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 Post subject: TR * 2 - Phalanx and Decker (Jan 20th and Feb 6th) 2007
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:59 am 
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A couple of trips into Blackcomb slackcountry in the last couple of
weeks. High pressure and rain crust make for quick and plesant touring
(after crampons were added to the arsonal), but turns left something
to be desired.

Phalanx, Jan 20th 2007. More is here:
http://www.cs.unm.edu/~clint/Phalanx_Jan27th2007/
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Decker, Feb 6th 2007.
This was my first time using the split-crampons. They were money on the steep/rain-crusted approach. Safed so much energy, and felt much more secure. The other splitter did not have any, but went the the Prior store aterwards and bought a pair.

I managed to bend my slider plates on the asent, and could not get transitioned into ride mode. I had to bang/bend the plates on the rock to get it where I could shove the plates back over the pucks. And then I was basically stuck in ride mode. I think the bending was caused by the part of the crampon which slides into the slider track being rotated at an angle (I was in fixed mode) so that the plate came down on it and bent with each step. Has this happened to anyone else? Prior was not optimistic that it would be warrentted by Voile so I just bought new slider plates...
More is here:
http://www.cs.unm.edu/~clint/Decker_Feb6th2007/
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(I know: whats up with the crossing tracks?)
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Rode whistler inbounds yesterday and was pleasently supprised. Early
laps of peak yielded windblown up to 15-20cm. VD trees and Lesser
Flute where excellent. Once you got much below tree line the snow was
soggy, but alpine was pretty nice. Maybe I'm just desprerate for pow
after the last two weeks.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 3:57 pm 
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Very Nice Clint. Love your backyard. Say Howdy to Neal at Whistler heli if you see him.


Yo dutchmarc.....I told you to go BC while you are at whistler...here is the proof


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 Post subject: Re: TR * 2 - Phalanx and Decker (Jan 20th and Feb 6th) 2007
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:42 pm 
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clint wrote:
I think the bending was caused by the part of the crampon which slides into the slider track being rotated at an angle (I was in fixed mode) so that the plate came down on it and bent with each step. Has this happened to anyone else?


In fixed mode that plastic part on top of the crampon should be rotated fore-and-aft, rather than crosswise, so that the slider plate doesn't contact it. The tail end of the crampon should slide under the climbing bar heelpad to lock down the back end of the crampon. You may have been doing both those things already, but when I'm setup that way there is no issued with the crampon contacting the slider plate. I hope that's some help, anyway.

PS - nice pics!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:03 pm 
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You should contact Voile about your slider plate. You might be pleasantly surprised by their outstanding customer service.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:59 pm 
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Thanks SF. I think what happened is I had the plastic part positioned correctly, then it got rotated about 45 degrees so that one side of the slider plate was getting levered on it.

Because it was basically my fault, I'm not sure If voile would/should warrentee the plates...


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Hi clint, nice open space and very nice photos!


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