Winter Mountaineering Repair Kit

It can be quite handy to have a winter mountaineering repair kit or crampon repair kit. Just imagine you walk along on hard packed nevee snow and suddenly your crampons fall apart. What do you do now? Cry like a baby because you have to cut steps for the rest of the day or pull out a repair kit and fix it. I'm not trying to say that a repair kit can fix any proble with crampons. Once a Friend kicked a step with his crampons and hit a rock with the secondary front point, which in return just broke off. For some crampons it's no problem but they were C3 with the front bar attached to the breakage. The whole crampon fell off and dangled off his ankle. The only way he could continue the climb was by straping a sling around the crampon.

Here is the list of things you can carry with you for basic repairs on crampons.

  • 2.5mm allen key
  • 3mm allen key
  • 6mm spanner
  • Slection of cable ties
  • Selection of nuts and bolts (a lot of crampons come with spare nuts and bolts so use them)

River Kayaking Repair Kit

After years of paddling down river and figuring out what to have in your repair kit I started to get a good ballance (I think) of what you should have with you on the river to sort out most issues.

Here are all the bits listed in my kit starting at the top left and going clock-wise:

  • 900ml food container
  • Compact bike repair tool
  • Small pliers with pouch
  • Cable ties
  • Pocket blow torch
  • Cork
  • Penciles
  • Flash bang
  • Stanley knife
  • Ductape
  • Some hot glue sticks
  • Pruning saw

Somewhat more compact than a sea kayaking repair kit. The pruning saw and the ductape are not going into the box but into the dry bag. It certainly helps if you have a creek boat with a back hatch.

Sea Kayaking Repair Kit

Sometimes I get asked what to put in a repair kit. I have messed about with my repair kit for some time now and believe this is about as good a repair kit as anyone would need it. There is probably still some more to put in but I still haven’t found a way to fit a chainsaw or a JCB inside my kayak. I would advise to modify a repair kit to individual needs.

My repair kit consists of 2 boxes, a smaller 900ml day trip repair kit and a 2.0 litre expedition repair kit. On expeditions I always stick both boxes in my day hatch.

Day Trip Repair Kit (clock-wise)

  • Strong big bin liner
  • Bunge cord
  • 2 spring toggles
  • Flash bang
  • Thin strong cord
  • Cork
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small pliers
  • Cut-out plastic from a milk container
  • Zip ties
  • Bike repair tool kit
  • Pencil with some ductape wrapped around it
  • Pocket brow torch
  • Stanley knife
  • Sail tape
  • Fire lighter
  • 2 component epoxy
  • Grub screws
  • Zinc coated wire
  • Nuts and bolts

Additional to this a full roll of ductape and denso tape (nasty brown/green tape), which you get at any DIY store.

Expedition Repair Kit (clock-wise)

  • Gloves
  • Cut out from an aluminium juice can protected with ductape
  • White spirit
  • Pencil
  • Wooden stick for mixing
  • Different lengths of zip ties
  • Sand paper
  • Rough and fine saw blades
  • Cork
  • Tube for tent poles
  • Tub from film spool
  • Black witch
  • Heavy compact pliers
  • Fibreglass
  • Mixing tub
  • Superglue
  • Hardener
  • Resin

Additional to that it might be handy to have a skeg cable.