Warmth for LoganSaturday, May 12th, 2012 with Comments Off

One of the interesting things while planning for Logan has been the special gear we had to get for it. Logan is know to be extremely cold place which definitely creates certain requirements. In sort most of the “special” stuff have been the extra warm stuff. Here’s a short round up to my warm stuff […]

Ice climbing, ropes and single vs. halfTuesday, January 3rd, 2012 with 4 Comments »

There’s been plenty of debate about the rope systems in ice climbing, weather to use single or half ropes in particularly. Some folks swear to the half ropes, whereas other insist that single ropes are better due to actually lower impact forces. So here’s my take on the topic. To orientate my view, I’m writing […]

Different kinds of carabinersSaturday, July 2nd, 2011 with Comments Off

During the time I’ve been climbing, I’ve bumped into many kinds of carabiners and quickdraws. I have gradually built a certain view on them, especially what comes to ice climbing. As a result, while waiting for the next season and upcoming Outdoor Show, I thought to write down my thoughts about them + my experiences […]

Different kind of screwsSaturday, April 9th, 2011 with 6 Comments »

I have recently been using three different kind of screws; Black Diamond Express , E-climb klau and Grivel Speedy (side by side comparison available at tribevine.com). It’s been revelation for me how different they are. I mean they’re all good, but not in every situation. While Express is easiest to get started, especially on hard […]

Reusable shock absorbers (screamers) and ice screws with replaceable tipsMonday, February 7th, 2011 with 7 Comments »

Some time ago I bumped into rumor about screws that have replaceable tips. As everyone knows there’s hardly anything more frustrating than a dull screw on a difficult climb. Besides it’s always the one that ends up to your hand whenever you’re in a really difficult spot desperately needing a fast protection… the one you […]

Ice climber’s Christmas gear wish listTuesday, December 14th, 2010 with Comments Off

The season has started and the Christmas is closing, but what kind of wish list should be posted to Father Christmas? Here are a few hints. I found most of this stuff from our upcoming www.tribevine.com service, which actually proved to provide quite interesting details, especially on when it comes to alternatives and gear that’s used […]

Web stores that sell ice climbing gearFriday, July 2nd, 2010 with Comments Off

Though the sesons isn’t starting quite yet I thought to list out few web stores I’ve used to stack up with the climbing and mountaineering gear. Actually the idea for this article came through my friend who tried to figure where he could purchase a pair of good ice climbing gloves. As you can see […]

In search for ideal ice climbing gloveMonday, May 10th, 2010 with Comments Off

One of the most difficult issues in terms of ice climbing related gear is the selection of right gloves. Over the years I have tried dozens of different gloves in all sorts of climbing conditions. I have climbed with my friends in temperatures ranging from +5 to -30 degrees in Celsius. We have climbed in […]

Weak spots of quality gearSunday, May 2nd, 2010 with 1 Comment »

Some time ago I reviewed Wild Country Helium quickdraws. At the time I just couldn’t find anything negative on them. I’ve used the quickdraws happily ever after. They’ve been great, but since the first article I have discovered some weaknesses too. The realization of the fact that quite a few pieces of quality gear also […]

Review – Black Diamond First ShotSunday, May 2nd, 2010 with Comments Off

For some reason descending using Abalakov thread (v-thread) is always kind of exciting experience. Though it is known, when created properly, Abalakov thread is as safe as any ice protection; it just does not feel as secure as hanging in a screw. In an Abalakov thread one of the biggest question marks, from reliability stand […]