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Climbing DVD - First Ascent Average Rating = 4.56/5 Average Rating : 4.56/5

In: Gear: Media: Videos and DVDs: Climbing

Great Film 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: skidawg, 2007-12-02


It's been a while since I saw this, but I thought I'd write a sentence or two. It was a great film that was more down to earth than others I've seen. It took you all over and had great scenery. For some reason I would have to agree with others that it didn't really hold my attention too much though. I watched it with a few breaks in between. I can't say it's not a great video 'cause it is, but for the $30 I paid, I might go with another one first.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.40/5 Average Rating : 3.40/5

In: Gear: Media: Just a Good Read

Great book 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: skidawg, 2007-05-19


I'm not very big into reading at all, but I really enjoyed this book. The writing style, and structure are very well done. There are gripping parts, and humorous parts as well...highly recommend.


Vectra IQ (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: skidawg, 2005-02-17


This headlamp is awesome. Aside from the IQ technology, you can use pretty much any bulb BD offers so you can even have the superbright bulbs meant for the more expensive Solaris model. With the provided Xenon bulb though, it is incredibly bright...the 4 LED's are really powerfull too, and allow for there to be a minimum of energy consumed. One issue I had with getting a headlamp was the fact that certain batteries do bad in the cold. Lithium aren't effected, but they don't slowly die out, they just quit, but with the IQ technoligy that tells you your battery level, you will always know how much power you have left. The blinking light at the top also allows for you to be able to find the lamp in the dark if you need to (it requires almost no energy at all for this function). It does fine with water too, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet (submerging, or obsessive exposure isn't good though of course). Not to heavy, and very comfortable. It's a bit expensive, but it's worth the extra dollars...recommend.


................Update: I went on a 30day expedition with this headlamp, and it worked alright. It was much heavier than the headlamps the other people on the trip had, so that is a big downfall. Another thing is that when I left it outside in the rain it started tweaking out, and continued to do this for a few days until it completely dried out. If you put some sealant around where the wire enters the lamp unit I suppose this could be stopped, but I was rather dissapointed at this...what if I was caught out at night in a rainstorm and this happened?


Ultralight Average Rating = 3.82/5 Average Rating : 3.82/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Helmets

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: skidawg, 2005-02-06


The most comfortable helmet I could find. Does ride really high on your head though, but when you're protecting your head, it's not looks you're after.


Grigri Belay Device (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.24/5 Average Rating : 4.24/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: skidawg, 2005-02-06


The grigri is a great device, and highly recommend it to anyone with safety in mind (althought anything treated inproperly can fail to work properly). You can you is to belay, rapell, ascend, or haul, so it's not just a belay device. It's a little jerky though on rapells, and you can't go to far on a rope with it, because it will heat the rope up to much. Also it can only handle one rope at a time, but all in all, it's a great device.

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