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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 2-02-19 9:08
Replies: 89
Chucked the skis in the car to see if there’s anything going after this morning’s MTB. Not a lot of snow at all in lower valleys (Risca); perhaps in rain shadow of the Beacons? Will take a drive towards pen y fan to see if there’s much to go at this afternoon...
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Sat 26-01-19 18:27
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Poor protocol aside; very bad luck :(
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Sat 26-01-19 8:04
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Very sad. There was a lot of heli activity in Aosta - the hospital here was put on high alert, apparently. We were touring above Valgrisenche the other day and there were plenty of heliski ops going on over towards the glacier plus a light single engined aircraft. Speculation but more likely to have collided as the heli was landing - taking off it would only have the pilot aboard at the summit of the glacier.
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Fri 4-01-19 22:24
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@rungsp, I concur! Patches of decent chalky stuff amongst the bullet proof moguls off of Mt Gelé. Pistes were in surprisingly good nick I thought. Less busy than Le Chable car park would suggest too.
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Thu 3-01-19 23:53
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Worth a punt tomorrow? Got a free day before heading to Chandolin for the weekend. I guess it’s much of a muchness in the Valais right now.
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Tue 25-12-18 11:57
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Superb film and brilliantly shot, given how remote they were. The skier definitely took a Jeremy Heitz attitude to the line...
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Mon 19-11-18 18:43
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Oh yeah it’s miles away. Not sure why I thought it was there: something in one of the links, perhaps. Proper continental snow pack then #fluffy
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Sun 18-11-18 20:41
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I’ve heard good things about Kamchutka (sic?); photo request seconded
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Sat 10-11-18 15:22
Replies: 47
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Fri 9-11-18 19:27
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@AndAnotherThing.., you’ve got XTNDs now? This is news...
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Thu 8-11-18 22:01
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...aaaaaand my point has been missed. It was far simpler than that :sH: (The right type and intensity of) Training makes the single biggest improvement to absolute performance. This doesn’t stop an unfit bloke touring on say a lightweight stiff carbon megaski 115mm having an advantage over a 2.5kg wood/Titanal plank of similar stiffness. For sure, noodle will be rubbish compared to a heavier and crucially stiffer Ski. Same with bikes; I’d be nuts to say a Scott spark is somehow better for a heavier rider than an a ransom in all situations: but a light enduro Bike will provide a significant advantage over a heavy one. I’m with Ken: superguide + shift, why not?
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Wed 7-11-18 20:53
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Late to the party but my 5p worth: 1) I'm 188 cm, 34in inside leg and 32in waist. Mediums were like shorts. Large to get the length and there's enough adjustment both on the Lofotens and the active shell Lofotens. 2) 38in chest and medium jacket is perfect. The arms and torso are nice and long. 2) Best kit ever.
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Wed 7-11-18 20:48
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A bit late to the party but my 5p worth: 1) Shift + lightweight tourer + heavy boots could feel unbalanced IMHO; interested to see how you find them. I'd pair them with a Scrapper 107 if I wanted an allrounder. Stiff ski but not too heavy. 2) The superguide is superb. The 105 is such a versatile ski - so versatile I'd leave the 95 for sketchy steep lines in hard conditions or for sadastically long tours. 3) 'Don't buy lighter kit, just do more exercise' is a nonsense argument - hear it all the time in MTB land :roll: . A lighter ski will make your uphill more efficient than a heavy ski. If you're fitter, you'll just go uphill faster and feel less shit when you get there. Why tarnish yourself with heavy clunky kit if you're fat? It makes no sense.
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Sun 30-09-18 22:19
Replies: 35
@spyderjon, they've been so popular that they sold out before they could set any aside for Scott employees (and families of employees :()
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 7-09-18 17:47
Replies: 84
Oh look, Summer’s finished. This season, I shall be mostly wearing: 1) The Scott ducted fan airbag: saw a pre-production one in action last season. Pretty impressive and very light. 2) Scott scrapper 115 to replace my old Down CD114 as go-to planks. More highly damped, a bit stiffer and better in crud. 3) Holidays.
