Snow Climbing Gear

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Snow Climbing Gear

Postby starke12 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:33 pm

Having moved from the East Coast, previously involved with Class 3+ climbing with moderate experience, but not in climbing peaks with snow covered, steep pitches; what equipment would be recommended in Colorado (besides a helmet, climbing harness, etc.)? Also, any type of class offered to familiarize myself with this new terrain?

I have a passion for being out in the mountains and climbing some of the more storied peaks available, but want to protect myself and others. I don't want to become a liability on the slopes and want to enjoy the experiences out here. Any suggestions?
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby Bean » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:13 am

Skis, ice ax, crampons.

You'll also need avalanche safety equipment and some education; Friends of Berthoud Pass puts on a good free class that can get you started.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby timf » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:59 pm

Bean wrote:You'll also need avalanche safety equipment and some education; Friends of Berthoud Pass puts on a good free class that can get you started.


Probe, shovel, beacon. Implied by Bean's recommendation on a level 1 avy course, but figured I'd type it out so you can add it to your list.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby d_baker » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:14 pm

starke12 wrote:Having moved from the East Coast, previously involved with Class 3+ climbing with moderate experience, but not in climbing peaks with snow covered, steep pitches; what equipment would be recommended in Colorado (besides a helmet, climbing harness, etc.)? Also, any type of class offered to familiarize myself with this new terrain?

I have a passion for being out in the mountains and climbing some of the more storied peaks available, but want to protect myself and others. I don't want to become a liability on the slopes and want to enjoy the experiences out here. Any suggestions?


Starke12...I'm living in Avon for the summer, so if you need/want partners, send me a pm. I have all the recommended/necessary gear for snow or otherwise.
I could possibly help you learn some skills on snow as well.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby starke12 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:24 pm

d baker-
Sound like a plan to me- I'm out of town this weekend but would be up for a hike the following weekend. We can discuss the options through pm. Appreciate the willingness to show me some things, so even if we're just talking skills I'm 100% for it.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby tmathews » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:56 pm

Darin's an excellent mentor, Starke12. If he's offering, take advantage of that offer. It's definitely worth it.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby Mindy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:37 pm

"2012 Berthoud Pass On-Snow!"

http://berthoudpass.org/2012/02/07/2012-berthoud-pass-on-snow/

Does anyone have any feedback on this class?

Thanks!
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby Bean » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:35 pm

FOBP classes are a good intro to snow safety. A "pre-avy 1" if you will.

I have heard rumors on the internets that the class schedule is in the works and should be out before too terribly long.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby Carl » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:44 pm

Mindy wrote:"2012 Berthoud Pass On-Snow!"

http://berthoudpass.org/2012/02/07/2012-berthoud-pass-on-snow/

Does anyone have any feedback on this class?

Thanks!


I think it's a great intro, but Bean and I might be biased. Some opinions in this thread here http://www.14ers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=11266&hilit=fobp. We're planning on doing one of our free avalanche awareness talks at CU again this year.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby Mindy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:09 pm

I will keep watching for the 2012-2013 schedule. Thank you!
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby speth » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:33 pm

I'll throw in my two cents. I went to the fobp presentation in 2010 when u started snowboarding and getting into snow hiking/climbing.

Basic. Informative. If you are unfamiliar with the dangers, eye opening.

Highly recommended.
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Re: Snow Climbing Gear

Postby HuskyRunner » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:29 pm

speth wrote:Basic. Informative. If you are unfamiliar with the dangers, eye opening.


That statement really reflects how I walked out of my avy 1 class a decade ago, took it with Colorado Mountain School and Eli Elmuth was the main instructor, great instructor and guide out of Estes. It really is eye opening when you start to realize how many ways you could endanger yourself in avalanche terrain. Definitely get your self some good training.

Missing but pretty obvious are a good axe, crampons, and how to use them well. If you not well practiced on self arrest an axe will likely do you more harm than good, get one and practice with it as well as with your avy gear. There are plenty of threads and reviews around on what to look for, you can always start another thread as well, we love to talk gear!
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