The Leopard is a lightweight, aluminum crampon with a unique linkage Petzl calls Cord Tech. By eliminating the metal linking bar that is traditionally used between the toe and heel of the crampon the weight, and especially the bulk, of the crampon are greatly reduced. These are the crampons you forget are in your pack and won't hesitate to have with you just in case. Much easier to..
Ultralight, extremely packable, plug into tech fittings on rando boots. What more could you ask of a crampon designed for competitive ski mountaineering? Not much, as the CAMP Race 290 is the go-to crampon for technical rando races in Europe. The amazingly light weight is achieved with a special heel attachment that fit into the tech inserts on your ski boot combined with a flexibl..
Solve your boot-to-crampon compatibility issues with the SkiMatic 2.0 attachment system from Grivel. With the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear, you no longer have to worry about a collision with ski/walk mode mechanisms on alpine touring boots. As a side benefit, it’s the fastest system for getting crampons on and off. The Race version of the crampon is li..
Weighing roughly 350 grams (12.5 ounces), the aptly named Tour 350s are the lightest rigid-frame crampons on the market. With 8 sole points and 2 curved toe points made of aircraft grade aluminum, the CAMP coltelli (lit. "knives" in Italian) provide much needed security when booting up steep, icy couloirs. The Tour 350 is an automatic crampon, meaning it's designed to snap easily o..
The CAMP XLC 390 Automatic Crampons are the lightest 12-point crampons in the world, perfect for light and fast ski mountaineers that appreciate a longer front platform with an extra spike on the side. Enjoy safer ascents when booting up icy couloirs and safer traverses when crossing exposed faces with bulletproof snow. The XLC 390 is built especially for ski boots, with a simple w..
CAMP bills the XLC Nanotech as the most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world. We think calling them sophisticated belies the simple, reliable security these add to ski mountaineering adventures. Even though they have innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points, they are still easy to put on and to kick into snow ice. Just be warned that they ..
The lightest way to get your steel on! The Irvis Hybrid crampons feature steel toes designed hold up against rock impact for those questionable routes. But Petzl also understands you don’t want to lug a massive crampon up a mountain. As such, they paired the toes with an aluminum heel and connected the dots with the ultralight Cord-Tec linking system. That means they are also super..
A beefier version of the Race 2.0 crampons, the SkiMatic 2.0 Touring edition features a steel toe and anti-balling plates. The novel attachment system is the same, with the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear. This solves many boot compatibility issues due to collisions with ski/walk mechanisms and pivoting cuffs in general. The Touring model is equipped with..
It’s not uncommon for gear manufacturers to name a signature product after the iconic ski route between Chamonix and Zermatt. It’s a little more meaningful, however, when the company is based near one of the termini. The Haute Route crampons are designed to last the whole journey while not weighing you down.
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The CAMP XLC 470 is essentially the 390 with a toe bail that accommodates more boots. This means you can fit it onto boots with oddly-shaped or missing toe welts (looking at you TLT7). CAMP also used boot-length adjustment mechanism that doesn’t require a screwdriver so lets you quickly adapt to your boot quiver. At the expense of a few ounces, you’ll have a crampon that easily adj..
If your line of choice is where the water falls, then reach for the G20s. These “cramp-o-matics” are the epitome of light and fast when on blue ice. The single front-point G20s are tough and rigid underfoot for kicking into solid ice, yet weigh in at under 800 grams. The crampons feature wire front bails for quick attachment onto ski boots, and nylon speed levers in the rear. It’s ..
The Petzl Gully is the axe we’ve been wanting to see for a long time. It blends the minimalism of a lightweight axe with the features of a larger, heavier, more technical axe that can be necessary for successful objective completion. Multiple head options allow you to select the correct tool for the job. Take the hammer for more technical objectives or choose the adze for general m..
