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Geartrade seller highlight: Lone Pine Gear Exchange 

Geartrade seller highlight: Lone Pine Gear Exchange 

Browse Geartrade long enough, and you’ll see quite a few “regulars” among the gear sellers. Among the most prolific is Lone Pine Gear Exchange; they seem to have an incredibly impressive array of gently used and good-as-new gear listed for sale. Dig in a little deeper, and you’ll see why they have such mighty breadth: they’re also a gear shop located in Salt Lake City, Utah. But they’re certainly not any gear shop—they specialize in used gear, repurposed gear, and repaired gear. Which, obviously, we’re wild about because it aligns exactly with our own mission.

What is a Drysuit?

What is a Drysuit?

While drysuits are the perfect tool for extending your paddling or fishing season into fall, or starting it early in the spring, drysuits can be an I-need-to-save-up-for-this type of expense. That said, it’s important to take care of them properly, so they can last as long as possible. To learn more about drysuits, how to care for them, how to source them secondhand, we connected with Mustang Survival, a premier technical marine gear company based in British Columbia, Canada.

Geartrade: Guide to Winter Layering 

Geartrade: Guide to Winter Layering 

In Scandinavia, there’s a saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” It seems like a pretty grand promise, but we can tell you that it’s true: with the right layers, nearly anything can be comfortable. You can enjoy even the longest days of resort skiing, backcountry touring, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or winter running—if you understand layering, that is. 

Outdoor gear and clothing brands typically classify their winter clothing by layer—base layers, mid-layers, and outer layers. Their definitions aren’t a mystery, but it’s worth discussing how to work with them and plan for a day out.

What is The Powder Highway?

What is The Powder Highway?

The Powder Highway is less-glamorously known as 95A, it’s a 630-mile loop that passes through, at last count, more than 60 different ski areas, heli-ski ops, backcountry lodges, guided snowcat experiences and more. Until it’s safe again to travel and travel restrictions into Canada are lifted, we’ll just be dreaming of our next visit to the Powder Highway. Here are some suggestions for planning your future trip.

Ice Climbing 101: Gear You Need & How to Get Started 

Ice Climbing 101: Gear You Need & How to Get Started 

It’s a seemingly miraculous defiance of physics, and yet it’s possible exactly because of physics: when you strike your ice axe and kick your crampons into a vertical wall of ice, you wonder how on earth these little tiny metal connection points could ever support your weight. Yet you move up the wall, step by step, swing by swing. You feel the magic sensation of the perfect connection with the ice—rock solid, yet it’s water.

We’ll give a brief rundown here, with a few tips on how to get started. As leading ice is quite a committed move, ice climbing isn’t something you can just jump into and figure out as you go. But don’t worry; that’s what professional guides, courses, and mentors are for!