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Fri 29-06-18 22:01
Replies: 28
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Thu 3-05-18 18:47
Replies: 177
@Sharkymark, hehe actually I meant high cycle but I was running late for the train. Spotted it but thought I could get a way with it. Usually we don't see many low strain high cycle failures in the solid parts of the bindings due to the loading patterns while skiing being more dominated by sudden impulses and hiking not getting close enough to the required frequencies and cycle counts. The exception being in the springs. If that makes more sense. It certainly does!
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Wed 2-05-18 21:39
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Low cycle (that is, high strain range with significant plasticity) fatigue is very possible even with a relatively modest increase in load - especially if you’re designing to fine margins for a lightweight binding. Doubling the stress range can reduce the fatigue endurance by a factor of 8 quite happily, if not more, for example. I presume that’s what you mean by ‘long’ fatigue failures?
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Mon 30-04-18 21:18
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The shift will be a game changer; little doubt about that (unless it falls to bits). However, it's still a very different beast (ahem) to the likes of the lighter Dynafit/MTN/ATK offerings. I certainly won't be screwing a pair onto my superguides...but I would for a pair of freeride skis.
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Fri 27-04-18 21:59
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- flat ramp angle? (not getting into that pointless argument) An absolute must for me (delta > 5mm is not great) - a flat walk mode? Must have. - some torsional rigidity in the tail? or do you feel that there isn't much twist between the ankle and toe of your boot? I don’t notice anything really. As much down to the boot as the pins I’d guess without doing some sums. - Easy step in or better hold? Better hold (for sketchy situations and a decent spring will help avoid the lack of engagement resulted from ice build up that is the cause of pre-releases ;)) - A brake (very UK thing that one) but should it be automatic or happy to flick a switch? Having used both brakes and leashes, I’ll be ditching the leashes when the brakes are as simple and effective as the MTN. - Length adjustment? if so how long? One boot size or so either way. - Prefer aluminium/plastic/steel? No plastic for structural components or where deflection could cause a problem (vipec risers...). Al alloy FTW. - ability to switch walk ski mode staying in the binding? Limited value unless you’re a racer so no for me. - Elasticity in the release or lighter weight? Tricky one actually. I’m happy with no elasticity for a ski mountaineering binding. If you’re going to have elasticity, best to do it properly with an alpine type heel: biggest difference felt to me here. - Very exact DIN values or happy to have a little play if performance is enhanced? Not sure what you mean by ‘a little play’? - Futuristic look or classic engineering? Classic. Form should follow function at the lighter end of the spectrum or it’s wasted material/cost. What else? This is a chance to have your desires heard.
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Mon 23-04-18 22:31
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just a bit of topic , but what are people's favourite crampons to match your favourite bindings , I've been trying a few heath robinson methods to increase bite when on first riser , after being very disappointed with the performance of the dynafit crampon combined with the radical 2 :~/ Yes I had a speedy lesson on the consequences of ineffectiveness of Dynafit Crampons with heel risers! :oops: Solutions seems to be stowing the heel risers in icy or very steep conditions, and using the pre drilled hols to fix a shim of wood, plastic or similar thick enough to nearly close the gap between crampon and boot sole without the lifts in use Don’t use the risers! If it’s that steep and firm, skis off and bung on boot crampons. It’s quicker, easier, safer and less nervy. Save the adrenalin for the descent :sH:
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Mon 23-04-18 22:29
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Salomon MTN. Very well designed, no pre-release silliness of radicals Never had any issues of pre-release with any bindings to be honest so i'm perhaps not best placed to judge this, do you have any insight into what is changed on the MTN to reduce pre-release? The design of the rad 1 means snow and ice accumulated under the toe springs, which prevents the pins from engaging fully into the boot. Not a problem with other toe designs and the rad 2 appears to have sorted it.
