Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Tackle the toughest of terrain with these mountaineering products.

tent: courtesy of Mountain Hardwear; crampons and piolet: courtesy of Black Diamond; boots: courtesy of Verde PR; climber: istock

A. Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Tent
Price: $750
This Mountain Hardwear tent is light (weighing in at just over six pounds), yet strong enough to withstand the harshest conditions. It shelters up to three people and comes with clips to secure it in strong winds. A built-in ventilation system helps prevent frost. (Available at Whole Earth Provision Co., 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., 214-824-7444, or online at

B. Black Diamond Raven Piolet with grip
Price: $84.95
This pick’s stainless steel head and molded grip help when you need to chop ice. It also comes with a wrist-wrap slider leash to prevent drops. (Available at Whole Earth Provision Co. or online at

C. La Sportiva Olympus Mons evo Boots
Price: $850
These high-altitude climbing boots come with an insulated inner boot and synthetic outer boot to keep your feet warm. Made with a breathable upper gaiter and anti-perforation Kevlar fabric, they go perfectly with step-in crampons. (Available at Whole Earth Provision Co. or online at 

D. Black Diamond Cyborg Crampons with ABS
Price: $189.95
Ideal for climbing in ice, these lightweight crampons are a perfect fit on most mountaineering boots. Their secondary points enhance balance and their hooded vertical frontpoints perform well on all surfaces, from rock edges to ice smears. The accompanying anti-balling system (ABS) helps prevent snow accumulation underfoot. (Available at Whole Earth Provision Co. or online at

E. Exposure Rock Climbing one-year membership
Price: $385
Practice makes perfect, so if you’re planning a climbing excursion, train at this challenging indoor facility. Private lessons can be made by appointment, and rental equipment is available. (2389b Midway Rd., Carrollton, 972-732-0307,


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