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- Joined: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:03 pm
- Location: Teton Valley
- Ski style: free heel, touring to turning
- Favorite Skis: Boundless, Rossy BC-125, Jaks, BD Converts......
- Favorite boots: Alicos, Excursions, T-1's
- Occupation: Retired
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- Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:31 am
- Ski style: Nordic backcountry touring with lots of turns
- Favorite Skis: Fisher E99 & Boundless (98), Åsnes Ingstad, K2 Wayback 88
- Favorite boots: Crispi Sydpolen, Alico Teletour & Alfa Polar
The long BD traverse, a classic, goes to 155cm. Good option.
I used to think that about flicklocks only, but now that Asnes came out with a line twist-style poles, I'd be willing to try those out too.
-Will Lange (quoting Inuit chieftan)
Does anyone know where I can find detailed step by step plans to build wooden skis with metal edges? At the moment I think I want something like the Gamme 54 but made myself and finished with linseed oil on top and pine tar on the bottom.
Yep. From the XCd thread:Baaahb wrote: ↑Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:15 pmAdjustable poles are great. I will usually adjust them a few times on any tour, or even at a resort. Shorter for aggressive turning, longer for striding or touring. One of my sets of adjustable poles also has a secondary grip about three inches below the primary grip that I use for short sections, such as the uphill pole on a brief traverse of a steep slope. I cannot see where it becomes a hassle adjusting them. Be sure to get a set that adjusts to a long length as well as a short length; some only go to 135 or so...
Poling is one of the tricky things to get right in tele skiing. High hands while riding the tele tightrope are extra challenging (this dude is very cool, though):vt_trees wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:03 pmThis! I couldn't agree more. With the invention of adjustable pole there's no excuse. Somehow people still can't figure it out.
I find having adjustable poles, that can be shortened on the fly in anticipation of a long downhill , are really helpful and are an important part of my "complete skiing" aspirations.
I really like this Riva II binding. The only issue is it being (long) out of production. I expect everything but the cable will last forever. I would like to be able to make a new cable myself if possible.
Has anyone here successfully made a replacement Riva II cable?
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- Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:06 pm
- Location: Oakland County, MI
- Ski style: All my own, and age doesn't help
- Favorite Skis: Gamme 54, Falketind 62, I hope to add a third soon
- Favorite boots: Alpina Alaska, Alico Ski March
- Occupation: Construction Manager
Anyway... This is deep soft snow for me. Getting up to speed and trying to make some soft snow telemark turns is a lot of fun. It is so smooth and effortless. Very different from the sheets of ice I skied when alpine racing. I also have to keep reminding myself that I can't cross block trees like slalom gates.
But holy crap it is really hard to climb back up out of this stuff. Even on a moderate slope I could not get the kick wax to give me enough traction to move myself up or even sideways. The ski tip would be up on top of the snow and the tail near the bottom. Before I could get any weight on it I would slip backwards and lose progress. It was also too deep to herringbone up the hill because my tips would get quickly burred and I could not lift the ski. The only way I managed to get back up the hill was a very slow side step up. Even then I would lose about half the progress of each step from the snow packing and sliding.
When I made it back to the trail, climbing on packed snow with maybe 3" of fluff on top felt effortless, by comparison.
Is there any technique to make this less exhausting or am I just out of shape and need to build endurance?
Thanks for taking time to respond. I will keep your advice in mind next time I am out.