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G-String up Fantasy Ridge ... at Solitude

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I didn’t get much response to this question by hijacking the “climbing with Metron” thread …

I’m looking for a minimalist sling with which to carry skis while hiking those times that I can’t shoulder them.

I’m looking at the G-String made by Indigo (http://www.indigoequipment.com/), which they claim will fit in a pocket. (I’d insert a picture, but I can’t seem to … ).

Can anyone who owns an Indigo G-string tell me how much space it takes up? They claim it’ll fit in your pocket … how big of a pocket are we talking about?

Is it more like "it barely fits in your pocket?

Thanks,
post #2 of 12
The indigo g-string is pretty nifty. Stashing the thing when not in use is truly the dilemma. You could probably roll it up and put it in a pocket, but it would be pretty noticeable... My girlfriend usually stashes it in my pack. The main body of the device has some padding... definitely do-able though.

You could probably wear it under your shell when not in use, or just leave it on if expecting to use it often. I've been meaning to retrofit it with QR buckles on the shoulder straps... so it can be worn around your waist like a cummerbund (sp?) underneath your jacket when not in use.

If you get one, remember to wrap the excess top strap around the ski's a few times before securing... not obvious from the minimal instructions included with the pack. This will prevent the bottom loop from loosening and allowing your ski tails to drop.
post #3 of 12
Have one. Works a lot better than straps, takes up no room, easy to stash in a parka packet. Best ski-life-made-easier invention since Power Bars.
post #4 of 12
Woodee, the minimalist:

You can use a 6ft lenght of webbing and make a loop and tie a square knot. Take the loop and wrap around skis from both sides just below bindings, leaving two arm holes. You can adjust the size by moving the knot.
post #5 of 12
Can someone explain to me why they would need a "pack" to carry skis that isn't capable of carrying a probe and shovel? Even the super-minimalist life-link and wookey packs that some of the Bridger patrol carry are capable of carrying these. If you're accessing terrain worthy of a hike, it really goes without saying that it's appropriate to carry the necessary backcountry gear. I've never been to an area that I'd hike to and not carry it.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BakerBoy
Can someone explain to me why they would need a "pack" to carry skis that isn't capable of carrying a probe and shovel? ...
Hiking in-bounds perhaps? I agree that one would be a flaming idiot to go BC without the proper equipment & knowledge.

As you know not all ski areas have lifts that go to the top of all of their controlled areas - you have to hike to get the less traveled good stuff.

Shouldering boards isn't an issue for most of the short little climbs that I go on, but there are some that are hairball enough where I need both hands free ... you know, the fun ones.
post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodee
Hiking in-bounds perhaps? I agree that one would be a flaming idiot to go BC without the proper equipment & knowledge.

As you know not all ski areas have lifts that go to the top of all of their controlled areas - you have to hike to get the less traveled good stuff.
Both Baker and Bridger Bowl are set up this way. And both areas require avy gear to go hike, which led me and continues to ask my question -- where do you hike for powder that is so stable that you don't need your shovel and probe?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by BakerBoy
Both Baker and Bridger Bowl are set up this way. And both areas require avy gear to go hike, which led me and continues to ask my question -- where do you hike for powder that is so stable that you don't need your shovel and probe?

Highland Bowl, home of Indigo.
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by BakerBoy
Both Baker and Bridger Bowl are set up this way. And both areas require avy gear to go hike, which led me and continues to ask my question -- where do you hike for powder that is so stable that you don't need your shovel and probe?
As Woodee stated, short hikes in bounds that might be better negotiated hands free. Eddie's High Nowhere at Alta comes to mind. A number of chutes at Snowbasin would fit this description as well.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Bill Emmett
As Woodee stated, short hikes in bounds that might be better negotiated hands free. Eddie's High Nowhere at Alta comes to mind. A number of chutes at Snowbasin would fit this description as well.
And you'd ski these without regards to avalanche gear? Sorry, I just don't get it. I carry my gear inbounds, since I've seen and been involved in a few inside ski areas. 4 people just got buried inbounds at Squaw... If it's worth hiking to IMO, it's worth carrying backcountry gear -- if not for yourself, then for the people you might bury below you inbounds.
post #11 of 12

Tried the bowtie?

Woodee,
I bought these bowtie ski carriers and folds into about the same volume as two deck of cards. You can only sling em across on shoulder though. Got em at REI and like em very much.
-AJ..
http://www.bowtieproducts.com/
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodee
I didn’t get much response to this question by hijacking the “climbing with Metron” thread …

I’m looking for a minimalist sling with which to carry skis while hiking those times that I can’t shoulder them.

I’m looking at the G-String made by Indigo (http://www.indigoequipment.com/), which they claim will fit in a pocket. (I’d insert a picture, but I can’t seem to … ).

Can anyone who owns an Indigo G-string tell me how much space it takes up? They claim it’ll fit in your pocket … how big of a pocket are we talking about?

Is it more like "it barely fits in your pocket?

Thanks,
post #12 of 12
Every time I see this thread title I think I've wandered onto the wrong forum by accident....
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