Friday, December 11, 2009

Gregory Alpinisto Backpack

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The Alpinisto is a 50L pack specifically for climbing. It can be stripped down from it's starting weight of 4lbs. 11oz. to 3lbs. and 11oz. by taking off the waistbelt, framesheet, stay, and bivy pad. It also has a hydration sleeve and port, a crampon patch, tool holsters, a contoured top loader to accomodate a helmet while climbing, as well as gear loops on the side of the pack. Gregory also makes a 35L version that is about a pound lighter.

During the period described in this review, I used the pack five to six days per week cragging and guiding and twice per month on longer trips.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Gold Fox

Location: 600 State Route 208
Gardiner, NY 12525-5601
(845) 255-3700
The Gold Fox Website

This restaurant probably doesn't get much attention from the climbers in the area because most climbers drive on the main road from the 'Gunks into New Paltz and miss it completely. Well, my partners and I got sick of waiting in that lousy traffic that can back up for miles on Sunday afternoons, so we decided to do an end-around into the small town of Gardiner. From the 'Gunks, instead of taking the left at the Brauhaus toward New Paltz, go straight. Follow that road into the winding-road village of Gardiner and find the Gold Fox on the right at the stop light at the end of the village (btw - you take a left here to head back to New Paltz, and this end-around probably only takes five minutes longer without traffic on the main road to New Paltz and many minutes shorter with traffic).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rino's Pizza

Location: 246 Main St # 6
New Paltz, NY 12561-1621
(845) 255-8600

Style of service: Mostly take-out and delivery with a few tables for eating in. Order at the counter, pick your drinks out of the cooler (or ask for a fountain drink), and they'll bring the food out to your table or deliver it to your house.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Coming Soon!