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Chris McNamara
Chris McNamara

Chris McNamara

Founder and Editor-in-Chief


Chris is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of OutdoorGearLab. Climbing Magazine once computed that three percent of Chris's life on earth has been spent on the face of El Capitan—an accomplishment that has left friends and family pondering Chris’ sanity. He’s climbed El Capitan over 70 times and holds nine big wall speed climbing records. In 1998 Chris did the first Girdle Traverse of El Capitan, an epic 75-pitch route that begs the question, “Why?” Outside Magazine has called Chris one of “the world’s finest aid climbers.” He’s the winner of the 1999 Bates Award from the American Alpine Club and founder of the American Safe Climbing Association, a nonprofit group that has replaced over 14,000 dangerous anchor bolts. Chris is also the founder and lead author of the rock climbing guidebooks publisher, SuperTopo. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley. You can follow him on Facebook and ChrisMcNamara.com.

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Best Backpacking Gear of 2022

Best Backpacking Gear of 2022

If you are gearing up for Backpacking, we've got you covered with our comprehensive list of the best gear of the year.
Best Climbing Gear of 2022

Best Climbing Gear of 2022

Looking for the best climbing gear we've ever tested? Come check out our hand-selected list of the top gear of 2022.
Best Handheld GPS of 2022

Best Handheld GPS of 2022

Looking to improve your backcountry navigation? We bought and tested 7 of the best GPS units on the market to help you find the right one for your next dream trip.
Best Climbing Gloves of 2022

Best Climbing Gloves of 2022

Want to keep your hands safe while climbing? Whether you're rappelling, belaying, jamming cracks, or aid climbing, gloves are a critical tool that can leave your hands unscathed.
Best Climbing Nuts and Stoppers of 2022

Best Climbing Nuts and Stoppers of 2022

We researched the best climbing nuts and chose the top options to test side by side for months on end. We tested both versatile and specific use options to bring you...
Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Looking for a new pad? This review examines the best 12 models on the market to help you find the right model for your needs and environment. Our expert testers carried, climbed, and...
Commencal Meta Power TR Ride
Best Buy

Commencal Meta Power TR Ride

A budget-friendly upper-mid travel eMTB with a versatile but hard-charging performance. This long and slack bike rips on descents, powers up climbs, and boasts an impressive range with the...
Specialized Turbo Levo SL Comp
Top Pick

Specialized Turbo Levo SL Comp

The new Turbo Levo SL is an exciting and innovative new e-bike. With a smaller motor and battery, it weighs less than a full-powered model and delivers a little less than half of the power...
Best Avalanche Beacon of 2022

Best Avalanche Beacon of 2022

An avalanche beacon is an essential part of a backcountry ski kit. But which one is best for you? We purchased 14 of the top beacons available and put them to the test across several...
Gas One GS-3000
Best Buy

Gas One GS-3000

This little stunner is a cross between a light camp stove and emergency burner. It's versatile, highly affordable, and ideal for short bursts of cooking and one-pot meals.
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