Reviews

Monday 4 May 2015, 3:39pm
Pete Harris

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Daniel Joll with his Salewa Mountain Trainers on the Tyrolean in Patagonia

Creator: 
Steve Fortune

Daniel Joll with his Salewa Mountain Trainers on the Tyrolean in Patagonia

Creator: 
Steve Fortune

I’ve been wearing these approach shoes for three months. Usage has included extended bouts of bush-bashing in soaking wet Fiordland jungle; long approaches to single-day rock climbs in the Darrans; multi-day tramping trips on reasonably well-formed tracks, one short transalpine trip involving glacier travel; and general use like going to the crag or the supermarket.

Saturday 28 March 2015, 3:14pm
daniel.joll

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Testing out the new Dash glove on the classic Darrans climb Labyrinth.

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

Testing out the new Dash glove on the classic Darrans climb Labyrinth.

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

It has been several years since I felt Mapac had gloves in their range suitable for alpine climbing.  I am pleased to say this is now changing.  Up until the 2015 season the main Macpac glove that I wore on a regular basis was the Stretch Fleece Glove. This is one of the better base layer fleece gloves I had found. Both the fit and size are perfect for cold approach walks or ski tours.

Thursday 19 March 2015, 9:51pm
Pete Harris

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The authour and his Jetboil on Denali

Creator: 
Ari Kingan

The authour and his Jetboil on Denali

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Ari Kingan

In 2012, I lost my Jetboil virginity whilst walking the 30+ kilometres down the Dobson River in torrential rain, wearing plastic boots. Reaching Kennedy Hut, two hunters took pity on us and boiled up some water for a tea. The virtually instant hot water blew my mind; a stark contrast to the rigmarole associated with getting my liquid fuel stove up and cranking.

Friday 27 February 2015, 1:35pm
Rose Pearson

I first used the new Lightweight Prophet Jacket on an ice climbing trip to Canada. To be honest, I hadn’t given much thought to what jacket I brought, as I didn’t expect it to get much action. It turns out, even in temperatures as low as -20°C, Canadian ice is often running with water. Fortunately, the Prophet was more than up to the challenge.

Monday 26 January 2015, 11:49am
daniel.joll

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Daniel Joll leading the classic Pilsner Pillar WI6

Creator: 
Jaz Morris

Daniel Joll leading the classic Pilsner Pillar WI6

Creator: 
Jaz Morris

Aluminum and light weight ice screws have been around for many years in various forms. Early Jeff Lowe models that were in short supply or Russian titanium ones that had a tendency to bend or break saw most climbers steer clear of the light weight screw options.

Saturday 24 January 2015, 5:16pm
frazer.attrill

The perfect boot? I know this is a bold statement but what is needed from a boot? Comfort, warmth, dexterity, durability, being able to take a technical crampon and cost, fortunately the Trango Extreme has all of these qualities in spades…

Wednesday 14 January 2015, 7:59am
Rose Pearson

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The Sealskinz 'All Purpose Gloves'

Creator: 
Rose Pearson

The Sealskinz 'All Purpose Gloves'

Creator: 
Rose Pearson

I’ve been using the ‘All Season’ Sealskinz Gloves for five months now as my primary set of technical mountaineering gloves and have been very impressed. Although not marketed as a mountaineering glove, I find they meet my needs well over a wide range of conditions and activities.

Friday 12 September 2014, 4:02pm
daniel.joll

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Daniel Joll leading on the East Face of Torre Egger during the teams first day of climbing for the trip. This attempt was cut short mid morning due to falling ice and warm temperatures. This also was our first time testing the new Alpine Series Pursuit packs.

Creator: 
Steve Fortune

Daniel Joll leading on the East Face of Torre Egger during the teams first day of climbing for the trip. This attempt was cut short mid morning due to falling ice and warm temperatures. This also was our first time testing the new Alpine Series Pursuit packs.

Creator: 
Steve Fortune

Over the past 18 months the New Zealand Alpine Team along with Macpac have been developing the ultimate alpine climbing pack.  Light, robust and full of features specifically aimed at those who like to hike, climb or travel light and fast in an alpine environment.  The pack comes in two sizes and two material options.  Its been great to hear the feed back from other climbers around the world when they have seen the new packs.  While loading the new Alpine Series Pursuit onto our glacie

Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10:40am
Pete Harris

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14000 ft Camp

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

14000 ft Camp

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

I dislike living in tents as a rule. Whenever I do trips, I’ll avoid taking a tent at all costs if I can stay in a hut. The condensation, the lack of space, the extra organisation required to make the most of the minimal space, not to mention the weight all deter me from tenting; especially if there’s a hut nearby. Therefore prior to Alaska, the two things I was dreading the most was melting water for every drink or meal, and living in a tent for over a month.

Friday 17 January 2014, 2:51am
daniel.joll

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Jono Clarke taking a break at the base of the Supercaneleta Mt Fitz Roy Patagonia. The bothy bag kept us warm and dry while we brewed up in freezing windy weather.

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

Jono Clarke taking a break at the base of the Supercaneleta Mt Fitz Roy Patagonia. The bothy bag kept us warm and dry while we brewed up in freezing windy weather.

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

I have been using the Rab 2 person bothy bag for 6 months now. This is the first bothy bag I have ever owned so do not have any good reference when comparing it to how other similar bags work. I can say however how I have found its performance in a variety of alpine situations and how it compares with a standard bivvy bag.

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