A gear review by IFMGA Guide Mark Austin.
Climbing and Ski Touring have been in a process of rapid evolution in the past fifty or more years. New demands have evolved new equipment, and new equipment has evolved new techniques.
Front points on crampons, ice tools, leashless tools, pin bindings, carbon skis, ski mountaineering races, skins that actually stick! These were major drivers of change in what we do. They allowed the way folks recreate in the mountain to evolve in the direction of faster and lighter as everything became easier to use and easier to carry. Clothing and fabrics were no exception. Often a little more under the radar but a gradual evolution none the less. Gore-Tex in our waterproofs, Schoeller softshell, synthetic fill development, silicon treated down fills have all changed what we wear and how we wear it.
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