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Backcountry ski gear adventures for newbies

When I wrote my first post last year about my beginning forays onto the ski slopes, I got a few notes indicating that readers would rather I stick to climbing… that there are enough ski blogs out there already.  Well, I say… tough.  I’ve become a

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Just Another Outdoors Show #1

Last week I participated in a podcast with Patrick Gensel, Josh Turner, and Kristy Graves to discuss the state of womens’ technical apparel (the short version, it’s getting better and better) and other highlights from Outdoor Retailer… the recent environmental concerns about a sensitive proposed location

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2011: The Year of the Hat

Dear Jane, You were the first thing I saw, when I walked onto the show floor at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.  I spotted you straight away, across the aisle, as I headed toward my first appointment of the show with Ambler Mountain Works. It was love at first sight. I

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Gear for Climbing Mount Rainier

An article I wrote for Adventure World Magazine just went live. I’m super excited… I had a ton of fun with it. The assignment was a gear review, but they let me tell a bit of the story, as well, which was especially entertaining for me as

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A different kind of trip report: Dressing for the Outdoors

The amazing and talented Tali of @cupcakemafia fame is a Denver-based yogi, gear reviewer (she’s got Flatterware and Pulse Activewear reviews in her pipeline right now), storyteller, dog whisperer, accomplished hugger, and a graceful cheek-kiss receiver. Anyway, I digress. Tali attended the recent “Dressing for the Outdoors&

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A little love letter to my puffy coat: Feathered Friends Helios

Dear Precious Little Helios, Oh, my beloved… the person who named you chose well, my dear little Feathered Friends Hooded Helios. That is what you are… like a ray of sunshine in my chilly October life. We first bonded during our time together on Mount Rainier… Our

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La Sportiva Womens Miura VS: Girl Tested, Girl Approved

My new favorite shoes. Much to my surprise, the latest Girl Tested, Girl Approved award goes to La Sportiva’s new womens-specific Miura VS. I am saddened to say that my beloved pre-redesign, 2008-era Red Chili Corona Velcros — my favorite climbing shoe, which I’ve had resoled

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Gore-Tex Womens' Workshops in November

Ladies… get out your calendars. I know it may sound like an exaggeration, or over-dramatic, to say that Gore-Tex changed my life… but it’s actually true. Me, in repose, on a rainy climbing day in Squamish, clad in my Arc'teryx Alpha LT Gore-Tex ProShell

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Flying with Climbing Gear

The thought just occurred to me, as I packed my shoes, chalk bag and harness for another flight, that I get asked about flying with climbing gear regularly but don’t recall ever doing an actual post on the topic. Here goes! While the TSA has addressed camping, fishing

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Countdown to Mount Rainier: Packing Day One

Or, in other words: I just practiced peeing standing up. And then, I almost forgot to put the seat down. It’s Monday of Rainier week.  I’m not officially on the move until our gear check at 3pm on Wednesday down in Ashford at Whittaker Mountaineering.  For