I did not get that bit: iron, then scrape, then polish? Why scrape? Not cork? What do you polish if you scrape (plastic, metal?) the wax off?lilcliffy wrote:When the snow is cold enough that Polar works as a kick wax, I iron and then SCRAPE and polish. I am also VERY conservative with any extra kick wax underfoot. This approach seems to be working very well.
What do you mean by a polar expedition? Strictly North and South Pole?lilcliffy wrote: Certainly- I think that the snow can be so cold that Polar on the entire base is too much grip for pure XC skiing...
What are people using for wax on Polar ski expeditions?
If we are talking about poles, by far, most expeditions are done using pulks. I don't think its really feasible to ski without skins hauling heavy pulks, so no wax in those scenarios.
If you are curious about what is going on in northern scandinavia,
From my experience, by far most skiers are sleeping indoors at night (hut to hut), so waxers carry a choice selection of waxes and skins as back up (or half skins full-time). They would not have to worry about cleaning their skis up and starting from scratch in the morning. By the way, white gas (Naphta) is a great wax solvent when you are on the go.
Keep in mind its not usually that cold up in northern scandinavia when most skiers are doing there thing.
However, I'm curious as to what waxing technique (and waxes) light no-skin winter ski campers use.