I love the outdoors! Hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, kayaking/rafting, I love it all. I pretty much spend all of my down time planning my next trip, and fighting off the bummer that is working in a cubical farm.
Anything that you buy, consider buying used! It cuts down on carbon footprint, trash buildup, and saves labor!
Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles
I hiked Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon in October of 2019, finishing the 23.9 mile hike in 13 hours 21 minutes. I would not have made it without these poles. They saved my knees in the way down the north rim and kept me standing upright on the climb out. Over extended hours of use, the locks tend to slip and the poles will slowly start to collapse. For me, they slipped about 5cm every two hours which was a mild inconvenience. But they're light and pretty cheap and they get the job done.
Tenaya Iati Climbing Shoe
My Favorite Shoe
I used to have Sportiva Solutions before I got these and I'll never go back. They're stiff enough to give you support but still have enough give to let you work your feet into whatever position you want. Mine are corset tight but are just as comfortable as my looser crack shoes. These are probably the best sport climbing shoe on the market.
Metolius Metolius Belay Glasses Original
You need these
When you're lead belaying your partner up a 100ft route, your neck really takes a beating. Get these and save yourself the pain.
Metolius Access Fund Destinations Chalk Bag Tetons
A chalk bag is a chalk bag, you can make one yourself without too much trouble. But this one looks pretty and supporting the Access fund is a big win. This is the bag I use for all forms of climbing.
DMM Dragon Cam
A solid addition for any rack
If you don't want to break the bank on a set of brand new BD Cams, then the Dragons are the way to go. Save some money, and chances are you won't even notice the differences between the two. These are great, easy to use and hyper reliable.
Black Diamond Camalots
10/10 Bomber, Would Whip
These are hands down the best cams out there. Sure, the DMM's are cheaper, but the camelots are noticeably better. They're light weight and easy to plug in whatever crack or crevice you happen to find. Whip with confidence!
Osprey Mutant 22 Climbing Pack
Great Day Pack
This pack is just big enough for your harness, shoes, a sport rack, water, and snacks. Perfect size for a day at the crag or a quick trip up some multipitch. The rope loops are great for lugging your rope on the outside of the pack and the hardpoints on the exterior of the pack let's you hang this thing from the anchors or haul it up a pitch.
Columbia Redmond Hiking Boots - Men's
Love these shoes
I've worn my Redmond's in: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Zion Bryce Canyon Arches Capitol Reef Grand Canyon Rocky Mountain Grand Teton Yellowstone Shenandoah New River Gorge Red River Gorge Seneca Rocks I have probably close to 500 miles on these shoes and I'll probably get to a couple thousand before they fall apart on me. Great shoes, very comfortable and durable, can't recommend enough.
Eureka Spitfire 1 Tent
Ultralight and Cheap
This is about as light as a tent can get. And it's hard to find a solid backpacking tent for cheaper. It has just enough room for you and your pack, but if you're taller than 5'9" I'd recommend getting the Spitfire 2 as you'll probably feel pretty cramped. Make sure you get the ground pad for this tent and seal the seams or else you'll wake up with a damp sleeping bag. I've camped in this tent in warm nights, thunderstorms, and snow, and don't plan on getting another tent for a while.
La Sportiva Solution Climbing Shoes - Men's
Very solid shoe
Hyper aggressive and built for overhanging sport and boulder problems. I've worn holes in these from using them so much. They're great for finding tiny jibs to stand on with their sharp toes and the stiffness let's you stand on anything. The heel is reinforced and the toes have rubber on the top of the shoe to help with all your hooking needs. Heels tend to run wide on these, leaving me wishing for a little more support on techy moves.
Five Ten Anasazi Lace-up Climbing Shoe
Classic Shoe for a Reason
Crushers have been wearing this shoe for a long time for good reason. It eats cracks and technical faces. It's comfortable even when tight and the 5.10 rubber sticks to anything. I've been foot jamming and smearing in this shoe for a while and it hasn't let me down yet. Plus it's pink, who doesn't want pink shoes?
Osprey Daylite Plus Backpack
Very Solid Daypack
My Daylite is one of my favorite pieces of gear. It's the perfect size for a long day on the trail and can take a big time beating. Lightweight and big enough for snacks, water, and all of your accessories. The entire volume that you can carry is broken up into separate pockets as opposed to one single space, so you cannot fully take advantage of all 20+ liters.
ENO Double Nest Hammock
Want to hang around in your backyard with your significant other? This is perfect. Want to avoid a tent and sleep under the stars instead? This works great for that too. It's heavy, so not the best for backcountry trips, but an all around good product.
Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device
A Must Have
If you're going to be climbing hard sport routes then you need a grigri. When my partners are hangdogging or whipping for extended periods of time, the grigri just saves a whole lot of hassle as compared to an atc. Be careful that you do not let the grigri lull you into lazy belay habits, the ease of use creates complacent belayers.
Black Diamond ATC Guide
Great All Around Device
This is always my go-to belay device. It's simple, lightweight, and versatile. I use it in the gym, on sport and trad routes, on multipitch, rappelling, everything. The ability to hang it off of an anchor and belay from the top is amazing and you almost never need to worry about rope size compatibility.
Patagonia R1 Hoody - Men's
Favorite Piece of Clothing
This is hands down my favorite piece of clothing, you can't find better technical apparel anywhere. It's a great mid layer in the winter and a perfect outer layer in the spring and fall. I've brought this thing backpacking, hiking, rafting, climbing, it's warm, lightweight, durable, and doesnt restrict your freedom of motion.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket - Men's
The nano puff is built to last and is a great outer shell. Like any good puffy, it folds into it's own pocket and keeps you warm into the high 30s. Below that, I'd layer up. This jacket can really take a beating and will keep up whether you're heading to the grocery store or to the summit of Fitz Roy. The Nano Puff is incredibly lightweight, my first time wearing this during a climb I barely even noticed the added weight when I clipped the anchors. If you want good value and a jacket that will last a long time, this is it.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket - Women's
Patagonia's wheel house is making durable gear that you can take anywhere and do anything with. The Nano Puff is the embodiment of that. This jacket is perfect for temperatures in the 30's (Fahrenheit), is easy to layer under, and can take a real beating. Whether you wear it to work, to El Capitan, or to Fitz Roy, the nano is a great option for cold weather.
Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket
Every member of my family has a better sweater and every one of us loves it. It's versatile, cozy, and it just plain looks good. I wear mine around the house, around the campfire, and on the trail.
Mammut Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet White, 56-61cm
Favorite Helmet So Far!
Far and away my favorite helmet I've used so far. It's incredibly light, even lighter than the BD Vapor and Vector helmets. The polycarbonate top and front protect from rock fall and the aggressive vent holes keep your head cool during a long day on the wall. It offers less rear and side protection than the Vapor and Vector, but there is enough foam there to keep your head safe from nasty whippers. This is my new go to brain bucket.