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Re: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking

jmarkb wrote:I guess strength isn't the problem - it will just blunt and wear down much more quickly if you go smacking it off a few rocks.


That makes sense, but don't you file dulled edges?

http://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-steel-f ... eces/5292c
by Marty_JG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking
Replies: 38
Views: 7523

Re: West Highland Way: Solo From Drymen to Fort William

Have seen you post elsewhere and you mentioned your blog, so have read through some of you blog. So it was good to see your report here! Was interesting to read which is always a bonus! I agree about skipping the early stages of the WHW, Drymen is a good start: Lomond onwards. It's a shame Nevis was...
by Marty_JG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: West Highland Way: Solo From Drymen to Fort William
Replies: 11
Views: 3524

Re: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking

I agree, it depends if you're looking for a light hiking & emergency arrest tool or a proper climbing axe. I was assuming the author is like me, currently in the former category. "Aluminum" covers a broad spectrum of sins, the type being used in these ice axes is 7075, an alloy strengt...
by Marty_JG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking
Replies: 38
Views: 7523

Re: Sleeping Bag - Camp/Bivvy Mountain, Home and Abroad

Nahanny's Extreme has been taken up Everest, K2, each pole, etc., at a -30 to -40 range. Their step-down from that is the Salvamont range, -20 to -30. They're not cheap, but use Goose down and you get to choose your materials. http://nahanny.com/en/home/16-sac-de-do ... xtrem.html http://nahanny.com...
by Marty_JG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Sleeping Bag - Camp/Bivvy Mountain, Home and Abroad
Replies: 14
Views: 4404

Re: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January

Common sense tells me the sun moves over the sky. Common sense tells me germs and viruses are the ramblings of crazy people. Common sense tells me Jamaican "Rice & Peas" would contain rice and peas. I'm happy to listen to the advice of experts over my own personal guesstimates. That's ...
by Marty_JG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:53 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January
Replies: 40
Views: 9377

Re: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking

One thing that didn't get mentioned is weight. Some people prefer a nice sturdy weight to the axe, for my money light is good. That's why I sent Petzl, they do relatively light axes but very well regarded in terms of durability. Currently Amazon UK have the Glacier model (straight shaft) 60cm (350g)...
by Marty_JG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:39 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking
Replies: 38
Views: 7523

Re: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking

I'm 6' and found the 68 cm Petzl Glacier to be right for me. Bear in mind for the hip-to-ankle guide some people prefer much longer, some people prefer substantially shorter. I think part of that is will you be using it much of the way (longer will be better) or mainly on the very steepest parts (sh...
by Marty_JG
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:01 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Ice Axe size for Winter Walking
Replies: 38
Views: 7523

Re: Single Skin Tents

Packed this seems to be 993 grams. I'd look at the ZPacks Duplex , packed it's 595 grams. Both use trekking poles, however the ZP Duplex has an entirely optional 283 gram carbon-fibre pole frame that makes it freestanding. The very first review I found of the Big Agnes Super Scout UL2 said the neare...
by Marty_JG
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Single Skin Tents
Replies: 11
Views: 5271

Re: Gear weight - 'Printed' v. 'Actual'

I can see how manufacturing a sleeping bag with down the fill might not be exactly exact, especially if each section is being measured separately.

I suspect it will also weigh more on a damp day than a very dry day, even if you haven't got the bag explicitly wet, just through ambient moisture.
by Marty_JG
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:00 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Gear weight - 'Printed' v. 'Actual'
Replies: 10
Views: 2313

Re: Lightweight for completing the CWT?

The Sawyer is £23, delivered, on Amazon. The thread is standard and fits old fizzy-drink bottles, Evernew bladders, etc. Usage with the Platypus is somewhat mixed, some say it fits perfect, other Platypus users have said it doesn't quite fit; it seems likely to be manufacturing variance from Platypu...
by Marty_JG
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lightweight for completing the CWT?
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: HELP - Long distance walk

Once you hit Glasgow or Edinburgh those are Scotland's two big cities, you can take the train from there, or the coach, Glasgow is the better of the two as a starting place to get to the highlands and islands. Scotland has a lot of islands and they're served by ferries, there are also many small ope...
by Marty_JG
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:58 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HELP - Long distance walk
Replies: 5
Views: 1447

Re: Lightweight for completing the CWT?

Water! Never carry it in Scotland there is plenty there :lol: Some people cringe when I tell them, I drinks from burns. Never had a problem in over 40 years (I don't think). Going Solo I use a 2l bladder for camps plus just use a cup in the burns or springs when walking. Although I do have a Purify...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lightweight for completing the CWT?
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: Lightweight for completing the CWT?

For sharing weight loads consider taking the effort to upload to https://lighterpack.com/ This will let you modify it online, and if you click the share button you can hand that URL out at the rest of us can see your load without being able to modify it. It also shows weight categories by pie chart ...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:28 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Lightweight for completing the CWT?
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: GPX tracks


Barrisdale Bay to Morvich Reduced.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

by Marty_JG
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Walkhighlands announcements and feedback
Topic: GPX tracks
Replies: 6
Views: 2608

Re: GPX tracks

I did the Cape Wrath Trail last April/May, and I'm planning to do it again at the same time in 2017. I downloaded the gpx files for the Trail from this website, but the waypoints for two of the sections (A'Chuil- Barrisdale Bay and Barrisdale Bay-Morvich) are incomplete, or so it seems. When superi...
by Marty_JG
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Walkhighlands announcements and feedback
Topic: GPX tracks
Replies: 6
Views: 2608
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