Infographic: How to Hold the Ice Axe to Arrest a Fall

This week’s infographic comes to us from Petzl, specifically a scan out of their Mountaineering axes manual that came along with my Petzl Snowalker 60 cm ice axe. Not the best scan, but, I loved it and wanted to share it. Unfortunately I could not find a PDF copy of it on their site…   […]

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Get a Grip!

About 2 weeks ago, I wrote a post on Waterproofing Your Backpack. In that post, I mentioned Rust-Oleum Leak Seal Flexible Rubber Sealant to waterproof the bottom of the pack. In this post, I am going to show you another way I put this miracle stuff to use… Midway through the winter season, I dropped […]

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Upcoming Gear Testing…

With my winter backpacking trip now just a couple of weeks away… I have the awesome chance to really test out some new gear! So far, the following is all new gear that will first be getting put to use when we hit the snowy and cold Vermont trails next month: Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree […]

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Winter Backpacking Trip Part 2 of…?

In my initial post about my winter backpacking trip… I said there would be more posts… here is the next in the series. A short but sweet one. While we’re not quite doing Mt. Washington – they do have a gear list for the trek (their guided trek via EMS): http://www.emsexploration.com/gear-list-mount-washington-observatory/ Having the right gear […]

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Ice Axes for General Backpacking Use: Bent or Straight Shaft?

I don’t often hike or backpack in the winter, but, when I do, I like to have an ice axe with me as a precautionary measure… I like to be prepared, even though I was never a boy scout. Now, Having done a lot of research into Ice Axes – the popular consensus is that […]

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