Winter Hiking Gear

Talus ColdAvenger Pro Face Mask

I’m always on the lookout for new gear to prevent my goggles or glasses from fogging up when I’m hiking above treeline in winter.  I believe that poor venting of moist exhalations is the main culprit behind lens fogging, and if your breath can be vented farther in front of …

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Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Review

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe - South Hancock Mountain

I use a Black Diamond Raven Ice axe in winter when I’m climbing mountains. I don’t always bring it, but there have been times when I didn’t expect to need it and it’s come in handy as a walking stick and self-arrest tool when ascending or descending steep snow or …

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Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon

Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons

If you want to go winter hiking but don’t own a pair of specialized mountaineering boots and you want more traction than  microspikes, you should consider getting a pair of strap-on crampons. I own Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons that fit onto heavy hiking boots that have a rigid last. …

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Yaktrax Walkers

Yaktrax are a traction device that you can attach to your shoes to prevent slipping on ice and snow. They are made using an elastic mesh that wraps around the sole of hiking boots, trail runners, or even dress shoes. Wire is coiled around the elastic and provides traction that …

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