Smith Variance Helmet Review by Geoff Unger

American Mountain Guide Geoff Unger tests the Smith Variance ski helmet. I am going to come right out and say it. I have a negative bias against helmets for skiing. I don’t understand it. I wear one for climbing all the time, but I grew up without one on the slopes and it stuck. I […]

Review: CAMP’s Speed 2.0 Photon wire straight gate biner

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Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Photon Wire Straight Gate Carabiner. I tested CAMP’s Speed 2.o Photon Wire straight gate carabiner on just under a dozen routes, from South Platte multipitch traditional rock climbing to waterfall ice pitches and mixed alpine climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Photon […]

Smith Nomad Sunglasses, a Review

AMGA-Certified Guide Rob Coppolillo reviews the Smith Nomad sunglasses with “ChromaPop” lens.   At first, I was skeptical of the Smith Nomad sunglasses ($269) when I took them out of the box. They seemed too light, with a wire frame that would seemingly go destructo in less than a week. Turns out they’re titanium, so you […]

Review: Iridium’s GO! Wi-Fi–Based Satellite Phone Device

Ryan Huetter, Certified AMGA Rock Guide, reviews the Iridium GO! Wi-Fi–based satellite-phone device.   As working guides in the backcountry, we have become increasingly reliant on the technology that goes into our guiding packs. Whether it is for navigation, communication or documentation, most of us are carrying multiple pieces of electronics on our guiding assignments. […]

Review: CAMP’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon

Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon I used CAMP’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon for two days of ski mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park. These crampons are intended to be used for ski mountaineering and climbing snow/moderate ice, where rock will not be encountered. The XLC Nanotech […]

Mike Soucy Reviews CAMP’s Speed 2.0 Helmet

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Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviews CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Helmet, size medium. I used CAMP’s Speed 2.0 helmet over a week primarily for ski mountaineering, but also for some waterfall ice guiding. It’s a great helmet for guiding because it’s lightweight and versatile. A light helmet on the head is truly less […]

Review: CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe

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The second of our series of reviews on CAMP’s Nanotech models, by Jonathon Spitzer, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. Read about CAMP’s Corsa Ice Axe. I tested the CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe while on a ski mountaineering objective in the Wasatch Range in Utah. We climbed a 3,000’ alpine ridge route on the South Ridge […]

CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampons – Semi Automatic

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This is the first in our series of reviews on CAMP USA’s Nanotech models. Text & photos by Jonathon Spitzer I recently used and will continue to use the CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampons – Semi Automatic for a variety of mountaineering-type activities such as ski mountaineering and general mountaineering. I tested these crampons out on […]

Dylan Taylor reviews the adidas Terrex Ndosphere hoodie jacket

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American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Dylan Taylor tested the adidas Terrex Ndosphere hoodie jacket over 20 days while guiding in Utah, California, and Chamonix, France and during a Rock Guide Course fall 2014. According to Taylor, the Terrex is lightweight, flexible, and a good extra layer for pretty much any season. Check out our Q&A with […]

Patagonia’s Nano-Air Hoody: The Leave It On Jacket

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Our trusty gear tester and newly pinned American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, Rob Coppolillo, recently submitted this review on Patagonia’s Nano-Air™ Hoody, which he tested over a few weeks in Boulder, Colorado, while guiding, climbing, cycling, chasing kids, teaching a self-rescue course, and just “during the madness of everyday life.” AMGA: What makes this piece ideal […]