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  1. This has probably already been revealed here long long ago, but, in the event that it has not, has anyone noticed that the cover photo on Burgdorfer's newer WA backcountry ski guide book is reversed? Looks like Dorado Needle there in the background, with Backbone Ridge extending off to the right...which suggests the skier is descending down from the ridge above Sibley Pass (before Triad?) into upper Marble Creek basin. No doubt the image was reversed for aesthetic reasons.

    cover photo here

  2. The AT boot/Plate binding setup is a logical choice for those situations and conditions on the ascent where you need that extra bit of edging control...not to mention being able to "ski" those short downhill bits (with skins on).


    AT boots will obviously never give you 100% of that forgiving and predictable feel you get with softies, but, they come close. For a more natural ride in AT's, set your stance closer together and farther back than you would for your area board and increase the angle on your front foot. Set buckles on first tooth and leave velcro/shin strap nice and loose. This setup is FAR better than the leather or plastic mountaineering boot in strap binding combo (too low on ankle). You'll get used to it in no time.

  3. Boots - softies are fine for mid-winter/deep snow day trips, but, AT boots are ideal for longer spring-time traverses where you typically spend more time touring than riding. Any low-end model will do, since fwd lean & lateral sfiffness isn't as important for our mode of descent. My Scarpa Titans do me just fine (doubt they make those anymore though).


    Skins - I use Burton skins on my Voile split...they hook on both tip & tail & appear to be far stickier than the Voile skins. They've never come off. Showcase in Whistler usually has a few pairs kicking around, in the event you're nearby...

  4. Democracy is where you get what you deserve not what you need.


    You got Bush. Maybe instead of fleeing the country because your side lost you should WORK HARDER FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.


    Bingo! ...and it takes a Canadian to point this out. Sadly, most of us won't be alive in 70 years to embrace this change. ha ha...

  5. Yeh, get a fucking car and stop leaning on your friends for trailhead transportation for a change! tongue.gif

    You make decent coin and split room/board costs w/ your girlfried...what the hell do you do with all your money? Have a cocaine habit? Go out & buy a goddam not-so-used car & let me sleep on the drive back home for once.

  6. Gentlemen, the slope is obviously steeper than it appears in the photo. Furthermore, the tall grass was still quite slick/damp making for an interesting ride back down into the basin should one of us have lost our footing. Ascending the steeper, more confined "jungle pitch" with its ample green belays seemed like the safer thing to do at the time. Also, the "stick belay" is actually just an exposed section of a larger root system.

  7. So was this Lilooet fire the source of brown haze that drifted in from the east, up Duffy Lk. Rd. valley Saturday afternoon? Watching it move in from up high, obscuring views of nearby valleys/peaks reminded me of what was going on at Cascade Pass last September. We speculated that the haze was just afternoon moisture rising into the air...but, the redish-brown color? We weren't able to detect any smell of burning.

  8. Curious as to the driving conditions to the above "trailheads". Cerise is higher, but is it snow-free yet? Interested in Matier's NW Face and Joffre's SW Couloir (Australian Gully?) and descending SE Face, and getting some turns in while we're there as well. What would be the better approach for the above itinerary?

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