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 Post subject: Gear Question Again
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:45 am 
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Wanted to ask those who go, do you prefer an ice axe with a handle or without? And what type of stove do you use? I will be at altitude 7500-14000 feet in winter.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:34 am 
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the only stove i use in the mountains particularly in winter is the MSR XGK. yes it's loud, no you can't simmer, but it works fast. oops i lied, we used some Korean stoves this summer up to 19,000' they were terrible (but try travelling to foreign countries with stoves....and fuel!).

i don't understand the iceaxe question, how do you have one with out a handle? (or are you talking about whippets?). I am going to assume that you are talking about a mountain axe, if so any one will do, a bit shorter if the terrain will be steep longer if it won't, also add duct tape and/or foam pad or handlebar wrap around the top of the axe head where you carry it. this will keep your fingers from getting frostnip while holding onto metal in winter.


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 Post subject: gear question again
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:46 am 
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Thanks for the info bdub , I should clarify my handle question. I was looking at the raven from black diamond. They make one with a smooth handle and one with a rubber grip made into the handle. What do you prefer?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:24 pm 
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ay that makes more sense. just realized i actually have one of those, the raven pro to be exact, nice light axe to replace the old beast. no need to get a grip, you wil be holding the axe by the head 95% of the time.


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