Jim & Jane Moody
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Tue Dec 22 16:02:48 CST 2015
Cue Ned, 3..2..1
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From: "gary schenk" <gary_schenk at verizon.net>
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 1:42:02 PM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Snow
Have you ever tried to arrest with the whippet?
On 12/22/15, Richard Brinkman wrote:
Greetings PCT Community!
I just wanted to share my experience with regard to snow for those planning to hike the trail next year or in the future. I hiked this year...a very low snow year. For the Sierra, I decided to use Hillsound trail crampons after hearing that microspikes sometimes roll off/around the shoe, but the 'trail crampons' I used were essentially the same as microspikes, and I had the same issue in the limited time I used them. Granted, that was a steep slope, but they still rolled up on my shoe. In a normal to heavy snow year, I would want a true crampon despite the few extra ounces.
In place of an ice axe, I used a Black Diamond Whippet (trekking pole with ice axe mounted to the top of the grip). I hate stopping to get something out of my pack, and for that reason might think of just pushing through a possibly sketchy situation.
I sent the 'trail crampons' home at Tulomne but maintained the Whippet through Sonora Pass, and was glad I did. Even in a low snow year there was still quite a bit of snow south of Sonora Pass. I fortunately never had to use it, but again was glad I had it with me for that section, especially since I was hiking in Altra Lone Peaks. I really didn't notice any extra weight with the Whippet, just a life saving device in my hand at all times.
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