Take CAMP's ultralight race axe, the Corsa, sprinkle in some high-tech reinforcements, and you get the Corsa Nanotech. Sandvik Nanoflex® is a steel alloy that is 60-70% stronger than steel, allowing CAMP to dramatically increase the durability of the pick and spike without significantly increasing the overall weight. Also added is a single curve in the shaft which provides better c..
Grivel proudly touts the Air Tech Racing as the lightest forged-steel ice axe in the world. The ATR is a no-compromises mountaineering tool for serious adventures where weight is of utmost importance but strength and durability cannot be compromised, even a little. A slightly curved shaft facilitates greater leverage in the case of self-arrest. The Grivel Air Tech is a burly axe th..
The CAMP Corsa is the lightest ice axe in the world. It is perfect for technical rando races and light duties such as basic ski mountaineering, glacier travel and self-arrest. It can also be used in a pinch as an anchor. The Corsa meets all CE and UIAA requirements for strength and durability, and its clean design provides surprising performance in a super light package.
Sometimes you need a little more than a basic mountaineering axe. The Cassin X-Light is a transformer axe that lets you customize your tool for the route. If you’re not sure of the anchor situation and might need to pound a piton, the hammer head is perfect. If you might encounter some blue ice, swapping the handle for an X-Dry grip turns it into a serious ice tool. Designed for li..
Purpose-built for alpinism, the Grivel North Machine ice-tool is a dream come true for ski-alpinists. And that’s not just because of the extremely lightweight-yet-durable construction. The geometry of the shaft curvature increases pick clearance and usability in pure ice and mixed terrain conditions. The pick has been carefully shaped to allow for surgical placement in tight quarte..
There seems to be a direct correlation between anxiety levels and tools dropped during a climb. Our studies have also shown that, once safely off the mountain, the number of tools you drop also correlates.
When literally anything but an ego falls during a climb, everybody loses. Concerned you'll drop a leashless tool while climbing with cold hands? Not anymore. The Grivel ..
The CAMP Touring Leash adds support while climbing and prevents you from dropping your ice axe. It consists of a simple rubber ring that holds up a strap of webbing, which you then put your wrist through. The strap can slide up and down the shaft above the rubber ring so you can switch between picking and plunging. Verified to fit the Corsa and Corsa Nanotech ice axes. 29 grams (1...
If you're looking for a minimalist harness for via ferratta or to safely rappel during ski tours, look no further. The Alp Racing harness by CAMP weight just 92 grams (3.2 ounces) and packs down to the size of a small fist. Don't look for lots of gear loops and thick padding that would be comfortable climbing in all day, but this harness will get you through a race course or down a..
When you pull the Loopo Lite out its tiny stuff sack, it's ok if you are confused at first. There's no metal hardware (no buckles at all for that matter) and it's so light that you'll probably be wondering where the rest of it is. That's because Edelrid went all-out to make the lightest mountaineering harness imaginable. Using a reflective color-coded loop system, you secure the Lo..
Using what they call "wireframe technology," Petzl has created a feature-rich but impossibly light harness for high-altitude climbing and ski mountaineering. The Altitude is light enough for racing but robust and feature-packed for all your ski mountaineering needs. The harness is very slim and packable yet doesn’t bite into you while hanging. The Petzl Altitude is the new standard..
The Edelrid Huascaran is a minimalist harness that doesn’t skimp on security. It has a beefy belay loop and a padded webbing waist that provides just enough comfort for long, light-n-fast missions. The harness is ultralight and packable, yet has decent gear loops and adjustment buckles. The leg loops have side buckles so you can put it on and take if off without removing your skis ..
The original Wasatch dawn-patrollers wanted a lightweight, packable harness that would handle ski belays and rappels while pioneering today’s popular couloirs. They made it in to work at Black Diamond and designed the original Couloir Harness to perfectly meet those requirements. The latest iteration surpasses even the original goals, with a new construction that uses hydrophobic f..
