You’ve just finished a sweaty six hour approach to the edge of the glacier. You drop your pack, flake the rope and throw on your harness. You reach inside your pack for your sunglasses… NOOO! You realize that you left your sunglasses on the dashboard of the car. You can’t go on without them. If… [Continue Reading]

I love almost everything about my Dynafit TLT 5 boots. They’re comfortable, lightweight, they’re easy to walk in, climb, and ski well. The one thing that I hate is the lower buckle. Because the buckle portion is exposed on the lower outside portion of the boot, every time I walk in snow, the buckle flips… [Continue Reading]

I have been really bad about posting, but I’m finally getting caught up on some editing. Dave suggested I take a random Monday off the other week and head up to Baker. He was up there a few days before and said it would be awesome so I said, hey why not? I just recently… [Continue Reading]

I was with my cousin Josh this last Monday, skiing and ice climbing. We had been trying to scout out the source lake line in the Alpental Valley. While touring up, both of us had noticed a significant amount of sugary snow on top of an ice crust, that made for some miserable skinning. Every… [Continue Reading]

I have been a little behind on my posts lately. December this year has been absolutely amazing. I don’t think I have ever had such a good start to the ski season. I was lucky enough to have Peter in town to ski on my home surf and wow was it deep. I didn’t get… [Continue Reading]

Duct Tape Sunglasses

You’ve just finished a sweaty six hour approach to the edge of the glacier. You drop your pack, flake the rope and throw on your harness. You reach inside your pack for your sunglasses… NOOO! You realize that you left your sunglasses on the dashboard of the car. You can’t go on without them. If only there was some way to limit the UV exposure to your corneas so you could keep going…

Duct Tape Sunglasses:

Start with about 10-12” of duct tape. Place this sticky side up. Take another 6-7” of tape and center this sticky side down in the middle of the longer strip. Put this across your eyes and approximately measure where you eye slits should go. Keeping this spot marked with your finger, fold the tape in half. With a sharp knife, cut a 1.5” slit all the way through both sides.
Unfold and cut two parallel slits 1-2mm from the original cuts. Remove the center material and try on for size.The exposed adhesive tabs should keep the tape on your face (at
least for a while).

Additional notes: Duct tape sunglasses might do in a pinch, but they limit your ability to see. If you’re on a glacier, skiing, or doing any sort of technical climbing, you probably want your partner to go first. Eventually, the adhesive will get all sweaty and they won’t want to stick anymore. You may need more tape or other means to keep them on. UV intensity increases 4% every thousand feet, so these may be less adequate at extremely high elevations. My worst skin sunburn and my only brush with sunburned corneas occurred in a white out on the North Ridge of Mt. Baker. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean you won’t get burned.