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Poster: A snowHead
Sun 17-12-17 17:47
Replies: 22
@davidof, nice photos. I like the coils and no knots myself. I canít see how you could use a knotted rope through a pulley system or with a prussik so self rescue from a crevasse could be a problem.
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Sun 17-12-17 12:56
Replies: 22
I don't know of any reliable rappel device that would work with a 6mm rope. Petzl Reverso with two karabiners ( https://www.petzl.com/GB/en/Sport/Rappelling-on-the-RAD-LINE-cord ) Mammut Nano 8 ( https://skimo.co/mammut-rappel-kit ). HMS karabiner and italian hitch ( https://www.petzl.com/GB/en/Sport/Rappelling-on-the-RAD-LINE-cord ) You might also be interested to read the article I linked to above about using a 6mm Petzl Rad Line for arresting crevasse falls. Thanks for the info Oceanic. Make sure you read these links if youíre intending to use a 6mm rope as there are a lot of exceptions. For instance itís not easy to set up a safe ab on a single 6mm rope!
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Sun 17-12-17 1:42
Replies: 11
I have a friend who was most of the way up mont blanc when his binding failed due to a screw not having been epoxied.
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Sat 16-12-17 13:44
Replies: 13
@BobinCH, you need to book the bus. @Steve77, exactly what @ZombieSi, said.
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Sat 16-12-17 3:16
Replies: 15
Sounds like heís pushing for a sale. Get a second opinion. Welcome to snowheads.
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Sat 16-12-17 0:43
Replies: 59
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Fri 15-12-17 13:45
Replies: 22
Some things to think about. Dynamic v static. Static ropes should only be used where there is no chance of a dynamic load, even a small fall on a static rope is potentially very dangerous. Diameter, modern ropes are thinner and lighter than ever. Rather than focus on actual diameter itís the strength of the rope that matters. Very thin ropes are harder to handle and hard to climb hand over hand, harder to knot securely, and donít like being bent to a small radius plus tricker to prussic up except with a mechanical device. Length, obviously longer ropes are heavier, but in many situations a 30m is too short. On glaciers skiing roped with two skiers it will be ok as it will be for a confidence rope over a short step. For crevasse rescue for a shallow casualty in a small crevasse it will work, but for a deeper rescue where a belay has to be set up well away from the edge and a more complex pulley system is required then 30m will be too short but may be useful for securing the victim while help arrives. For abs a doubled 30m rope isnít going to get you far. If you know exactly what youíre going to need the rope for, then the type and length of rope should be obvious, however for a ďjust in caseĒ rope that you have no intention of using except in an emergency then itís a fine judgment. I have a 40m 8mm dynamic rope.
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Thu 14-12-17 20:08
Replies: 22
@Sako85, not an answer but some thoughts. There needs to be a couple of ropes in a party. Although 30m is common for a ski rope in my direct experience for a decent ab or even a crevasse rescue itís a bit short. Iím sure it passes all the tests but Iíd find 6mm a bit thin and Iím not sure if my various toys/tools would work with it. For a specific project where a long ab over easy angled ground is required it would be very handy paired with another one.
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Wed 13-12-17 13:48
Replies: 155
https://www.thelocal.ch/20171213/three-skiers-convicted-after-causing-avalanche-that-injured-two-others/amp?__twitter_impression=true Interesting court case in Switzerland regarding liability.
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Wed 13-12-17 13:19
Replies: 7
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Tue 12-12-17 23:15
Replies: 44
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Tue 12-12-17 23:13
Replies: 44
Iíve just checked on Via Michelin for non toll options. It gives three options incl the Germany/Swiss one all are 14 hours plus. I guess if time isnít an issue but cost is, and you can stay in your van itís an option. I had a friend who took his camper to Sicily last summer avoiding tolls.
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Tue 12-12-17 22:37
Replies: 44
@Kajaski, thatís not how it works. There are toll stations at every entrance and exit, you pay for each km you do itís not possible to not pay. The alternative is not to use the motorways but it would be a slow journey.
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Tue 12-12-17 16:44
Replies: 155
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 12-12-17 16:44
Replies: 155
Reports of a boarder being taken a few meters in Snowdonia yesterday. Luckily he was mostly unharmed except for bruises. From British backcountry on Facebook. ďOut skiing in the Carneddau today, snow cover is ok for the views but not great for skiing, lots of grass sticking through still - I went to ski on the SSE steep section coming off Pen Yr Helgi Du where the wind loading had made some decent coverage - unfortunately it was a bit too windloaded and avalanched on about the 4th turn down, fracturing above me at the top of the slope and sweeping me off my feet instantly and down through some rocks. No major harm done except some bruises a broken phone screen and my poles are still up there buried somewhere. As I skied out the lower angled slopes below were collapsing under me too but too shallow to slide. Being in North Wales and with so much grass poking out everywhere I just didnít have my avalanche head on but at least a not too painful lesson learned. (In the photo the debris is coming from the top left and Iím the dot lower down - thanks Phil for the picture)Ē
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Tue 12-12-17 12:26
Replies: 50
@RobWa, one thing to add, stopping for a hot chocolate before you get too cold.
