/ ice axe project
it's gonna need a sharp pointy bit at one end, unless you just need it for dry tooling grit etc, if so you will need a hammer for your pitons too
sort of a wedge of metal you can hammer into a crack and clip the rope to for protection, ideal for crack lines etc vis Milstone
You'll need a big ice tray, a decent freezer, and some playdough.Make the outline you require - you can be as 'futuristic' as you please, but ensure the playdough is at least 1.5 - 2 cm deep otherwise it'll be rubbish....the fill with water and freeze...hey presto... ice axe!
Who said anything about it being futuristic?
see the other 'ice axe project' thread :-)
Christ, there's 3 of them now.is this some sort of spam?
I think there's 4, although one appears to be the same person talking to themselves using different names.
I'm very confused by it all.
I think it is the lemmings entry for the festive trolling contest.
Oh dear, now he's started replying to himself and forgot to change names.
Or they are are actually different people logging in from the same network, presumably a school computer lab where they've been told to do some research and for some reason decided asking on a forum was easier than reading wikipedia (not that I see a problem with asking on a forum, but you'd think at least do some basic research first then go for more specific questions).
I suspect youre right on the school lab thing. The question is who is the winter climbing teacher who set this project, and what is his UKC user name?
My guess would be it's not a "winter climbing teacher", rather a Design&Technology (or whatever it's now called) teacher, who may or may not climb, who was looking for something that would involve different types of metal-working techniques (do you forge, cast, &c, how do you connect the bits together, what material would you use...) to suggest for GCSE coursework.
And while you could ask exactly the same questions about e.g. carabiners, ice axes probably have a little more recognition/"coolness factor" amongst schoolkids.
My advice for all these pupils would be threefold:
Firstly - Google is your friend; companies like DMM and Black Diamond have loads of videos/articles promoting their snazzy manufacturing techniques...
Secondly - if you're making these things, don't actually use them for a strength-critical application such as a belay unless you make loads and test them to destruction (and, related, if you research and mention the legal standards and testing; e.g. T-rated vs B-rated it will probably help your grade)
Thirdly - go and try ice-climbing if there's any indoor ice wall near you (or if you can convince the parents to shell out for a taster day in the mountains... (if Plas-y-Brenin or similar do such a thing)); it'll give you a much greater appreciation of how the axes are used than you could ever get from a theoretical study. It's also great fun!
> My guess would be it's not a "winter climbing teacher", rather a Design&Technology (or whatever it's now called) teacher, who may or may not climb,
ha, that is what I meant. But my poor grammar and lack of punctuation let me down :)
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