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What Makes a Mountaineering Backpack Unique?

The first of the Big 3 (Backpack, Sleeping Bag, and Tent), the mountaineering pack holds everything together and can make or break your send. Mountaineering is a very diverse sport. It can involve backpacking, climbing and even skiing all on the same rout. Trip lengths can vary from a single day to more than a month.  For this you need a pack that brings together the best of everything. A mountaineering pack has a minimal suspension system.  By eliminating bulky frames the pack sits closer to your body and improves balance by lowering your profile for tricky climbing maneuvers. The hip belt and internal framesheet are removable on mountaineering packs to eliminate more weight if needed. Also, by making the...

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Take Your Mountaineering to the Next Level

So you’ve bagged your first peak, or maybe two or three. You found a few summits with nice trails to the top and took in the glory of becoming a mountaineer once and for all. Now it’s time to consider your ultimate goals as a mountaineer. Do you mostly enjoy nice walks through nature to the top of a mountain with breathtaking views with an essence of solitude and silence? Then keep doing what you’re doing. There is a lifetime worth of mountains out there that fit this description so you’ll never get board. But if you have ambitious visions of standing atop the world highest peaks, discovering new routes, and becoming a mountaineering legend then it’s time to take the...

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Trail Running for Mountaineering

Trail running is nothing new, people have been doing it for many years, but until recently it has been considered a fringe sport. In the past few years trail running has become much more mainstream as has mountaineering. With flocks of people rushing to the mountains to admire the overpowering mountain peaks and dream of one day standing atop them all, the question often arises; how do I become a mountaineer. As with any sport, to become one of the experts you see in magazines and movies takes many years of hard work, dedication, and risk. You probably don’t realize that the best way to start your journey to becoming a mountaineer might be right in your own backyard, or,...

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How to Chose an Ice Axe

If you’re new to mountaineering then buying your first ice axe or ice tool can be real confusing and buying the wrong axe or tool could be disastrous. Here is a basic breakdown of the different types of ice axes available and what they should, or shouldn’t be used for. Ice Axe vs Ice Tool   Ice Tool Ice Axe Ice Tool: Ice tools have a T rated head (noted with a T stamped on the pick) and a short curved shaft. They are used for climbing vertical ice or mixed ice/rock walls where you will be constantly putting all of your weight on the head. A quality ice tool will feel rather heavy because strong thick metals are used...

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Illinois Mountaineer Dies in Glacier National Park Fall

Illinois mountaineer and exotic plant team worker for Glacier National park Jacob Rigby was found dead after being reported missing at 2:00am Monday. His body was spotted by SAR helicopter 2:00p.m Friday. The reports say Jacob could have fallen about 800 feet down the north face of the extremely steep and treacherous 8888 peak in Glacier National Park. Over 50 people helped with the search after Jacob was noticed overdue back from a personal day hike on Sunday. The terrain where Jacob was hiking is extremely steep and dangerous where only the most experienced hikers and mountaineers go. 31 of the searchers were hiking and camping in this treacherous area during the search process.

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