Worn Wear – a Film About the Stories We Wear
Presented by Patagonia
Directed by the Keith, Lauren, Chris, and Dan Malloy
Worn Wear is an exploration of quality – in the things we own and the lives we live. This short film takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, Vermont; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary alpinist. It also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.
Released as an antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, Worn Wear is an invitation to celebrate the stuff you already own.
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- Bree Loewen, Pickets and Dead Men: Seasons on Rainier
On Saturday, I was in shorts and a tank top, soaking up the sun on the limestone cliffs of Shelf Road, however that evening, I pulled out the soft-shell pants, tracked down my ice screws and scrambled to find my thermos, for the next day; it was ice climbing time.
The C.A.M.P All Mountain-X Ice Tools are a great, all around tool. From wandering up snow gullies, to sketchy mixed routes, to sendingWI4-5 ice flows the All Mountain-Xs do it all. From advanced climbers, to beginners, the tool’s lightweight, but still balanced; design, shaft curve and relatively cheap price [about $220 per tool, full retail], make them a stellar set of tools.
There are several features that stand out, one is the overall lightness of the tools. A new ice climber, who accompanied me to Lincoln Falls, near Fairplay, commented on the lightness on the tools but also how they still retained a good balance for an easy swing. This is due to a fantastic combination of weight and an aggressive shaft curve. Some tools can feel too light and almost “flimsy,” while others can be too heavy and not only be exhausting to swing after a while, but also act more like a hammer, bashing away the ice, rather than biting into it.
Speaking of bite, the hot-forged picks are wickedly sharp right out of the box. When these tools were brand new, I found myself taking more time trying to wiggle the tool out of the ice then trying to place it. Several months later and with a few mixed climbs and too many drytooling sessions at CityRock later, they have retained their factory edge surprisingly well.
In addition, they have interchangeable grips, sold separately of course, which allow you to tailor the tools to your needs. The grip that the tools come with is called the “X-Ice,” and is a relatively standard ice tool grip. It has great pinky protection and an axe spike that allows you to plunge the tool into the snow and use it like a mountaineering of walking axe when traversing snowfields or hiking up a snowy approach.
The C.A.M.P All Mountain-Xs are fantastic, all around tools. They are aggressive enough for crushers on both the WI scale and the M scale as well as on steep snow, but also are a good, relatively inexpensive tool for the stoked beginner as well as intermediate ice climber.
- And yet more things I say to my High School climbing partner on describing my first ascent in Garden on Mountain Project...
Upon purchasing the Evolv Cruzer approach shoe a mere week and a half ago, I’ve gotten many compliments on my new, red “Toms.” These stylish, urban hipster looking shoes are actually technical climbing approach shoes that climb remarkably well. They are lightweight, which make them ideal for multi-pitch climbs, but unfortunately the thin canvas-y material that contributes to its good looks and lack of ounces also makes the shoe significantly less durable than other approach shoes. However, if you’re looking for a shoe that you can wear to crush 5.10s with style, then run out to coffee to meet friends without stopping home to change, then you’re in luck.
The Evolv Cruzers run at about $75, full retail, however I bought mine at the local gear shop “Gearonimo Sports,” for just $30. These shoes smear well, both indoors, on plastic walls and outdoors on Garden of the Gods sandstone. They also edge well, for approach shoes, if you size them smaller than you might normal street shoes, due to their soft sole, if you size them a bit larger, edging might be harder. However, I found that I could get up most moderate routes with a combination of smearing and edging surprisingly well. They also have a fold-back option on the heel, so you can wear them like slippers. This is an especially convenient feature if you’re cragging and find yourself walking back and forth from climbs.
However, the one major drawback of these shoes is their lack of durability. I’ve only owned them for about a week and a half, and already small holes are starting to wear through the canvas. They are definitely not the first shoes I grab if I know that I have a long, burly hike ahead of me, honestly the small approach up to New Era on Kindergarten Rock in Garden is about as rugged as these shoes can handle. Due to their lightness, these approach shoes hike like the ever-popular, “minimalist” or “barefoot” shoes, with minimal heel cushioning and padding when walking. However, I happen to like the new minimalist shoes and therefore like the feel of the Cruzers, but it is definitely not for everyone. These shoes also do not have the best traction, especially on steep gravel, sand or dirt. This is due to the low profile dots on the sole, some of which are starting to wear alarmingly fast.
Despite these drawbacks, these approach shoes are one of my favorite approach shoes for casual, low key cragging, and for extra style points walking to class. They climb remarkably well for approach shoes and look great in an urban, non-climbing setting as well.