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Mon 23-04-18 18:40
Replies: 177
Salomon MTN is also proving its worth in the lighter binding range - brake is super functional, Does it not pop down when you press down the arms? maybe they fixed that. Why would you press down the arms? I put the bindings into touring mode, step into them and start skinning... Another vote for the Salomon MTN. Very well designed, no pre-release silliness of radicals (one of the Lofoten crew nearly had a very long steep walk down a very long steep couloir thanks to that and I’ve had a 2 or 3 instances in the past, one of which was where I really didn’t want to have it!) and none of complexity/weight of others. Super solid toe-in with reassuring ‘feel’ and straightforward to transfer tour on. The removable brakes are very neat. No issues at all with the brakes popping open (not heard of any, either :~/ ) but the gen 1 versions I have tend to stick up in heavy spring snow. @offpisteskiing has the gen 2 version which have a stiffer spring action so that problem seems to have gone away.
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Sat 14-04-18 19:57
Replies: 68
The A Team in all their glory. For the 6th time, many thanks to @offpsiteskiing for a superb 8 days of exploration and ski mountaineering; every year it ends up being the highlight of the season. EPIC 😬{IMG2390_939_right}
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Sat 14-04-18 19:55
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Looking south as the cloud cleared.{IMG2390_938_right}
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Sat 14-04-18 19:54
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Sadly it was our final day today but once again, @offpisteskiing pulled out the stops for a classic exploration day to a place that has seen few, if any, skis. For the sake of argument, we’ll call it Unicorn Valley A. The light was pretty flat for most of the day so not many pics. Here’s @Arno skinning out of the remote north facing bowl. It’s been very warm so saturated snow below about 250m and good spring snow above that on shaded aspects. {IMG2390_937_right}
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Fri 13-04-18 21:56
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Fri 13-04-18 19:21
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{IMG2390_931_right} Yes, yes it is! 😬
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 13-04-18 19:20
Replies: 68
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Fri 13-04-18 19:19
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Fri 13-04-18 19:19
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I’ll leave you with three of the most stunning views we’ve had so far to ski against. Kristin in orange and @offpisteskiing in blue.{IMG2390_928_right}
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Fri 13-04-18 19:15
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Finally some skiing. Here’s @Arno. Great spring snow, which surprised us given how low and how tracked it was (very popular when it gets snow).{IMG2390_927_right}
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Fri 13-04-18 19:13
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Sea eagle cameo. Three appeared and two of them decided to preform a courtship ‘dance’ in front of us. This consists of one inverting so they both touch talons and then they tumble for a few seconds. Impressive given these things have a 2m+ wingspand and I think I’m right in saying they’re the largest of the eagles (I can’t be arsed to google it!).{IMG2390_926_right}
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Fri 13-04-18 19:10
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Fri 13-04-18 19:09
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Objective 1 was a 350m lump called Hoven that stands isolated on the only flat bit of Lofoten. A mellow ski with great views. Here’s @offpisteskiing on the way up.{IMG2390_924_right}
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Fri 13-04-18 19:07
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We’ll start today’s report with a photo from last night. Imagine a sauna with a view like this? Yup! 👊{IMG2390_923_right}
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Thu 12-04-18 21:37
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{IMG2390_908_right} Here’s Steve skinning out with the line behind him.
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Thu 12-04-18 21:36
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{IMG2390_906_right} After a rather spicy top section from the summit, we dropped into the main couloir that was full of good spring snow. As per usual, the lower 200m or so below the couloir was ‘well baked’. A rather aesthetic line. @DB the snow is heavier than the alps, although we’ve skied knee deep cold smoke here in the past. It’s remarkably resilient to rain.
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Thu 12-04-18 21:30
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Thu 12-04-18 21:29
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{IMG2390_904_right} Quick post tonight as on my phone. We met up once again with Kristin (you may recall the name from Lofoten series 1, day 1!), which was a pleasure as always and returned to Unicorn Valley Y (series 5, day 5 I think). This time, the couloir wasn’t full of graupel, the sun was out and the views were...
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