpine use, getting more complex and tent-like rather than lighter simpler. but what hasnt stalled is Neoshell and its constant evolution as polartec develops more and more variants [...]

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LIGHTER, FASTER: THE POWERWOOL / NEOSHELL SYMBIOSIS

its usually hard to get excited about ‘new’ developments in clothing, most being just marginal variations on accepted themes. the leaps are usually pretty minor in both function and weight savings. but every now and then a leap occurs. it takes technology and elegance of design to fuse for it to happen, and when it [...]

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