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The cold world of alpine climbing.

The cold world of alpine climbing.

Monday, August 6, 2012

First STOKE of the season!

Just having coffee with Pete and Marko at OR last week got me revved up for the rest of the alpine season and the winter to come.  The video?  You can decide for yourself :)

6 comments:

Brandon said...

Burls. Good evidence at the end of why Fusion picks suck on ice. I know it was boiler plate but still...

Dane said...

Ha, Ha! Hard to dispute that one with gibberish tech talk isn't it?

petetapley.guiding said...

It's just a trade-off Brandon...the picks are thicker in order to offer greater durability, thinner "B" picks displace less ice, but also don't hold up to the abuse when swinging directly into choss cracks or bouncing full body weight on torqued placements, plus, as noted, anything would cause similar plating in those conditions.

Brandon said...

In my experience (limited) Fusion pics are burlier (and more confidence inspiring when torqued) but just as soft as the B's (lasers) and thus dull rather quickly.

I far prefer my Fusion tools + fusion pics to my nomics for dry tooling, I just lack the confidence on routes that finish on ice with that set up and find the petzl steel to be superior.

Brandon said...

But a rad video either way Pete!

Nicolaï Michel said...

Awesome