2/20/2017
 
If you're really (really (really)) into digging pits all the time, then these folder rulers can be helpful. And initially I dutifully bought such a ruler. But then I just started using my probe. Even when teaching avy courses, I now just use my probe to reference snowpack height measurements.
2/20/2017
 
Five Stars for CH8 as a skin wax. Far more economical than all the specialty so-called skin wax products that are just rebranded hydrocarbon glide waxes. Plus the 60g block is kind of almost perforated into three 20g blocks, each the perfect size to bring with you into the field. Aside from saving space in your pocket, each 20g block helps when reaffixing your climbing skin to concentrate the pressure of your hand so as to press the skin down very securely to ensure you don't have any voids as well as sq...
2/20/2017
 
Four Stars for a nicely sized snow crystal card designed from appropriately chosen material with a helpful assortment of grid sizes. The clinometer is helpful for assessing the pitch of your snowpit to ensure that it's broadly representative of the terrain you plan to ski, but somewhat superfluous since far more useful to have a compass with a clinometer that can also sight up or down a slope. The missing star is for the outdated printed info. I know that products like this can't be updated as frequently a...
2/14/2017
 
Five Stars for a big improvement over those hopelessly old school dial stem thermometers. Plus easy to switch between C for conformance with AAA SWAG vs F when your hopelessly old school American brain wants to translate temps into something relatable.
2/14/2017
 
Five Stars for these fabric loupes: very light, folds up very small, yet then sets up in a stable way on top of your snow crystal card. You can get higher-power magnifiers, but they're heavy, bulky, and pricey. Bonus application for this magnifier: works really well for checking out the fibers on your climbing skins! (Seriously, the compare/contrast among different brands is interesting.)