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Q&A What conditions should lead an alpine team to abandon a mountain climb/expedition?

This is a very subjective question but the goal is to make a somewhat comprehensive Wiki-style list of, let's call it "mission abandon criteria", that should prompt a team to turn back. In a sieg...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can a regular backpack be worn on top of an avalanche airbag vest?

The majority of avalanche airbag makers seem to package their system in backpacks of varying sizes. If one doesn't wish to get locked-in to a specific backpack, or have multiple backpacks each with...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a Mammut Smart Alpine belay device go well with a Black Diamond Gridlock carabiner? Any other recommendations?

Has anybody ever tried to use a cross-load protecting Black Diamond Gridlock carabiner with a Smart Alpine belay device? I do think the Smart Alpine does not go very well with the CRAG Smart HMS ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Mountaineering trousers with short legs

Do any mountaineering / Alpine style waterproof trousers come in short legs? I have a 29" inside leg and I've really struggled to find anything to fit.

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Bobney‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is the "alpine style" of climbing not as popular in the Himalayas?

While there have been some accomplished climbers who have done this in the Himalayan peaks, alpine style remains relatively rare in the Himalayas. Most climbing is done in the expedition style with...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Summitting Breithorn in the winter?

I am interested in summitting Breithorn this winter (late January) using crampons and an ice axe. I am in excellent physical shape but I do not have much alpine experience. I have seen mixed review...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Lowblow‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there B2 alpine boot brands in the UK besides La Sportiva and Scarpa?

I'm looking at buying some B2 rated alpine/winter boots for use with Crampons, etc. I'm trying to avoid paying full price for them (searching ebay, looking for special offers, etc.) as they are pro...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should one attempt to rescue a stranger from a crevasse or wait for mountain rescue?

Imagine the situation. You are somewhere in the montblanc massif crossing a glacier and you come across a pair of climbers. You/ I are well trained in crevasse rescue, but are not a certified guide...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ldgorman‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to safely descend a slope in high winds?

I went ice climbing the other day at an exposed climb in gale force winds. This place is notorious for wind, and the gusts we were getting that day felt like they were up to the 80-90km gusts range...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is "Short roping" "Death Roping"?

I had a "discussion" with someone on Facebook recently. It came about over a photo shared in a group I'm a member of (I can't share the photo as it's not my property). The photo showed two people ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using anti-perspirant in extreme cold climate

Could the use of anti-perspirant give benefit in extreme cold climate where sweating can be a significant problem. I've read many articles regarding keeping warm when alpine climbing in the extrem...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by ldgorman‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get up for an alpine start without an alarm?

Sometimes, one needs to get up for an alpine start i.e. really, really early, and yet not have a functioning alarm. Cell phones have a tendency to lose the correct time when shut off and then turne...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dangers of excavating caves?

There are a lot of caves around where I'm from in the Southern Canadian Rockies, including the largest cave, and the longest cave in Canada, as well as the Booming Ice Chasm. The caves around here ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the use cases for ski crampons over boot crampons?

When you have both ski crampons and boot crampons, in what cases should either be used? This is the type of ski crampon I have in mind. Thanks to @imsodin for providing the link to the picture.

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sean Kolk‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to use an avalanche shovel as a snow anchor for a belay?

Avalanche shovels come equipped with holes in the blades for use as rescue sleds and making anchors. I've got plenty of my own ideas, but I'm looking for any documentation provided by manufacturers...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in an ice axe for use in classic alpine terrain?

I'm currently in the process of getting together a winter walking kit. I've got B2 boots and I'm buying suitable crampons. Ice Axes though seems more...confusing. What kind of features should I b...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Little or lesser-known multi-day hike routes

I have just finished part of this http://www.peaksofthebalkans.com/index.php?lang=en and cannot recommend it highly enough. Aside from the beautiful mountains, another great aspect of the trip was ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Spr-y‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using a rope "Alpine Style"/Moving together

I've seen people using a ropes "alpine style" in the past but I'm not sure on the specifics. By alpine style I mean where the rope is coiled around the body and attached to a second of third perso...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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