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The new Black Diamond Couloir harness takes the meaning ultralight to an entirely new level (7.5oz). This full-featured technical harness packs down to the size of an a pb&j sandwich making it easy to store without the mess. Built with a full strength belay loop and an extremely low profile design means you can wear the harness all day and it goes unnoticed until you need it! The speed buckle and on-the-fly leg loop buckles allow for easy on and off with ski boots or crampons allowing you to move fluidly through the mountains. 4 Ice clipper slots, 2 ice screw slots and 2 gear loops mean you wont be struggling to find room for extra carabiners and cordelettes, you can store two ice screws in the ice screw slots on the legs to reduce clanking and still carry an additional few screws if your mission involves some more serious climbing. In short this harness is ideal for big mountain ski lines and moderate glacial travel where weight is a factor. When is it not?
FUSION COMFORT CONSTRUCTION™
Intent on building a harness that would move with the body it protects, we designed a triple-weave webbing on the interior of the harness’s waistbelt that provides movement-focused technology while maintaining superior breathability, durability and strength. Also featured on the harness’s leg loops, this technology offers excellent load sharing, relieving pressure from sensitive points of contact.
The Mountaineers take: Hanging in this harness is proof that rappelling might actually be comfortable in a piece with such a low profile. “I put a full rack of ice screws and cams on this bad boy and it was still comfortable”. Wearing this around the shop for an hour felt like it would be a great lightweight option for all day ski mountaineering where you might have a rappel or multiple rappels involved, this harness gives you the comfort and functionality to leave it on all day and not have to be pulling it out and storing it before and after rappels or when roping up on a glacier. Another great application for this harness is going to be your long alpine ice routes in the Tetons, Sierra or even the North Face of Gothics . If you are planning a big mountain ski trip or an alpine climbing trip this is a must have trip so do yourself a favor and buy one!
“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” -Ed Viesturs
Trip Report: Skiing Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy. (1o,992′)
Our fearless leader of The Mountaineer , Vinny McClelland just returned from an amazing ski decent of Mount Etna located on the island of Sicily. Mount Etna is a stratovolcano meaning that its highly active and built upon layers of molten activity (scary) .Etna is the tallest active Volcano in Europe as well as the highest point in the southern Alps which makes for incredible ski decent options. Read on to hear and see about how the Volcano erupted and what an Italian ski decent means (Schnapps and all).
Vinny, among other Competance Centers were recently invited on a little ski trip by our partners over at Dynafit! The Mountaineer is one of 8 Dynafit Competance Centers in the US and the only one in the East. A Competance Center means we are among the best ski touring specialists in the world…I guess with that being said, Dynafit like us and likes taking Vinny on ski trips! “Busy schedules, family, running a business and trying to recreate is not always an easy task” Vinny said. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to join this elite group of skiers on a Volcanic Ski Decent”The trip started out of Catania, Sicily located 35KM away from the base of Mt. Etna (1 hour drive). A large city and metropolitan area located on the Ionian Sea littered with food markets and shops.Sleeping quarters and walking distance from the watering hole
A quick drive to the parking lot of the Mount Etna Ski Resort gave easy access to the snowfields and the tour began. After about 4.5 hours of moderate skinning with ski crampons the group reached the ridge of the volcano (pictured above) along with sulfuric steam.
Part way up the Schnapps comes out in proper Italian fashion. Who skis without Schnapps?
Mountaineer Bandana Summit shot!Dont have a bandana, yet?! Buy one here
All in all the trip was a great success! Lots of skiing, cultural eating, exploring and just a few days after Vinny was on top of Mt Etna it ERUPTED in a molten explosion! See below…
Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic
The Mountaineer and Whiteface Mountain are combing forces to unleash the Inaugural Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic! This is a benefit event, all proceeds from the Ski Mountaineering Classic will be donated to NYSEF and The Keene Valley Ski Club.
When: Sunday March 12th 2017
Where: Whiteface Mountain Located on Rt 86 in Wilmington, NY
Registration: We will offer registration the day of the event but we prefer (for planning purposes) to Please call the Mountaineer to pre-register 518-576-2281
Start Time: 7AM The green flag drops and you’ll start the 4+ mile course!
Cost:$60 per participant. Fee includes uphill pass valid through the end of 2018
The 2017 Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival is CANCELLED….
Given the backcountry conditions we do not feel as though we can provide a high quality, safe learning environment for skiing the backcountry. The recent week long warm up followed by heavy rains and a freeze has left open rivers, downed trees, a rock hard and disheartening snowpack. We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Thank you for the support and we hope to see you all next year.