Tips, Tricks & other modifications/repairs

This page will display past and current repairs/mods to tactical gear/clothing and general outdoor gear/clothing…

A conglomeration of things I added to one of my ball caps using some basic hardware from the local hardware store..

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The making of a retention lanyard using the following hardware pieces:

DRL (Device Retention Lanyard) version 1 & 2 12/28/11

DRL (Device Retention Lanyard) version 1 & 2 12/28/11

DRL's attached to a Springfield version MEU SOC and a Sig P226R

DRL’s attached to a Springfield version MEU SOC and a Sig P226R

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How to make simple. effective anti-snow plates for older type crampons or for crampons that didn’t come with ant-snow plates:

When you don’t want to thrash your newer, high-end, expensive technical crampons and just want to use your older general mountaineering crampons…or if you only have an older set of crampons that didn’t or don’t come with a set of anti-snow plates…here’s what you can do to make your own. I did something different regarding the making of anti-snow plates for a set of Charlet Moser Super 12 crampons, because I found a less expensive solution over buying the more expensive Kydex plastic sheets (Kydex would be better, though). The method I’m showing here should do the trick for one or more traditional mountaineering trips depending on how much abuse they will receive and whether travel will be primarily on snow and ice..with little rock….or on lots of mixed routes, over rock, ice and snow.

Here’s what you need to get and do:

Go to Home Depot or other hardware store… Look around for “Keeper” brand Safety Step rubber stick-on surface covering (you get two 4″ wide X 17.5″ long pieces)…buy one pack of that and then go get some thick/strong, but not too thick, OUTDOOR or INDOOR/OUTDOOR cable zip ties. I posted photos below to show you the best way to mount the material to your crampons. You can make cardboard templates out of left-over shipping box cardboard..etc.  Trace the heel and fore-foot areas with a marker and paper and then cut out the pieces in a shape closest to the curvature of the areas where the pieces are going to fit on to..on the underside of the crampon (2 pieces per crampon..larger piece for the fore-foot section and a small piece for the heel section). After cutting the rubber anti-snow plate pieces, fit them to the bottom of the crampon with the sticky side facing upward (pointing upward at the soles of your boots if they were strapped on) and mark off dots where your zip-ties will pass through by marking dots on the sticky side of the rubber pieces, on the peel-off paper. Take a small hand drill and a small drill bit and drill out the dots on the rubber pieces/anti-snow plates. Take the sticky backing off and then attach the anti-snow plates (with sticky side facing upward as stated earlier) with the zip-ties… with the left-over zip-tie ends ends facing downward (facing toward the ground if crampons were strapped to your boots).

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Making your own anti-snow plates for HINGED or SEMI-FLEXIBLE crampons- 05/06/13

Making your own anti-snow plates for HINGED or SEMI-FLEXIBLE crampons- 05/06/13

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To be continued…

Mt. Shasta, July 2011

Mt. Shasta, July 2011

Mt. Tallac, Ca  East Columns circa 1996

Mt. Tallac, Ca East Columns circa 1996

Mt. Shasta circa 1995

Mt. Shasta circa 1995

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