Team Exped recently spent an afternoon touring Rega, the Swiss air rescue facility in Interlaken. It was outstanding!

 

All Exped backpacks include these ingenious little strap tidies. No more straps flapping in the wind!

 

On display at the Alpine Museum in Bern, Switzerland, these paintings depict the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. 

 

A meeting in Zurich is the perfect excuse to go to Switzerland. In between work we can head into the mountains for some gear testing. 

 

10/25/2013

We build tarps because they are one of the most useful pieces of outdoor gear one can bring along.

 

In early September the Exped/Seattle crew was part of a great group of people riding bikes and raising money to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. 

A bit of sun, some rain, a little wind, cool temps, and bright colors. It's fall!

R-value: putting a number on warmth

 

When buying a sleeping mat, most people shop around a bit and compare the different brands and models available. Important points such as price, quality, comfort, ease of use, reliability, compressibility and warmth all enter into the equation. But it's that last one, warmth, that's a bit sticky. With all the other parameters it's pretty straightforward to compare mats. Price and quality go together and info about comfort, ease of use, reliability, and compressibility can all be culled from online reviews,  in-store poking and prodding, and manufacturer websites. But this warmth rating, R-value, isn't as easy to accurately verify across brands and deserves an explanation, so we thought we'd clarify a few points.

 

Scout Hammock Combi is a complete shelter - hammock, mosquito net, tarp, and suspension kit. Ready to go. 

A mountain pack needs to be versatile and the Mountain Lite 20 works for many activities.

 

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