lørdag den 22. december 2012

Telemarkfestival 2012

My buddy Jesper has made a nice little film from the annual Telemarkfestival in Hemsedal organized by our skiclub Telemarkforum. (www.telemarkforum.dk)

mandag den 15. oktober 2012

Komplet standplads glemt på Kullen/i hytten.

Komplet standplads. Måske glemt ude på klipperne og efterfølgende blevet taget den med til hytten. Måske glemt i hytten. Jeg har nu taget den med til kbh, hvor den kan afhentes.

fredag den 23. marts 2012

Extending wires - how to.

At some point, we have probably all been in a situation where we had to extend the wire of a nut to prevent the carabiner being loaded over an edge. This is not recommended by the manufacturer of the nuts, but in real life you have to improvise from time to time. I have always extended wires by larks footing another wire. But is this assumption correct?

My traditional way of extending wires.

Based on the assumption that threading nylon or dyneema through the wire would be a bad idea.

Thinking this would be a bad idea? (photo: DMM)

DMM did some testing on the subject. The conclusion is a bit surprising to me. A basket hitched 8mm Dyneema being stronger than the larks footed wire on wire.

Check the video for details. DMM test video and conclusions.

lørdag den 18. februar 2012

Multi purpose equipent - Emergency Powder Basket

An old saying goes something like this: "All gear carried in the backcountry should fulfill more than one purpose."
On a recent ski mountaineering trip in Austrias Ötztal valley I lost a skipole basket on our attempt to climb Karlespitze. Skiing down an unknown, steep and narrow snow ramp at the end of our rappels, in the increasing darkness, with only one functional pole wasn't very intriguing to say the least.
So something had to be done - fast.

The solution was simple and effective. A Dynafit skicrampon on top of my belay device fits perfectly on the tip of the pole. A piece of cord, which you always should carry, tied to the pole handle held it on securely. I safely skied down, and and used the setup successfully for the remaining two days ski out of the valley.
So there you have it: The emergency powder basket.

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tirsdag den 14. februar 2012

Ötztal 2012

En lille film fra da vi genbesøgte Ötztal i uge 5. Vi forsøgte den samme rute i februar 2011.
A small film from our revisit in the Ötztal valley, Tirol, Austria. We tried the route in February 2011.

If you're having trouble viewing YouTube version, watch it on vimeo: http://vimeo.com/bygballe2/skimountaineering