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Ian McEleney

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After falling in love with mountains in New England, Ian traveled all over the country making ascents of everything from short roadside rock climbs to big walls to big peaks in the wilderness. Now he lives, plays, and guides in the Sierra Nevada, one of North America’s best mountain playgrounds. He rounds the year out with forays to Red Rocks, Moab, Washington’s Cascades, and Alaska. He likes ice cream, jackets with hoods, and well-earned rest days.

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Best Climbing Backpack of 2022

Best Climbing Backpack of 2022

Looking for a climbing backpack for your multi-pitch adventures? We tested the top climbing packs to determine which was the most durable, comfortable, and versatile...
Best Backpacking Stoves of 2022

Best Backpacking Stoves of 2022

We've been testing the best backpacking stoves for over a decade, and this current review has our 20 favorites. We purchased each stove for rigorous and thorough testing, spending more...
How To Choose a Backpacking Stove

How To Choose a Backpacking Stove

Buying the right backpacking stove can make your life in the backcountry more enjoyable. But not all stoves were made with the same adventurer in mind -- many specialize
Soto Windmaster
Editors' Choice

Soto Windmaster

This stove is light, easy to use, and features a great piezo igniter and generous pot supports. It's good at simmering and does impressively well in the wind.
BRS-3000T
Best Buy

BRS-3000T

This tiny stove impressed us for being ultracompact, ultralight, and performing decently in all our metrics. It does all of this for an unbeatably low price.
JetBoil MiniMo
Top Pick

JetBoil MiniMo

This integrated canister stove is a boiling champ. When dehydrated meals are your backcountry reality, this model is a wonderful friend to have.
Best Snowshoes of 2022

Best Snowshoes of 2022

Finding the best pair of snowshoes for your adventure from the ever-growing crop of choices can be worse than wallowing through three feet of fresh snow in tennis shoes. To help, we...
MSR Lightning Ascent
Editors' Choice

MSR Lightning Ascent

This snowshoe has everything you've come to expect from the best on the market with a new binding design that, unfortunately, wasn't our favorite...
Atlas Helium Trail
Best Buy

Atlas Helium Trail

This model is good at all the basics and won't break the bank, making for a high value product all around. It's one of the easiest to use snowshoes that we've tested, and...
TSL Symbioz Elite
Top Pick

TSL Symbioz Elite

Unique and highly comfortable, this easy to walk-in snowshoe is ideal for packed, firm, and groomed trails. The flip side is that it doesn't do well in deep snow, but if you plan to stay...
How to Choose a Rock Climbing Backpack

How to Choose a Rock Climbing Backpack

On the hunt for a climbing backpack and not sure how to choose? To find the best options, we went over each pack in our lineup stitch by stitch during multi-month testing. By the end we...
Crescent Moon Gold 10
Top Pick

Crescent Moon Gold 10

If your entire motivation for snowshoeing is getting into deep fresh powder, this is a great model to consider. A large surface area coupled with...
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