We start covering anti-twist solutions for tech binding heels, and look what ends up on the front porch: Dynafit’s “original equipment manufacturer” (OEM) solution to the less than perfect anti-rotation of their Speed Radical binding heel. (In case you live in a bergschrund: Tech binding heels are usually designed with rotation to effectuate sideways safety release. This sometimes results in the heel unit rotation accidentally while in touring mode. Various solutions are directed at this problem, the best being hardware ‘stops’ that 100% block rotation.) Read more backcountry skiing
The Bugaboos! Weird name, breathtaking spires, incredible climbing (yeah, ski season is done for at least a few weeks so I forced the WildSnow “editors” to publish a climbing post). I’ve been wanting to check out the SE British Columbia climbing area ever since seeing the picture of Bugaboo and Snowpatch spires on the cover of my old copy of the the Freedom of the Hills, when I was a kid.
Coop had similar dreams of granite spires and splitter cracks, so we planned a trip to the Bugaboos for this July. As luck would have it, the weather window lined up, with a rare multi-week high pressure in the forecast. We set out on the long drive from Washington. Read more backcountry skiing
Editor’s note: Part of the formula for a successful expedition is knowing what gear to take. For human powered backcountry adventures, it’s a challenge to bring all the essential items while keeping backpack weight reasonable. Throw in the goal to conquer three major peaks during one trip to Alaska and packing becomes rocket science. The success of ‘SkiTheBig3 awed us. Here’s the list of gear that accompanied snowboarder Aaron Diamond during that outstanding mission.
163 Jones Solution split board. Reasonably light with some tip and tail rocker, it handles the variable conditions we’ve found on the trip pretty well. I’m still looking for my perfect board, but this is pretty close.
Dynafit Speed Radical toes. Combined with a Spark R&D adapter these mount easily onto the split board. With only toe pieces and a 163 board on my feet for touring I had the lightest skinning setup on the trip.
Bomber bails and Voile plates. Yup, the old tele binding bails. These go in my pack for the uphill and come out for the downhill. Stiff and burly but heavier than some of the other hard boot binding options out there.
Voile Tractor Skins. All nylon for better grip when hauling sleds.Next Page »