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Partner Exchange / Ice Partner 12/19
« Last post by smarten on December 16, 2014, 10:26:59 PM »
If the rain doesn't wash it all away I'm looking to get out on Friday.

Contact me to set something up:  ericandaud(at)gmail(dot)com or cell (NH) 339 0832

Best!

Eric
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Moosilauke - Ravines
« Last post by bubbalee on December 16, 2014, 10:26:09 PM »
They all sound like log slots. Plenty of accessible ice in upper kinsman notch just ask Jon Sykes for info
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Overnight with Single boots?
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on December 16, 2014, 10:22:02 PM »
With my bivy sack and Winter bag putting anything high volume  compresses the bag too much. So, the boots spend the night outside usually between pad and toe box of the bivy sack.

NEalpine rules are meant to be broken. Carrying a bag rated 20f colder than what might happen is way to much weight and space. You can easily stretch a 32f bag to about zero, and a 0f bag to -30. All depends on your sleep system. I have no problems sleeping in my puffy and a warm bottle between the legs. Not that I would like to do it for weeks on end but for a couple of nights it's not so bad.

Agreed. Those with experience can get by with a bag rated for exactly what temps they might hit. I am a huge fan of wearing the monster puffy & heavy weight long underwear with a good hat... more comfortable than being perfectly still in a cocoon. A quality sleeping pad goes a LONG way regarding the night's comfort too... My recommendation comes from 20 years of customers expecting a 20 degree bag to keep them toasty warm on a 20 degree night without following all the tricks we learn from our experiences...

1) Eat a high carb/fat meal before bedding down

2) Fill all bottles with boiled water and toss them in the bag while finishing dinner

3) Do a few jumping jacks or other exercise to warm up BEFORE getting in your bag... basically don't get in the sleeping bag when you are already cold.

4) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Getting a bag rated for colder temps helps with the learning curve for a lot of folks new to winter camping...

One of my best purchases ever was a Sea to Summit Reactor Sleeping Bag liner... adds almost no weight or bulk to my kit but adds about 15 degrees of warmth to my sleeping bag (and keeps it clean so I don't have to wash my expensive down bag... ever....)

EDIT: keeping boots in the bivy sack, if you are using one, is definitely sufficient to keep them from freezing, as the temp in the bivy sack will be above freezing.... boots outside of the bivy sack or sleeping bag will freeze solid and cause misery.
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by Jeff on December 16, 2014, 10:19:15 PM »
Mark-- I've also hoisted a couple of Ilkley brews in Ilkley--maybe the same pub!! It was pissing down the weekend I was there but fortunately I had a friend who lived there ,so didn't have to "sleep rough". I'm too old for that sh*t now! ;D
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Overnight with Single boots?
« Last post by mechanicalchris on December 16, 2014, 09:26:39 PM »
Ditto.. putting the boots in the bag with you. I've slept out with evos a number of times... they rock. Planning an overnight in two weeks. Also, tents are a factor. Our Jannu is notably warmer than the outside temp. Our first overnight in January 2011 we got the bright idea to sleep on the summit of kinsman. The idea was to "saw" a snow cave. I worked up a huge sweat shoveling as the sun was setting. I think we envisioned jazz and coco in our snowcave that never materialized. The food froze. The stove broke. The water was gone and i was starting to get delirious. The eureka tent was frozen tissue paper. We had almost zero hiking experience and it was absurdly cold... We had huge packs , pots, pans, (fools) cheap boots, and the kelty bag was the only thing that averted disaster (barely). The sun finally pulled over Franconia and then began the misery of trying to pack everything that was frozen. It was so frozen and we were so cold (pee was tangerine) we walked to south kinsman just to warm up and came back to pack our stuff. As terrible as it was it was one of my favorite memories and probably a catalyst for more adventures/misadventurs.
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by sneoh on December 16, 2014, 08:44:17 PM »
New Statesman, E8 7a, FA by Dunne in 1987!  Now THAT is an accomplishment we can all toast with a pint or two of the good stuff.  Just mind blowing.
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Overnight with Single boots?
« Last post by sneoh on December 16, 2014, 08:25:27 PM »
Or you could book a room and the hell with camping out. :laugh:
That has been my answer the past ten years or so.
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Overnight with Single boots?
« Last post by neiceclimber on December 16, 2014, 07:44:04 PM »
With my bivy sack and Winter bag putting anything high volume  compresses the bag too much. So, the boots spend the night outside usually between pad and toe box of the bivy sack.

NEalpine rules are meant to be broken. Carrying a bag rated 20f colder than what might happen is way to much weight and space. You can easily stretch a 32f bag to about zero, and a 0f bag to -30. All depends on your sleep system. I have no problems sleeping in my puffy and a warm bottle between the legs. Not that I would like to do it for weeks on end but for a couple of nights it's not so bad.
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Conditions / Re: Southern White Mountains: Rumney and Surroundings
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on December 16, 2014, 07:16:39 PM »
Rumny was bone dry yesterday
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Overnight with Single boots?
« Last post by steve weitzler on December 16, 2014, 06:59:37 PM »
Or you could call Al. I hear they have a spare bedroom. ;D ;D
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