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Winter climbing in the Ramsheads from last year. 23-Apr-2013 At 1:27:16 PM Mike Bee
On 19/04/2013 Pat wrote:
>Good on you for getting out there - I was looking at how deep the plugs
>holes were from your boots.

I gotta agree, if your getting half your foot into the snow, and burying the pick of the axe all the way to the shaft, there is no way the screw was going to hold anything. Just because the core was continous, it doesn't mean the snow was infact strong ice.

I'm a bit dubious about the grade too. I've climbed some M4 and M5 stuff in Banff, and there is absolutely no way you can get up it with one tool (unless maybe you're Will Gadd). Did you need to use your tools on the rock at all, or was it one tool in the snow, one hand on the rock?

That said, top work on getting out there an exploring the Aussie Alpine area. Looks like a fun day out. I've skiied in that area a few times, I'm definitely keen to head back there this winter, hopefully with some axes and crampons.

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