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Thanks everyone. Very helpful. That sounds like an great trip msbuz! After reading msbuz's report on current conditions, the crampons are staying at home and I'll worry about thunderstorms i...

In Post-Trip Reports » crampons for 13,000 ft passes in Weminuche (Colorado) in August ?
August 02, 8:47pm

crampons for 13,000 ft passes in Weminuche (Colorado) in August ?
I'll be backpacking over several north-facing passes between 13,000 ft and 13,200 ft, commencing Aug 8th. (The passes include Pigeon-Turret, Jagged and Leviathan-Peak Six). Info on current snow...

In Post-Trip Reports » crampons for 13,000 ft passes in Weminuche (Colorado) in August ?
August 02, 12:29pm

Re: Re: Re: Plastic bottle
Dale, milk jugs are made of a different plastic (HDPE) that is not as tough as the PETE found in soda bottles.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » lightweight crampon bag
July 12, 10:50am

Re: Re: Re: Plastic bottle
Graham, I was suggesting lexan/polycarbonate (not PETE) sheet, on the grounds that it might be tougher than the PETE found in soda bottles. But after some destructive testing on soda bottles, I'v...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » lightweight crampon bag
July 12, 10:47am

Re: Plastic bottle
Excellent suggestion, Andrew. Thanks! Now you've got me thinking about plastic sheeting, would lexan/polycarbonate be even tougher? (Soda bottles are made of PETE). I cut open a soda bottle, and...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » lightweight crampon bag
July 11, 3:27pm

lightweight crampon bag
Most crampon bags and rubber point-protectors weigh at least 4 oz's. Are there any lighter alternatives that protect the rest of your gear and are simple enough to use in the dark? Stubai adve...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » lightweight crampon bag
July 09, 7:43pm

Re: UIAA certified ice axe
Bob, while I agree that UIAA certification is desirable, I believe that a surprising number of axes do not meet UIAA standards . For example, to the best of my knowledge the Grivel Monster has no...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
July 02, 10:05pm

Self-belay
In late May I posted the following query in the "Helix" thread in the gspot forum. It didn't generate any constructive replies, but I think it's an important safety question for anyone considering...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
July 02, 12:15am

British silnylon more waterproof?
Jim Woods' article mentions that PU tent floors usually have a hydrostatic head in the range 5,000 mm to 10,000 mm (higher is better/more waterproof). The article goes on to say that 30D silnylon ...

In GEAR » Silnylon "Misting" and Ray Jardine
June 08, 8:22pm

testing hyperlinks
Here is a link to google This sentence should be ordinary text.

In User Test Forum » testing hyperlinks
June 08, 7:55pm

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