Gear guides, product tests, best for your buck, what gear in what situation, gear history and so on.
Because we do not need to go to Chamonix for doing alpinism, we can find pillows outside of Japan and there is good crack climbing way closer than in Utah.
Guides and tips for trips with a strong adventure taste. You will get on the mud. That’s the whole point, actually, but at least do it with some folk knowledge beforehand.
Meet the locals
Getting to meet the real badass outdoor men, the ones that keep us safe, the ones that know all the secrets about our environment and the ones that have most fun.
Training, technique and lifestyle tips that will help us push further our game.
Welcome to On the belay
I have worked as the head of purchases of climbing and alpinism for EpicTV in Chamonix and I’ve had the opportunity to work hand by hand with the leading manufacturers in the industry. I have worked two years in Norway as an outdoor guide and i’ve spent quite some time in South America and Iceland. Elsewhere i’m generally around Northern Spain, where i am from, on the classic weekend warrior slash wanna be dirt bag life plan. Don’t get me wrong, i’m a pretty average outdoor man, so probably most of the things I will write about will be useful for the average guy that just wants to spend more time outside and progress.
Climbing and Alpinism. EpicTV. 2015-2016
The Sogndal ski guide.
Since around seven years Lyngen, and specially Lofoten have become the big protagonists when it comes to skiing in Norway. To be true, they have some heavyweight reasons on their sight with that combination of arctic landscapes, spiky mountains, old days sailor culture and fjords on the same frame. However, if we come back a bit further in time, the big name was Sogndal. As a matter of facts, Sogndal is and has always been the headquarters of modern skiing in Norway where freeride and ski alpinism melt together.
The Hardangerfjorden is known as the queen of the fjords; to be fair, it is actually a title that suits perfectly. Hardanger is the second longest fjord in Norway, penetrating 180km inland. On top of the peninsula that you can see in between the two main branches of fjord in the video, hangs Folgefonna, the Read more about The Hardangerford viewpoint.[…]
On the fjords we have one valley where it seems it’s always winter, and this year I feel like I have been the most local of that valley: welcome to Jordalen.
Moreover, Jordalen literally hangs over the Nærøyfjorden, arguably the most spectacular fjord in Norway.
The fall on the Cantabric coast of Spain offers one of the most beautiful and sustained surfing atmospheres you can get. Constant swells combed by offshore winds, crispy mornings with a midday warm ambiance brought by the south winds and some occasional disruptions of powerful northwest storms bringing a full winter ambiance for some days. Read more about A surfing guide to discover the Cantabric Coast.[…]
This is going to be the first time I write in aventures guide about soft adventure. It comes out of two main reasons. The first and most important of all, is that we do not need to be hardcore to enjoy the outdoors, neither to go out there wandering. Second, as you may know, I Read more about Norway. Discovering the fjords in the fall.[…]
A gear analisis but as well on how to apply it according to our terrain and ski modalities. Last week we dove in the topic of reinforced tech bindings for freeride. As you can remember, this year all the meat is in the grill. On the one side, we have the ultra protagonist Salomon Shift, Read more about New freeride tech bindings 2018/2019: Salomon Shift VS ultralight reinforced tech bindings. PART 2.[…]
A gear analisis but as well on how to apply it according to our terrain and ski modalities. When the first snow falls take place, when we witness the first touring excursions of the season in instagram, when you get home the catalogue from the main shops and the first flash sales and black friday Read more about New freeride tech bindings 2018/2019: Salomon Shift VS ultralight reinforced tech bindings.[…]
Last season I did a cooperation with Mountain Hardwear for testing their Hueco 20 wall backpack. In fact we did not only go through the backpack but as well through the main criterias and tricks that you should consider when choosing a backpack for those long days on the wall. Multi pitch rock climbing backpack: Read more about Mountain Hardwear Multi-pitch 16. The minimalist wall backpack redesigned.[…]
If you have been following my adventures through the summer, you have probably seen me constantly with the new Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS jacket. When I saw it for the first time this ISPO, it’s concept, fit and technology made an impact on me. It is incredibly eye catchy with it’s discontinuous panel welded technology. Read more about Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS: redesigning the concept of feathered insulated jacket.[…]
There are big stereotypes in our sport regarding what it is to be a good climber and especially how to become one. I feel sorry every time I see young climbers in the gym tearing their tendons apart day after day on dynamic bouldery moves on crimps while talking about how sick it would be to one day do a multipitch route. Read more AboutBecoming a better climber II. Trad climbing: the good, the ugly and the grade.