Joshua Tree , Tioga Pass and North Wales .
Hi John , the short answer is no . The GSB binding includes a steel prong that needs to slide into a hole in the front of the climbing boot . As far as I know the only boot that was offered with that set up in the US was the Scarpa Summit . I bought a pair of Scarpa Cumbre boots in Europe and got some GSB crampons to fit them . Backcountry may have some Summits still in stock if you ask them . Good Luck .
The Black Diamond Sabretooth Clips crampons are a very good match for the triolet boot . I have worn that set up for a few years during late summer in the Sierra Nevada . They work well on gully ice and neve , even on short steep bulges of ice . I hope this helps .
Hey Tom , I have a wide US size 12 . I bought the 45.5 and they fit well with very thin socks . I think they would do well on a long summer hike . They are heavier than running shoes , but they protect your feet more . They are too low to provide any ankle support .
sorry for the late reply .
My favourite dinner is the Chicken Stew , and this Potatoes & Beef with Onions is a close second.
I was on a 4 day trip on Mt Whitney a few weeks ago , I was looking for more calories for Breakfast and tried this beef dinner with my morning tea ! Bingo a light came on ! This beef , taters and onion meal makes a really good breakfast.It makes a sustaining meal for the start to the day .
Thanks Mountain House .
I left the extra water in the packet and ate this meal as a thick soup . It was very good . The instructions tell you to drain the extra water ! Well , duh , I am trying hard to re-hydrate at 11,000 feet in winter so I left the extra water in the packet . I now keep a good supply of this breakfast feast at home for my trips. It was very good and sustained me for several hours . Two packs may be better for a really long time until lunch !
Is this a mild , medium or hot curry ? I enjoy a mild curry ....especially miles away from the nearest town !
A 10 to a 10.5.I don't know how high you are going to climb . Pete , remember that you will also be at lower altitudes on the approach . I do not regard the summit as a high altitude boot . Scarpa has special boots for 6000 metre plus peaks . I wear one 1/2 US size bigger than my shoe size . My shoe size is 11 1/2 and I wear a 12 in scarpa boots , this allows for two pairs of warm socks . If you are going to climb at 20,000 feet in winter you need to look at Scarpa high Altitude boots that come with an attached gaiter for added warmth.
I have found these boots to run very true to size. In my opinion I'd shoot for a size 13, which is a 47 in these boots. Hope that helps.I am a US size 11 1/2 in shoe size . I like my Scarpa boots to be a 46 which is size 12 US , this lets me wear two pairs of socks . Eben , you must physically try on a pair of scarpa boots to learn your size .I once ordered three pairs of the same boot from Backcountry , I sent back the 2 wrong sizes and had a credit on my credit card way before any payment was due . I paid about $ 15 to ship them back , but it was much cheaper than driving to the nearest store ( 90 miles ) .
Yes.I have used my summits at Lee Vining Canyon and found them to be good on the ice there . The ice there is anywhere from 60 to 89 degrees in angle .These boots do flex a bit as they are a general mountaineering boot . Plastic boots do not generally flex but are much heavier .
I am not sure what the temperature rating is, but the lining is not removable.Bonnie , if you want to wear these in the lower 48 states for winter you should be fine . You must make sure that you wear two pairs of warm socks .The summits will also be good for long approaches in the summer in the California Sierra . If your plans include Alaska , you should consider a plastic boot designed for colder weather . On a scale of 1 - 10 , 10 being the warmest boots available I would rate the Summits as a 7 . The Scarpa Inverno plastic boot is a better winter boot for technical ice and general cold weather here in California . How warm ones feet are is obviously very subjective . I hope this helps .Simon in Joshua Tree .
It has been a while since I bought and ate a Freeze Dried meal . This is my first one in America . I had had a long day and had just finished pitching my tent in the snow . It was now dark and I fired up the old MSR stove . All I had to do was boil the water and pour it into the food packet. I sat and impatiently waited the suggested 8 to 9 minutes. I really enjoyed the chicken stew. I reckon the full packet (two portions) is good for a big bloke after a hard day on the hill .
Now I see there is a curry chicken dinner ...hmmm.........
This stove could become your closest friend in the cold , high mountains . It gives out lots of heat . Properly maintained it holds pressure longer than advertised . I love the big roaring sound and pink glow that it has when hot !
I think this is a better option than the very expensive titanium set . This is half the price and not much heavier . Cleans up easily and is good to pack gear inside .
This wind shield and heat deflector really shortens your cooking time. I bought one only to realize that one was included with my MSR Stove. If you place a rock wall around the cooking area you will further protect the stove parts from being lost in heavy wind gusts !
I have had a pair of these beautiful tools. My pair were made by the previous company, Charlet Moser. I love the balanced feel when using these instruments. They are not as light as some of the newer style tools, but I believe it is possible to make something too light!
Joshua Tree, CA.
I really like these smartwool socks ! I wear them as my inner sock in my mountaineering boots . They are smooth to touch and comfy to wear . I have read that they last a long time too , so far this seems to be the casa . I am glad wool has made a comeback in clothing wear . My feet do not get wet like with other man made fibres ! Sheep grow good insulating material !
Simon Bentley ,
Joshua Tree , Ca.
I have had quite a number of headlamps over the years . When you you have an early alpine start and sometimes a late , late finish you need a really good lamp that will show you the way on the trail . This Icon headlamp from B.D. is just the ticket ! It is not too heavy and shines like a car headlight ! It has multiple settings , you can check out your guide book the night before , cook breakfast in the dark and find your way out on the mountain in the dawns early light !
It comes in two cool colours , and with Black Diamond quality and a Backcountry warranty you can not go wrong !
Altogether a good piece of kit .
Simon Bentley ,
Joshua Tree , Ca .
I got a pair of these Sabretooth crampons to go with my Scarpa Triolet boots . A guy from Scarpa told me they would be a really good match ! He was very right , they work really well with the boots .
14 points are better than the old 12 point crampons .
Light and they seem to be very tough . The plastic/nylon front bail is very , very tough and should take many years of abuse .
Joshua Tree , CA.
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