July 30, 2010 Thermarest DreamTime Mattress Gear

Thermarest DreamTime Mattress

I may be biased toward ultralight gear, but a select few heavier items have a place in my heart as well. Case in point: Thermarest’s luxurious DreamTime sleeping pad. Calling the DreamTime a sleeping ‘pad’ seems a little misleading. The well-named DreamTime offers the comfort and warmth you’d expect from a full-size, stay-at-home, quality mattress (more...)...

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July 13, 2010 Climbing

Slings ‘n Physics

If climbing’s your bag you might want to check out this sling drop-test video by DMM, in which they conduct a head-to-head comparison of Dynema and nylon slings in Factor 1 and 2 falls. The test is intended to replicate a scenario in which a climber, at a belay station, clips directly to an anchor (more...)...

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July 9, 2010 The Bridge to Nowhere Hiking

The Bridge to Nowhere

You have to admire the audacity of the attempt to build a road through San Gabriel Canyon connecting Azusa and Wrightwood. The planned route, along the East Fork of Southern California’s San Gabriel River, passing beneath the immense west and north faces of Iron Mountain and up the dramatic narrows of the East Fork canyon, (more...)...

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July 6, 2010 Osprey Exos Gear

Osprey Exos

Osprey isn’t joking when it calls its Exos-series packs ‘superlight’—these overnight-capable packs come with a stiff and robust frame yet weigh about the same as most frameless daypacks. The 46-liter Exos weighs a remarkable two pounds, five ounces. Does that sound too heavy? My stripped-down Exos 34 weighs one pound fifteen point five ounces, lid (more...)...

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