The Mini Link is an ultralight stainless steel oval that is good for rigging rappels. The ovals are only 5cm x 2.5cm in size and weigh 21 grams (0.7 ounces) each. Perfect for ensuring a smooth rope pull-down without weighing down your pack with hardware. The Mini Links are made with 5mm thick stainless steel and rated with a 25kN (5620 lbf) breaking strength. Not CE certified...
If you’ve ever stood on a peak or at an anchor and struggled to get a harness on or off, CAMP’s new Alp Mountain harness was made for you. Proprietary Sicura buckles on the waist and legs offer the security of steel autolockers but open and close quickly. The overall design of the Alp Mountain is perfect for ski mountaineering and light and fast alpinism in general. Simple load-web..
A "rad" little package! The Petzl RAD (Rescue And Descent) System is designed as a quick deploying kit for skiers traveling in steep terrain or on glaciers where they may need to rope up, rappel, or perform a partner rescue from a crevasse. The kit is comprised of 30 meters of specially designed 6mm cordage, a Tibloc ascender, Micro Traxion pulley/ascender, 3 Attache carabiners, a ..
All the hardware you need to set up a haul system in one clean package. The Petzl Crevasse Rescue Kit (aka KIT SECOURS CREVASSE, naturally) is a compact self-contained collection of hauling hardware (no rope as in the RAD system). Using the rope you are hopefully already carrying, and the hardware in the kit, you can rest easy knowing that you are ready to tackle just about any pro..
If only everything were this easy to acquire and use. Mammut has packaged an ultralight rap cord with an appropriately proportioned biner and rap device. It comes with a throw bag that you can attach to your pack, using the aforementioned ‘biner if necessary. The rope is a 60 meter length of 6mm aramid line that is light and strong enough to rap on. The Nano 8 is small eight plate ..
The Beal Escaper may challenge your sensibilities. The Escaper is clever design that allows a descending party to rig their rappel as a retrievable single line. Not only can you ditch the weight and bulk of the second rope, but in many cases the Escaper will allow you to carry a shorter, and thus, lighter rope because you will have eliminated the need to double your line through t..
Edelrid made the amazing Rap Line a little more dynamic, just in case. Made from a blend of high-strength polyamide and aramid, this rappel line has unique dynamic properties and has been tested to withstand 2 falls at the twin rope standard. What this means to you, is that in an inadvertent slip or emergency scenario, your floss-thin line will be able to withstand a slight shock-l..
Serenity is defined as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. If that doesn’t sound like fun, grab a Serenity rope and turn it up a notch. The 8.7mm thin rope is certified to handle all your troubles by being rated for single, double and twin-style climbing. With a best-in-class sheath proportion of 38%, the Mammut alpine rope is durable and easy to handle. It also won’..
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The lightest & skinniest half-rope on the market, the Beal Gully is a great rope for ski cuts, rappels, glacier travel, and emergency climbing. The French company specializes in dynamic ropes that have very low impact forces, so you don’t get jarred if you set off an avalanche or fall in a crevasse. With it’s Golden Dry treatment, the rope will not soak up moisture from the sno..
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The Edelrid Skimmer Pro Dry was seemingly made for ski-alpinism. Barely heavier than a rap cord, the 7.1 line is certified as a both a twin and double rope. The Skimmer is treated with Edelrid Pro Dry, meaning it won’t gain water weight when you drag it through snow. The result is a rope great for glacier travel, rappels, and quick pitches in a pinch.
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Does it go? Only one way to find out. Best be ready with some rap cord if it doesn’t though. Mammut designed this ultralight 6mm line specifically for curious backcountry skiers. Built with aramid, the rap line doesn’t stretch which is great for rappelling (not for climbing). The specialty core is super strong with a breaking strength of 16kN yet weighs only 31 grams/meter. Carryin..
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Classic cord from the inventors of modern rope (a.k.a. Kernmantle). The Powerloc Expert SP accessory cord from Edelrid is very hard wearing with low elongation and excellent knotability. It’s made in Germany and has earned the bluesign® label, meaning it comes from certified sustainable sources and uses eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. Priced per foot.
