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General Climbing / Re: Band M Ledge
« Last post by Nick Grant on December 06, 2017, 09:30:29 PM »
Band M is open again?  That's way radical, man.
General Climbing / Re: Band M Ledge
« Last post by White_Mountain_Rambler on December 06, 2017, 12:26:39 PM »
I'm really excited that we were able to accomplish reopening Band M this year. This was truly a joint effort between the Access Fund and Friends of the Ledges. Access Fund just released our end of year Top 10 list and Band M is what pushed our "Climbing Areas Opened" list into double digits. If you're interested we launched our end of year fundraising campaign today. We have a generous donor matching all gifts up to $100,000 through December 15. You can help us continue our work in the northeast and nationally by visiting the Join or Give page on our website (

Happy Climbing,


General Climbing / Re: Band M Ledge
« Last post by joev9 on December 06, 2017, 08:57:28 AM »
Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Sheath Slippage?
« Last post by ralbert20 on December 06, 2017, 08:00:08 AM »
Jeff - thanks for the insight!

I am sending the rope back to Backcountry, and they are sending to Sterling/ doing the follow up. I had a nice conversation with them and relayed the pertinent info. I certainly hope this was a one off, but I don't think I'll be simul-rapping on the new cord.
Gear Exchange / FS: Nomics, Darts, Alpine Packs
« Last post by Art Mooney on December 06, 2017, 06:25:37 AM »
Ice Tools - Pair of Petzl Nomics used one season - $400.00
Ice Crampons - Set of used Darts - $75.00
Backpacks - Deuter Guide 35+, Osprey Mutant 38, REI Trail 40 - All packs are unused with tags still in place, perfect for climbers, hikers, mountain travelers - each pack has listed price of over $100 - selling for $50 each.
Will meet up for exchange New Hampton NH area
Email artmooney@me for more info and photos.

Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Sheath Slippage?
« Last post by Jeff on December 05, 2017, 12:23:56 PM »
ralbert20: The fact that it is a Sterling Marathon rope, and all of theirs have all CEN and UIAA certs, makes me agree with Al H. that you should also share this info with Sterling. I agree that props are due to Backcountry for replacing the rope, but I would like to believe, given my personal experience with Sterling ( I signed and issued their first UIAA rope labels in the 1980s and have used their ropes for years), that they too would have replaced it and probably would have wanted it back to examine and test. From my experience, this was likely an anomaly -- if not, they would even more want to address it. The way you phrased your original question also suggests to me that this was a "one off" experience for you. If you still have it, I would encourage you to share it and your experience with Sterling as it would be useful to all of us if they could examine it.

      Disclaimer: I have no connection with Sterling, other than as a satisfied end user of their products. I currently own and use 60m bicolor dry ropes by Bluewater (9.7 or 9.8mm)  Sterling (9.4mm), a dry mono-color Edelrid ( 9.7mm?), a 60m 9.7mm dry Petzl rope, also mono-color and a pair of 60m dry Sterling 8.8mm half ropes, all of various wear and age status. The Petzl has been retired this year except for top-roping.
Gear Exchange / FS Grivel Rambo comp crampons
« Last post by Earl on December 05, 2017, 11:12:50 AM »
I have a pair of mono point Rambo comps for sale. The points are in good condition. $65 +$10 for shipping. email is
Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Sheath Slippage?
« Last post by ralbert20 on December 04, 2017, 11:21:11 AM »
Jeff, this rope has all certs - as I said, it is a Sterling Marathon. I have *never* seen this before - in my 15+ years; many, many ropes, and using a prussik most of the time. Yes indeed props to Backcountry - those guys (and gals) are awesome. I am actually kind of glad I got it from them, and NOT directly from Sterling - which is how I usually get my ropes. Maybe Mammut only for the future? Since I much prefer 70m bipatterns, and Mammut and Sterling are really the only options.

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Gear Exchange / FS: HMG 2400 Ice Pack
« Last post by grubbers on December 04, 2017, 12:21:44 AM »
Used, but in good condition. Still has many seasons of life left in it. This has been my favorite pack that I've ever used. Only selling because I own the 3400 Ice Pack as well. Pockets on hip belt, size medium. $200 obo

Pics available upon request.
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