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Ajcarr44 - on 01 Feb 2013
Hi, my names Ashley Carr and I have just booked an introductory course in Arolla and a Mont Blanc extension in July. I am using this as a start towards a life in the mountains and I am wondering where is best for kit, and if there is anyone willing to join me to further my experiences after this trip. I have been to 5500m before buy just as a trek. As well as scrambling and so on in the Snowdonia mountain range. Thank you
GridNorth - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Ajcarr44: Depends where you live and exactly what kit you are after. If you are a novice I would strongly recommend visiting a shop and not buying on line, especially for boots and crampons. Needle Sports in the Lakes are very good as is Joe Browns and V12 in Llanberis. Shops like these will give you valuable advice, based on experience, that is sometimes lacking in the bigger chains like Cotswold and Go Outdoors particularly with regard to technical hardwear. These shops however can be good for clothing and expertise is sometimes store dependent.
Ajcarr44 - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Ajcarr44: thank you for your help. I live near conwy, I have just been to Cotswold for advice and the woman there was really good an helped me out a lot. Gave me discount on the bag I bought. I will check these and get my boots fitted properly, probably get some Nepal evos or something similar.
Caterham - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Ajcarr44:
I was in a similar situation to you a couple of years ago. I did Mont Blanc last year and would say first and foremost forget kit, make sure your fit! Luckily you have Snowdonia close by so plenty of mountain running and scrambling will stand you in good stead. I don't know what company you are going with but most seem to be able to hire you kit. I wouldn't worry about buying axes and crampons too soon but its worth getting a decent set of boots and breaking them in. I've rented boots a few times now and been both unlucky and lucky with the fit!

dorangus - on 03 Feb 2013
In reply to Ajcarr44: Personally I would recommend Cotswolds. Try gear on in outdoor stores, then go online and get what you are looking for in the size you need for usually much less!
bigpad - on 03 Feb 2013
In reply to Ajcarr44: isnt outdoor research pretty good with a life time warranty?
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zola - on 03 Feb 2013
In reply to Ajcarr44: OR is fantastic kit and V12 outdoors which is online have been running some good discount on OR kit ,and yes its infinity warranty!

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