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  • Terrex

    I've been wearing the Terrex Snowpitch COLD.RDY boots over the Winter and very very impressed.

    So much lighter than my old Meindl. Comfortable, light, decent rand.

    Wouldn't test them with anything beyond easy scrambles, general hillwalking though

  • I like my OR Ferrosi pants. They come in a few different leg lengths and they have a thigh pocket which isn't a bulky cargo style, but is big enough for a phone.

  • rookie error


  • These are similar to the modular ones Stonehedge suggested, only one extra pocket on the thigh. Can't be that bad because I've actually used it a lot (normally for my phone), normally I hate cargo pockets.

  • Those are actually the ones I meant to post. Dammit.

    Very durable.

  • There ya go @Scunny, double recommendation.
    I've found them to be excellent, even if I have somewhat challenged the stitching across arse-ular region (it's double stitched, but the outer stitching has let go a in a few regions).

  • Spent the day doing the Stanage VS challenge. All the starred VS’s from the 1989 guide, 36 routes, 500m+. Absolutely spanked now!

  • Nice. Been glad to finally meet up with mates and wander around again.

    Ilkley Moor yesterday with an old friend. Off to Hebden tomorrow to lead a walk for the MeetUp group.

  • Everyone at the crag was so psyched. Probably my best day climbing ever tbh.
    Almost every route was notably good. So many bangers. So many cracks. Ahhhh. Rocks.

  • Some great views and perfect weather at Black Hill in the Peak District today.

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  • Was never impressed with the ultralight phase. It also has many similarities to 100kg MAMILS buying superlight carbon bikes to save weight on climbs.

  • Ultralight never really took off in the mountaineering world. I mean sure, the lighter your pack the better but somehow shaving a few grams here and there has less meaning when you're also carrying a 50m length of rope and a full set of safety gear.

    Always one eye on pack weight but never at the compromise of comfort or safety. Obviously generalising there...always going to be some weight weenies.

  • Cutting the handle in half on the toothbrush... 😏

  • Ditching your crampon bag and wondering why your super expensive lightweight pack tears to shreds in only a handful of uses.

  • Ha. I’ve got many friends who are militant about shaving weight off for alpine routes - cutting straps off packs, skinniest ropes possible, minimal racks with the lightest hardware. Managing to save a few kilos in pack weight definitely makes a difference when climbing, but the law of diminishing returns definitely applies.

    Doesn’t appeal to me. I like having plenty food, water and warmth. But I don’t climb anywhere near as hard as my weight obsessed mental pals.

  • Bit of a boring question (perhaps) but having a new baby means it’s needed... Any opinions on the best 2 or so hour walks around Keswick? That’s about the max my wife and I can leave her in the care of grandparents!

  • If you got a car, you’ll get to the bottom of Cat Bells and get up, enjoy the view and get back within two hours.

    Link for ref - you won’t have time to do the circular route I wouldn’t have thought.


  • Waking up with ice on my sleeping bag, near Plym Head.

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  • Plonkers.

    If they read how much more useful it is to shave weight off your boots rather than off your pack they'd be grinding the soles down!

  • I mean, these are folk with ascents of Freerider, the Colton-Mac, Eiger North Face etc.

    And they definitely wear the lightest boots they can get away with. They were all wearing Scarpa Phatoms and other fancy euro looking things while the rest of us were still lugging around our Nepal Extremes (I doubt I’ll ever replace mine!).

  • I think I read that 10g shaved from your boots has x5 the benefit of 10g shaved from your pack.

    Are these guys paying for their own kit? There's a big difference between what the few elite alpinists I know carry when working and when having fun. I.e if they're paying for it, they are much less worried about weight.

    One guide I know is into retro gear. His general purpose ice axe is a thing of hand forged steel beauty.

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Hiking, Scrambling, Mountaineering, and Climbing

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