Climbing Gear

The comfortable Kong Scarab is my favorite climbing helmet—though it can be hard to find in the U.S. Petzl's Meteor III is an ultralight alternative. For a really light helmet, try Camp's Speed, but beware—comfort and fit isn't stellar. Black Diamond's Couloir Harness is simply a stunning choice for ski mountaineers. For an excellent true climbing harness, Arcteryx's high-tech and ultra-versatile R320 is about as good as it gets.

Climbing Helmet Reviews


Ice Gear

Climbing Shoes


About SierraDescents

When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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