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Everything posted by Kevin_Ristau

  1. light weight alpine pack

    I bought a Cilogear 60l worksack in february. I have only had it out for a couple of days ice climbing, sans the framesheet and stay, and it carried very well. The pack is very well made and amazingly light compared to a traditional pack. The compression strap system has to be seen to be fully understood - use as many straps as you need to compress the load or shift the load to the hipbelt or shoulders. Also makes lashing stuff to the exterior a breeze.
  2. Steve House- Rupal Face

    Steve and Vince's story: http://www.grivelnorthamerica.com/headlines.php?id=33
  3. BD Alpine Shirt - Any thoughts??

    I have a BD alpine shirt. It'd durability is pretty good, it mainly sees use when I am mountian biking. It is not as weatherproof or as durable as Dryskin extreme, but on cool days it is pretty good. Too warm for sunny days in the summer when a nylon windshirt is a better bet.
  4. Do I need this?

    Lighter, warmer, and less space in the pack.
  5. BD Hexentrics vs. Metolius Curved Hexes

    No experience with the Metolius curved hexes, but their curved nuts seem to be very hard to remove, and tricky to place. Most people I know that have tried them seem to stick with straighter sided nuts.
  6. Windshirt Comparison

    I have both the Arcteryx Tau and the Anabatic. The Tau is more breatheable, and lighter, but less water resistant.
  7. Liberty Ridge; Test, Triumph, and Tragedy

    Well done excellent job on the trip report.
  8. expedition blue barrels

    Eureka makes a line of barrels. Three sizes, clamping lid. Try Skyview Outdoors, under the Patullo bridge in Surrey. 604-580-3777
  9. Looking for a Summit Pack

    I have the Lowe Alpine 40 litre Alpien Attack Summit. Great little pack, very similar to the Genie but it comes with it's own foam. Great packs, they force you to think light.
  10. [TR] Squamish- rock 4/10/2004

    It is more fun when it's wet...
  11. first set of crampons

    Sabretooths, pneumatic binding.
  12. sealskinz gloves

    I have had my sealskinz gloves for years. I finally wore holes in the web between the thumb and forefinger, most probably due to wearing them cycle commuting in the winter. They are excellent value and work well at temps just above freezing.
  13. AT skis -- Advice from the plab crowd?

    I am skiing Atomic TM22 Betarides, with diamir 3 bindings and Denali boots. The skiis are fantastic, no problems at all with the bindings. You lighter types can get away with the dynafit binding. The Denali boots are awesome skiing boots, but they are very stiff for touring, I have a hard time telling if they are in ski or walk mode without checking the lever - and that is while skiing groomed runs.
  14. Black Diamond Rocks!!!

    I have had no problems with my clipfix skins. Stretch them tight and don't be afraid to alter the clip to fit your skiis.
  15. Sizing down with intuitions

    Ditto on the smaller shell size. I did this with my Lowa Civetta's, and was impressed by how comfortable and precise the intuition liners made the boot.
  16. CPR supplies, and CPR discussion

    In a wilderness setting, if you are prepared to start CPR, then you should be prepared to stop it as well. Most people are taught to perform CPR until help arrives, which may not be feasible for the kind of scenarios we are talking about. The vomitting usually occurs as a result of successful CPR where the patient's heart starts beating on its own again. There is usually a lot of vomit. Protection is a good idea. If the patient recovers a pulse, this does not mean that they are out of the woods. They must be constantly monitored, and even if they do recover a pulse they probably won't be breathing on their own. If you do decide to start CPR, remember that you are primarily providing an oxygenated blood flow to the brain in order to prevent loss of brain cells, which begins to occur after five minutes without blood flow. CPR is hard work, physically and emotionally. I have been lucky enough to get a pulse back in a couple of patients, and my crew was involved in a case a year ago whereby one lucky lady made a 100% recovery. It is a very gratifying feeling to be a part of something like that. We lose at least as often as we win, probably more, and most of the time the recovery is not complete. Take a course, learn the skills - not just CPR. Read Medicine for Mountaineering. Be safe.
  17. local gear

    I have the crocodile gaiters and their Modular mitts. The mitts are heavy, but super warm. The moonlite pile feels like it has a built in handwarmer. My wife has one of their bivvy bags and likes it a lot. It has a good bug screen that does not block the airflow too much.
  18. New Cams

    Forged friends...
  19. Another plastic boots thread

    Buy a good shell and replace the liner with an Intuition liner. This will take care of any fit issues, and is warmer and lighter. You may lose some ankle flexibility though. That is what I did with my Lowa Civettas. The difference in fit is amazing.
  20. Sleeping Bag lengths & girths

    everything was wet, except the down. My Z-rest looked like it was trying to make ice cubes. The Pertex definitely did what it is supposed to do.
  21. Sleeping Bag lengths & girths

    My Integral Designs down bag is a regular, and it has tons of room. I wish now that I had ordered the tapered fit actually. The Pertex microlight shell worked really well, even in a single wall tent in the middle of a raincloud. That being said, I too have a lot of experience with (old, heavy, military) down bags in very wet, muddy, non - down friendly environments, and I have never had a serious problem with the bag getting wet. And that includes a lot of situations where I was not able to "manage" the bags exposure.
  22. LED headlights

    I have been having trouble with my 4.5v batteries for my Zoom. The contacts in the batteries seem to be loose from the factory. This has happened on the last three or four batteries that I have purchased. Is there a bad lot out there or am I just having bad luck?
  23. new year goals

    1: Get out more 2: Get wife and child out more 3: Master 5.10, break into 5.11 4: Lead some ice 5: Lead some more ice 6: Anything in the Alpine 7: Ski powder well 8: Buy less gear 9: Use the gear I have 10: Be satisfied with the size of my ass
  24. Windproof durable palm gloves

    My new favourite glove is the Black Diamond Patrol - Leather and Schoeller construction with a (non-removable) fleece lining. Warm enough, good dexterity, waterproof and durable. Maybe a bit too warm for summer use, but I have not found anything lighter that really waterproof except for sealskinz.
  25. Various Schoeller Fabrics

    I was just out on Tuesday in some pretty fierce storm winds wearing schoeller dynamic shirt and pants. The dynamic was good when skinning up and when skiing, excellent breatheability. When I was on top of the ridge and exposed to the wind however, it was not enough protection. For winter I would go with Dryskin. I like the idea of the WB400 but how breatheable is it?