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..
Multi-use gear is bonus for ultralight enthusiasts and G3 offers one with the Rutschblock cord. The coated steel cable is designed for isolating snow columns but is also great cutting small cornices. No need to carry dynamite and a snowpack tool, just carry the G3 Rutschblock cord. The cord is dotted with stiff metal springs that create slicing friction while you saw like a lumberj..
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’..
8.6mm triple certified rope? Yes, it’s possible. Go light and fast yet remain safe with the new Edelrid Corbie rope, the latest invention from the inventors of modern rope. The incredible 51 g/m weight and small pack size make it perfect for long alpine missions. The Dry Shield water resistant treatment makes it perfect for ski mountaineering where your rope will be touching snow a..
$259.95 From $139.95
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..
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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$99.95 From $89.95
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..
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.
Special sheath co..
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 ..
Outfit your Kong helmet with bells and whistles. Or more appropriately, ear pads and liners. Look here for Kong helmet accessories.
Kosmos Ear Pads – Warmth and protection for your listeners. Available in white and black to match the helmet colors, these pads pop into place so you can have both winter and summer modes. With the dual-certification nature of the Kosmos helmet, you..
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..
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..
Make sure there's a fresh anchor on your next ski rappel. Quickly add some security by tying Edelrid 12mm (1/2 inch) Tech Web around a feature and attach a 5mm (0.2 inch) stainless steel quick link to feed your rope through. The webbing features a Dyneema core for ultralight (22g/m) strength wrapped in a nylon sheath for good knot stability. The Oval Quick Link from CAMP weighs jus..
$16.95 From $14.95
The Camp Mach Express is an ultralight quickdraw for fast alpine missions one skis or otherwise. The Camp Nano takes hold of the gear end and is small, compact, and easy to place in tight quarters. The Photon Wire carabiner is large and in charge of handling the rope. Redesigned to be larger, safer, and lighter, the Photon is the logical choice for a quick-draw. A 60cm section of u..
The Petzl Attache is a pear-shaped carabiner designed for all things related to belaying. Thanks to the compact design and Screw Lock system, this carabiner is perfect for attaching to a belay device or running a Munter hitch. The H box section helps to reduce weight to a svelte 56 grams while the Keylock system reduces snagging. The lock system has a great visual indicator to tell..
The Petzl Sm'D has much in common with its brethren: a modified "D" shape, manually locking gate that snaps closed reliably, and an aluminum body. The special characteristic that sets this carabiner apart is the small hole just below the gate on the body. This hole is specifically designed to tie a keeper sling for your Tibloc or Micro-Traxion, two valuable items that deserve the s..
The weight of a wire-gate with the function of a traditional spring-gate? Sounds great! Petzl’s new Ange L (L for Large) weighs in at a svelte 34g with a seriously impressive 22kn major axis breaking strength. This is primarily due to the H-profile shaping. However, none of this matters if the gear doesn’t function properly. Luckily, the Ange is also incredibly well designed for sm..
Can’t decide between wire-gate or key-lock closure? The patented KeyWire design is the best of both worlds. CAMP combined the benefits of a smooth-action wire gate with the safety of a keylock nose. They also used a curved I-Beam construction to make it light and strong, even if the gate is open. A SphereLock key closure minimizes play for maximum safety and performance. Best of al..
Useful gear weighing less than 30g (28g, to be exact) is trying to earn a spot in your backpack. Petzl’s Ange S (S for Small), is the perfect companion for technical ascents, descents, side-scents, and impromptu zip-lines in the field. Built to perfection with a MonoFil Keylock gate that brings the best of wire and solid gates together in harmonious union, the Ange is smooth and du..
You can never have too many Nanos. Especially if you’re the type to litter the mountain with biners. The 22 is a revamped version of the classic CAMP Nano carabiner, which set the standard for lightweight functionality. The new version has a refined gate for easier clipping and a deeper basket for holding the rope position. CAMP also managed to increase the open-gate strength while..
The CAMP KS Dyneema is an ultralight dogbone equipped with the proprietary Karstop (KS) carabiner retainer. The retainer is a urethane rubber that prevents the biner from shifting so it’s easy to clip and won’t get twisted. The bolt-end remains looser so it won’t interfere with the rope’s path. Dyneema doesn’t absorb water and is crazy light and strong, making this a good sling for..
Designed to cut snow blocks, the G3 Bonesaw might be more at home in the zombie apocalypse. A proper backcountry skier should know exactly what he/she is about to ski on, and what better way to analyze the snowpack than with a saw inscribed with a snow-crystal sizing grid? Offset teeth, a long blade, and contoured handle make the Bonesaw a real favorite amongst guides and studious ..
These kits enable refill of Mammut compressed air cartridges. Consisting of a gasket and cover plate, the Refill Kits are available in 3 or 20 unit quantities. These are the parts that go boom when a canister is triggered. Attach the cartridge to a compressed air source using an adapter and soon you’ll be ready to ski unstable snow (not recommended).
Each deployment of the Mammut Airbag 3.0 system uses up a refill kit. You also need to find a compressed air source to reload the cartridge. Enter the Trigger Test Tool. This handy device lets you practice deployments without emptying a cartridge. Screw the tool into the deployment mechanism, put on the backpack, and pull the handle. A clear snapping sound means you’ve successfully..
Replacement CORD-TEC dyneema cord for Leopard crampons. Comes with instructions for replacement and proper adjustment.
Flexible polymer anti-bott plates that attach to the crampon and eliminate the build-up of snow underfoot. The Petzl plates fit under models such as the Leopard, Irvis, and Sarken. The plates snap onto the crampons and secure with screws. Anti-bott plates like these are cheap insurance against dangerous balling.
If you replace both the shaft and head of George Washington’s ice ax, is it still the same ax? Trick question: he died before the first modern ice axe was created in 1840. Nevertheless, you should feel free to change the identity of your ice axe by replacing these parts as often as you’d like. Everything listed here is sold individually.
X-Alp Leash – Padded leash with a “lock o..
The head protector is a simple piece of rubber that stretches over the pick and adze of CAMP ice axes. Weighing 28 grams, it helps prevent slicing yourself while skiing with a ice axe attached to your pack. It also could help save nearby items if you toss axes in your pack or car. Verified to fit the Corsa line of axes, including the Nanotech...
A simple 4 gram (0.1 ounce) piece of rubber could save a much more expensive pack or jacket. Slide the protector on the spike of your CAMP ice axe for some peace of mind. Verified to fit the CAMP Corsa Nanotech axe.
Brooks-Range's Digital Pro Snow Study Kit improves upon the basic kit by giving you all the best tools to make snowpack evaluations. Ideal for advanced students taking a Level II or Level III avalanche course or any pro looking to update their kit. The Digital Pro kit has everything you need to measure avalanche conditions, all wrapped in a great organizing case.
The Brooks-Range Slope Meter (commonly known as an inclinometer or clinometer) is an essential tool for backcountry skiing. It takes the guess work out of slope angle assessment, measuring the angle of a slope up to 55°. The meter is marked at every degree, and stabilizes quickly for fast reading.
The Slope Meter contains a ball bearing suspended in oil that gravity forces to th..
This 10x magnifying glass from Brooks-Range is a great tool for analyzing snow crystals. It has US and metric scales and folds flat for compact storage and easy carry. The magnifier uses a one-inch glass lens for distortion free viewing with inch and millimeter markings on the perimeter of a 1-inch square viewing area. The magnifying loop opens to 1.875" x 1.5" x 2.25" (4.76 x 3.8 ..