Entries by Angela Hawse

Grivel Trend Harness – Gear We Use

Grivel Trend Harness – Comfort, Fun and Fashion We love our Italian friends at Grivel who’ve been in the climbing-equipment game longer than anyone.  After two centuries of building high-performance gear, Grivel adds some flare to their line with this uber-fashionable harness.  This little number comes in four flashy styles: Leopard (my favorite), Abstract, Python and […]

SCARPA Maestro Mid ECO Women’s Rock Climbing Shoes

SCARPA’s Maestro Mid ECO Women’s rock climbing shoes are my go-to, all-day-long trad (traditional) climbing shoes. They are burly and last many seasons and resoles, only getting better with time. I got my first pair of rock shoes in 1983––hand-me-down EB Super Grattons, which after a couple of seasons became threadbare. So I invested in […]


Rarely do things slow down enough for me to take time to just be.  I’m usually well into the rock climbing season by mid-April.  Now, I’m confined to climbing inside, on my own walls––I’ve got a home climbing wall, a hangboard and a pull up bar.   With gyms closed and crags shut down, I’ve had […]

Black Diamond Reactor – Gear We Use | Ice Climbing

Sold Out! Black Diamond has done it again! Their latest and greatest Reactor Ice Tool could be the best ice climbing tool on the market. Over two years BD’s R&D team developed and refined this axe with their athletes. The end result… sold out!  Our inside scoop let us know the Reactor will be available […]

Avalanche Skills Checklist

How do you know if you know enough to recreate in a winter snowpack without a guide?   There is no cut and dry answer but this Avalanche Skills checklist is a good start. It can be risky business going out with confident friends. Choose your backcountry friends carefully!  This is a critical decision. Don’t be […]

22 Years of Avalanche Fatalities | Ice Climbers At Risk

A recent study, 22 Years of Avalanche Fatalities by Activity and Trigger Type in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, Canada reveals that 43% of avalanche fatalities were ice climbers, 32% were skiers, and 18% were snowshoers. The study also reveals almost a 50/50 split between victims triggering avalanches themselves or getting hit by a natural from […]

A Love Letter to My Sterling Evolution Velocity Rope

Dear Sterling Evolution Velocity, Although you’re not always my first rope (the Skinny Bitches often get more of my attention), when push comes to shove, the skinny ones stay home and you come with me to get the goods. Evolution Velocity you’re my trusted go-to for big adventures and when I’m pushing myself on testy sport […]