/ OUTDOOR INDUSTRY NEWS: Crampons, Crampons......and Axes

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Michael Ryan - on 09 Feb 2009
Crampon and axe sales are understandably booming, despite the economic downturn, as walkers and climbers flock to the snow shrouded hills and mountains of the UK.

Climbing shops are doing well, and manufacturers and suppliers are doing their best to keep up with demand.

At the same time Mountain Rescue Teams in the UK are under a great deal of pressure. If you don't have the skills and the equipment, best to stay at home.

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JoshOvki on 09 Feb 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

It kind of makes me wonder if we have a crummy season (in the way of lack or snow and ice) next year we will see a rise of ice axes and crampons for sale on fleaBay.

Hopefully we donít see a sharp incline of people who have the equipment but no knowledge on how to use it on the hills, getting into accidents and causing an even greater straight on MR.
gforce on 10 Feb 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
> If you don't have the skills and the equipment, best to stay at home.

Am not sure home is the best place to acquire "the skills"! :)
chile-dog03 on 10 Feb 2009
Came across a small group on Tryfan the other day struggling up a snow chocked gully, no amount of talk would make them turn back (and they had passed the hard bit)so I had not much choice to keep an eye on them to the top and then advice on safest way down. None had the required equipment but all turned out well, could of quite easily gone the other way.

Advice was given to be correctly equiped and trained next time that I hope they take this advice. The latest weather will have us all see similar incidents after all it can't be that hard can it!!!!! its only snow!!!!!

winhill - on 10 Feb 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Good news for people selling kit, the axe I couldn't sell on here last year for £25 went on ebay for over £40.
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3leggeddog on 16 Feb 2009
In reply to winhill:

I can just see the summer's headlines now:

"Shops sell lots of suncream in blazing weather"

"Blackpool almost out of ice lollies"

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