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2010-12-20 22:01:20
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Thanks, Kernowclimber, I’ve taken delivery of my Lightning Ascents – you didn’t mention they’re manufactured in Ireland. Of course the snow had gone, and in typical imperialist style the English nicked all the new stuff and then didn’t even look grateful.

However we got three or four inches on Saturday night so I hit the Pentlands (sort of Wicklow Hills for the teeny-wees.) You invest that much money, you think it’s made no difference. But I certainly covered 20 kilometres and 700 metres ascent in pretty much the time I’d have taken if there’d been no snow. It was quite wild so I only met two other parties. While I was doubtful if I was better off, they were envious.

They’re amazingly easy to mount /unmount without taking off your gloves – I’ve been reduced to tears fiddling with crampons. I tripped three or four times trapping one shoe under the other. Mostly carelessness but a couple of times gullies under the snow forced them together. I was really pleased there was no need to use poles – most illustrations showed people using them. It was great going uphill without losing half a step on slippage each time. Took me a while working a way of going downhill in powder. It seemed a skiing position, weight further back and legs a bit apart worked. .

Reading about snowshoes, they seem weak in traverse and there was one point I felt I was going to slide sideways into a burn. Is there an answer for this (apart from panicky scrabbling which worked all right in this case)? Overall it was easy to take to their use and easy to work out techniques which I’m sure practice will improve on.

Anyway I’m happy with my purchase and looking forward to some really testing conditions to get rid of that nagging doubt. Meanwhile here’s a picture of traditional hardware on Cruachan a couple of weeks ago.
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