My cousin Josh and I were looking for a training climb for our upcoming trip to Mt Waddington. We decided to go for True Grit, a 5.8 route on Mt Vesper. Josh had done The Ragged Edge earlier and raved about it. We headed out fairly early to avoid the hot sun and made it… [Continue Reading]

I went out climbing at the Upper Town Wall at Index the other day. When I pulled my gear out of my pack to rack up, I discovered that a trigger wire had slipped off the trigger bar on my #3 BD Ultralight cam. This is not the first time this has happened but it… [Continue Reading]

This winter has been absolutely amazing. I have some of the best days of skiing of my life. Every year, I take a ski vacation to chase snow, and this year ended up doing more of a staycation in the PNW, as Washington was suppose to get blasted with snow. My first visit was Mt… [Continue Reading]

You’ve just finished a sweaty six hour approach to the edge of the glacier. You drop your pack, flake the rope and throw on your harness. You reach inside your pack for your sunglasses… NOOO! You realize that you left your sunglasses on the dashboard of the car. You can’t go on without them. If… [Continue Reading]

I love almost everything about my Dynafit TLT 5 boots. They’re comfortable, lightweight, they’re easy to walk in, climb, and ski well. The one thing that I hate is the lower buckle. Because the buckle portion is exposed on the lower outside portion of the boot, every time I walk in snow, the buckle flips… [Continue Reading]

Duct Tape Sunglasses

You’ve just finished a sweaty six hour approach to the edge of the glacier. You drop your pack, flake the rope and throw on your harness. You reach inside your pack for your sunglasses… NOOO! You realize that you left your sunglasses on the dashboard of the car. You can’t go on without them. If only there was some way to limit the UV exposure to your corneas so you could keep going…

Duct Tape Sunglasses:

Start with about 10-12” of duct tape. Place this sticky side up. Take another 6-7” of tape and center this sticky side down in the middle of the longer strip. Put this across your eyes and approximately measure where you eye slits should go. Keeping this spot marked with your finger, fold the tape in half. With a sharp knife, cut a 1.5” slit all the way through both sides.
Unfold and cut two parallel slits 1-2mm from the original cuts. Remove the center material and try on for size.The exposed adhesive tabs should keep the tape on your face (at
least for a while).

Additional notes: Duct tape sunglasses might do in a pinch, but they limit your ability to see. If you’re on a glacier, skiing, or doing any sort of technical climbing, you probably want your partner to go first. Eventually, the adhesive will get all sweaty and they won’t want to stick anymore. You may need more tape or other means to keep them on. UV intensity increases 4% every thousand feet, so these may be less adequate at extremely high elevations. My worst skin sunburn and my only brush with sunburned corneas occurred in a white out on the North Ridge of Mt. Baker. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean you won’t get burned.