July 10, 2008

Axes I Have Known: BD Venom

Axes I Have Known: BD Venom

Every now and then a piece of gear comes along that changes the paradigm. Such is the case with Black Diamond’s Venom ice axe. The Venom directly addresses the dilemma of having to choose between a general mountaineering axe and a technical ice tool. An all-around mountaineering axe will be used for many tasks, including as a walking stick and a self-arrest/self-belay tool (more…)

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July 7, 2008

North Palisade: the U-Notch Couloir

North Palisade: the U-Notch Couloir

What an absolutely amazing adventure this was! North Palisade offers the gamut of high alpine mountaineering challenges, from glacier travel to ice climbing to technical rock, making it not only one of the most challenging Sierra fourteeners, but also one of the most rewarding. I had wanted to climb this route for some time, but simply didn’t have the skills or the mindset to try to solo it (more…)

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