/ Scottish winters and keeping skilled

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Flinticus 06 Nov 2019

Re crampon and ice-axe use. Given that 9 months may separate the last time I had to use either (and some years the gap is longer), what's the best way to refresh?

Usually I rely on youtube and then an easy day out or two. If I don't regularly use knowledge, it just leaks out of me. 

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Garethza 06 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

Indoor ice may suffice?

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wbo2 06 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus: a long walk in on moderate ground 

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Dave the Rave 06 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

Just stick them on and hope for the best? First time that I put crampons on was on a very snowy Striding Edge. Not hardcore I know, but interesting all the same. 

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alan moore 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

I find the exact same problems with Scottish summers.

Sorry.

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DaveHK 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

>  If I don't regularly use knowledge, it just leaks out of me. 

​​​​​​Some sort of bung or plug perhaps?

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pass and peak 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

I try and do the same as you for a day or so before launching myself up some grade IV, it soon comes back. For me the Navigation in winter conditions is more important, as crampons and axe use has become intuitive, were as navigation requires more concentration and practice over a longer period. Early season conditions in Scotland usually allow for a few days of skill refreshers!

M

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Mark Haward 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

Take up alpine climbing to get a summer hit of snow / ice?

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Rigid Raider 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

Surely crampon and ice axe use are as intuitive as cycling, walking, running, skiing, swimming and any other form of locomotion?

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tjdodd 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Rigid Raider:

> Surely crampon and ice axe use are as intuitive as cycling, walking, running, skiing, swimming and any other form of locomotion?


Tell that to my hole riddled winter trousers.

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Flinticus 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Rigid Raider:

Few of those are intuitive.

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