I need some commentary. I live in the East, and I'd like to explore the local backcounty and hills. My goal would be to find places to go downhill, even if it's just 4-500 feet. I already own heavy-duty nordic BC skis/boots and I'm competent in BC touring, but they're not really heavy enough for the telemarking that I'd have to do here. (I've already pulled the binding out of one ski by over-doing it).
So...do I want to buy heavier telemark equipment for this endeavor, or do I buy lightweight AT equipment? My problem: I do not really know how to telemark skillfully enough for the terrain I want to explore, so I'd have to learn a new technique first if I go tele. On the other hand, while I'm a competent downhill skier and would be a lot more comfortable AT, are there AT set-ups that are as light and travel-worthy as tele equipment?
I guess I'm trying to find out if it's worth it to spend time learning a new technique so I could take advantage of the perceived superiority of the touring part of tele equipment or whether there is AT equipment that is light enough that it's OK for touring and I should just go there.