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Ian Nicholson after a long day near Washington Pass.
Ian Nicholson after a long day near Washington Pass.
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Ian Nicholson

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Ian is an internationally licensed IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide, meaning he is certified as an Alpine, Rock and Ski guide through the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association). As a guide for more than 15 years, he now works on the AMGA National Instructor Team to help to instruct and certify the next generation of mountain guides. Additionally, he works for NWAC (the Northwest Avalanche Center) as a professional observer, has worked in Alaska as an avalanche forecaster and currently works for AIARE as a Pro-Instructor; teaching professional-level avalanche courses. Ian is quite passionate about avalanche education and has instructed over 90 recreational Level 1 and Level 2 courses. He has been writing for OutdoorGearLab since its inception and few people are as passionate about gear. A true gear junkie from a young age few people research every item as meticulously, think about how it might affect your day in the hills, and of course most importantly how it compares in performance to other similar products. In the climbing world, Ian has been climbing for over 20 years and authored the guide book SUPERTOPO: Washington Pass Climbing. Some of Ian’s experience ranges from having established over a half-dozen first ascents in his home range of the Cascades as well as opening new routes in farther-off regions such as the Waddington Range, Patagonia and the Alaska Range.

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Best Nut Tools for Climbing of 2022

Best Nut Tools for Climbing of 2022

We took the best nut tools and tested them at cleaning a variety of cams and nut types in all sizes and over a broad spectrum of rock types. We compared their weight, durability, ability...
Best Rope Bags for Climbing of 2022

Best Rope Bags for Climbing of 2022

Looking to keep your rope safe while you climb and travel? We bought and tested 9 of the best rope bags available to help you find the best one for your needs.
Best Four Season Tent of 2022

Best Four Season Tent of 2022

Looking for a four season tent? Let us help. We researched over 50 of the most popular tents on the market and put the best 12 in head-to-head tests over several months. Our expert...
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 Ski Gloves of 2022

Best Ski Gloves of 2022

With so many choices, it can be difficult to find the right pair. We hands-on test the best gloves and mittens for skiing and snowboarding
Best Backcountry Ski Bindings of 2022

Best Backcountry Ski Bindings of 2022

Our authoritative, thorough review of 15 backcountry ski binding models is communicated here with an educated eye toward not only what you want, but what you need. Those two things might...
Best Avalanche Airbag of 2022

Best Avalanche Airbag of 2022

To find the best airbag packs, we researched over 48 models, and tested the top 6 for over three months in the backcountry. We selected packs that were lightweight, easy to travel with...
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...
Best Hangboard of 2022

Best Hangboard of 2022

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Best Ice Axes of 2022

Best Ice Axes of 2022

What's the best ice axe for mountaineering? We tested the best products and compared them head-to-head across a series of metrics, analyzing each one's performance.
Best Rain Pants of 2022

Best Rain Pants of 2022

Choosing a pair of rain pants is an unwanted bear of a task. We've done the dirty work, which involves sorting through the massive market and deciding on the best 13 to purchase for testing.
Best Rain Jackets of 2022

Best Rain Jackets of 2022

Whether you need an all-around rain jacket or one suited for specific types of applications or budgets, we have a pick for you. We analyzed over 80 jackets before purchasing
How to Choose the Right Backpacking Backpack

How to Choose the Right Backpacking Backpack

We want to make it easy for you to find the right pack for your next adventure. If you need help sorting through your options, our Buying Advice article on backpacks is a great place to...
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