Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Q & D

Brett and i climbed Quick & Dirty Sunday which is still in good shape but the top is thinning out. Tried to do a line up between French kiss and the Pillar but the ice was very sun affected and i ended up backing off. Once it warms up this weekend i suspect it will start falling down. Pearl Necklace is in but looks as tough as i've ever seen it. The mixed route on the right is still in good shape.
Did anybody get out and enjoy some of that powder that fell Saturday nite?? I figure there was about 40 cm of nice dry powder just begging to be shredded. This working for a living sure sucks!!


At 3/21/2006 12:30:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ripped some good pow south of the crowsnest pass on saturday..
chris m 

Posted by chris morris

At 3/21/2006 01:48:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys, gotta question on ski gear for you...
I'm torn what to buy be it full on at gear or ski mountaineering. Do you guys ice climb in your at boots? i've sort of narrowed down what I want but can't afford to buy two sets of sticks....Any imput would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Scott  

Posted by scott harms

At 3/21/2006 02:30:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got sick for a living this weekend, and was just dying to see all that light snow. This morning it was still light as a feather. 

Posted by chris g

At 3/21/2006 02:59:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you wait to summer you can get amazing deals at http://www.sierratradingpost.com/ You could probably pick up a couple of cheaper ski rigs really cheap. While crampon compatible outfits usually never come down in price you could pick up some tele gear cheap. I love my cheap karhu light touring and leather 3 pin boots. 

Posted by chris g

At 3/21/2006 06:42:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott, i'd go full AT gear if you can afford it. Just make sure that your ski boots will take crampons. It's the most versatile of all the gear but it's also the most expensive. I can ski at the hill, climb ice, do long tours, shred powder and bash scree with my AT gear. It's not great for everything but still good for most. If you don't want to go that route you can get a pair of ski's and mount Siveretta bindings which will accept mountaineering boots as well as ski boots. But skiing in mountaineering boots sucks.
Chris, we stopped by your place on Sunday to see if you were home. Saw your car there but with 40cm of snow still covering your sidewalk i figured you must have been gone for the weekend. I guess i should have put on my ski's and went to your door..... Hope your better. 

Posted by Blair Piggot

At 3/22/2006 05:41:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott - I agree with Blair. I climb ice in my AT boots. I remember the first time I did this, and it felt odd and clunky, but within an hour I got use to it. Now it feels strange to climb ice in my Vegas. I've actually been known to wear my AT boots for quick and dirty.... no skis, just hiked up in my AT boots.

AT Boots are also great for kicking steps up a big snow/ice face.


Posted by Dave Stephens

At 3/22/2006 01:51:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

well it think it's settled then. I have been checking out last years salomon 1080 or this years 1080 gun, also the rossi bc scratch or the b3/4, both can be skied in the backcountry and crunch bumps on the hill. Probably will outfit them with the fritschi freerides. I'm still undecided about boots, the garmont g or adrenaline, or the scarpa denali.

Any other suggestions?  

Posted by scott harms

At 3/23/2006 11:45:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i took the plunge and bought the ski's binding & skins, now all i need to do is by boots. thanks for the info.... cheers.  

Posted by scott harms

At 3/23/2006 01:11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Cow!!! That was fast. It takes me months to decide on skis. It took me about 4 months to decide on the Crossbows as my backcountry ski and about 6 months to pick the new Bandit B3 (orange ones) as my downhill ski.

So, you can't leave us hanging... what did you end up getting? As for boots, I'm a big fan of Scarpa, but they either fit your feet really well, or they REALLY don't fit your feet. There's no middle ground with them. I think Kevin N. has the Adrenaline skis, so you could ask him what he thinks.


Posted by Dave Stephens

At 3/23/2006 02:28:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dave, it really hasn't been a quick decision sort of.... I have wanted to buy back country gear for a year more seriously (10 yrs dreaming) and have been waffling all winter on they type of gear i wanted. It was the skier in me that won. Ive been on sticks since i was 2 and only with axes for 4 year. As it turns out, i went to alpenland on tuesday to check out their year end sale and they just happened to have what i wanted on sale.
2005 Salomon 1080, Fritschi Freerides, BCA skins all for around $900.

Posted by scott harms


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