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 […]

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 […]

New season closing – equipment to pad the feverThursday, September 3rd, 2009 with Comments Off

It’s still warm here where I’m living at, trees have their leaves and grass is green. There’s some signs that new season is closing though (unfortunately too slowly). Personally it’s the restless feeling in my guts, feeling that winter should already arrive. As a result I start going around web stores, spending hours and hours, every […]

Review – Grivel Rambo 4 cramponsWednesday, July 22nd, 2009 with Comments Off

It’s been several months since I started this article. It’s already summer – no ice around here. To get head start for next season though to finish this article. It’s about Grivel’s Rambo 4′s. I’ve climbed few times with them earlier on, but got my own late last season. Since then they were fully battleground […]

Creating Abalakov thread (V-thread)Monday, February 2nd, 2009 with Comments Off

Abalakov thread, named after great Soviet climber Vitaly Abalakov, is one of the great mountain safety inventions. It’s also known as a V-thread. Generally speaking Abalakov thread is fairly easy to create, doesn’t require any expensive gear to be left behind and, when created and used properly, it’s safe. Here’s a short introduction to Abalakov thread in a way I’m used […]

Starting ice climbing – to get started and essential gearWednesday, January 21st, 2009 with Comments Off

Do you consider starting ice climbing? Do you wonder what kind of gear you should get and how much does it cost? Well, this post is for those of you who do. Though, ice climbing is being placed in to extreme end of extreme sports, in some circles, even more so than rock climbing, it […]