Author: John Doherty

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Evolv Defy climbing shoe review

The Evolv Defy is the most trusted beginner’s climbing shoe. While the La Sportiva Oxygym (view on SingleGeared) is now hot on its tail, the Defy has been the trusted beginner’s shoe for over a decade now. In...

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Gripmaster hand exerciser review

As a rock climber (or beginning rock climber), you recognize the value of having strong hands and forearms. We discussed the best hand strengtheners in another article,  so in this article we are going...

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Keen Men’s Durand Boot Review

Sometimes you live in a place where you need a good winter boot to keep your feet warm and dry, even if you’re just running errands around town. I live in Denver, Colorado and...

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Best rock climbing shoes for women

Women are the fastest growing demographic in the rock climbing world. Rock climbing has traditionally been a male and macho dominated sport, but over the last few years women like Sasha Digiulian, Margo Hayes,...

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Best belay devices

If you’re getting into climbing or just starting your foray into top rope or lead climbing, you get the need for a great belay device. The belay device is what keeps you or your...

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Best Gifts for Rock Climbers

If you have a rock climber in your life and you are struggling to find something to get them that they’ll love, you’ve come to the right place. This post is written by me,...

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Steamboat Ski Resort Review, Prices, and Hours

If you’re thinking about heading to Colorado for a ski vacation, or you live in Colorado and haven’t explored all of the resorts yet, let me encourage you to consider Steamboat as your next...

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Alone On The Wall Book Review

Over the holiday season this year I had a fair amount of time to read, and fortunately I was given a copy of Alone on the Wall in my stocking. Seeing as I was tired...

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Scarpa Instinct S Climbing Shoe Review

I’ve been climbing for about a decade now, and in that time I’ve had the fortune to wear and wear out quite a few high end climbing shoes. After starting on the Evolv Defy,...

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Best glove liners for skiing

Whether you are an extremely experienced skier or it’s your first day, you’re aware that when your fingers get cold then your comfort drops. As a kid I use to swear by polypropylene glove...

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How to get to Chamonix, France

If you’re a skier or into adventure sports, you know that Chamonix France is the epicenter of the world. In the summer you have wingsuit flyers, paragliders, and rock climbers crawling all over town...

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USHBA, from The North Face

It’s definitely ski season because all the companies are dropping their new films and segments. I recently discovered this 12 minute film from The North Face, called USHBA. If you love big mountain skiing,...

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoors Enthusiasts

Heyo, time for the holidays! If you’re trying to shop for a family member or friend like me (hint hint) who loves the outdoors, you may not have a clue what we want. This...

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Faction Collective presents THIS IS HOME (trailer)

Watch Johnny Collinson, Sam Anthamatten and Duncan Adams gather near Johnny’s home in Little Cottonwood, Utah to ride the Wasatch Mountains, including Alta and the surrounding areas. Spines, 360s on steep chutes, and more await...

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Alex Honnold’s Most Celebrated Free Solos

Alex Honnold is a beast. The climbing world knows it, and even if you’re not a climber you know it because you saw him on 60 Minutes talking about free soloing. What you might not...

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G3 Ion 12 Binding Review

G3 says that the Ion 12 binding is: “THE MOST INTUITIVE, RELIABLE AND POWERFUL LIGHTWEIGHT TOURING BINDING. PERIOD.” After spending season 2016-2017 on them, I have to say they may be biased but they...

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Patxi Usobiaga climbs Pachamama 9a+

Patxi Usobiaga has been trying Pachamama, a Chris Sharma 9a+, in Oliana for a while now. Right next to Papichulo, it’s one of the harder climbs in Oliana. Patxi announced today via Instagram that...

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Osprey Kamber 32 Backpack Review

Are you looking for a new backcountry skiing pack and are considering the Osprey Kamber pack? My wife and I took up backcountry skiing in winter 2014/2015 and for the last couple of years...