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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

Ditto... 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: trenchdigger, 2006-12-06


Spamtastic summed it up well and I couldn't agree more. Mortimer does a fantastic job with this one. His best yet.


Flash Velcro Climbing Slipper (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.04/5 Average Rating : 4.04/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Solid shoe 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: trenchdigger, 2006-12-01


I've owned this shoe for over a year and use it for hard slab and thin face. Fit tight, it edges very well, though I sometimes find myself wishing the rubber was a little stiffer. What the soft rubber gives up in edging power it makes up in smearing. Durability isn't noticably worse than other rubber - I'm still working on the original rubber, although I treat the Flash as somewhat of a specialized shoe that doesn't always get used. The price is right, quality good, and performance excellent. Of the Mad Rock shoes I've tried, this one is my favorite.


Tikka XP (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.75/5 Average Rating : 4.75/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: trenchdigger, 2005-08-08


Only slightly less bright than the Myo XP, but much lighter, more compact, and still nearly as good of battery life. Boost mode lights up those scary nighttime rappels and the diffuser lens spreads the light out for on-trail traveling and just working around camp. Definitely one of the best headlamps on the market. The $50 price tag is well worth it.


Myo XP Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Hiking and Camping: Lighting: Headlamps: LED Lamps

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: trenchdigger, 2005-04-28


This thing is flat out amazing for an LED. It blows away other headlamps, including my previous favorite - the BD Zenix IQ. Granted, it's not as light or compact, when you really need to throw a beam, but still want the reliability and battery life of an LED light, this headlamp is the ticket. The diffuser works really well, and the burst mode is fantastic for those occasions when you need just a little extra range. Of course it comes with petzl's excellent quality of construction. The price tag is a bit hefty at $70, but the light is truly a one-of-a-kind.


Booster III 9.7mm DryCover Rope (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.09/5 Average Rating : 4.09/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Climbing Ropes: Dynamic Single Ropes

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: trenchdigger, 2005-03-28


My current lead line. Exceptional low impact force means this rope stretches a lot. Save it for leading because that's where it excels. Not a good first rope or toproping rope. Beal is known for soft, great handling ropes and this one holds true to that. Unfortunately that means a sacrifice in durability. Still, so long as you don't abuse this rope, it will last. I've used this rope on a couple of sierra routes and many JTree leads and it's still in great shape.

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