December 25, 2005 Gear Review: Grivel Air Tech Light Crampons Gear

Gear Review: Grivel Air Tech Light Crampons

Sometimes when it’s Christmas you’ve got to take matters into your own hands. Toward that end, I’ve picked up a set of Grivel’s Air Tech Light aluminum crampons. The Air Techs sneak below the already skinny Stubai Ultralight Universal by nearly five ounces, though they’re definitely the pricier of the two. Obviously we’ll have to (more...)...

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December 15, 2005 News

ESAC: The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that avalanche information is conspicuously absent on’s pages. This is certainly not because I don’t take avalanches seriously. Avalanches worry me more than any other objective hazard in winter mountaineering. I’ve therefore been thinking very carefully about what I’d like to say about avalanches (more...)...

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December 7, 2005 Current Conditions

A Look Ahead

The Sierra Ski Season is off to a less-than-outstanding start, with generally minimal snowfall thus far, and some nasty instability setting up due to shallow coverage. While we’re all waiting for the snow, I’m trying to get the rest of my gear reviews up for the season. The newest entry is Voile’s XLM Shovel, a (more...)...

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