Archive for the ‘Mountaineering’ Category

Team Wendy – M-216 SKI SAR Helmet Update

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Team Wendy prepares M-216 SKI SAR helmets for shipment against pre-orders and they continue to track towards a mid-November web and distributor launch.

Visit www.teamwendy.com/adventure for additional information on the M-216.

DSEI 17 – Helix Introduces The Suppressed Carabiner

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

First off, I need to inform you that DMM has spun off their tactical lines to form Helix. Same great manufacturing, same great service, just a new name and a laser focus on the military and tactical customer’s needs.


Now, on to the new Suppressed Carabiner. Like it’s name suggests, it has a lower noise signature than a standard carabiner thanks to a design which forges channels in the aluminum to leave room for a polymer overmould. In fact, it’s the same elastolam PU material used on their ice axe handles. Not only does this rubber-like substance dampen the sound when it bangs against rocks and metal, even the gate is quieter. Additionally, the material makes it easier to keep a hold on. The barrel is even moulded and works as an antivibration gate.


This is a full strength connector, handling up to 24 kN. Look for it by 2nd Qtr of CY 2018.




Friday, September 8th, 2017

CTOMS will be showcasing TRACE Systems and their new modular tactical pack system at DSEI. If you’re attending they will be at the DMM/Helix Tactical Booth. High angle demonstrations will take place at the Beaver Fit tower in the adjacent booth.

CTOMS – TRACE Systems Training

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Weight of equipment is often the deciding factor to determine if it is carried on an operation or not. Traditionally, rope systems are only carried when the primary mission requires them. Contingency requirements often aren’t justification enough for the extra gear. Not bringing certain equipment alters mission capability and limits the versatility of a team, including increasing risk. This leaves teams to solve high angle and confined space access, egress and rescue problems with improvisation, often without success or at extreme risk. Sometimes capabilities need to be discrete. Sometimes they need to be fast, simple and efficient. And they should always be safe.

Traditional rope systems are heavy and complex. We’ve set out to change all that. TRACE Systems is the world’s smallest and lightest comprehensive capability micro-rope system.

We are offering a 3-day course, which includes the following content exclusively with TRACE Systems:
TRACE Systems anchoring principals and systems;
Rappelling, single and two person loads;
Lowering systems;
Hauling systems;
Guiding lines;
Bridging/high lines (w/ reeve);
Single & two rescuer systems operations; and
Given enough interest early on, we can add an additional day of climbing systems. Please note your interest when registering.

This course is ideal for professionals interested in lightening their load while maintaining high angle capabilities and acceptable safety factors. Ideal for tactical team high angle operations, SAR, covert insertion, marine interdiction, and anywhere equipment weight and bulk in a high angle environment is a concern.

Who: Military, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, etc. (the system is not for recreational use)
Where: Los Angeles, CA, LASD SEB
When October 4 to 6, 2017 0800 – 1700
Cost: $500 USD
Equipment Rental Fee: $75 USD
Booking: email training@ctoms.ca

NW Alpine – Military Mountaineering Collection

Monday, August 28th, 2017

I was introduced to this new specialist clothing line at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market by Graham of Cilo Gear.  The NW Alpine Military Mountaineering Collection weighs in at just 102 oz, consisting of five pieces, a hardshell jacket, salopette, baselayer salopette, insulated pants and an insulated jacket. Made in the USA at their factory in Newberg, Oregon, all pieces are Berry Compliant.

Dyneema® Jacket

Based on their award-winning Eyebright Jacket climbing shell, this is a waterproof MultiCam Dyneema® Jacket.

Crafted from ultralight Dyneema® Composite Fabrics, featuring fibers that are fifteen times stronger than steel, this full-zip shell takes durability to a new level. Its small size, weighing in at approximately 8 ounces, packs down into a fist-size bundle, allowing you to carry more of what you need.

While many waterproof jackets kill breathability, the MultiCam Dyneema® features a highly breathable, proprietary construction and ePTFE eVent membrane that tests at over 50,000 g/m2. In other words, with this jacket, overheating on hours-long training runs is a thing of the past. Each jacket is individually laser-cut, sewn and seamtaped by hand.

The Jacket in these photos is a Large. It is cut for layering.



