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Andy Wellman

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Andy Wellman is a writer and adventurer with a degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been testing and reviewing gear for OutdoorGearLab since 2014. A native of Colorado, he has spent his entire life playing outside, seeking adventures in mountains around the world. His primary passion is rock climbing, which he has been pursuing for over 22 years, with ticks on his resume of 5.13 sport and trad routes, many ascents of big walls such as El Cap (up to A4, as well as solo, and in-a-day), as well as countless other climbing adventures. He used to own and operate Greener Grass Publishing, a climbing guidebook company specializing in the excellent sandstone of the Southeast, and is the author of Stone Fort Bouldering, a guidebook to the finest boulderfield outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is also an avid trail/mountain runner, having traveled the world extensively expressly to run, and compete, in places as diverse as Nepal and the Canary Islands. When not climbing or running, he is most often found backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, practicing yoga, or chilling on his couch with a book and journal. He likes to use outdoor adventures and challenges as a lens to learn more about himself and the human experience in general, reasoning that even if the great mystery never gets solved, time outside is still time well spent. He currently lives in Terrebonne, Oregon, near Smith Rock, with his partner Elizabeth and dog Rishi.

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Best Muscle Rollers of 2022

Best Muscle Rollers of 2022

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Best Running Socks of 2022

Best Running Socks of 2022

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Best Climbing Belay Device of 2022

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Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

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Best Climbing Cams of 2022

Best Climbing Cams of 2022

Building a rack of cams can be confusing and expensive, especially if you're just starting out. We're here to help you discern your needs and choose wisely. We've put 10 of the top models...
Best Climbing Helmet of 2022

Best Climbing Helmet of 2022

Looking for the best climbing helmet to meet your needs? We've thoroughly tested 12 of the best and most popular choices side-by-side so we can recommend the best helmet for any person, or...
Best Climbing Slings and Runners of 2022

Best Climbing Slings and Runners of 2022

Climbing slings are an invaluable piece of climbing gear that help protect you while leading and attach you to the anchor on multi-pitch climbs. Choosing the right ones to buy improves...
Best Carabiner of 2022

Best Carabiner of 2022

We wanted to find out which carabiner was the best, so we've updated our old review to look at some of the newer products out there, and compared them to some classic performers. Even...
Best Quickdraws for Climbing of 2022

Best Quickdraws for Climbing of 2022

Looking for a new set of quickdraws to round out your sport climbing kit? We can help. We selected 14 sought-after models of draws and put them to the test...
Best Locking Carabiner of 2022

Best Locking Carabiner of 2022

The locking carabiner is a fundamental part of any rock climber's rack, but there are so many out there that shopping can get confusing. We make recommendations for the budget-conscious...
Best Ultralight Tent of 2022

Best Ultralight Tent of 2022

To bring you the best ultralight tent review, we've focused on options weighing less than two pounds. Thru-hiking on the world's longest trails, running from point to point, and...
Best Rock Climbing Rope of 2022

Best Rock Climbing Rope of 2022

We tested 11 of the best ropes available on the market today to give our recommendations for any climbing purpose, from top-roping to sport climbing, for long alpine routes to workouts at...
Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag of 2022

Best Ultralight Sleeping Bag of 2022

We tested 15 of the top models available today to help you find the best bag for your lifestyle. Ultralight sleeping bags use top of the line materials and construction to keep you warm on...
Best Hiking Pants of 2022

Best Hiking Pants of 2022

This comparative hiking pants review looks at pants that are light and airy, as well as heavy and durable, for hiking long distances or short, traveling, climbing, working, and...
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