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FYI: More Toys: Micro Wind Turbine

Micro Wind Turbine


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Aluminum Crampons on Liberty Ridge - Rainier?

I'm just wondering what people's thoughts are on using aluminum crampons for Liberty. I have a pair of CAMP XLC crampons and like the weight savings vs. my steel ones. However I've only used them on snow, not actual ice.


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Mont Blancs vs. Rebel Pros

I am looking to buy my first pair of mountaineering boots and have settled on Scarpa for the fit. Looking for the best "all around boot" even though I know one doesn't truly exist. Anyway I was wondering if anyone has any experience with either of these boots (Mont Blanc or Rebel Pro) and if so if you have any pros/cons... To me the Rebel looks a little more hybrid and the Mont Blanc looks ...
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Any interest in an SMC T-Anchor copycat?

This may be a long shot, but figured I'd try here. I really like the SMC T-Anchors (http://smcgear.com/t-anchor-4-pack.html) for securing shelters in snow. (See photo below.) Sure, you can use stuff sacks filled with snow, etc, but I find it's nice to have some purpose-built tent anchors. These things weigh only 23 grams each, so there is not a huge weight penalty over stuff sacks. (And they are actually ...
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La Sportiva Spantik - Lace Replacement

Does any one know specs of the lace on Spantik outer shell? It is broken
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Crampon Center Bars

Perhaps I'm not using the appropriate search terms because I'm sure the question has been asked before, but is it okay to use the very last notch on my crampon center bar? Both Petzl and BD warn against having too much excess bar coming out the back of the crampon, IE

or using the last notches if you've shortened the bar personally, but what about using the last notch as ...
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Is Goretex necessary?

I'm the only one in my group of friends that doesn't own a GTX garment aside from gaiters. I normally just pack what they refer to as a "shite rain jacket," and it doesn't go on unless conditions are at their worst. It has a powder coating instead of one of the more expensive Gore or eVent membranes. When we climbed Stuart last December, we were getting hammered by the snow and I guess I ...
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Down Midlayer and Shell

I'm pretty new to all this. I have the Patagonia Alpine Kit top base, insulation, and shell layer. They are thin, light and pretty darn warm, especially when moving. On a recent trip in the 30's and snowing the Patagonia Kit worked perfectly, if not a bit too warm.

I recently tried a Arcteryx Cerium SV Jacket. I love it, I want it, but I'm not quite sure where to use it. The Patagonia Shell ...
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Any reason NOT to use 10-point crampons for Denali?

Heading to Denali in May. (West Buttress) Had always planned to use my BD Sabretooths. Now, looking at ways to lighten my pack, I learn about the Petzl Irvis Hybrid, so I pick up a pair to try.

Half the weight. Definitely not as "burly" or aggressive, but even on blue ice, I would think that the steel front half would offer enough purchase. I've used BD Contact Strap crampons on blue ice before without ...
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Running pickets vs. Belay from above

Regarding the use of doing a running belay with pickets on steep snow (think Old Chute or Pearly Gates on Hood) compared to having someone on top belaying the followers up, can anyone argue which would be better to use to bring up people who haven't climbed either of those routes before? Me and a partner are leading a Hood climb next month and are discussing the merits of each for making sure the newer ...
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