Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 28 2011

Review: Black Diamond’s Seeker

Placeholder image and text. BD Seeker, v1.  MSRP: $ 649

The Seeker….more of a small big boot than a big small boot…optimized more for turning than for earning.

Jun 24 2011

Review: Princeton Tec’s Apex Pro

Princeton Tec's Apex Pro. Not a lightweight, but a headlamp with substance, longevity, and power!

Princeton Tec’s Apex Pro has been my headlamp of choice for the past five years. It hasn’t been an unblemished record, but the pros continue to outweigh the cons. Nary a day goes by that I don’t use it, whether taking the dog for a walk after dark, hunting for a dropped widget in the …

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Jun 22 2011

Kiteboarding 101: Not sailing – FLYING!

Windsurfing the central coast of California.

If windsurfing is like sailing, then kiteboarding is like flying. Who can say they’ve never shared the dreams of Iccarus? To be sure, it isn’t really flying, but after finally taking lessons from Bruce Sheldon I found out in short order, the similarity is more true than not. As a die-hard skier, windsurfing became my …

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Jun 15 2011

Summer arrives in Tahoe

Look familiar? From the best powder day of Ten-11. Aaron Brietbard demonstrates why tele rules.

Well it figures. As soon as I made a big deal about it still being winter in June, summer arrived. It’s been sunny and warm for over a week now. There’s still lots of snow at Donner Pass and around Lake Tahoe, even on south facing slopes, but even Donner Ski Ranch is finally giving …

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Jun 08 2011

It’s Junuary (again)!

Runnels dominated the snowscape in the Tahoe area in late March/early April.

There are a lot of amazing things about the winter of Ten-11 and we’re still getting over it. Like the obvious — it’s still here and it’s June already. I want to call it the month of Jane since we already had June in January so we can’t have the same month twice in the …

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Jun 02 2011

Quack: Making sunglasses with Duct Tape

Function is the only fashion. Oui! Love the mirrored look. So 70s dude!

You probably thought I meant, repairing sunglasses with duct tape when you read the headline, but you assumed something not stated. I really meant making a pair of sunglasses with duct tape. How do you make sunglasses with duct tape? First, you need to get to the root of the purpose of sunglasses, especially on …

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Jun 02 2011

Review: Ortovox Patroller

Ortovox Patroller  MSRP:  $275 • Uses 2 AA batteries  Range: 60+m (best coupled) • 40m (worst coupled)

Overview The discontinued Patroller combines the best elements of Ortovox’ steady but slow progress in beacons prior to their development of the S1. You get superb range due to analog detection, with digital processing to help with alignment with the flux line when you get close. In case you were wondering, yes, it’s really an …

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