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This story originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of our print edition.
Traveling as a climber certainly has its challenges. You beat up your gear, often venture into the land of no wall outlets (or showers), smell bad, and do not always get access to most of the comforts our modern world has to offer. We sent our testers out in the field to try products on six different continents to narrow down this list of five favorites that make life on the road a little bit easier.
Power Up Anywhere
Review: Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Solar Kit
“From country-hopping in South America to charging camera batteries and iPhones in the Venezuelan jungle every day for three weeks, the Sherpa 50 was an excellent solution for portable power in a lightweight and compact package.” Read the full review.
Lightweight, Compact Photo Lenses
Review: Olloclip 4-in-1 Lenses
The best camera for traveling climbers is already in your pocket, and with these tiny lenses, your phone just got even better. This lens kit is simple: You get one adapter that slides onto your phone, and four lenses that quickly screw on to the adapter. Read the full review.
Quiver of One Shoe
Review: Five Ten Guide Tennie Canvas
The Guide Tennie has long been a testers’ favorite for technical approaches and easier alpine climbs, and the canvas version is more breathable for summer and shoulder seasons. “From town to trail to talus, these kicks are my go-to quiver of one for traveling.” Read the full review.
Review: Icebreaker Escape Pants
“Twelve hours on planes and in airports followed by a quick bouldering session to shake off the jet-lag, which then turned into an evening out having dinner and drinks late into the night—Euro-style,” one tester said. “These pants were perfect for all of it!” Read the full review.
Cavernous, Convenient Hauler
Review: Marmot Long Hauler Duffle (Large)
It will hold everything you need for a month or more of travel: “It seems like a never-ending chasm that will always fit one more jacket or pair of climbing shoes.” Read the full review.