Hello All, looking for some guidance. Much like mfa81's post further down, I'm looking for some advice on back-country gear, AT not Tele.
I'm located in the Northeast, my back country trips will be in the 'Daks and Green Mountains. I skied for 18 years at the resorts, but gave it up for the lack of "soul" if that doesn't sound too pretentious. Like mfa81, I've been fascinated with the idea of back country and "earn your turns". I did foray into some improvised back country in some local parks with some Alpine Trekker adapters on my DH gear, but then life got in the way before I could do much more than that.
So, I am now without any gear except clothing, and feeling overwhelmed at trying to decipher what I need. My goal is weekend trips for a run or two, skinning up and locked heel down. I've got a family at home so I don't need to huck off 40 story cliffs or see what a cornice collapsing under me feels like, but I do want to be able to get through the trees. And there is a high likely hood I will return to at least the local ski hump resort to introduce the young ones as they get older.
Did I mention the family? The paradigm of that is of course I have no $$. So used equipment is of particular interest as well. And for reference, I'm not a small human, 5'11" and 220lbs. Before you draw a picture of a huge gut, think more running back size.
1) Boots Bindings and Skis - Can anyone give some advice on what I should be looking for, brands/models? Size range? Seems shorter is preferred compared to resort DH. Ones to stay away from? Or a particular system, thinking bindings here, that I should lean towards? And I have wide feet, both genetically and from trauma.
2) Used - Besides here at Epic, any good spots that used AT gear gets listed that I can watch? I'll be in Burlington VT soon and plan to hit some the gear shops there that deal in used, but I'd like to have an idea of what I'm looking for and $ range before I do so.
3) Accessories - Skins-I see some skis now have attachment points built in, but you have to use the correct skins and they appear to be pretty $$$. Worth it? Crampons- I don't plan on assaulting K2 anytime but something to aid in the ascent when I'm too old to skin would be nice. Suggestion?
I know I"m asking a lot, but any advice is greatly appreciated! Have a great day everyone!