Just thought I'd post a couple of follow-ups from way back... I did make a couple of my v-section anchors out of standard hardware store aluminium (aluminum for the US guys and gals :-) and took them with me up some climbs in Japan... had no problems with them at all. Spent a couple of days throwing everything at them on Ibuki-yama (a friendly mountain behind my house in Japan) before I went onto anything serious. Now I won't claim to have scientifically tested them, but they seemed to hold as well as the Coyote I had with me (unscientifically speaking). A visit to ISHI mountain sports (Japanese mountain climbing shop) showed up a proliferation of v-section anchors... I was not alone in this config.! Whilst from your emails I see in the US most of you only use t-section, I now know Japan, NZ and Australia all use the v-section on a reg. basis. Anyway... just thought you'd like to know I didn't kill myself :-)
Numb toes... OK... so after all the posts on this... mine are *&^%! numb again (have been for nearly two weeks now after a few weekends of good climbing) and I am pissed off. Not only are they numb to the touch, they are bluddy painful from 'inside'... like I have crushed toes or something. SOmetimes they wake me up in the night (assuming they let me go to sleep). When you touch them however, there's no sensation on the skin. Circulation seems fine (now). This is horrible and I wish they would get better.
What is the verdict? Should I invest in another pair of boots? (I have leather La Sportivas) Plastics maybe? With more room in the toe box. Perhaps mine are too tight over my toes? Any ideas anybody?