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Conor74
2011-11-10 09:55:09
Length of ice axe shaft?
At the risk of incurring Bleck Cra's wrath for turning this into a "which equipment" thread, anyone have an opinion on the correct length for ice axe shafts? Got a DMM Cirque last week from Jackson Sports, will only be using it for light scrambling around the Reeks come the snow and ice - I now my limitations, I'm a walker not a climber. The shaft is 55cm, which means when held to the side it only reaches somewhere half way down the calf. I have seen some sites suggest this is perfect length (ooeerr) and 55cm is the way to go always, it seems to be the new thinking, but a lot of the older threads and sites say it should reach to a point around the ankle or just above the ground, presumably for it's use as a support stick when scrambling. Not sure whether to send it back and go for 65cm now.


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Summit Comment
Lackabane: NE Spur
simon3 2 days ago.
The NE spur off Lackabane is something of a knife edge, descending steeply and with even steeper sides. Watch it on a poor day.

  
Summit Comment
Aughinish: Clare Island
sandman 4 days ago.
This island is located in County Clare but can only be accessed via County Galway. Originally connected to Clare but the connection was lost in 1755 as a result of an earthquake The British built ...

  
Summit Comment
Binn Mhairg: A well worthwhile but neglected scramble
IainT 4 days ago.
The quartzite slabs on the NE flank of Binn Mhairg make a good scramble, one of the best in the Maum Turks. They are reachable by traversing round from the Mam Ean track, pathless but largely gras...

Track
Clogrennan Hill is an easy walk.
simon3 4 days ago.
Clogrennan Hill. walk, Len: 0.9km, Climb: 11m, Area: Clogrennan Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) C...

  
Track
Tinoran Hill.
simon3 3 days ago.
Visiting this hill is pretty straightforward. walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Tinoran Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Tin...

  
Summit Comment
Scanlan's Island: Clare Island
sandman 4 days ago.
Access to the Island is via the gravel road/track located at M2575111537 .During low tide you have no problem driving on to the island and following the track to the left over concrete to within m...

Track
Cullenagh route.
simon3 4 days ago.
Apparently the road up Tinoran is owned or at least used by Coillte walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 113m, Area: Cullenagh Mountain, South Midlands (Irelan...

  
Forum: Suggestions
Splitting a track into more than one.
simon3 4 days ago.
jgfitz has pointed out that track/1779 had wildly inaccurate figures and probably represented a corrupted file.This .gpx file was originally uploaded by me in Jun 2012, the early days of MV's trac...

  
Summit Comment
Munnia Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
Best to access this hill via the farm gate located on the the coastal side at M2929112163 in order to avoid the houses on the opposite side. Just a quick up and down over grazing land to begin and...

Forum: General
"Deaded"
BleckCra 4 days ago.
Never would have thought it but it turns out mountains can can be named after insects. Despite all my decrying this site for its translation of Meelmore as Hill of the Ants, I find right on the do...

  
Forum: General
Local 100
wwwalker 3 weeks ago.
I just wanted to say well done on the change to the local 100 conditions. I was nearly there but the last 2 or 3 would have involved almost going through peoples gardens etc. so I abandoned trying...

  
Track
The Elevated Tour of Glenmalure
GSheehy a week ago.
This was the longer (challenge) option on our second club walk with Na Sl


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