Friday, 31 December 2010

MYOG: Crampons and Ice-Axes are expensive? Not to some...

There is no doubting that outdoor kit is expensive. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands and, short of robbing bank (which is apparently illegal - go figure) you'll need to engage in some MYOG jigger-pokery. I saw some modfications of interest to crampons, involving the impromtu installation of unlikely anti-balling plates and to a Black Diamond Raven Pro ice-axe in Dave Lintern's blog, Self-Powered, recently and loved it. I hope you do too.



7 comments:

  1. How did we cope without anti-balling plates? I know we used to tap the crampons with the edge of an Ice axe every now and then. Save weight and leave the plates off would be my advice.

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  2. very nice of you to mention it Maz.

    the weight of the Kahtoola plates is 44gms per pair, the ice cream tub versions i made are about half that. But its splitting hairs really, it was just a bit of fun.

    happy new year folks

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  3. Martin: worth thinking about but technology advances aren't always bad things. Not always good either as you rightly observe.

    David: both were a good read and fun. I liked them. My KTS crampons for my brother in law are currently awaiting collection at my sorting office just like the R1. Thanks for your help with that!

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  4. I like this anti-balling mod. Very nice. Those kahtoola crampons are suspect without it.

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  5. Philip - it's a nice piece of work, isn't it? Have a pair of the Kahtoola crampons for my brother in law to use on his Meindl boots this weekend so we'll see how they get on - not a great deal of snow, but enough to justify them.

    Also - tried the Logan Bread whilst in Denmark - still had problems getting Wheat Germ and had to use Wheat Bran instead but it turned out really well. 435 calories for 100g is a great return. Thanks for that post.

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  6. Martin: worth thinking about but technology advances aren't always bad things. Not always good either as you rightly observe.

    David: both were a good read and fun. I liked them. My KTS crampons for my brother in law are currently awaiting collection at my sorting office just like the R1. Thanks for your help with that!

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  7. ok - I just got a pair of 8.4 oz (each) nanotech crampons from CAMP and the factory anti-balling plates weigh an entire 2 oz extra for each crampon. I'm going to give your method a try to save some weight. Major Flaw in the CAMP product, my opinion.

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