Ascent of Black Bear Mountain on 2019-01-12

Climber: John Krzeminski

Date:Saturday, January 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Bear Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2441 ft / 744 m

Ascent Trip Report

9 degrees and sunny at th.. hot in the sun.. easy day, but we took our time for sure... used the revo ascent snowshoes for the first time. Comfy and not too bad to put your feet into the boot harness.. bit awkward. Here is my assessment:

2020 revo ascent test of shoe and harness: Harness holds your foot similar to a bedroom slipper. The toe is attached to the shoe and the stirrup attached via two pins on either side that run thru the outermost hole of the weblike stirrup. If you bust that 'hole' on trail repairs nearly impossible.. still thinking about that. The stirrup doesn't go far enough up past the mid top part of your foot. Without a strap that tightens and locks your ankle into the heel of the stirrup strap, you lose stability off camber and on sneaky rocks that will twist that ankle. unstable. I scrambled up a 15 foot icy ledge (that I often do and would likely require short use of ice tools), they bit well with that great toe crampon, but again, when having to traverse the top (on angle), NO stability nor confidence in getting as much grab as you could. Without that ankle strap, the shoe doesn't feel like it's an extension of your leg and foot like they do in the lightning ascent and evo ascent. I have not tested these in the high peaks for this very reason on inspection and I think that they are an overly aggressive shoe for rolling hills with that current setup. The lift is also just too short, needs a good .25 inch or more. Lots of bite, good shoe, the harness isn't the right marriage to it. Change the attachment points at the toe. have the metal strap eyelet instead of the pins, run the straps thru the slipper and attach to the the buckle. Add a 4th strap around the ankle. Increase the height on the lifts. It would be bomber in the ADK highpeaks.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes

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