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  1. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    I just realized Wild Things doesnt make the stuff they once did. I had a make your own design awhile back from them. Sheesh I am way out of touch.
  2. question Grivel Easy Slider

    Found a feed from a bit back lol. Guess Im not the only one.
  3. question Grivel Easy Slider

    Anyone here have a Grivel ice axe with an easy slider on it? If so is your slider like super easy to bump out of position while "locked" towards the top of your axe? When I have mine up top if I breath on it wrong it falls down the shaft. This seems like it would be really annoying on lower angle terrain where you want it out of the way. I tried looking for a US support link for Grivel to bug them and nodda. So I came up with a temp solution with some shock cord I had laying around, running it through the loop where the leash attaches to the slider, and when I want the slider in the top position I loop it around adze as seen in the photos below. Is it supposed to slide that easy? I mean yeah I get "Easy Slider" but this seems a bit overboard. Are there any cons you can foresee in regards to my solution? Only other option I can see is to remove it all together and run the leash through the biner cutout in the pick/down around the handle as many do with a standard leash.
  4. question Ice Axe transportation

    Thanks for that suggestion MtnBoy. I could see that working as well.
  5. question Ice Axe transportation

    I appreciate the input. Cardboard it is.
  6. question Ice Axe transportation

    Thanks man. A lot of this is foriegn to me and I hate feeling like a pain in the ass with all of the questions but really not anyone else to ask.
  7. question Ice Axe transportation

    I was looking at the Grivel protectors but was leery because they dont actually cover the teeth on the pick. This may be a non-issue being I just dont know any better and too much assumption on my end and always analyzing things from worse case potential. I was thinking of possibly using foam pipe insulation that is used for HVAC. Feel free to tell me I am over thinking this at any time lol.
  8. question Ice Axe transportation

    Hey folks. Time for me to drive you all batty with my overly inquisitive self again. So, I have decided to take a train from Pa. to Washington for my Rainier experience. I think the scenery along the way will be awesome. Any suggestions or tricks you all have on how to protect the pick, adze, and spike from gnawing on my other gear while on this multiple 1000 mile foray into the the PNW while in my duffle? Im using a Cassin crampon pouch bag thingamabobber for my spikes. As always thanks in advance.
  9. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    Ive seen good feedback on the Perch and it has been one of 3 that I am considering. Not familiar with the Chaos so thanks for the mention. Will definitely check it out.
  10. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    We have the same thing here with REI. A lot is more geared towards the urban commuter. I rarely go there unless I need someting in a pinch.
  11. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    We dont have much here outside of REI for outdoor gear. I cant even look at a pair of mountaineering boots unless I make a 4hr drive. Sucks.
  12. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    I figured as much. I didnt think there were many fixed lines on the DC. So, justified to bring in your opinion or more of a burden due to the weight? I figured I can also use a prusik to hang my bear bag somewhere on route not so much for bears but for penguins and rogue Sleestaks.
  13. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    Lmao. Only a few now. I kept the shortest ones. ...bet you wont be laughing when you see me coming thru the snowfield looking like the 2nd coming of Grandma Gatewood.
  14. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    DPS, on the "required list" of items for the Muir seminar thru RMI they actually require a lightweight insulation layer and then a midweight. Thats where the Fortrez and Proton come in on my end. They are kinda forcing me to tote both up the ridge. Scroll down on the link and you will see what I mean. https://www.rmiguides.com/mt-rainier/camp-muir-seminar/equipment I have an ascender. Can someone point me out to the pros of bringing one on a climb like this? Just trying to justify having it hanging from my harness.
  15. Mid/late June footwear

    I always fit any footwear I purchase towards the end of the day when I have been on my feet all day to compensate for foot swelling. Seen too many make the mistake of not doing so then get out on trail, feet swell, and they are miserable. Length is another animal. If the boot is too short its too short. I also have diff volume of SF insoles. I have the carbons, blues, and Trailblazers which are equivalent of the greens volume wise. My Danner Mountain Light 2s are sz 11.5 and I run the carbons in them. My Lights(cordura side panels) are a sz12 and I run the trailblazers in them. Both are a 650 last if I remember right but the ML 2s seem to be a longer more slender fit. The ML2s are an EE and they still seem narrower than the standard width Lights. ...I use the Blues in my Baffin Borealis(winter dbl backpacking boot) and in my Garmont Dragontails. Volume can be worked with sometimes. ...notice I said "sometimes."