9/14/2018
 
Five Stars for a field book that it far more than the simple note-taking booklet from days of yore. I'll admit to some bias, since as an AIARE instructor I've participated in many group discussion sessions at our periodic refresher training courses on the drafts of various revised versions, plus I assisted with the copy editing of a few versions. But that just makes me appreciate even more all the effort from a wide group of avalanche instructors that went into the content, design, and layout of the various...
7/15/2018
 
For many years now, my emergency headlamp model has been getting both lighter in weight and brighter in lumens. I suspect the Bindi will end this trend, since at barely over an ounce it's nearly weighless, and since at 200 lumens an emergency light source doesn't need to be any brighter. Extra bonus points for a locked mode that is enabled simply by holding down the main switch for four seconds, and then the Bindi won't actually come on accidentally (unless the switch is held down for another four seconds) ...
5/4/2018
 
I've had a Micro Traxion since whenever it first came out several years ago, and before that the Mini Traxion. I bought it for crevasse rescue, and have practiced with it a decent (and hopefully adequate!) amount. The device is much smaller than one might expect from looking at the product listing picture, yet is also far more functional that one might expect from examining it at first in person. Previously during some training courses of a more old-school orientation I practiced building various hauling sy...
5/4/2018
 
Just an update that my version is the pre-2018 model as shown in the picture of my review, lacking the new clever little orange addition.
5/3/2018
 
This is my sixth pair of aluminum crampons over the years, but my first pair not made by CAMP. I still love my CAMP Race 290, and I will continue to use them with my PG boots. But I wanted to start using my Alien 3.0 boots for some spring and summer ski mountaineering, and their boot sole is longer than my PG boots. The Race 290 takes hours to adjust back and forth between boots, and I even considered buying a second pair, but having two pairs of dedicated Race 290 crampons seemed a little bit too strange....