the BC chatter thread

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by piolet, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Boodwah

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    Did you get the place?
     
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    For those lucky enough to live in Canberra, the new bouldering gym Bloc Haus is well worth a visit. The family and I are really enjoying the problems here, great set up. Also super convenient for those passing through on the way to the mountains as it's a 1 minute detour of the highway.

    I have no connection just enjoy the vibe of the place!
     
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    Housewarming.
    Congrats.
     
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    Looks awesome. I even had a ball thisarvo at clipnclimb for my son's 7th!
     
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    Something I prepared (much) earlier.

     
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    Is that the new road that they are putting in as part of Snowy 2.0? :)
     
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    Just read ueli steck died on everest
     
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    Yeah its pretty fun. I liked the round tower stepping thing. Mind games
     
  9. Kletterer

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    :( On West Nuptse apparently.
     
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  11. zac150

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    If enough forum-ites lay foot tracks up there and down, it could become a road. It was definitely a stock route for the old timers back in the day... Strezlecki was a nut job explorer who also used the route to "discover" our highest range.....

    Byatt was a cunning dodger too. Quote:
    Leo Byatt, was a well-known local stockman in the 1920s. He pioneered the route up Hannels Spur

    from: http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Australian_Geographical_Name_Derivations
     
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    Got a message from @LevRMark saying he has broken his ankle.:( Out for the season. Hope you recover swiftly mate. Look forward to seeing your Japan pics.
     
  14. hongomania

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    so i went a bit crazy and bought an entirely new super lightweight kit for this season, on top of the new skis and boots..lets hope the body is right in a couple of months in time to use it all! i packed it all before and its seriously light. it feels like i dont have anything on my back its unbelievable.

    also bought separate waterproof bags for everything so i dont have to rummage through my pack to find something. neg level hiker man achieved.

    a few other bits and pieces in there, but these were the main ones. i love new gear. so worth having a zero bank balance.

    - aarn guiding light 65L pack
    - bigsky chinook 2p tent
    - tier gear -12 rated quilt (with extra fill)
    - rab primaloft pants
    - black diamond coefficient jacket
    - OR mt baker modular mitts
    - mont thermals
     
  15. LevRMark

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    Thanks Kletterer for the commiserations. bummer really - 1st day of what was to be 3 weeks of ski touring in Europe doing a warm-up day at Porte du Soleil ...
     
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  16. zac150

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    Thanks to @aussieskier I am about to be a little poorer!

    Something about Blackcrow skis I couldn't resist, looked all over Vancouver and Whistler for them, when I was there in Feb and couldn't get what I wanted. Contacted them direct and was told that there probably wasn't any of the skis I wanted left in the world (I'm vertically challenged).

    Six months later, a random post on Facebook pops up and by chance Aussieskiet have just started to import the black crows and better still the skis I wanted!

    Can not wait to get these bad boys on the mountain!

    https://www.black-crows.com/navis-freebird-skis
     
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  17. Kletterer

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    RAB Photons ?
     
  18. Kletterer

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    Got a new Brooks Range compact shovel. 6061 T6 Aluminium blade for durability.
     
  19. hongomania

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    yep. needed to upgrade from the polarfleece pants id had since i was 13
     
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    I fondled these in France. Good lookin sticks!!
     
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    A random post on Facecrook!
    Hook, line and sinker
    Nice buy, nice marketing!
    The new age.
    Winners are grinners.
     
  22. zac150

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    True, not so random post and yep great Marketing, good on them I say. Pretty stoked they had the ski in my size, so often us short arses are forgotten.
     
  23. Team Weasel

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    @zac150 Great score there - they are a fantastic ski by all reports...Skialper raved about them and reckon they're probably the best in their class of BC skis. Would grab a pair myself if I didn't have something just a bit sexier in the post.
     
  24. Kletterer

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    Quiver hog !
     
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    What is in the post?
     
  26. Team Weasel

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    They'll be here in a couple of days, so I'll wait and post the photos...I'm sure there's more of you guys who have some sweet setups to post while we wait for the BC season to start.

    @hongomania threw down the other day...anyone else with some new, sexy lightweight gear?
     
  27. Kletterer

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    Recent additions/ lighter upgrades. Excellent probe( fast easy assembly).
     
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    any suggestions for power charger.
    I have Power Traveller recomended by TW .
    no issues with the device.
    Just interested in what others you may recommend.
     
  30. AndrewA

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    Great. At last you have a tent. Probably the most miserable images I've seen on this forum was one of your tarp/bivy bag sites near Michell Hut, in crap weather last year. Hard core!

    A
     
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    New babies arrived today, super happy, especially like the subtle little messages on the skis
     
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    Recognise any of this terrain?
     
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    Why do You wear a helmet in one of those things, if You don't have a parachute on?
    # just askin'
     
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    Interesting read, I wonder how this finding will affect things going forward; I am not sure i agree with the poster that making thr information available in foreign languages wouldn't have the potential to change the outcome, whilst these people were studying in Australia others may come from O/S and not have an understanding of the changing conditions.

