Here a list of my 5 favorite pieces of gear from the summer so far. Things that have made my life easier, or more comfortable.
Petzl Sitta Harness
The Petzl Sitta has been a big surprise for me. Its super comfy, yet light weight and easy to pack in the rucksack. Enough gear loops for trad climbing and perfect for sport. It works for nearly all my climbing and I don’t need to worry about choosing the right harness for the job as I know it will work for me. Check it out on the EpicTV Shop here.
DMM Pivot Belay Device
It’s surprisingly hard to find the perfect belay plate but I’m pretty close with the DMM Pivot. Easy to use in guide mode and very smooth for giving out rope and abseiling. Great stuff from the welsh manufactures. Check it out here.
Salomon Bonatti WP Jacket
At a mere 190g I keep one of these In my pack even if I don’t think I’m going to use it. IT packs down super small into the chest pocket so I can clip it to my harness when Im doing multi-pitch rock climbing. Not as burly as other Jackets but a good emergency shell. Buy here.
Edelrid Aramid Cord Slings
These are a great evolution in slings. If you knot them they are super easy to undo. Really useful when taking out beginner climbers! Get some here.
Salomon X-Alp boot
The Salomon X alp boot has been a game changer for me. Perfect for fast and light alpine summits where you don’t need to do long sections of ice climbing. However I have used it on the Contamine/Grisole on the Tacul North Face and it worked super well! Really worth looking at if your a runner going into alpine climbing or if you are looking for a boot for quick alpine approaches for rock climbing. It’s also small in your bag when climbing muti-pitch rock routes with a walking descent. Ditch those heavy boots and try a pair of these out! More info here! Below is a Vid from earlier in the summer out climbing on the Col du Midi