Brandon K.

Brandon K.

Sault ste. Marie, ON

Climber of ice and rock, skier and paramedic, you name it I do it... I love the outdoors and love sharing my passion.


My Products

Black Diamond Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Ski Binding

Black Diamond Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Ski Binding
Fritschi Diamir Vipec

This is a great AT binding. After I switched to the tech binding from the freeride model I am a full supporter. Usually with a tech binding you are doing so to drop a few pounds under foot and in return you lose some of the ruggedness needed especially if you are an aggressive skier, but with these bindings I haven’t experienced any of that.. 1. They are super light for climbing 2. Easy switch between ski and walk. Unlike the G3 models that require to step out and twist the heel. Or the Marker models that put the lever under the foot for some reason. 4. Easy to use and sufficient incline steps. Those are just a few of the reasons I prefer these over other brands. Another great feature is the DIN capability that a lot of tech bindings don’t offer. To rap it up, if you want to light weight and durable binding that you won’t feel like you’re going to pop out of get these.

Rossignol Super 7 Skis Mens Sz 180

Rossignol Super 7 Skis Mens Sz 180
Rossi super 7

The rossi super 7 ski is an all around solid ski.. I've be riding them for about 4 years now and their still holding strong.. Firstly they're unbelievably light which makes them a pretty good touring ski (I ride them with the fritschi diamir vipec bindings). They're also pretty wide (114mm waist) so they are great for floating through powder.. And guess what they not hand bag on the corduroy and no chatter.. They have a pretty solid side way for hard carving. So far no complaints.. 10/10 would recommend. Cheers, Happy skiing!

Black Diamond First Light Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's

Black Diamond First Light Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's
BD first light insulated hooded jacket.

If you listen closely you can hear the sound of my skin sizzling like bacon, because the jacket is like if you too a kiln and made it a jacket... Well I mean for what it is.. It's no big puffy alpine jacket but for how thin it is out pretty darn warm.. This is what I use as my main insulated layer topped of with a gortex shell for a protective layer... I can't say I've ever freezed my ass off wearing this jacket.. Must be magic.. Either way the jacket is bomb dig.. I'd buy three more right now if I had the dough..

Petzl Reverso 4 Belay Device

Petzl Reverso 4 Belay Device
Petzl reverso ATC

The reverso was the first debut I bought and there's a good reason why I keep replacing it.. I've even tried going the gri gri route and although it's a great device I airways gravitate back to the reverso, plus it's cheaper to replace when you drop it... The feature I like the most it the big loop on the one side the makes top down belaying a breeze... Plus, plus it has narrower channels so you get a bit more speed control when repelling... Like u said there's a good reason why I keep going with the reverso and why I keep 2 on me at all times... Cheers, Happy climbing!!

MSR WhisperLite Stove

MSR WhisperLite Stove
Do yourself a favor and just buy it

The whisperlite is my preferred choice for a light weight stove. Keeping it clavicle with good old naphtha instead of propane or butane. Weighing at 410g it by no means compromises any weight restrictions (not including the fuel). A 650ml bottle keeps me cooking for a week plus some making it much more efficient than the propane/butane stoves, just don't mistake it for your water bottle. It also comes in handy if your fire need a little extra tlc to get going, one cap full will do the trick. Oh ya and it only takes like 3 minutes to boil a pop of water so there's no long wait for your Ramen after a long day of skiing/climbing.

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove
Great for light weight stove

MSR has always been my go to for camp coming great because their stoves and burners are among the best you can get. This stove I like to have handy during walk weather (either camping or climbing). The lightness makes it easy to t take anywhere and you can boil a pot of water in no time. For the winter I wouldn't recommend this, especially if you intend to be gone a while. Nation reason being that you just don't get the most out of the butane in the cold. Instead i would highly recommend the MSR Whisper lite stove which runs on naphtha and last much longer. I can get a week plus out of a bottle.

Mammut Ophir 3 Slide Harness

Mammut Ophir 3 Slide Harness
Great harness for a great price.

This is a great all round harness.. I use it for rock and ice.. Though it may look chunky the material breaths well making it bearable for hot day.. The adjustable leg loops have two point that appeal to me. 1. I have chicken legs so it's nice to sinch them tight 2. There serve well for accommodating layers on cold days of ice climbing. I don't know what else I can say about this harness except that there is no need to spend big bank on a fancy harness with an attractively priced harness such as this..

Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw

Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw
Not Half Bad

These were the first quick draws I bought, and it was a bit impulsive but they are a good draw to start with. To be totally honest there are only 2 things that really stick out about these Quickdraws to me: 1. They are cheap in comparison to other draws 2. They have a wire gate, which makes them much lighter. With all that said I seem to prefer a solid bent gate, it just feels more comfortable when clipping. Regardless it's a good draw and I wouldn't stick my nose up at it but I like what I like Hate out!

La Sportiva Miura Climbing Shoes - Men's

La Sportiva Miura Climbing Shoes - Men's
La sportiva Miura

I've been through a few different climbing shoes on my quest for the perfect pair, from velcros, to slippers, to laceups. The Muira rock shoes are my most recent and I had them for about 4 years, so the time has come to decide whether I want to get another pair or try something new. Starting of the aggressive profile of the shoe make it great for technical maneuvers. I chose to get these in the lace ups because I have a bit narrower of a foot and I've always found that most velcro shoes leave me with too much extra strap dangling off the side. When I first got this shoe I was doing shorter single pitch climbs which was fine but when I moved to northern Ontario and started doing multi pitch I started to find these were hurting my feet and I'd be taking them off during belays. I think that's for short technical climbs and/or bouldering these would be great I just have a hard time wearing them for long periods of time. So I think I'll be looking for a new shoe maybe something with a less aggressive profile, but if you are doing short technical pitches or bouldering I think these would be a good choice. On a side note if you get these for bouldering you might want velcro, lace ups will be a bit tedious.

Phantom 6000 Boot

Phantom 6000 Boot
Best investment I've ever made!

Maybe one of the best investments I've made to my gear cache and probably the most important peice of equipment for ice climbing. After a rocky intro to ice climbing using over sized plastic koflach angle weights I shipped into the funds to get myself done appropriate footwear. The phantom 6000 boots are new light, making them great for long treks but not compramising ankle support. I could walk in these boots for days. These boots can be broken down in 3 main features : 1. Outer gaiter with a taped zipper, making it difficult if not impossible for moisture to enter the boots (from the outside). 2. The main shell, creating a rugget yet light and flexible support, and speed places just in case you forgot how to tie your shoes. 3. And finally the booty insert which are nice to rove and wear around the tent or even sleep in. If you know what's good for you, you've got to invest in a proper pair of climbing boots, it makes a world of difference, and I for one recommend the scarpa phantom 6000, they're quick to put on light weight and warm on cold days!

Metolius Ultralight Master Cam

Metolius Ultralight Master Cam
Great Beginner Cam

As I've been progressing I'm my climbing I've began and obvious transformation to trad climbing. Although my rack is still a work in progress I'm quickly figuring out what gears works best for me.. The Metolius Ultralight Master Cams (MUMC for sake of ease) are a great starter cam for those looking to wean themselves from the more affordable options i. e. Nuts and hexes. As far a cams goes these cams have a pretty attractive price range and being light is a bonus. But by far MUMC's best feature are the color coded markings around the lobes witch help you identify the right sized cam for the job, making it excellent for those still learning.. With all this said there are a few concerns... 1. Unlike the Black Diamond Camalot cams, MUMC's don't have their own thumb loop, rather the sling kind of is the thumb loop which can cause a bit of fumbling when placing.. 2. The trigger wire isn't a wire but a piece of fabric cord.. I'm sure it's fairly to complain of.. Happy climbing!!!

Maxim Climbing Ropes Glider Bi 9.9

Maxim Climbing Ropes Glider Bi 9.9
Maxim - Glider 9.9

Weighing at approximately 8.5 lbs the Glider makes an excellent for long hikes in to your favorite icicle. This was the first ice climbing rope I purchase and to be completely honest I had no idea what to look for when I bought it, but that comes with experience. Typically I've found that Maxim's ropes have had rather stiff sheaths, but I've quickly became a custum this . Despite the stiffness of the sheath its bomber, nearly indestructible, I've had the rope for nearly five years now and it's suffered only a couple minor frays. I have used it for rock climbing the odd time but only really recommend for ice climbing,. Overall the Glider is a great ice climbing rope if you don't mind a bit of a stiffer rope..

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib