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the important calculus of determining appropriate protection - what are the chances of a fall and what are the consequences – everybody has their own risk curve
"in a pinch, on soft snow, you can use a spike ended tube for self arrest. I would grab it a few inches from the pointy end with my left hand (I'm right handed) and somewhere towards the t...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
October 31, 10:21am

Re: so how do you self arrest with that thing?
are you talking about op's desire for a shaft with a grip and no axe head? i don't think the plan is to self-arrest, just self-belay. If you're talking about the petzl snowtube, as...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
October 31, 8:30am

somebody had to go and say "tactical"
now whenever somebody puts "tactical" and "pack" into google they are gonna find their way here. not that i have anything against folks that dress head to toe in 5.11 and carry...

In GEAR » Patagucci as technical wear?
October 29, 8:48pm

skeptical
They were a special (old school) offer from wt last year. the style goes back to before the private equity company came in and doesn't really fit with their new product direction. they were th...

In GEAR » Vest for underneath arcteryx atom lt hoody
October 29, 4:02pm

if you are looking for a 100g jacket
there's a company on ebay right now blowing-out the wild things 4oz primaloft (sport?) hooded sweater for $90. if you find a color/size combination you like that's a hard price to beat. to...

In GEAR » Vest for underneath arcteryx atom lt hoody
October 29, 2:06pm

peter - you may be thinking of the black diamond whippet or
the petzl snowscopic which has both a pick and adze and looks more like an ice axe with a ski pole sticking out the bottom. there are also a couple of grip replacements for ski poles that have a p...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Shaft Only?
October 29, 9:49am

for winter use in snow i'm a big fan of soft shell pants made from schoeller dryskin w/3xdry
find a brand that fits and uses dryskin and you will bee good-to-go. the pair i have has schoeller WB-400 in the seat and knees for added protection when sitting or kneeling. i've used a bunch...

In GEAR » Backpacking snow shell pants
October 28, 9:47am

for your purposes maybe skip the atom lt and go with a patagonia nanopuff
the atom lt is desinged to be used as an active layer with an athletic cut and the power strech side panels. the nanopuff has a much better cut for layering under, doesn't have the power stret...

In GEAR » Vest for underneath arcteryx atom lt hoody
October 28, 8:00am

i have a 40l, because i thought the zipper access was important,
but realized pretty quickly that i don't need it, while i know some who think it's great. i'd think of going up to the 45l for just a little more room, and the 45l is built a little lig...

In GEAR » CiloGear or Cold Cold World packs for hiking
October 23, 4:04pm

what alex said
i have a bog-standard 40l that’s my high-percentage go-to pack and couldn't be more happy. stripped-down the pack bag weighs under 2# and while that might not be the lightest 40l pack out on...

In GEAR » CiloGear or Cold Cold World packs for hiking
October 23, 2:06pm

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