Originally Posted by Cirquerider
So with that in mind, your location, and skiing abilities, you are not even considering this for yourself? Aren't You tempted by some pristine lines just a little out of reach with a fixed heel that could be yours to ski with the investment in a different binding technology?
Yes, indeed, Cirquerider. It's a different world out there, a spiritual purity that transcends the zippy resort atmosphere.
Like you, I'm 51. I remember clearly the treks we made into the backcountry at Whistler as 20-somethings. We'd bootpack into terrain, solitude and beauty we knew nothing about. We were ingorant, but the memories of those vistas are etched like line on stone. The skiing wasn't bad either.
For me, an avi class would be the place to start (good ones available at Mt. Baker). More importantly, I'd want to tag along with somebody who's experience and judgement I respect, and who can teach me enough to make smart choices.
Gear would come next, either AT or randonee, I suppose. The option of "clicking in" renders the leap accessible and enticing.
At the end of the day, you can't determine the outcome of action. The action we take is our choice. What happens as a result, is Nature's choice. Therefore, if all prudent care is taken, you've done all you can. At that point, it's up to Mother Nature.