If anyone has been to the Canadian Rockies for climbing they likely know about the one thing in the area that is just as memorable as the rock, the hiking. Most cliffs are a 45-minute hike minimum, and many dip into the hour and a half, to two-hour range. Yeah, phew. I get tired just reading that! So even though I had begged and pleaded to get my hands on the Five Ten’s new Dome mid’s I found myself scared to take the shoe switch plunge on Acephale’s super steep, rock-rolling, tree-stump riddled, t-shirt drenching approach. Especially since I had a perfectly worn in pair of new Dome low’s in tow.
And then one day I found myself forced to make the change after forgetting my regular approach shoes. As fate would have it, that very night the infamous Lev Pinter decided to grace us with his presence after he got off work for an evening sesh. This is always a great reason to stay at the cliff until 9pm, but with the fading summer light it also means walking out 45-minutes downhill, in the dark, sin headlamp. It was the Dome mids first day out and they were going to be put into full ankle-twisting-territory. I may have walked like an ailing grandma the last 15 minutes of the hike, but I was impressed by not a single twist or lost footing. These guys had passed with flying colors!