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6/25/08 at 8:05am
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I load my skis diagonally so I can distinguish myself as a hard core freerider as opposed to some gaiter wearing mountaineering fossil
With your permission, I'll offer a slightly different interpretation.
Mr. Steezeless is obviously an actual climber (and skier) of snow-covered mountains. Everything about his getup is functional and geared toward arriving at the top of a major peak while remaining dry, warm (but not TOO warm), and safe. After a long and arduous ascent, during which he has the gear and the training to cope with whatever curveballs the elements might throw at him, he's got everything he needs to ski back down. Also, the photo appears to have been taken primarily for the purpose of chronicling the fact that he was somewhere OUT there.
As opposed to Mr. Steeze-to-the-Max...
Whose obviously posed photo was probably taken ten yards from the top of a lift (or maybe he just got out of the helicopter). If he got into an actual snowstorm, whatever he's got in that tiny little pack would probably allow him to survive about fifteen minutes. I'd be surprised if there's room for much more than a Red Bull in that pack. On the plus side, if the weather gets bad, he'll make a very stylish, very steezeful yellow-and-tan frozen popsicle.