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I'm a warm-weather person. I absolutely do not function well, if at all, in cold temperatures. I would not fair well in the climate you spoke of. I would absolutely recommend at least getting a useful, yet cheap set of thermo-pants. I don't know exactly the price ranges but maybe these are ok?; http://www.sailingproshop.com/sea-thermo-pants-review


First, see my comment above. Get some professional instruction. Seriously. To answer your points directly: Build a snow anchor, then transfer the load to your anchor. Holding your partner's weight for the entire duration of a self rescue would be a bad idea. Building an anchor is independent of what your partner is doing. Always build an anchor. On ...

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