Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Footwear for 14ers: Part 1 -- Trail Running Shoes

    As Colorado moves into late spring, I’m getting ready to start hiking, running, and climbing 14ers. Building my fitness after ski season, trail running around Table Mountain and scrambling up the Flatirons, I’m considering some new footwear for the season. I’ve used a variety of trail running shoes for both technical and hiking routes on 14ers including the Salomon XUltra2, Dynafit Feline SuperL...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Scarpa Maestrale 2 Review

    This spring I was able to spend a couple weeks putting Scarpa’s new Maestrale for the 17-18 season to the test. I skinned, booted, hiked, scrambled, and rappelled in the new boot, and after all the up there was also some skiing involved. The Maestrale 2 did not disappoint.Technology pulled from the Maestrale’s cousin, the F1, make for significant touring improvements over previous generations. At ...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Skiing the Bell Cord

    My partner and I set off from the closure at Maroon Creek Road with full packs for our weekend adventure in the Elks. The plan was to camp at Maroon Lake Friday night, ski the East Face of Maroon Peak to the Bell Cord on Saturday, and then climb Pyramid Peak and ski the Landry line on Sunday. Maroon Creek Road was closed 6.3 miles from Maroon Lake and we had received beta the night before that o...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Flattop Sampler: Dragon's Tail and Dead Elk Couloir

    Waking up at 3:30am is always hard when the bed is warm but having an exciting objective like Dragon's Tail Couloir definitely made it easier that morning.  I had my Icebreaker lightweight merino onesie, my Arcteryx shell pants, and softshell jacket hanging in the bathroom with all my gear so I wouldn't accidentally wake up my girlfriend tripping over myself in a darkened room.  Grabbing my skis...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • MSR Trailshot: Light, Compact, and Quick

    I have never been a big fan of water filters. Many of them are bulky, heavy, and slow to set up. I like to keep moving and have always used chlorine or iodine treatments on long day outings or even multi-day backpacking trips. But now MSR has released the filter I have been waiting for. The MRS Trailshot is light, compact and fast.At 5 oz and just larger than a deck of cards the Trailshot will alw...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Rock Shoe Season Starter

    As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I’m enjoying climbing in the foothills of the Front Range and looking forward to alpine routes in Rocky Mountain National Park. The right climbing shoe can mean the difference between suffering through foot pain and enjoying a day out climbing or between falling and the send. Selecting a shoe can be just as difficult as picking your climbing pr...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Trip Report 3/4/17: The Wave, The Brain, and The Trench

    A couple weeks ago Ryan and I wanted to get out for a big day of steep skiing. We struggled a little to come up with a plan due to a lack of recent snow and strong winds out of the west. After deciding to sacrifice potential snow quality in favor of stability we put together a plan to ski 3 lines in the Loveland pass area. Dave’s Wave, Sh*t for Brains, and The Trench.We started our day on top of L...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Peak Skiing 101: An Introduction to Ski Mountaineering

    With warm temperatures, a high pressure system on the way, and 135% of our average snow pack this could already be the start of an outstanding spring season. This is my favorite time of year as the days get longer, temperatures get warmer, and ski lines on our high peaks start to shape up here in Colorado. Last week we held a Peak Skiing 101 clinic and this post will serve as a followup, or if you...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • ​Trip Report: Silver Sneak Couloir 2/16/17

    The Silver Sneak is a narrow couloir on the North side of Buffalo mountain on the South edge of the Gore Range. It parallels the more popular Silver Couloir on the skier’s right side and joins it at the exit. I had skied the line once before in spring conditions but wanted to go back for a powder descent and see if I could get it done while still making it to work by 9:45am.This February the condi...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Crampons for Ski Mountaineering: To Access Steep or Icy Terrain

    Crampons for Ski Mountaineering: To Access Steep and Icy TerrainBy Matt InoueAs the snowpack settles and the days get longer, ski mountaineering becomes more reasonable and appealing throughout Colorado. In order to safely access the multitude of steep objectives, especially couloirs or peaks such as Torreys Peak’s Tuning Forks, crampons are needed to provide solid footing on firm snow and icy cr...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Generated 3 months ago

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  • Backcountry Laps - The Things I Carry

    Backcountry skiing presents far more variables than skiing in-bounds - being prepared for the unexpected can be critically important. Depending on weather, anticipated tour time/distance, and my familiarity with the area some of these items may of course change, but for the most part, the following items are staples in my pack.Beacon - while technically this is worn on my body, not on my pack, I ...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Staff Interview: Preparing for the Grand Traverse Ski Mountaineering Race

    Two Bentgate employees, Mike C. and Greg H., have been training for the Grand Traverse, a ski mountaineering race that starts in Crested Butte and finishes in Aspen. The race is long, grueling, and requires both technical competence and physical stamina. In addition to testing their personal limits, Mike and Greg will be raising awareness for an educational charity, IQRA Education, which operates...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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  • Steep Skiing

    My list of steep lines to ski this spring is growing steadily, and I’ve managed to sneak in a few relatively steep turns during the recent period of stability we had here in Colorado. The steep skiing that I have done so far this season has made me realize that I should spend some time in steep terrain before tackling my list of high consequence lines later in the season.Keeping it together to ski...

