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All Forum Posts by Ross Bleakney

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Re: Re: Ice Axe Shaft Only?
I should have mentioned that I'm not interested in cutting off parts of an ice axe. It seems like a big waste, as well as a pain in the ass (the medal is really hard -- for good reason). I have...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
September 24, 9:01pm

Re: Re: Ice Axe Shaft Only?
I appreciate the concern, but I think you are missing the point. I routinely cross steep snow. Not as much as I used to, but I still do. Last year I crossed a trail that was crossed by dozens of pe...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
September 24, 8:37pm

Re: Re: Ice Axe Shaft Only?
@ B. G. You must have missed the "not as well" part of that sentence. I've done a self arrest with a stick as well as my fist. The first is not recommended, the second is (if you ...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
September 24, 8:18pm

Ice Axe Shaft Only?
I started a thread related to mountaineering gear in the Gear section. Some of the folks who are focused on Mountaineering might have missed it though, so I'm mentioning it now: http://www.back...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
September 24, 8:01pm

Ice Axe Shaft Only?
So, I'm looking for an ice axe substitute. I'm looking for something that I can easily carry and will allow me to perform a self belay. I basically want an ice axe with a shaft and spike, b...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
September 24, 7:58pm

Re: more techy thoughts on tech
I think you missed the whole point of mentioning the winter Pickets traverse, as well as the various guys that did it. Who cares what the average mileage is? Seriously, that is like saying that the...

In GEAR » Since winter is around the corner I'm gonna talk about skis
September 15, 12:26pm

Re: Range of gear...
>> “Without a doubt, the fastest, lightest stuff is Randonee. But that isn't necessarily what all of the great mountaineers are using.” - Telemark ski mountaineers accomplishing any...

In GEAR » Since winter is around the corner I'm gonna talk about skis
September 13, 9:46pm

Re: Transitions
I think BPL has covered some high performance ski gear, but not a lot. Generally speaking, there just isn't that much coverage of winter gear. For example, a lot of people will never learn how ...

In GEAR » Since winter is around the corner I'm gonna talk about skis
September 13, 9:47am

Re: Help me get over fear of trekking pole tents
To me, the biggest advantage of free standing tents over trekking pole tents is convenience. Once you assemble a trekking pole tent, it is a pain to move it. You can do it, but it is just a lot har...

In GEAR » Help me get over fear of trekking pole tents
September 13, 9:03am

Re: fast transitions w/ fast gear
"I've done tours close to folks who are much younger (and have lighter, more expensive gear) and just blown by them with waxless skis. They spent too much time putting on their skins, taki...

In GEAR » Since winter is around the corner I'm gonna talk about skis
September 12, 7:15pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm