ICE 2010 - Testing Times

By Paul Errington

Less than a month to go till I will be lining up with 135 miles of the bitterly cold Arrowhead Trail ahead of me, i have spent hour after hour trawling websites for any little bit of info that will help me make more educated gear choices but facts and figures mean nothing when the temperature drops and you are literally out in the cold.
With this in mind I have been taking any opportunity to test my gear choices… whether this be out on the bike with different sock combos or bagging up different foods and shoving them in the Freezer for the night to see what could be edible after a freeze.
The weather has played ball and delivered perfect training conditions with snow and cold weather but its always good to mix it up a little so with the guys heading out to the Ecrins in France for the ICE 2010 Ice climbing event it was a no brainer when an invite was thrown my way.
Meeting at Alpkit i was presented with my new sleeping system for Arrowhead, Jim gave me a bag he had picked up for me with easy top loading and waiting inside was a closed cell foam mat and a development -30 bag.. toasty:)....... continue reading on Paul’s blog Shoestring racing.

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