    That said I am more interested in how the finding could affect things in say Thredbo, i see so many people heading up to Kosci very under prepared and many people believe it is only a matter of time before a major incident. When I was waiting for TP's ambulance at Rawson's eight people had already been taken off the mountain that day by the ranger with mild hypothermia and there were a few more candidates walking up the mountain in short shorts and singlets. My point is KT have the right to refuse people tickets, more so than National parks could block people doing the overland track so now this finding is out there does that mean there will be more of a requirement to enlighten walkers or refuse to sell tickets.
     
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    I got this one to jump start my old car which bleeds power randomly. Now I take it camping/hiking. Has a good torch and could charge your phones/cameras etc for weeks. Light as, and about the size of a paperback book.
    https://www.autobarn.com.au/sjs-12v-12800mah-500a-lithium-jump-starter-gen2
     
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  37. Boodwah

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    Can't/shouldn't legislate for stupidity. I've done some pretty dumb stuff myself.
     
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    Ive heard the staff at VT telling people about conditions up there, and recommending clothing etc (good sales technique too, look, we have a shop!), so I dont think they are too blase, but it still does come down to the person deciding. Like the two ladies we saw in full armor, FFhelmets, walking their bikes down, after realising it was beyond them.

    At least there is one line of defence that way, unlike from CP. A lot can change from when you leave the car hey.
     
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    And nothing can protect the world from NNN!
     
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    I am certainly not advocating to legislate against stupidity, and many people would suggest some of the stuff I have done borders on the daft....

    But the Judge makes mention of the fact it is in Park's power to stop people, so if they don't make an attempt to stop people what is the outcome? Hopefully nothing i.e i hope the fact KT put signs up with suggestions etc as TC says is enough but we live in a litigious state.

    Does remind me of an interview I watched with Alex Honnold having a dig at the decision makers of insurance agencies who dictate what constitutes a dangerous activity, then points out that the fact these guys sit at a desk all day, and live a sedentary life style probably puts them in a higher risk category, the risk is just different i.e heart attack v falling 1000m.
     
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    A friend posted this on Facebook! An absolutely stunning, amazing and breathtaking short movie.

    Put aside 10 minutes :)

     
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    Thanks for sharing.
    Really enjoyed that.
     
  43. AndrewA

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    I watched it without sound.

    Immediate thoughts were:

    What an amazing place
    The aesthetics of the plane pilot
    Why we pay for braces to reduce gap teeth.

    Did I miss anything?

    A
     
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    Just got home from the screening of Banff Mtn Film Festival at Katoomba.
    Much better than last years offerings.
    Recommended :thumbs:
     
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    Kosci in summer (road to the top, only an hour or two out from shelter) is still a much more forgiving proposition than SW Tassie even the Overland (rescue helicopter can't fly 3 out of 4 days due to weather, evacuation on foot would be multi-day and epic).

    I feel the problem is people want to fly before they can walk. If you haven't taken your clothing & gear on previous overnight 2 or 3 day trips, you're not ready for a 5 day trip. If you rock up at Cradle Mountain/Huon campground/Maeluca with new gear you've never used before you are being irresponsible. I reckon the Tassie rangers should deny permits to people if their gear is too shiny!

    If you want a packaged experience, hire a guide. Otherwise, you just have to put the groundwork and base miles in.
     
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    On one hand I agree, but does it take us into a nanny state?
     
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    I mean the 'deny permits if gear is too shiny!' comment as a bit of a joke.

    It's an interesting point of contention though, that seems to happen throughout all kinds activities. More regulation to protect the clueless and restrict the selfish, vs less hassle for the sensible and well-intentioned.

    The overland track is already well on the regulated side in summer...hell they had to get a $200 permit, brush off an HOUR of concerned advice from two park employees, make it to a hut through sideways freezing rain, and CONTINUE PAST THE HUT back into the sideways freezing rain...seriously. New and improved foolishness beats foolproof system.
     
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    Yeah it is a pretty interesting one, but i'm not comfortable with rangers being able to stop people from entering parks. The suggested responses of better signage and in other languages and strong coersion of the under-prepared seems appropriate.

    Perhaps we have learned an important lesson too: that it is impossible to underestimate how little the 'new' type of tourist bushwalker actually knows about outdoor safety. For example, I previously would not have imagined that anyone would attempt a hike in such conditions (raining, near zero temps and 100km/hr winds!) wearing open sandals such as the victim did. They don't know what they don't know.
     
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    I think the parks people should have power of veto, but I doubt they would want the responsibilty that would go with that, ie if something happens anyway....

    There are too many people on the planet anyway, whilst it is horrible for those that have to deal with it, what can you do.

    I blame Anaconda!
     
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    Actually the changes that came out of that incident seem very sensible.