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AAC Craggin Classic 2014

Last year, the American Alpine Club brought their Craggin’ Classic event to the New River Gorge.  Now that there is an AAC campground at the New, they have the perfect venue to host this event.  I was unable to make it last year, but this year, we weren’t going to miss it!  Gaelyn and I both volunteered for the event along with the usual band of locals.  The Craggin Classic will more or…

2014 ORInsightLab Wrap Up

 

At the beginning of the summer, I was asked by Outdoor Research to participate in their #ORInsightLab program.  I didn’t know what to expect or what type of gear they would send me.  Writing this now, which will be my last post for the program in 2014, I can say it was super fun and the gear is awesome.  Before this summer, I never had the chance to try any gear from OR.  But now,…

Outdoor Research Jinx Shirt Review

This video review is of the Outdoor Research Jinx Shirt.  This shirt is super light weight for those hot summer days.  It’s a minimalist shirt with one pocket and not too many details, but it shines when the sun is shining on you!  Going on a summer road trip?  You may not want to leave home without the Jinx.  Watch until the end for a bonus review!  This review is part of t…

Outdoor Research Deadpoint Shorts Review

This is a video review of the Outdoor Research Deadpoint Shorts.  These shorts are versatile, comfortable, and very durable.  I’ve been wearing them for months and I really like the cotton canvas material that has just a bit of stretch.  With all OR clothing, they are super functional but also look good.  If you are looking for a great pair of shorts that do it all for your summer road…

Outdoor Research Handbrake Gloves Review

This is a video review of the Outdoor Research Handbrake belay gloves.  These gloves are extremely well designed with no detail left out.  They are all leather with a reinforced palm.  The wrist closure is elastic neoprene to ensure a tight fit.  The knuckles are formed leather and there are small tabs on the inside of two fingers to aid in removing the gloves.  Lastly, there is a ho…

Outdoor Research Growler Shirt Review

This video review is of the Outdoor Research Growler Shirt.  This shirt is made of all synthetic materials so it wicks away sweat and dries super quick.  I love the stitching and pattern on this shirt.  It’s very versatile so you can feel at home at the crag and in a fancy restaurant.  Going on a road trip?  This may be the perfect, do-it-all shirt.  This review is part of t…

One Hang Ville

 

Knowing we were on borrowed time before the summer heat and humidity descended upon the East Coast, we made the trip down to the New to take advantage of what would likely be one of the last trips this Spring.  To avoid the heat and sun, we headed to Butcher’s Branch, part of Kaymoor on the South side of the gorge.  To our surprise, the crag was empty!  The previous weekend, Memoria…

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants Review

This video review is of the Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants.  These might be the ultimate climbing pants for Spring, Summer, and Fall.  They are wind resistant, highly breathable, water resistant, quick drying, and they stretch!  The 3/4 length works very well and falls just below the knee for me.  The pockets are well designed and the material is awesome.  What more do you need?!  This…

Lost Souls

 

Well, you can probably tell from the title that I finally sent Lost Souls, a long time project I have worked on and off for several years.  It finally came together.  But now that you know, don’t look at the photos and then click the red X, read on!  But first, put your rain coat on and prepare for the full spray of all my glory.

Saturday we headed to First Buttress and Rico…

Metolius Balm and Crimp Oil Review

This video review is of the Metolius Climbers Hand Balm and Crimp Oil.  The Hand Balm is a great product that repairs damaged skin.  It has a very mild scent and comes in a sweet metal screw top container.  The Crimp Oil is like a high quality massage oil that will aid in reducing pain from sore muscles and joints.

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