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Looping | Valandre | Outerwear


Looping | Valandre | Outerwear

Valandre | Down Outerwear | Description :

The Women’s Looping Vest by Valandre is the go-to accessory for any adventure girl. Wear the Valandre Looping vest while running errands, some light trail trekking or just by the campfire. This Valandre down vest is built upon sound technology and design derived from all Valandre’s superior products. This sleeveless Valandre vest of wonder is engineered for easy movement and rotation near the shoulders and torso. A fully zipping, high collar keeps your pretty little face all warm and cozy in the Valandre Looping vest.

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Bloody mary | Valandre | Sleeping bags

 

Valandre Bloody Mary - Down sleeping bag

Bloody mary | Valandre | Down Sleeping bags

Valandre | Down Sleeping bags | Description :

Valandré introduces a three-season sleeping bag that exceeds the performance of all other three-season bags on the market: the Bloody Mary. Featuring Valandré’s Tubular Bell construction, an interchangeable collar system, and the world’s best French Fat Grey Goose down, the Bloody Mary will take you across three seasons in amazing comfort.

At the heart of the Bloody Mary is an interchangeable collar system. Three different levels of thermal protection are a zipper pull away. When the temperature is dropping fast, zip in the heaviest of the collars and feel the snug warmth that is sealed in the main body section. Meanwhile, the hood envelopes your head with a perfect layer of insulation. As conditions lighten, zip out the heavy collar and put in the mid-weight collar. This collar rests gently on you neck, providing some ventilation while holding most of your warmth in the bag. And finally, as summer is in full swing, don’t get a lighter bag, just leave the collars at home, open the main zipper for full ventilation, and extremely flexible comfort.

If the collar system is the heart of the Bloody Mary, the French Fat Grey Goose down is the muscle. Valandré only uses down from the French Fat Grey Goose, a bird capable of migrating at 30,000 feet (10.000m) in -60°F (-50°C) temperatures for days on end. The down is harvested right before the traditional migration time, when it is fresh, clean and at its plumpest. Then, Valandré selects only the lightest down and fills each compartment with just the right amount.

The foundation that all of Valandré’s sleeping bags are built on is our Tubular Bell construction method. Each Bloody Mary is made from 83 individually cut panels and baffles tailored to fit perfectly around the human form. And when these compartments are filled with the French Fat Grey Goose down, they actually lift off of your body as the bag warms up. This isn’t just a container for the down, it is a technological marvel with all components working in harmony to provide the best warmth-to-weight ratio in the industry.

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Guess who supplied the High Altitude down equipment, who allowed Mrs Oh Eun Sun ( South-Korea), to become the first woman to complete her 14th 8000’s April 27th 2010, and guess who supplied the second: Mrs Edurne Pasaban (Spain) May 24th 2010, and guess who supplied Mrs Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (Austria) on her 13th 8000 this year? Professionals make no mistakes, so why should you?

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Climbing the “Cassin” on Denali | a solitary journey

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Climbing the “Cassin” on Denali – Photo Galery Here

It’s been snowing for days and I am going bonkers at the Ski Hill (NE Fork) camp (cca 2400 m alt.). Tent bound since the 13th of June I start doubting I’d be able to get on the “Cassin” on this trip and I’m getting sure my acclimatization is wearing out by the hour now… I’ve listened to my music, I’ve read my books, I’ve weighted my options all the while the snow was incessantly falling…

Then it’s 20th morning and the sun is shining and the skies are clear. Mark, back at KIA, mentioned something about a break in the weather for the weekend and I guess this must be it. I am weighting my options: go light – no tent, no sleeping bag just the stove, my Sirius down jacket and compressor pants and some bars and gels. Or plan for a three days ascent and go heavy: tent, sleeping bag, food, haul line in case I need to pull my bag, some cams and screws in case I need an anchor… It’s all about weight and weighting my options.

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Elisabeth Revol | Dry touffing, dry motting… & dry tooling.

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Elisabeth Revol | Dry touffing, dry motting… & dry tooling.

Après avoir délaissé mon clavier pendant plus de 2 mois… j’arrive enfin à lâcher mes piolets pour vous donner quelques news… l’acide lactique et la lactate étant trop présent dans mes avant bras pour taper sur les touches !!!

La saison de glace a été (j’utilise le passé, car le réchauffement de ces derniers jours est en train de de démolir nombres de joyaux….) tout simplement magnifique. Tout étant formé, les t° largement négative (voir un peu trop même…), et la neige bien présente (là aussi voir un peu trop…).

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