When you spend your day 40+ miles away from the closest 7-11 with no cell reception, it pays to pack right. Of course you’ll need the standards like sunscreen, water, lunch and a first-aid kit but for climbing in the Uintas you might want these other essentials.
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You’ll want to wear Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants on and off the crag. Made of a lightweight, rugged, wind and water-resistant, breathable soft-shell fabric, they stretch as you move and protect and flatter your legs as you shimmy and scramble. Developed for climbers by professional climbers. $75.
The Lowa Innox GTX mid is a light, comfortable yet solid waterproof hiker built for Utah’s falls. Ideal for fast packing, fitness walking…basically all types of fast-moving adventure. The new NXT sole delivers exceptional stability and an ultra-comfy ride despite the minimalist ‘cush’ underfoot. It does offer strong arch and ankle support for scrabbling over boulders on your way to the route. $210
No need to layer up in chillier weather. The Dakine Women’s Tech (LS or SS) is an all-in-one. It’s not only super cute but sports a built-in shelf bra, raglan cut sleeves, flatlock seams for zero chafe and a quick-dry UPF 50+ poly/spandex.
The Black Diamond Vapor helmet may look like a strange party hat but don’t be fooled. Coming in at about half the weight of other lids, this low-profile, ultra-ventilated helmet has two layers of Kevlar and an internal frame of carbon rods sandwiched in a matrix of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS). It’s CE certified and meant to be a helmet you’ll finally wear all day. $118
Bouldering, cragging, sport climbing. The Five Ten Anasazi VCS was built to get after all of it. The Stealth C4 rubber sole allows for impressive grip on quartzite whether you’re pivoting on a micro edge or smearing for the next hold. $127.
Climbing harnesses are like bad boyfriends. If they hang on you long enough you can’t wait to get rid of them. Luckily for us the Petzl Selena 2 Harness is like a best girlfriend– supportive where you need her and comfortable to be around all day, for years on end. The padded, breathable waist-belt is wider on the sides for optimal weight distribution. The leg loops stretch instead of adjust by buckle and the stealth stitching all help to reduce chafing and enhance fit. $65.
It’s a long way from the pullout to the crag and it only takes a few minutes of high altitude sun to a number on your face and shoulders. Wear this uber cute Scrunchie hat with UPF 50+ from Wallaroo. When the helmet’s on just scrunch up the hat and toss it in your pack so it won’t blow away. The shape pops right back when you need it. $44.
Put a Mojo Bar in your pocket when you need that boost to keep you moving. These yummy nut clusters from Clif are gluten-free, organic, under 200 calories, low glycemic, packed with fiber and come in flavors like Cranberry Almond, Wild Blueberry Almond, White Chocolate Macadamia and Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt. Mmmmm. $1.49