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INTERVIEW: Lexicon E11 7a - First Ascent on Pavey Ark by Neil Gresham

Neil Gresham has made the first ascent of a new line on Pavey Ark. Lexicon crosses briefly through the easier climbing on Impact Day E8 6c, but includes an independent start and finish, making it a distinct new line. Read our interview with Neil about the process of finding, preparing for and climbing the line.

ARTICLE: Climbing through Anxiety

Amanda Vestergaard shares her story of climbing with anxiety, and explains how getting out into the mountains - an environment 'often hailed as a miracle cure' - won't...

VIDEO: Baselayers Explained

Rachael Crewesmith talks us through baselayers; from how they work, to the differences between materials like merino, synthetic, and polyester blends, how to fit them and...
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Gregory Mountain Products pushes the boundaries in carrying comfort. For its new KATMAI and KALMIA backpacking models, the backpack specialist has developed a superior suspension system—dynamic, customizable and exceedingly well ventilated: The FreeFloat 360. The two new packs also debut a special backpack version of the Stays Fresh odor-control technology developed in collaboration with Polygiene®.

When designing backpacks, the greatest challenge is striking a balance between weight distribution and ventilation. Gregory has reconciled these contradictory factors in its revolutionary FreeFloat 360 suspension system—the logical evolution of the award-winning FreeFloat system. They combine an adjustable ventilated backpanel with dynamic flex panels and auto-rotating shoulder straps that flex with the natural movements of the wearer's body.

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REVIEW: Black Diamond Sprint 225 and Flare headtorches

Brightness and a long battery life may be essential in a torch for more serious uses such as mountaineering or winter hills, but you don't always need the highest...

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Sunrise on the second day of our traverse

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