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Events & Announcements / Outdoor Research returns as Headlining Sponsor!
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on September 27, 2017, 01:34:05 PM »
We are honored and excited to announce that Outdoor Research is returning as Headlining Sponsor to this year's MWV Ice Fest! These guys and gals have been going big for us for years, and we couldn't be more grateful! Check out the blog (http://www.mwv-icefest.com/blog/) for some awesome Outdoor Research inspiration, and stay tuned in the months to come to learn more about what OR has in store for us this year! Thanks OR!
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Ice, alpine climbing pack
« Last post by powdergibbs on September 27, 2017, 12:46:29 PM »
I have one of the older model 2400 Ice Packs and it fits my needs for both climbing and ski mountaineering well. I was skeptical at first too, but it has become my daily winter pack. The simple lightweight design really does blow the full featured bags I was used to out of the water. You do have to be a bit more thoughtful when packing, but its only make my system more efficient. The Dynema packs are even more durable than mine, but mine has held up well to the abuse I have thrown at it. I would go with the dynema if I was in the market.

Tips: Definitely get the stuff sacks to organize gear. Also buy patches just in case. If you also ski don't bother with the additional ski attachment- they carry best vertically where the bungees are.
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General Climbing / Re: Thin air bees
« Last post by pappy on September 26, 2017, 12:51:49 PM »
Ya nothin' teaches manners like rednecks shootin' guns.

It's actually pretty effective.
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Ice, alpine climbing pack
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on September 26, 2017, 10:07:50 AM »
I've put my Hyperlight 3400 Ice Pack through 2 seasons of very heavy use and it still looks new. They are bomber. I wrote a long review last winter linked below.

http://northeastalpinestart.com/2016/02/04/hyperlite-mountain-gear-3400-ice-pack-review/
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Epics and Accidents / Re: climbing death in Bolton, Vermont
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on September 26, 2017, 09:57:05 AM »
if you are expecting to be lowered, regardless of what has been said, lee your hand on the belayer end of the rope until you clearly feel the belayer take tension. doing anything else is asking for trouble. read my Report this week.

Good report Al... one suggestion... in this line:

"Holding onto the rope while you confirm that you're actually ON rappel, tying a knot in the belayers end of the rope..."

I think you meant to say "that you're actually on belay" not "rappel"... could cause a little confusion.

I shared some thoughts on this accident and some great videos the AAC has made. If interested check it out here:

https://northeastalpinestart.com/2017/09/18/improved-belay-check/
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Events & Announcements / Help Crag VT buy Lower west Bolton.
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on September 25, 2017, 08:21:26 PM »
Click the link for details. this in a cause that YOU can help. https://www.gofundme.com/BoltonDome
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Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Ice, alpine climbing pack
« Last post by pitonpat on September 25, 2017, 06:44:55 PM »
Take a look at the gear exchange tab in this forum. Art Mooney is selling an Osprey Mutant 38 for 50 bucks! That's a really capable pack for a wide range of climbing, and hiking uses, and at that price it's a steal... whichever version is being offered. I had one I foolishly let go of in favor of a Cilogear 40b but I can't say the Cilogear was an improvement (and it was far more expensive).

http://www.splitterchoss.com/2010/02/19/osprey-mutant-38-pack-review/

Older version: http://www.climbgb.com/ospreymutant38review.asp
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Epics and Accidents / Re: climbing death in Bolton, Vermont
« Last post by Admin Al on September 25, 2017, 05:45:21 PM »
if you are expecting to be lowered, regardless of what has been said, lee your hand on the belayer end of the rope until you clearly feel the belayer take tension. doing anything else is asking for trouble. read my Report this week.
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Partner Exchange / Re: No. Conway Sunday 9/17
« Last post by HTH on September 23, 2017, 06:36:04 PM »
CParker is a good and safe climber.  Give him a chance when you  need a partner
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General Climbing / Re: Thin air bees
« Last post by HTH on September 23, 2017, 06:31:43 PM »
Though I've climbed Thin Air within the last few weeks I did not encounter any bees.  Perhaps they are there, perhaps my wandering did not encroach.  That being said, I did encounter a drone operator at the base of the cliff and he showed no regard for me and others walking a mere 15 feet beneath his noise-maker.  Where is the NH State Parks on this issue???
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