Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
Wearing a camelback is a 1,500 gnar point deduction according to Squallywood.(Gaffney, R., et al. Squallywood, A Guide to Squaw Valley's Most Exposed Lines, p. 240 2nd edition.)
Gotta go with Tyrone on this one. In the other thread, I said I didn't think skiing inbounds with a Camelback was gaper-ish necessarily, more poseur-ish. That's too broad of a statement though. There are people skiing inbounds who may go out a gate and b/c it for the morning or afternoon but if they're only taking a Camelback and not a pack with shovel, probe, and not packing a transceiver, they're neither. They're just stupid.
What makes me think a lot of the CB guys at Schweitzer are poseurs is seeing them all day in the lift lines, looking really 'gnar' with their CB and full-face helmets and the like. You kind of know the type when you see them; hard to describe but they're posing all the way, usually doing something to draw attention to themselves. They remind me of the saying, "I don't know how to define porn but I know it when I see it." Same with them, I don't really know how to describe the poseurs but I know them when I see them.
Personally, I don't worry about having to go down and get a drink of water. I'm hydrated enough in the morning to last just fine until lunch and I like to brownbag my lunch in the lodge for a half-hour or so just to warm up and take the break.
Lastly, for whoever it was that said if you don't need water, you're not skiing hard enough, let's go take some runs and check out that theory. I would remark back that if you're working that hard to ski, you're not doing it right. When I learned to ski and through my first 25 years of skiiing, they're weren't any Camelbacks and the skiing was a lot tougher on the old equipment, not to mention we didn't have any grooming equipment when I first started. We ski-groomed it and skied the powder on skinny skis and really did have to work at it. No one carried water and I don't ever remember thinking I was having any problems with dehydration. Now biking, that's a different story. I think Camelbacks are one of the greatest things invented for riding. But even then, I still use bottles. Whatever turns your crank.