For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘Salopette’ it’s a generic term for climbing pants. They can range from a high waisted pant, to a traditional bib-style, to a one-piece which resembles a sleeveless coverall. Salopettes are worn by climbers as they cover more of the lower back, and help avoid cold spots when jackets ride up. Likewise, these are an evolution of NW Alpine’s one-piece salopette bib for alpinists. They use a waterpfoof/breathable softshell fabric, with the durability and abrasion-resistance of Tweave Durastretch® fabric in a comfortable fleece-lined package. A through-the-crotch zipper with three pulls allows easy access to the facilities while wearing a harness. It’s finished with zippered chest pockets, dual thigh pockets, Dyneema® scuff guards and knee pad pockets.

Baselayer Salopette

Designed to work in tandem with their Salopette shell, this 270 gsm fleece baselayer features three pulls along the through-the-crotch zipper to make using the facilities a breeze.

Belay Jacket

Featuring 133 gram Primaloft insulation, this durable jacket provides the perfect balance of warmth, weight and packability. The shell fabric is a Nanosphere coated 1.55oz ripstop nylon with a light 20D nylon taffeta for the liner. Features include an adjustable, helmet compatible hood, adjustable hem, zippered hand warmer pockets, chest pocket and internal stretch pockets to store gloves and other accessories.

The jacket in these photos is a Medium.

Alpha Pant

They use Polartec® Alpha insulation for this pant because of it’s superior breathability. The shell features Tweave Durastretch® panels along the sides of the legs and wrapping behind the knees as well as Dyneema® scuff guards, in addition to waterproof and breathable Dyneema® fabric in the seat. Three quarter zips up the side make on/off easy, even when wearing boots.

While versions of this system have been in the field for some time with select customers, NW Alpine introduced the production system in time for End of Year spending.

The collection is available until September 30th, 2017 at an introductory price of $3,500, with free shipping in the USA.


Arc’teryx Issues Recall Of Their Procline Ski Boots

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

In cooperation with Health Canada and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Arc’teryx has issued a recall of their Fall 2016, Procline Ski Boots. You can read the recall notice here.

In a small number of boots, the axis pin has dislodged which could cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries. All 2016 Procline Boots will be repaired to secure the axis pin and allow the boot to function as designed.

All of the Arc’teryx Fall 2017 Procline boot production now includes the redesigned axis pin. While there have been no injuries reported involving any Procline Ski Boots, our commitment to our users’ safety leads us to issue this recall to make the required axis pin repair.

If you own any Procline Ski Boots, we request that you visit recall.arcteryx.com for more information and instructions on how to return your boot free of charge for the required repair.

The website recall.arcteryx.com also offers an extensive FAQ page where most of your questions can be answered.

Innovation and quality are foundational building blocks of our Brand’s design culture. We wish you to know that over our 25+ year history of making climbing equipment we have been, and remain; committed to creating products that enable consumers to move safely in the mountains.

Military Inspired Versatility for a Different Kind of Hero, Team Wendy’s New M-216 Ski Search & Rescue Helmet Is Here!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

CLEVELAND – Team Wendy will be unveiling the new M-216 Ski Search & Rescue Helmet during this week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, UT. The M-216 is not your average ski helmet; it provides mounting capabilities not previously available to rescue operators in any ski or snow rated helmet. Utilizing features originally developed for the military and tactical community, the helmet provides side accessory rails for mounting a variety of lights and cameras, and a glass-reinforced polycarbonate shroud for attaching headlamps, cameras, or even night optics devices such as thermal sights. Every helmet features a Princeton Tec® task light (choice of MPLS Point or Switch), designed to seamlessly integrate with the accessory rail. Included Picatinny Quick Release Rail Adapters allow tool free removal and attachment of any other standard Picatinny mountable accessories. An open area on the crown allows for mounting of cameras and beacon lights, including the MOHOC® military-optimized camera, and Core Survival HEL-STAR® 6 multi-function. The helmet has also been optimized for comfort and stability featuring a customized Boa® Closure System to provide precise fit adjustment with single handed quick release, and an under the chin retention strap with Fidlock® magnetic buckle for one handed operation even when wearing gloves.

The protection offered by the M-216 includes the requirements of ASTM F2040-17 for recreational snow sports and BS EN 1077: 2007 Class B for alpine skiing and snowboarding.

If you are attending Outdoor Retailer Summer Market be sure to stop by our booth #BR336 and register to win your very own M-216 Ski Search & Rescue Helmet.

Check Out The Team Wendy Ski Helmet at Next Week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Team Wendy will exhibit the new M-216 Ski Search & Rescue Helmet at next week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in SLC, booth #BR336.