Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

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Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by freeheelfreemind » Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:03 pm

On March 7th I looked at the weather forecast for Crater Lake. The weather for March 10th, 11th, and 12th looked fantastic. So, I put my gear together, drove down, got my permit and skied around Crater Lake.

I decided to use my Altai Hok skis instead of my Rossi BC-90s. They are much more manoeuvrable in tight spaces. It turns out that was the right choice. Ski touring around the lake seems like the perfect fit for the Hok skis.

I removed my Chili Telemark bindings and swapped them out for my Voile 3-pin tele cable bindings. I watched a video where a woman broke her Chili binding cable on the Crater Lake tour. I didn't want any problems. The Voile bindings are great because if an issue developed with a cable, the 3-pins would at least still hold my boot in place. The "quiver killer" like system on the Hok skis make swapping out bindings trivial.

I planned on three days. The first and second days I had seven hours of moving time. The third and final day, it only took another two hours to ski to Rim Village from my final campsite; then it was about a half hour to ski the Raven trail back to the backcountry office. I left the pulk sled at Rim Village and drove back and picked it up. I wasn't interested in dealing with it on the Raven Trail - and no reason to do so.

I travelled a total of 31.5 miles with 8000 feet of elevation change. The North side was the most challenging with massive snow drifts and bare spots in the road.

I had read many blogs and stories, and watched a few videos about touring around Crater Lake. In every story and video people complained about blisters. I used my Alpina Alaska 75 Telemark Ski boots. I did not have any issues whatsoever with blisters or even a hint of a blister. They performed great!

Circumnavigating Crater Lake has been on my to-do list for a while. My weather window was fantastic. Day time temps in the mid-40s (F), and night time lows around 30F. This was a great trip and one I'll remember for weeks to come ;)


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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by Nick BC » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:31 pm

Thanks for that! It looks like an awesome trip and the scenery is a 10. Glad all the gear worked out, were the Hoks a 120 or 145?

I enjoyed the music too from the boys from Leith :D

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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by freeheelfreemind » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:07 pm

The Hoks are the 125cm - the shorter ones. I weigh just over 13 stones, and the skis have been great for me all season. They are so light and manoeuvrable, particularly when skiing through trees on variable terrain. I saw a group of four people going clockwise (ski patrol and a park ranger). They all had traditional Tele or AT skis, some had skins, one other had a Voile Vector. The Hoks were the perfect choice for this kind of ski tour, IMHO.
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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by lowangle al » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:07 pm

Good TR and a beautiful place, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by Cannatonic » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:38 pm

what a trip! It looks beautiful, the weather is perfect. 8000 vertical? were the ups & downs mostly gradual or did you have to make downhill turns with the pulk?

How do you like living in Bend? Has it become super-expensive or otherwise ruined? :lol:
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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by freeheelfreemind » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:30 pm

Cannatonic wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:38 pm
what a trip! It looks beautiful, the weather is perfect. 8000 vertical? were the ups & downs mostly gradual or did you have to make downhill turns with the pulk?

How do you like living in Bend? Has it become super-expensive or otherwise ruined? :lol:
Hi, thanks it was a great trip. To be clear it was 8,000 feet was elevation change: 4,000 up and 4,000 down. And no serious downhill, so no deep knee tele turns needed.

Pulling the pulk-sled was easy for most of the tour. There were only a few spots that required any extra effort. I've done plenty of winter backpacking with a load on my back. Overall, the pulk sled was far better choice for Crater Lake, YMMV.

I live in Vancouver, WA; although I have extended stays in Bend in the winter. The skiing near Bend is significantly better than Vancouver, WA ;)
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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by Cannatonic » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:01 pm

sounds cool, I can see how the pulling the load would be better than carrying it, if the trail is smooth and gradual.
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Re: Circumnavigating Crater Lake March 10th-12th, 2020 on Altai Hok Skis and Pulk Sled

Post by freeheelfreemind » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:58 pm

Cannatonic wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:01 pm
sounds cool, I can see how the pulling the load would be better than carrying it, if the trail is smooth and gradual.
Yeah, the course around Crater Lake is 32 miles. The vast majority is easy pulling of the sled. You can see this in the video I made. The total "difficult" pulling amounted to a few scattered "yards" here and there.
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