/ Anyone used a Black Diamond First Shot (for Abalokov's)
Bought one for use in the Ecrin.
Never used it, except to try and cut some dyneema tape using the blade....the blade bent with very little force applied. for a serrated and sharp-looking blade, its surprisingly dull and useless for cutting.
My opinion is that you're probably better off finding some fat ice to do a few practice abalokovs on, and then at least its a skill you have that doesnt rely on carrying more kit up the mountain.
if you really need one, you can buy mine with no use and the blade bent back straight for £10. hahah
People survived for so long without this multi-tool so I'd echo what the other guy said..
Yeah thanks for advice, just musing really. Birthday coming up soon you see.
Ive used one, but found it kind of pointless, if you can make one without, why bother.
i end up drilling one instead in about 2 mins,not even worth considering in my view...
Petzl used to have I good little instructional video on their website showing the relative strengths of screws v abalokovs. If I recall they just made the thread anchors in ( river ice ) using the screws. Well worth watching if you can find it.
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