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
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 :)”
Over the last two months I’ve had the change of coworking with Alberto Zerain for the project 2x14x8000. Alberto has always been a big name for the Basque alpinism, but from the moment I got involved with 2x14x8000 and got to meet him, I haven’t stoped been impressed by his figure. LAST UPDATE 04/07/2017: Read more about Aurrera Alberto![…]
Another year, we assisted to the big gathering of the Outdoor Industry for the spring-summer collection in the picturesque village of Friedrichshafen. Friedrichshafen is located at the shores of lake Constanze on the Swiss/German border. There is not much more to it than a cute promenade, a lot of apple farming, for some reason Read more about Outdoor 2017: An overview[…]
Last week I felt it was about time for multipitch and trad climbing so I called my friend Garro. I must confess that i was slightly afraid, as he always looks for badass activities and I was still healing my ankle injury. He commented me that the idea was to head to the Zuriza valley, Read more about Climbing in Zuriza.[…]
Two weeks ago, on the article Shaping with Juan, we worked on an Evolutiva and a Hypto Krypto. Shaping with Juan This weekend was about time to head back to the workshop. With the foams already shaped and painted, the next step was glassing. mask up and forward! Basically, the process consists on covering the Read more about Glassing with Juan[…]
This article aims to provide the tools for understanding the criterias behind choosing between a hardshell and a softshell according to our activities and budget. Read more AboutSoftshell or hardshell? A guide for the three season layering.