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.

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Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow