Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

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Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 19 Jul, 2019 5:16 pm

Not everybody does it but for a few decades now I have been using retro reflective tape on my ski poles as a secondary safety consideration
Today I redid them after about a dozen years, also re-wrapped my shovel and added a small strip of SOLAS tape on each ski as an adjunct to the cosmetic reflective paint
I have marked my skis and poles as handed for a very long time; it really does save a few seconds each time I pick them up. Red for Right and Yellow or Silver for the Left
I used both tapes on the shovel just for fun and as a quick ID for my gear as a few people use the BCA shovel
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Sat 20 Jul, 2019 12:18 am

I certainly like the higher visibiity. Previous Army life and boating has me always using red for left/port.
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Orion » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 5:52 pm

I have a small piece of Hello Kitty duct tape on my left ski.

I'm not really sure that my poles have a handedness. If so it's something I've never noticed.
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 10:46 pm

Pole buckles straps go to the outside for me or the twist is opposite.
Prior to the new tape is was silver retro on both sticks down low, I just like the way it looks now and I needed tapes for something else as well. The PVC tape at the top is a secondary grip when I need a shot pole on the uphill side for a short distance and that has always been red or green
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 5:17 pm

Starting to pack for the skiing.
My pack is probably one of the lightest I have done in a while, 14.7 kilos although I am still to add the comfort mattress and not sure which to take yet. FSO clothing is down to less than 3 kilos with some new purchases. I am not weighing the skis and boots as I know they are the biggest single mass factor and 9 kilos all up. I'll fill up the water bottles and that will add a kilo.
My head has been all over the place the last 6 or 7 weeks, I really hope a few weeks skiing settles my brain waves into a more relaxed waveform. Using a smaller rucksack does make you concentrate on consolidating the load.
I have put my S2S comfort plus somewhere stupid so I may have to use my old Thermarest
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 6:52 pm

I got a 2mm CCF with Silver lining that I use with my Thermarest Neo Xlite and it handles snow but only just. Definitely don't wake up toast in the morning.

Don't know what Thermarest you got and want to try the CCF on top next time but...

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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 8:33 pm

It's an older CampRest, 50mm thick I'd be taking.
You can just see the corner of the RidgeRest in the bottom corner. So stacked mats and R7
The overquilt is sized to go with wide mats so using the older 3/4 won't work as it is narrower than the RidgeRest. The S2S will probably turn up when I start to pack the pulks
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 8:42 pm

R7 and I'd struggle to get out of bed :) 14kg for an alpine trip is pretty sweet also
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 9:10 pm

crollsurf wrote:R7 and I'd struggle to get out of bed :) 14kg for an alpine trip is pretty sweet also

I've been trying hard to get the carried weight down a bit, thanks for the encouragement.
A small project has been a sleeping bag cover to keep the old Ultra bag clean.
Took an old project left-over and added in side wedges to make it big enough to go around my Ultra. :D I pinned etc: and Cecile just stitched it up on her new machine that cost more than my car :mrgreen:
160 grams as finished but Nikwax might add 20 or 30 grams to that
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby crollsurf » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 9:24 pm

Definitely add a few degrees. Not sure about the Nuwax because it needs to breathe.

I am curious about your car though. Was the sewing machine more expensive than your car with or without a full tank of gas? LOL

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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Thu 25 Jul, 2019 9:36 pm

Very cheap car
Very expensive sewing machine. It sews beautifully and I am not allowed to touch Brother Inovis vq 2400; everything except an internet connection, USB tho for downloading patterns and new stitches. Nikwax doesn't effect breathability of the fabric enough to worry
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Orion » Fri 26 Jul, 2019 2:57 am

Moondog55 wrote:Pole buckles straps go to the outside for me or the twist is opposite.

That must be it. I pretty much never use the pole straps.

Moondog55 wrote:Took an old project left-over and added in side wedges to make it big enough to go around my Ultra. :D

One time I took a pair of shorts that I'd made too small and added a third bum panel. They fit after that but looked too silly.
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 26 Jul, 2019 9:59 pm

Orion wrote:
One time I took a pair of shorts that I'd made too small and added a third bum panel. They fit after that but looked too silly.

I just did that to my big wind pants, and I don't care if I look silly so long as they keep the wind off
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 27 Jul, 2019 10:21 am

I couldn't afford a new XL bivvy bag this season and I left a repair of my old one too late so I bought this cheap XXL summer bag from Mountain Warehouse in the UK.
It was a reasonable purchase at the sale price. It's main purpose will be to keep my rejuvenated bag but it would add 5 to 8C to it's warmth. Was ordered before I started sewing up the other cover. Needs DWR so it will get the Nikwax treatment too. Most LY synthetic bags are far too small to contemplate using as an overbag; this is cut the correct size. It is just a fraction larger than the US army surplus patrol bag that I used last year and will be selling soon after winter is over
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Tino B » Sat 27 Jul, 2019 2:21 pm

Hey Moondog,

What's the total sleep system setup? What temp rating do you think it achieves?

I'm planning a few exploratory overnighters at Stirling or similar, and plan to use:
- CCF roof insulation with foil on both sides (R1)
- possibly another 8mm or 10mmCCF pad
- neoair exlite,
- WM Alpinlite bag
- mylar emergency bivvy as a VB
- Borah Gear bivvy
- mid weight merino thermals

I sleep pretty warm but will have Montbell superior down pants, an OR Incandescent jacket and S2S reactor liner if I'm cold.

I'm looking forward to the trip report.

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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 27 Jul, 2019 2:55 pm

Total system temperature is going to be very dependent of which clothing I wear to sleep in.
With the Brooks Range half bag rated at -4C and coming up to mid chest and wearing the cheap Uniqlo UL down over fleece I would guess I'd be comfortable at freezing taking my age into account, the Nunatak overquilt would add ten degrees to that. If I swapped out the UL down for my big down parka and added in the Patagonia DAS pants [ which would add an extra kilo to the pack weight but make the Patagonia bivvy top redundant] I would say -30C easily. The new overbag would be about the same except for windproofing. The Nunatak is much lighter than the overbag, 300 grams lighter as it uses 0.7Robic as the shell and even lighter 10D fabric on the inner but it only works when used in conjunction with a wide full length mattress

CCF roof insulation with foil on both sides (R1)
- possibly another 8mm or 10mmCCF pad
- neoair exlite,


I would say that you definitely need that extra CCF pad and as thick as the back and budget allows, I personally think that the RidgeRest is the best bang for gram in this regard and I felt a lot warmer at night when I upgraded to a wide mat. The roofing insulation works but is a bit heavier than other products. A layer of the roof stuff on both sides of a RidgeRest would be very warm and robust
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 29 Jul, 2019 11:07 am

Almost last minute safety addition to the sled.
It is a "just in case" addition but I did lose a sled once
I made use of stuff I had hanging around and some 5-minute epoxy plus roofing silicon as fabric glue
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Re: Winter prep 2019 Safety and other stuff

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 29 Jul, 2019 5:22 pm

I had a specialist doctors appointment in Werribee so afterwards i thought I would check out the new range at Macpac and possibly take advantage of the extra 10% offer I got in the last email.
Nothing in the store even the XXXL was big enough to fit me.
The new model of the PulsarPlus which is touted as an action top for HA climbing was so tight in an XXL I would have trouble breathing and the XXXL in the Halo is actually smaller [by a small amount] than my existing XL down parka from MD 30 years ago, Cecile was with me and she also said nothing in the store was cut wide enough in the shoulders to suit an adult Western male
What the hell has happened to the company?
I know I whinge a bit about farming out the manufacturing to Chinese factories but why are local businesses accepting such sub standard sizes for their customers?
Has Macpac really forgotten the rules about sizing for layering or have they just become another fashion brand with all-clones and no real user input any more.
I have the Macpac Pisa in XXL and it fits well; as a light mid -layer should and I could not find a better all-round LW top but even the XXXL would not layer over the top.
I really really wanted to buy a new LW down top to get a bit of weight off my back rather than continue to use the old DAS parka or the surplus L7 jacket
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