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Made of nylon, CAMP tubular webbing is 16mm (5/8 inch) in diameter and rated with a breaking strength of 13.5 kiloNewtons. It weighs 34 grams per meter. It comes in pretty purple and is priced per foot...
The Laser Speed Light is another beautifully designed piece of kit from Petzl. It’s an ice screw comprised of a durable steel drill, a stout anodized aluminum tube, a compact aluminum hanger, and a foldable lever. The “LSL” represents a minimal weight impact for such a high level of insurance in the mountains. The aluminum tube is anodized for corrosion resistance which increases d..
Weighing 25% less than classic Camalots, the Black Diamond Ultralights are the best cams for light ‘n fast technical ascents. Use them for protection while climbing and as an emergency anchor on the descent. The lobes have been exquisitely machined to save weight and anodized to stay clean and color-coded. A Dyneema-core stem has been employed which further sheds the grams without ..
If your technical rando race calls for navigating a fixed rope line, the CAMP Matrix Comp lanyard set is your default safety option. The Matrix Comp is CAMP's lightest via ferrata lanyard set that uses the Matrix shock absorber, which is a patented 4 point device that is designed to soften the blow of any missteps. Simply clip the Icarus slide-locking carabiners into the rope one a..
The Edelrid Mega Jul belay device is the big sister of the Micro Jul. Designed to work with bigger diameter ropes.the Mega Jul is a versatile belay and rappel device made of solid stainless steel for durability.The assisited braking thub loop (green covered section at the top give more control. The large steel loop attaches to anchors so the device can lock up without using a ..
If terms like ultra-light, hot-forged, twin, single, and half rope get your wheels turning then we advise you to keep reading. If that did nothing for you then we suggest you look here for more inspiration. Weighing in at a scant 54g, the Petzl Verso is one of the lightest belay/rappel devices ever to grace this ski bum’s eyes. Designed for improved braking on skinnier ropes, the V..
We like simple gear because it’s easier to use with cold hands, in a daze of calorie-debt, in the middle of a storm, or under the light of a headlamp. Plus, with no moving parts, there is almost nothing to break. Petzl’s Reverso 4 is a classic example of a simple piece of equipment that does its job and does it well. Capable of rappelling and belaying leaders or followers, this bel..
A specialized device for specialized ropes. Compact and ultra-light, the Micro Jul device is designed by Edelrid for belaying climbers using half and twin ropes between 6.9mm and 8.0 mm in diameter. It can also be used for rappelling, especially on skinny rope such as the 6mm Rap Line. An ISPO 2013 award winner, the Micro Jul weighs just 62 grams (2.2 ounces) and features multiple ..
Skinny rope fans often struggle to find a suitable rappel device to match their favorite cord. The ultralight Nano 8 from Mammut is the new default choice. Weighing only 40 grams, the miniature eight plate features a unique shape designed to help you achieve the ideal rappelling speed. It also has a handy tie off prong so you can free your hands if you need to set up another rap. A..
The Petzl Micro Traxion has become an essential piece of hardware for modern crevasse rescue methods. This little device can be expediently used to haul a victim out with less rigging than traditional systems. It accomplishes this via a lightweight, self-contained, progress-capture pulley which obviates the need for more complex pulley/prussic combos. If you fall into a crevasse y..
Now that the Powder Keg has installed a tradition of technical skimo races in North America, it’s time to drop the excuses and grab the fixed rope. Best to grab it with the Pilot Ascenders from CAMP, since you don’t want to burn through your glove if you fall. Not to mention an ascender is required for your safety and the safety of those below you. Leave the weight and worry behind..
The Tibloc is light and compact ascending tool that should always be in your pack if you’re carrying rope. It’s perfect for self-rescue in a crevasse and ascending a rappel that didn’t quite make it to the dance floor. Rather than carrying around a full-size ascender, just hook a carabiner through the hole and the angled directional teeth go to work. The body is made of corrosion r..