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Tue 12-12-17 10:02
Replies: 13
Thinking about balance and arm position when skiing, if you try to stand up from sitting on a soft chair, itís much easier if you have your hands well out in front of you.
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Mon 11-12-17 23:57
Replies: 13
@Grizzler, itís been a while on the toe nails, plus I canít even sit cross legged without using my hands :(
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Mon 11-12-17 23:51
Replies: 97
@snoozeboy, i didnít know about, strobing led lights, thanks. If itís proper black ice it matters little what tyres you have on. A couple of years back I parked on a slightly sloping sideways car park at Les Houches, with 4x4 + snow tyres, and my car started to slide slowly sideways. I just managed to reverse out before I hit the car next to me. So I parked it on a flat bit of the car park. Along came another car, French I think, and tried to park in the same place, I tried to warn him about the ice, but he waved me off with a little contempt. Sure enough he also started sliding sidewards but managed to crash into the car next to him. A little shrug from me was enough.
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Sun 10-12-17 23:55
Replies: 155
@DB, great set of short and to the point videos. Thanks.
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Sun 10-12-17 19:11
Replies: 155
@BobinCH, I was told that they donít like to call 4 let alone '5 in Verbier because it meant lots of properties had to be evacuated.
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Sun 10-12-17 18:51
Replies: 155
Freeride avi chart. 1/5 crap 2/5 crap 3/5 might get some 4/5 yeeehaaa powder day 5/5 shut
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Sun 10-12-17 13:36
Replies: 86
This was Birmingham today.
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Sun 10-12-17 10:37
Replies: 155
Last year the day after Iíd done some training with the avalanche academy I was carefully traversing in on maybe 25deg slope and I set off a small slide on the the 40deg above. Fortunately only my ego caught out.
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Sun 10-12-17 10:31
Replies: 155
Oops. That area is very steep and a bit of a death trap after a snowfall. Doesnít stop Chamonix crew from jumping in.
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Sun 10-12-17 10:01
Replies: 155
http://www.data-avalanche.org/listAvalanche/1512737104590#!prettyPhoto Le Tour Chamonix
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Fri 8-12-17 17:35
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ďImportant for Eurostar travellers : Increased security checks for passengers coming into MoŻtiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice railway stations from outside the schengen area. Attacks on France and several other European countries in recent months, and the persistent terrorist threat, has lead to a need for greater security at border controls in the Schengen area. The Schengen Borders Code was therefore modified last April: from now on, all travellers, whether they are nationals from Ďthird countriesí or from European Union countries, are subject to a systematic security check when coming in and out of the Schengen area, be it through air, sea or land These new, more comprehensive security checks are likely to lead to a significant increase in the time it takes to go through controls, and is expected to cause delays for Eurostar trains from Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Moutiers To limit the effects of these measures, and in agreement with the Eurostar company, a new procedure will be put in place this winter: - During the London-MoŻtiers/Bourg-Saint-Maurice journey the company will distribute a form to be filled-in for each passenger (including minors) and will include identity details, date of birth, date of return by Eurostar, as well as the train number for the return journey. - This document will be given to commercial agents on the train during the outward journey and then passed on to the French authorities on arrival at their final destination. The purpose of this procedure is to enable Customs to anticipate the number of security checks and speed up controls on the day of departure. In order to ensure that security controls and migratory controls can take place in the best possible conditions without delaying the departure of the trains we would recommend that all transfers to these stations are booked to ensure that passengers arrive 2 hours before their departure time. I would be very grateful if you could adhere to these arrival times and ask that you confirm that you are willing to cooperate with this procedure to me and the Mayors of MoŻtiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The Customs services have made every effort to limit the consequences of these increased security checks but need your full cooperation so that departures are done in respect to the new regulations, whilst limiting possible inconveniences to your guests.Ē
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Tue 5-12-17 19:16
Replies: 12
@alfredo, modern skins exert almost no stress on the tip. The clip stops snow getting in and helps in putting them on. Skins work with or without tail clips, Iíve used both. Iíve been touring since 1982 and have never seen that type of skin used. Do you ask out of general interest or are you thinking of using them.
