Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket

Climbing the 2nd Ice Step

The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer line of clothing are pieces that are designed with the overall goal of providing protection with the least possible weight and bulk.  I own the hooded down jacket and the hooded windbreaker.    This review is of the hooded down jacket Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket   8.8 ounces (size… Continue reading Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket

Mammut Smart Alpine Belay/Rappel Device

Mammut Smart Alpine Belay/Rappel Device 4.4 ounces I’ve been using the Mammut Smart Alpine device for several months now.  It has become my favorite belay/rappel device.  Its primary defining feature is that it is an autoblocking device, much like the well-known Gri Gri.   It isn’t guaranteed to hold a fall without help from the… Continue reading Mammut Smart Alpine Belay/Rappel Device

Cascades, Part 1: Mount Baker North Ridge

Approaching the ice cliff pitches on Baker's North Ridge

I had been looking forward to a trip to the Cascades for several months.  Plane tickets bought, plans made.  I’d been training, dreaming, putting together gear lists, etc.  However, as the time to go drew near, my friend I was going with told me that he wasn’t going to be able to go.  His work… Continue reading Cascades, Part 1: Mount Baker North Ridge

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack

Ice Pack in the Cascades

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack is a lightweight alpine pack that I have been using lately for big days and light overnights in the mountains. The ice pack is about 40 liters (2,400 cubic inches) in capacity, and can hold everything I need for a day of ice climbing or winter alpine climbing day… Continue reading Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack