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post #61 of 70

At least one shop in Breck demos/rents AT and tele gear: http://www.mtnoutfitters.com/

 

As does Wilderness Sports in Dillon: http://www.telemarkski.com/html/demoPricing.html

post #62 of 70
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I'll be trying out the Trekkers next season for short in-bounds hikes. I'd love if there was a way to demo some skinning setups somewhere. Does that ever happen?

I strongly recommend passing on Trekkers. How much do you weight and boot sole?  Backcountry has atomic tracker 13 in small for $182 right now, or work down Mr Crab's. Throw those on something, get some skins and your're good to go. 

post #63 of 70
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I strongly recommend passing on Trekkers. How much do you weight and boot sole?  Backcountry has atomic tracker 13 in small for $182 right now, or work down Mr Crab's. Throw those on something, get some skins and your're good to go. 

 



This got argued to death in the thread I made about it. I'll try the Trekkers, I won't be evaluating how well they work or don't. I'll be evaluating whether or not I like going uphill with skis and skins on my feet. If I do, Trekkers will be on ebay and I'll be buying a pair of AT bindings asap.
post #64 of 70
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I strongly recommend passing on Trekkers. How much do you weight and boot sole?  Backcountry has atomic tracker 13 in small for $182 right now, or work down Mr Crab's. Throw those on something, get some skins and your're good to go. 

 



This got argued to death in the thread I made about it. I'll try the Trekkers, I won't be evaluating how well they work or don't. I'll be evaluating whether or not I like going uphill with skis and skins on my feet. If I do, Trekkers will be on ebay and I'll be buying a pair of AT bindings asap.

Never saw that; must have been fun. But still...Haven't I seen pictures from you on top of Humphrey's. If you like hiking, I am sure you'll at least enjoy some touring. Deal is there...do what you must.

post #65 of 70
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Never saw that; must have been fun. But still...Haven't I seen pictures from you on top of Humphrey's. If you like hiking, I am sure you'll at least enjoy some touring. Deal is there...do what you must.

 



You're probably thinking of @raisingarizona, that dude skis down from the top of Humphrey's and the surrounding peaks regularly. If skinning works out for me I may be up there someday too. You are right I will probably like the hike and probably kick myself for not just buying AT bindings but at least on the off chance I am not into it I won't have a pair of skis committed to the cause.
post #66 of 70
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Never saw that; must have been fun. But still...Haven't I seen pictures from you on top of Humphrey's. If you like hiking, I am sure you'll at least enjoy some touring. Deal is there...do what you must.

 



You're probably thinking of @raisingarizona, that dude skis down from the top of Humphrey's and the surrounding peaks regularly. If skinning works out for me I may be up there someday too. You are right I will probably like the hike and probably kick myself for not just buying AT bindings but at least on the off chance I am not into it I won't have a pair of skis committed to the cause.

I meant summer hikes. I thought I saw photos of you up there in the Summer. I only mention trackers because when I switched from snowboarding to skiing, trekkers ruined about 3 weeks of my season when it was snowing like no other. Just trying to help.

post #67 of 70
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I meant summer hikes. I thought I saw photos of you up there in the Summer. I only mention trackers because when I switched from snowboarding to skiing, trekkers ruined about 3 weeks of my season when it was snowing like no other. Just trying to help.

 



Yeah, I've posted up a few summer pics. I hike it regularly all summer but never been to the top in the winter. It is some serious terrain up there, plenty of no fall zones.
post #68 of 70

What do you want to use them for? If it's just to skin up groomed ski runs for exercise they will probably get you buy until you break them. If your intention is to move around in the alpine here don't get them. They aren't any good for the alpine here, the travel is way too difficult, you need something burly. Even in the best seasons you spend plenty of time skinning over rocks, through awkward slots through the bristlecones, and up and along steep ice. The travel is one of the big reasons the back country here doesn't see much traffic. 

post #69 of 70
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What do you want to use them for? If it's just to skin up groomed ski runs for exercise they will probably get you buy until you break them. If your intention is to move around in the alpine here don't get them. They aren't any good for the alpine here, the travel is way too difficult, you need something burly. Even in the best seasons you spend plenty of time skinning over rocks, through awkward slots through the bristlecones, and up and along steep ice. The travel is one of the big reasons the back country here doesn't see much traffic. 

 

I don't have a partner or avy training let alone the equipment to BC up there.  I know I will get a proper setup if I ever want to seriously get into the BC.  Been around this board long enough to know that is really the only option.  I know what what the terrain is like up there and would rather not be bashed to death on an icy volcanic scree slope also.

post #70 of 70

Go to the gym. Set the Stair Climber to the highest number. Wear 5lb weights on your ankles. Take 1500 small, slow steps. You just skinned approx 1000'.

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