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Be avalanche aware!

Dave Etherington - Friday, September 19, 2014

Be avalanche aware!

This information document is a must read before you head into the winter mountains.

There are sections on identifying avalanche hazard and how to make a good considered decision.
Questions you should ask and information you should find out at home before you leave. When on your mountain journey what you should consider and look out for, for example key areas of risk. There are a number of useful references to where you can find further information. We strongly recommend you take a read of this document if you are heading into the mountains this winter.

Click here to download the "Be avalanche aware" PDF document.

Choosing an ice axe

Dave Etherington - Thursday, July 11, 2013

In this video there is some great advice on how to choose what type of ice axe you require for winter mountaineering



Choosing a set of crampons

Dave Etherington - Friday, June 14, 2013


Crampon Selection

Steve Wilson - Saturday, May 18, 2013

A bit of advice on how to select the correct boots for the crampons you need.



PACKING YOUR BACKPACK

Steve Wilson - Friday, November 16, 2012
Even the best backpack available if packed badly can be uncomfortable and even lead to more serious problems. Here are the key points to making you backpack work for you; 


Get Organised 
Lay your kit out before you pack it, this will make you more aware of where items are packed. Pack your sleeping bag in the bottom of your pack along with any additional lightweight items you don’t need during the day. Cluster related small items together in colour coded or labeled bags, if you arecarrying fuel make sure it is adequately sealed. Split the weight of large communal items, with others in your group, so spreading the load. Keep often used and emergency items where you can get to them (ideally in the lid pocket), this includes your map and compass, phone, emergency contact information and first aid kit. 


Keeping Dry 
Most backpacks are not waterproof even if they have a rain cover they still tend to get wet after a period in the rain, so you will need to use a waterproof liner with all your kit inside it or use individual dry-bags for different groups of kit. If you are using individual bags you may want to write on them what they contain i.e. WATERPROOFS so it makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Also remember that sleeping bag compression sacks are not normally waterproof either so you will need to placeyour sleeting bag inside a dry-bag or use a waterproof compression sac. 


Hydration Options 
Most packs today are hydration compatible, this means they will accommodate a water bladder and have an access point to feed a drinking tube through to the outside of your pack. If your going to a cold environment you may consider using a wide mouth drinking bottle with a tube conversion kit and insulated tube sleeve, which enables you to drink from the bottle if the tube freezes. 


Download here: Packing your backpack


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FITTING YOUR BACKPACK

Steve Wilson - Friday, October 12, 2012

Correct fitting is very important to the comfort and fit of a backpack, it’s not simply a matter of throwing the pack on your back and fastening all the straps.

Improper backpack fit can also lead to poor posture and can lead risk for backpack-related injuries and discomfort.

Also, backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can interfere with circulation and nerves.

These types of straps can contribute to tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands. Select a backpack designed for the activity you are undertaking and download our backpack fitting info sheet.



Download here - Fitting Your Backpack