Poster: A snowHead
Tue 5-12-17 18:17
Replies: 8
This is great fun if it coincides with your trip. https://www.carnifest.com/events/italy/aosta/586/fair-of-saint-orso-la-fiera-di-sant-orso-di-aosta-2018.aspx At the Aosta end of the valley you have fort de bard, and the town of pont st Martin both worth a visit. Aosta a little further away is well worth a trip. I did hear the nightlife in gressony accurately described as ďyou can hear a garage door slam at two milesĒ.
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Tue 5-12-17 16:12
Replies: 12
Skins with side straps instead of glue must be truly ancient, avoid. Get the best and keep them in good condition, problems with skins can be extremely frustrating, and your companions wonít be too pleased either. There is a modern system of glueless skins, which do ďstickĒ.
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Tue 5-12-17 16:03
Replies: 22
@fixx, it was the last cold snap that got me thinking. I realised how much old newish stuff I had lying about and guessed many of my friends would have the same which proved to be right. I like the idea of a rack Iíll tell the charity people about it.
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Mon 4-12-17 18:17
Replies: 22
@McKenzie, thanks, Iím interested to see the kilt socks :) With me itís the other way round, my wife is busy finding stuff and saying I havenít seen you wear this recently. Iím hoping to take the stuff in Thursday or Friday. Thanks again.
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Sun 3-12-17 23:41
Replies: 11
The decent from col d chardonnet has become tricky and is avoided by many favouring the col d passion which still gives the option of using the trient. The run to champex is very nice. Lots of teams now do the verbier option but from me this misses the crux sector above the Valsorey. The day from the vignettes hut was my favourite but thereís a long flatish bit right under the Matterhorn where hanging about is bad news so maybe it would be a bad idea on a board. The guide usually makes the call on the final route. Fatmap have a route for the hlr done by one of the guides which also has the standard variations marked. Iíll post some screenshots if you want. Swiss online maps. https://map.geo.admin.ch/mobile.html?lang=en&topic=ech&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&layers=ch.swisstopo.zeitreihen,ch.bfs.gebaeude_wohnungs_register,ch.bav.haltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swisstlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visibility=false,false,false,false&layers_timestamp=18641231,,,
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Sun 3-12-17 20:01
Replies: 22
@dp, that sounds a familiar story. I remember talking to a guy from Cotswold who supplied a lot of stuff to army lads, he told me that whenever there was a war on they would clean him out of stuff that actually worked. A few of us once bought some very nice large rucksacks there cheaply because they were olive green. However 8 lads with olive rucksacks did attract unwelcome attention at border crossings in South America!
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Sun 3-12-17 19:45
Replies: 12
@horizon, when people start skiing off piste it can be a challenge because it will highlight any technique issues. Looking at kolkie she has made good progress for a relatively new skier. She is a little back on her skis which isnít the end of the world if youíre skiing powder, however she also seems to have ďfear of the fall lineĒ which will be more of a problem. By this I mean she has a tendency to rush the turn to avoid facing downhill. When she is facing directly down hill she very quickly pushes the tails out to get the skis round. When skiing off piste in deep or lumpy snow doing this isnít so easy to do and may cause a fall. Correcting this tail swinging/twitching will take a bit of time and effort. A couple of things you might get her to try are, counting, out loud at first, right through the turn, the idea is to slow things down letting the skis do the work. Also encourage more flowing turns so the they quickly merge into one another but without going around too far and ending up across the slope. Itís best to practice this on the piste on relatively flat slopes to get it nailed. Just a last thought, maybe try some shorter poles they might help get her forward a bit, plus thereís a slight tendency for her hands to swing forward with the turn. When trying to correct something like this an hours focused private lesson with a good instructor can really pay off and I would strongly advise it.
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Sun 3-12-17 19:04
Replies: 22
@dp, thanks for the tip, itís my intention to go through one of the Birmingham Outreach Organizations, they are helpfully specific about what is useful. In the search of my own stuff for useful items Iíve turned up a duvet jacket, thatís over forty years old with patched sleeves, not sure what it might fetch on eBay but Iíll most likely hang on to it for old time sake. I last used it for walking to the pub 13 years ago when I was living in Argentiere, on a mountain twenty years before that.
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Sun 3-12-17 17:13
Replies: 7
Have a look at Buffs.
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Sun 3-12-17 12:58
Replies: 30
Iíve done Zurich-St Anton easy transfer and very reliable even in bad weather.
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Sat 2-12-17 18:54
Replies: 22
@Markymark29, these people will know. https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/leeds-street-outreach-service
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Sat 2-12-17 18:00
Replies: 22
@McKenzie, many thanks Iíll pm you. No skein dhub in the kilt socks I hope.
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