After moving to Southern California five years ago the outdoors became my passion. I love climbing, hiking, camping, and just exploring in general (especially anything vertical!).
CAMP USA Nano 22 Carabiner
Great space-saving biners!
These are the best weight - price - strength ratio I've found for biners while building my rack. They're awesome for racking cams and building alpine quickdraws. I can't seem to get enough of them! And if you're looking for a bargain, you can usually find them on sale.
Metolius Element Key Lock Belay Carabiner
Great for fitted rappel devices
For me, these biners are a bit of a niche piece of gear. I tend to prefer smaller more lightweight I-beam style lockers for other purposes. These, however, are absolutey perfect for fitted rappel devices such as the ATC and CRITR.
La Sportiva Mythos Climbing Shoe - Women's
Great all day shoe
This shoe is massively comfortable for day long outdoor trips. It's also fantastically adjustable with the laces tracing the top of the heel and the leather construction that will break in after some good use. I personally went 2 sizes below my street shoe size for the perfect fit. I always do with toys particular brand.
Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad
Great lightweight pad.
As a side sleeper I found this pad fairly comfortable. The chambers really do help to keep you centered. It's very lightweight and easy to fold up back into the package. It doesn't take any extreme effort to inflate. The valve on it is great for both inflating and deflating. The best part is, if you shop around for a bit, you can usually find a deal. I got mine for $20 off making it well worth the money!
Petzl Petzl Dual Connect Adjust Positioning Lanyard
Essential piece of vertical gear!
I originally bought this as a PAS for rock climbing. The adjustable arm makes doing technical work like setting up and cleaning anchors a breeze from any kind of stance. The fixed arm is also great for a back up connection point and extending rappels. Beyond that usage, this could also replace a cows tail in a frogging SRT set up or a Solid PAS for canyoneering. My only complaint is that you have to pull the adjustable arm a little tight so you don't have a dangling loop to get your knee caught in while climbing. It's also not the most compact or light PAS system, but personally I feel that the security and ease of use outweighs that aspect.
Kelty Cosmic 40 Degree Sleeping Bag
Best bag for the price
I bought this bag as a warmer weather bag for backpacking. It's lightweight and compact (though could be even moreso with a compression sack). It's very comfy with some great features including reinforced material around the zipper to prevent snags. And it really is the best value when considering the competition. Another perk is traceable down. You can see exactly what kind of down is used in your bag and where it came from as an effort on Kelty's part to be a little more environmentally conscious. I tried this bag out in 40 degree weather and found that the rating was pretty accurate. I was a little bit chilly but it was tolerable. If you're going to use it around or below 40, you'll definitely need to layer up. With the right layers though, I could see this bag being used down to 35.
evolv Cruzer Classic Hiking Shoes - Women's
Great for crag scrambling
Very happy with this purchase. Rubber sticky enough to climb easy routes in, very lightweight, and fairly comfortable. I haven't hiked longer than a mile approach with them, but found them very comfortable for that distance carrying quote a bit of weight. I would recommend wearing socks with them though. I found that without socks for longer hikes they started to rub odd places and irritate my feet.
Osprey Kyte 46 Backpack - Women's
Great multipurpose bag
I've had this bag for a couple of years now and it's held up great! I use it as both a crag bag and a backpacking bag. It's a bit on the small side for the latter, but being a petite woman (5'2") I think it is more beneficial for me to learn to pack something this size a little better than to invest in a larger bag.. Even not packing particularly compact gear, I've been able to make this bag work.. It's extremely comfortable and very adjustable. Best of all, Osprey really stands behind their gear. I haven't had to use their customer service, but I love knowing that they're there to fix /replace anything if need be.
One of the most protective helmets
I did quite a bit of research before purchasing this helmet. I went with petzl because on top of the standard regulations they also have their own standards for top and side protection. While the typical safety requirements for helmets focus most on top impact (for rock fall). Petzl's new standard is meant to protect you better in situations such as lead falls. Of their helmets that meet the additional standards, I went with this one for a few reasons. It does not have the finicky magnetic clip of the meteor and it's price point is a bit friendlier. After using this helmet I am incredibly pleased with its performance. Easy to adjust, fits great, and though it's not the most ventilated or lightest helmet of the current line up, I found it still to be pretty light and airy. I would absolutely recommend this helmet to anyone doing any type of climbing, canyoneering, or caving (they have a special edition for it).
Kelty Bestie Blanket
Good for petite people on casual trips
I'll admit I expected a little more out of this blanket but wasn't completely disappointed. It's pretty narrow, even for a smaller person, and it doesn't compress very well. It is warm though and is great for supplemental warmth on more casual car camping trips where bulk isn't as big of an issue. A down throw would definitely be a more versatile choice. This blanket is a great thing to have for babies and kiddos that might need an extra layer though!
Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw
Perfect for your proj
These are definitely not the lightest draws, but they're strong, durable, and perfect for protecting. The solid gate at the top makes them easy to clip on a bolt without snagging the nose and the wiregate on the bottom provides a nice little notch that helps you smoothly clip the rope (and reduces the weight a little bit).
Aleutian 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
Incredibly Warm and Comfortable
For a car camping trip, this bag is amazing. I have slept in this bag down to 17 degrees Fahrenheit and have been incredibly comfortable. Very cozy and warm. With some extra layers you could probably go down to 15 degrees or below. I've had it for about 7yrs, washed it multiple times, and it's still just as warm and fully functional. The only downside to this bag is that because it is synthetic, it's pretty bulky. With a compression sack, you could get it down to the size of a basketball, but it's definitely not the best option for backpacking.
La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe
Best beginner shoe
I love this shoe. Great fit, very sticky rubber, and very durable. I climbed up to 5.11- minus before I busted through them and got a different pair. They're resoleable though so even after you move beyond them in skill level, they're great to have around. I personally wear 2 sizes under my street shoe size in every La Sportiva climbing shoe I've bought. This is definitely something you should try on before buying (but keep in mind that they are leather and will stretch). A climbing shoe should fit like a glove (but doesn't need to be painfully tight) and while these shoes are amazing, finding a shoe that fits your foot shape is really the most important factor when buying a climbing shoe.
Petzl Luna Harness
Very Comfortable and Durable Sport Harness
This harness is amazingly comfortable thanks to both the nice amount of padding and adjustable legs (as a thicker thighed woman, this is a necessity!). After years of abuse indoor and out, mine has held up very well. The only drawback is how spaced out the gear loops are. I find that the two rear ones are just far back enough that reaching them becomes a little awkward. When it comes to sport climbing this is a complete non-issue, but when using this harness for trad, it's a bit inconvenient unless you're using a gear sling.