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  1. I demoed the Manaslu, it is really, really light. Pretty stiff and the rocker is nice, but I think it's a little too light. It gets knocked around easily and seems like it won't take much abuse.


    I demoed the Stoke, and thought it was good, I might have bought it if I could have found a deal. Definitely stiffer with more edge bite than the Coomback. More sidecut than the Manaslu.


    Dynafit's skins are rad.


    I demoed the BD Drift and didn't like it, I can't remember why.


    Generally I haven't liked BD skis much, they seem stiff in a weird way, I have heard that it's the tail is unusually stiff relative to the rest of the ski. I owned BD Verdicts and sold them for this reason, they were always kicking my ass in soft snow. I have a pair of Kilowatts with tele bindings, but I suck at tele skiing so I can't really tell whether I like them or not.

  2. I've toured a bit with the Duke and they're adequate. Your assessment of the Dynafit gives validation to my intuition: Not For Me.

    Kevino's wording was kind of ambiguous but I'm pretty sure he was dissing Dukes and praising Dynafits. Like everybody who has used Dynafits does. I don't think anyone would ever claim that Dynafits tour worse than Fritschis, or that they are sloppy and squeaky.


    FWIW, I spent a couple of days skiing with a friend who is a good athlete and snowboarder but has only been skiing for three years. At the advice of some guys at the ski shop, he bought Volkl Mantas and is really having a hard time skiing aggressively enough to stay over the front of the ski as is recommended (mandated?) with the twin tip design in steeper and deeper terrain.

    I have never heard that the Mantra is a twin-tip. Your friend's issue could be just that it is a pretty stiff ski that you have to work to stay on top of.

  3. Ever stick a true bar across those Shamans? I've never seen a ski more railed than those planks; which is too bad because they're a pretty rad ski.

    I read and talk about skis a lot and I don't think I've ever seen "railed" used this way.


    Honestly the Coomback is light and soft and is really good for any soft snow condition. If you're particularly heavy or ski really hard or want to have something that works on real ice or rubbery damp groomed snow, it is probably not the ski for you.


    If you actually want a "hard charger" here's a deal for you.

  4. After you pass the first, biggest lot, you go around a bend and there's a wide spot where the resort keeps various heavy equipment. People park here, it's not a great spot to access the resort but it makes perfect sense if you're climbing Snoqualmie Peak.


    The Phantom is the slope that leads up Snoqualmie from here. It's distinguished by a lack of trees (it is a slide path) and a rock band near the bottom of the slope, with waterfalls, that are only buried when snow levels are high. You can head straight up toward the waterfalls and bypass them by moving left into the trees.

  5. Kevino, thanks so much for the valuable info. Sorry about my ignorance- could you caption or annotate those photos? I climbed something up there a couple years back, it was below and right of the Rap Wall, I thought it might have been SLL but maybe it was not.

  6. In my very limited experience, the fist-hand stack has been a good option. With the palm of one hand against the side of the crack, and stacking your fist on the back of that hand. You can set that pretty high, pull up, and then you're set up for a half arm-bar or half-gaston while you try to slide your hands up.


    I'm kind of confused just what width we're talking about though, I think if I can't get a knee in, it's narrow enough that the shitty toe-ankle cam is somewhat secure. You just want to be wearing high tops or have taped your ankle.


    Shit's awkward.

  7. What you guys don't get is that skill in the mountains has nothing to do with skill at the keyboard.


    I think you're exactly wrong, we do get that. That's kind of what we've been trying to tell you.


    I'm kind of sorry this came up the way it did because it seemed like you'd chilled out. Maybe this is just a temporary relapse.


    I'm curious, what 5.11d did you lead? That's pretty fuckin' hard.

  8. I'm no rockstar, I'm a PNW ice wanker, but I'll tell you a few things I have learned.


    I pump out way faster on ice than rock. I'm more scared and so I'm overgripping, and I'm using my feet less effectively. I figure the way to solve this is pretty obvious: practice.


    I also find shaking out to be much more important when holding ice tools than when rock climbing. Going leashless helps.


    I find that sometimes I get the barfies on the first pitch of the day, and rarely after that.


    I say just keep at it, you are probably going to learn an awful lot this year.

  9. The proportions are always a matter of personal preference.


    How many years were you a bartender? Thats what I thought.

    Oh, Kevbone. You so frequently need to shut up, and you so rarely do.


    This thread is terrible. No man wants a fruitini!

    That may be true, but do you have a wife or girlfriend? This was supposed to be the girlie martini thread, not the selfish man thread. Though you're right, one would never guess that amidst all the dickwaving going on. Changing the title.

    Yeah, I have a girlfriend. She likes real cocktails too. Also beer. Sorry I'm not much help on this topic.

  10. This thread is terrible. No man wants a fruitini! And dickwaving about how little vermouth you want in your drink is so played out.


    Best martini:

    Keep your cocktail glasses in the freezer.

    Keep your vermouth in the fridge, it goes bad otherwise.

    Keep your gin at room temperature, because you're not in college.


    Cocktail shaker full of ice

    4 parts gin (good gin, like Plymouth)

    1 part vermouth


    Shake vigorously for a short period of time

    Strain into the iced glass

    Garnish with olives- use an odd number, less than three.