  • Road Tripping

    From December 13th to December 31st my brother and I went on a road trip with the intention of skiing powder and then switching over to ice climbing when our legs were too tired to tour. The only real plan we made involved reserving a place to stay in Whitefish, Montana for three days, and then staying a few nights in backcountry huts in Banff National Park. We wanted to leave the rest of the tri...

  • Making the most of your day in the backcountry

    Unless I’m venturing into some of my favorite backcountry zones that I know like the back of my hand, my tour usually starts long before I put my boots on by studying maps, watching the weather, and monitoring the CAIC. Here are a few of my favorite resources that can help you get the most out of your time on the snow.Maps are obviously useful for navigation, but with practice it can become obviou...

  • BGM Staff Ski Setup: Black Crows Anima Freebird

    The snow dances that have been a part of our daily routine here have finally been paying off. Ullr delivered a couple feet of fresh snow over the last week and as a result, I’ve spent six days in a row on my setup for deeper days: 182cm Black Crows Anima Freebirds.There were a couple considerations I made when I selected these for my quiver. I knew I wanted a ski that I’d reach for if we had fre...

  • Gloves and Mittens: Our Selection for Downhill Skiing, Ski Touring, Ice Climbing, and Liners

    Gloves can make the difference between the perfect day in the mountains and a miserable one trying to warm up cold fingers. With so many options, and over 40 different glove/mitten styles at Bent Gate alone, choosing the right pair can be confusing or even intimidating. We created this overview of our selection to help you choose a pair of gloves or mittens that will keep you and your hands as c...

  • Winter is Here: Are your legs ready?

    The late start to winter means that my mid-December tours still feel like early season training missions. After several dawn patrols this week I’m feeling the cumulative effects of 3:00am wake up calls and skinning 2,000-3,000 vertical feet before work. But now that we have a good base and the skiing is worth the effort, my technique is combing back quickly, and the early mornings don’t seem so ba...

  • BGM Staff Ski Setup: Black Crows Corvus Freebird

    While many of us dream of powder days, the 100+ day season brings myriad conditions - at least here in Colorado’s Front Range - that can really put gear through the wringer. Ideally, I’d have a ski for every snow condition and purpose imaginable, but that simply isn’t in the cards this season. Instead, I’m limiting myself to three setups - an ultralight one for the long approaches, fast tours, and...

  • New Boots to the Light and Fast Scene

      We are excited to add three new boots to our lightweight touring/ski mountaineering category. This category includes lightweight boots with a large range of motion and a rockered rubber sole for easy hiking. They tend to be specialized boots for those looking to shave ounces off their touring setup or seeking out the perfect tool for traveling in the mountains. Some of these new selections loo...

  • Warm and Waterproof Without the Weight: The Arc'Teryx Acrux AR Boot

    Double boots have traditionally been heavy and bulky, sacrificing sensitivity and agility in order to maintain warmth and durability in severe conditions. Innovative materials and design techniques have allowed Arc'Teryx to introduce the Acrux AR Mountaineering Boot, their first winter mountaineering and ice climbing boot, which they claim is the “lightest, most durable, and lowest [volume&91; in...

  • Venture Snowboards Back in Action

    Following a year-long hiatus, Venture Snowboards has finally returned to the production scene. Venture, a local snowboard and splitboard company based out of Silverton, Colorado, unfortunately shut its doors at the beginning of the 2014-2015 snow season due to financial concerns. At the time, the company hadn’t yet specified whether the closure would be permanent or merely a temporary break. Ventu...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Generated 8 months ago

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  • An Ode to Fall Climbing

    An Ode to Fall ClimbingRoss Brier, Clear Creek Canyon. Photo: Bill JohnsmillerIt’s the middle of September, and temperatures are riding high along the same track that they’ve taken all summer. Any adventure under the sun quickly transforms into a sauna unless you manage to snag one of the few and highly sought-after shady nooks along the crag, take advantage of every patch of tree cover on the tra...

Bent Gate Mountaineering

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Bent Gate Mountaineering

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