Geoff Unger Reviews Osprey’s Rev 12 Backpack

American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Geoff Unger tested Osprey’s Rev 12 Backpack while preparing to teach and while teaching an Alpine Guide Exam in Leavenworth and the Cascades, Washington. He found the pack to be functional and durable.

American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Geoff Unger tested Osprey’s Rev 12 Backpack while preparing to teach and while teaching an Alpine Guide Exam in Leavenworth and the Cascades, Washington. He found the pack to be functional, yet more appropriate as a trail running backpack or a hiking pack. AMGA: What makes this piece good for climbing/ice climbing? […]

Dylan Taylor Reviews the Guide 10+ Adventure Kit Solar Charger

Dylan Taylor, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, tested Goal Zero’s Guide 10+/Nomad 7 charging kit over the course of seven days in the North Cascades

Dylan Taylor, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, tested the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger (including the Nomad 7 charger) over the course of seven days in the North Cascades while teaching an Alpine Guide Course/Alpine Guide Exam. He has also used this kit on various extends trips, including an expedition to Afghanistan. AMGA: […]

The Adidas Sky Climb Jacket: Made for the Mountains

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American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Jonathon Spitzer recently tested the Adidas Sky Climb Jacket while guiding multi-pitch rock in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and for personal climbing adventures elsewhere in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah. He found the jacket to be extremely durable, as well as highly water repellent, breathable, and functional for guiding. AMGA: What […]

Geoff Unger on the Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently used the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Charger Kit. He ranked the kit highly in the categories of durability, water repellency, and functionality.

Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently used the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit over one month while prepping for the Guide Exam and Alpine Guide Course and exam in the North Cascades. He ranked the kit highly in the categories of durability, water repellency, and functionality. AMGA: What makes the Guide 10 […]

Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack: Simple & Durable

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By Rob Coppolillo, Aspirant Mountain Guide I recently tested Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack, using it as my minimalist daypack on an alpine route in the North Cascades, Wash., and over 15 days of guiding in Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colo. Overview: Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack is simple, light, inexpensive, and durable. It packs […]

Reviewing Camp Chef’s Rainier Camper Combo Stove

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Thanks to Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, for this review of the Rainier Camper Combo Grill/Griddle/Stove, part of the Camp Chef Mountain Series. Photo of Geoff courtesy of Brian Dolphin. I was excited to receive my Camp Chef Rainier Campers Combo stove and was initially impressed with the interchangeable grill and griddle. Most camp […]

A review of the Osprey Rev 12 backpack

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Rob Coppolillo, Aspirant Mountain Guide, recently tested the Osprey Rev 12 backpack while mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing in and around Boulder, Colorado, mostly while training for his alpine exam. He offered the AMGA some feedback on the pack. Coppolillo thought this pack was really solid for all the sport for which he reviewed […]

Massey’s Go-To Glasses: A Review of Smith’s Frontman ChromaPop

By Scott Massey I just wanted to do a quick review of the Frontman sunglasses that Smith Optics was so generous to pass along.  I have to say up front, that I’ve never really been a sunglasses person.  On the glacier or on other reflective surfaces, sure, but I’ve never found a pair that suits […]

How Fast? Adidas Terrex Fast R (shoe review)

I am the Advocacy Director for the American Mountain Guides Association, based out of Boulder, Colo. I am also an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, and have guided in various locations in the past ranging from the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado to Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas, to the Cascades of Washington. […]

Smith Optics New ChromaPop Polarized Lenses Brighten the World

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By Jeff Ward, American Mountain Guide (AMGA/IFMGA),  AMGA Instructor Team Member, & Owner North Cascades Mountain Guides The latest pair of sunglasses Smith Optics sent me came with the new ChromaPop Polarized Grey/Green lens.  I’m not sure what exactly is behind this new lens technology, but it works (read Adventure Journal’s review by clicking here […]