Crow Tales

Comparisons: the La Sportiva Akasha VS. the Bushido

Comparisons: the La Sportiva Akasha VS. the Bushido

by Liz Blair
For the past couple of years I’ve been running in the La Sportiva Akasha with excellent results. I’ve enjoyed the fit, and the tread has held up well over harsh terrain and long distances. A friend of mine has felt equally similar about the La Spo…
Review: Fjällräven Kajka 55L Women's Backpack

Review: Fjällräven Kajka 55L Women's Backpack

by Morgen Dorsey
After eight years of use and abuse on overnight ski tours, thru-hikes, and tight trips in the overhead luggage compartment, I decided to retire my high-school-era Vaude 45L backpack. My goal was to upgrade to a 55L pack with a women’s specific fit, u…
Review: La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX Hiking Boots

Review: La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX Hiking Boots

by Aidan Multhauf
Buying a new pair of boots less than 24-hours before a long backpacking trip is generally not the best idea. It’s like diving into a swimming hole without checking for rocks first. Will your new boots cause blisters or hotspots? How will they support…
Climbing Eolus and North Eolus

Climbing Eolus and North Eolus

by Liz Blair
This past weekend some fellow Crows and I embarked on a 4-day backpacking trip through Chicago Basin. It was my first time in the basin, so expectations were high. I was particularly excited about summiting a couple 14er’s, namely Mt. Eolus and Nort…
Review: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX® Hiking Shoes

Review: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX® Hiking Shoes

by Margaret Hedderman
The standard route to the top of Mt. Sneffels (14,150 feet) climbs a steep scree slope for roughly 900’ before veering up a bouldery col with some Class 3 moves. This popular 14er in the San Juan Mountains demands a boot with an aggressive tread and…