Courage cannot be approached with caution

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Scarpa Maestrale Rs




This is my second winter on these boots and I couldn’t be more psyched on them.  Scarpa designed this boot for people who like to drive big skis and charge but still want the lightweight functionality of a touring boot.  The 4 buckle design keeps my feet locked in ski mode allowing me to ski steep, aggressive lines.  They are the lightest boots on the market with a 120 flex.   They come with Scarpa’s patented Intuition liners, a fully thermo-moldable liner, giving the boots unmatched fit and comfort.

Tour mode in the Maestrale Rs is just as impressive.  They feature an incredible 40 degrees of cuff travel while weighing in at a mere 3lbs 7oz per boot!  Scarpa has hit the mark with this ski boot.  These boots come with Dynafit fittings compatible with a tech binding or any other touring binding.

The Maestrale Rs is a harmonious blend of comfort, flex for touring, and stiffness for the down.  I’ve even climbed some easy ice pitches in them!

If you like charging in the backcountry yet still want to save some pounds on your 6,000ft touring day, the Scarpa Maestrale Rs is for you.

Snake Coulior, Mt. Sneffels

Monday, February 10, 2014

A few photos to get psyched for rock season....

Country Club Crack, Boulder Canyon

Pitch 13 Original Route, Rainbow Wall

Pitch 13 Original Route, Rainbow Wall

Monday, December 2, 2013

Five Ten Anasazi Pink & Guide

I recently received a pair of 5.10's new Anasazi Guide and the re-released Anasazi Pinks ("The Pinks").  Great weather and temperatures here in Boulder has made this an excellent fall for climbing.  Over the past month I've climbed around 50 pitches in these great new additions to the 5.10 line.  I've fit both The Guides and The Pinks on the performance side of comfortable.  Here are some of the details....

The Guides:  A great all around performer.  Five ten came out with this shoe with guiding in mind.  They have a stiff last which makes for great edging power and allows for all day comfort.  My feet don't fatigue while standing on micro edges in Eldorado Canyon.  Additionally, The Guides come lined so don't expect them to stretch much, which I really like in a climbing shoe.  They also have a bit more padding in the tongue and sides of the shoe to protect your feet from abuse in cracks.  Another great feature is the heel cup and heel rand.  My heel takes up 100% of the heel cup and the rand doesn't dig into my achilles tendon which I've had issues with using other shoes.  This is really important on long routes where your shoes are on all day.  Bottomline is these shoes are a great all day shoe that blends comfort and performance!



The Pinks:  What can I say that hasn't already been said about the phenomenal Anasazi line from 5.10?  The Pinks are another great re-addition to the Anasazi family.  Designed with power edging in mind these shoes won't disappoint.  They come with an asymmetric toe box to force power onto your big toes for supreme holding power.  Once again, an excellently designed heel cup and heel rand keeps my foot secure in the shoe without slipping.  A lining and dual pull on loops round out The Pinks.  These will for sure be my go to shoe for high end trad climbing and edging testpieces.


The Pinks in action.  Eldorado Canyon.




Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ariana

Here are a few shots from climbing Ariana on the East Face of Longs Peak during the last week of August.



A demonstration of the correct way to execute a munter mule.




Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vince at the Dogleg in the Snake Coulior

Coiling the rope after rappelling in

Saturday, April 27, 2013