I've hiked up to Tuckerman Ravine (in New Hampshire) twice with skis on my back, but the weight of the pack with skis and boots is getting difficult for me to carry. (I'm getting old!) So I'm considering renting skis with AT bindings and skins next month so I can skin up at least to HoJo's, about a 2 1/2 mile uphill haul. That leaves a shorter distance for hauling the heavy skis and boots on my back beyond HoJo's, up into the Ravine itself.
I have never used skins nor AT bindings. Should I expect leg cramps if I don't spend some time going uphill on these bindings in my ski boots before the actual walk up to Tucks? I'm trying to figure out whether I need to rent the skis before I do the real hike, just to familiarize my calves with the repetitive movement in ski boots.
Have others done this or something like it cold turkey with no bad results? I don't relish the thought of severe cramps along the way, but have no way of knowing how difficult the movement pattern is for skinning up with free heels in ski boots. I will have skied downhill this season about 55 days by the time I do this trek up to the Ravine.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.