Gear. It’s intimidating. It’s complicated. It’s personal. It’s expensive. I’ve had a lot of people ask me about gear and getting started. People think that you need to have everything and anything in order to be successful in the backcountry. That’s definitely false. Don’t go running to REI and spend thousands of dollars just yet.
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I never thought I’d be that person who had more than one sleeping bag, a backpack for any occasion, and 2 snowboard setups. But alas, it happened and hey, I’m pretty happy about it. However epically awesome “gear mountain” may become, there comes a time where plastic bins just don’t cut it anymore. That time for me was when I was packing for an impromptu backpacking trip and couldn’t find my headlamp. So what did I do? Waited six months until the weather got crappy and got to work fitting out some unfinished space in my basement to show off all my gear by building a DIY gear room. In the end I had one bitching backcountry closet that didn’t break the bank.
To get started with rock climbing, you really don’t need to break the bank. A solid harness, a pair of shoes, a chalk bag and ATC is all you need to get started. I’ve spent the better part of four years using and testing various types of beginner climbing gear. Let’s get down and dirty […]
I spend a lot of time outdoors documenting my experiences to bring you amazing shots from fantastical, hard-to-reach destinations in nature. We all know I love to bring the action to your screen, so you can be empowered and get out there. Sometimes all that get-the-shot mentality puts me in a bit of a pickle. […]