Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gear Review: Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

May 31, 2011  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Black Diamond Storm

Headlamp
Black Diamond Storm
$50, 2 oz. (4 oz. with four AAA batteries)
Max burn time: 200 hours (triple-power LED), 125 hours (single-power LED), both at minimum brightness
blackdiamondequipment.com

Choosing a headlamp usually involves a tradeoff between weight and power. Not with the Storm. This versatile new lamp weighs half as much as the most powerful backcountry models, yet throws enough light to easily illuminate a trail at night. Continue reading →

May 31, 2011 Owy3-192

The Wildest River: Kayaking the Upper Owyhee

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By Michael Lanza

I follow a short distance behind Geoff, our expert kayaker, as he weaves with deft turns around rocks in the East Fork of the Owyhee River. Sheer, 300-foot cliffs of black rock rise close on our right and left, amplifying the roar of whitewater. Although paddling vigorously, I shiver in my wetsuit, soaked from the 37° F downpour unleashed by a thunderstorm 20 minutes ago. It’s our third day on the river and our third day of cold rain and wind. Wet and shivering has become my default status.

Then Geoff cuts left around a boulder parting the swift waters like a hippo standing broadside to the current. I try to coax my inflatable kayak to mimic Geoff’s maneuver, but the river has other plans for me. An instant before the impact, I get an adrenaline rush with the realization that things are about to go very badly. Continue reading →

May 7, 2011 Mark Fenton in early morning on the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon.

A Grand Ambition, or April Fools? Dayhiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

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By Michael Lanza

At 5:30 in the morning in early April, the bone-chilling wind cascading off the Grand Canyon’s South Rim at 7,200 feet slices through my few thin layers of clothing. Four of us are following our headlamp beams in the dark down the South Kaibab Trail. We’re just minutes into a day that will also end by headlamp light late tonight—but only after we’ve hiked farther than any of us has ever ambulated in a single day. Continue reading →