Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 26 2010

Memory Lane 1992

Harbinger of things to come (the cell phone) using gear that would all be usurped.

Been going through the old slides, trying to whittle down the amount of celluloid taking up space in our cramped abode. You can’t take it with you, and lugging it around is a major pain in the arse. Besides, if you’re not using all your stuff regularly, it’s just clutter. Who needs more of that? …

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Aug 23 2010

Exped’s Dreamwalker

Kaj Bune demonstrates Dreamwalker's walk mode.

Last fall Exped’s US marketing manager Kaj Bune sent me an email with a YouTube link. I’m a big fan of Exped’s down sleeping mats, but not a big fan of YouTube links and recommendations in emails, especially when there is a known marketing message involved. So I decided to call and harass him for …

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Aug 18 2010

Black Diamond’s Z-Poles

The z-pole design allows for compact storage.

Despite the absence of winter product at the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City there were still some items worth a closer look. Black Diamond introduced a new line of trekking poles. When I heard the word trekking I tried to avoid them but my friends at BD insisted on showing them. As …

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Aug 11 2010

NTN rumors at Summer OR 2010

By the second day it was apparent that there was nothing new to report on for core ski mountaineering equipment from the Summer Outdoor Retailer show last week (03-06 aug10). Not in 15 years has there been this little evidence of winter at the Summer Outdoor Retailer show. According to Lou Dawson, “it’s because the …

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