Climbing

Scarpa Techno X, Montana Rock Climbing
McCarthy, Chris
Now I know what Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters felt like trying to cram their feet into the undersized glass slipper. Straight out of the box, the Scarpa Techno X climbing shoe is so painfully tight that I thought I’d grabbed the wrong size. Read more >>
ice climbing, boots, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Pogge, Drew
For climbing ice and mixed routes in southwest Montana, a boot’s fit and comfort are key. Our approaches can be long, and the weather is notoriously cold and fickle, and with the inherent wetness and inactivity of climbing and belaying, it’s a tough job for any piece of footwear. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
When you’re as bad at climbing as me, every single variable can make a difference. That’s why I’m glad I found the Bravo Quickdraw from Metolius. Read more >>
England, Mike
Halfway up a 19,000-foot peak, watching one’s ropemates struggle for solid footing on near-vertical ice, a guy naturally starts wondering how good his gear really is. Read more >>
Keyes, Fletcher
The Mammut Superflash is the Sherman tank of climbing ropes. At 70m long, 10.5mm thick, and able to withstand up to 14 UIAA-rated falls, this thing is bombproof. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
The economy is still in the toilet, so a quiver of ice tools just isn’t an option for most ice junkies. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
I went climbing about 90 days last year—and almost every time, I’d wriggle out of my harness whenever there was a lull in the action. I just figured cramping was a necessary evil. But as soon as I slipped on the bright green Black Diamond Ozone sport harness, I was stunned. Read more >>
Ebeling, Chris
The performance of Mammut’s Phoenix double ropes inspires a climbing twist on an old cliche: two ropes are better than one. Read more >>
Bell, Ian
Black Diamond’s new Cyborg crampons may not the lightest on the market, but they'll last forever—no need to get new ones when your front points go out; just hop on the Web and order up another set. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Now that spring is here for the next six months, climbing only happens on terrain too steep to get rain or melting snow (i.e., thuggish, blocky limestone with glassy feet). Read more >>
England, Mike
YakTrax are all the rage in Bozeman, and they’re fine for mild hardpack; but if you want to take your traction up a notch, pick up a pair of Diamond Grip Ice Trekkers. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
I usually hate getting new rock shoes—a fact evidenced by the duct-taped, resoled, skunky derelicts that I used before the Scarpa Force. New kicks are painful, it takes a while to trust them, and I always feel like I’m abandoning a friend. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Metolius went back to the drawing board for its new Supercam and came back with an innovative asymmetric design that yields nearly twice the range of a standard cam. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Like it or not, micro-cams are inherently unsettling. Trusting something marble-sized to stop thousands of pounds of force takes some pretty big marbles of your own, so when you’re up above that 1/2-inch placement, you want the absolute best plugged into the rock. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
The Metolius Iron Hand Glove is now a permanent addition to my climbing rack. The thick leather palm keeps your hands ropeburn- and dirt-free, while the 3/4-finger length provides critical dexterity when threading the GriGri or cracking open the requisite belay brew. Read more >>
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