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
Today I’ll be writing about avalanches and mountain safety. I’ve already gone through this topic in different posts and the truth is that there is great literature on the topic out there. Actually, last spring I wrote a pretty detailed article with Lauegi, the avalanche patrol of the Val d’Aran and one of the most reputed in Europe. However, this week I am going to do it on a different tone, way more practical and graphic.
Last weekend we warmed up the season skinning up some of the peaks of the Baqueira-Beret ski resort. This year again, we confirmed the theory that it doesn’t matter how fit you are, getting the gears rolling is always a sufferfest. Well, now we just couldn’t use any excuse for not doing the first proper expedition of the season. Moreover, with this never ending anticyclone, it’s better to not delay the homeworks.
You better profit snow while it’s there!
There are several climbers that only climb in summer. Completely legit, there is nothing wrong about it and even better, everything works: no t-shirt, climbing in swim trunks, cut-off jeans, sweat pants….
However, if you keep the hook on as to consider crushing big routes on those fresh wintery days, or perhaps you just want to rock that Joshua tree look on your climbing gym, then it’s about time to consider purchasing some proper climbing pant.
A few weeks ago when colder temperatures came, we went through different base layer strategies to consider for the activity. Insulating layering strategies featured by Helly Hansen: Part 1 Baselayers. However, now it’s just not fresher, but goddam cold and it’s time to dive deeper in insulating layers. Just as on the last article, we Read more about Insulating layering strategies featured by Helly Hansen: Part 2[…]
Last week I planned a little rock trip with Garro. The idea was to do some emblematic multi pitch and then head to one of those sport climbing meccas that we have in Spain. Read more AboutRabadá-Navarro to the mallo fire, Riglos.
Summer is not really looking forward for letting go, however winter soon will be here and it’s time to go through our layering strategies for spending time in the mountains. Read more AboutInsulating layering strategies featured by Helly Hansen: Part 1 Baselayers.
You may have noticed on my last articles and photos that I’m always climbing with a fancy yellow backpack. Well, that’s the Mountain Hardwear Hueco 20 pack and during the last six weeks I’ve been putting it to test. Read more AboutMulti pitch rock climbing backpack: MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Hueco 20
Whole weekend of blue skies,dry air and chili temperature? That doesn’t happen a lot in the fjords. Ove and me decided to go to Uskedalen and after a bit of persuasion Roar was in as well. Everything was set. Read more AboutClimbing in Uskedalen. The Norwegian Yosemite?
Around Bergen we have a lot of rock. In fact, it’s one of the best places I’ve ever been for summer climbing. That is a big statement, especially considering that I’ve lived for over a year in Chamonix, that I do a lot of climbing in Northern Spain and that I travel quite often for climbing. Read more AboutBergen: the summer climbing destination. (Part 1: Sport climbing and Bouldering)
“I was thinking to perhaps check out an unclimbed trad wall in Modalen if you are up for that. About an hour approach tho, and not sure if we can get up..So adventure :)”