Special to Wildsnow.com by Tim Ryan
Drill holes in the toe levers of your plate
bindings. Tie a small perlon loop through each toe lever. The
golf ball provides a convenient handle for opening & closing
the toe lever with gloved hands. The dayglo color makes it easy
to see in the snow. Note the keeper cord for the cotter pin, the
toe & heel pieces of the binding mounted directly to the Voile
carrier plate, and the canting provided by the binding. This is
my right binding, and the canting provides higher foot elevation
on the right side (outside) of my right foot: key for relieving
strain on the lateral collateral ligaments.
|Rig a "Y"-shaped
leash of appropriate length. Tie a loop at the single end
of the leash; through this loop attach the split steel ring
with the spring loaded quick release (more about this fishing
tackle later). The ice ax provides scale for this photo.
|Tie loops in each of the twin ends of
the Y-shaped leash; attach these ends to the loops in the
toe bails by means of two small carabiners. The single leg
of the "Y" shape is attached either to your pack
waistbelt or a loop on your clothing by means of the spring
loaded quick release -- instead of the motorcycle handlebar.
|Photo above shows the spring loaded quick
release hardware, which is sold as a fishing net attachment.
It is in the closed position When the D shaped fitting is
pulled out against the pressure of the internal spring, the
fitting pivots open. The photo below shows this hardware in
the open position.
|In order to quickly release
the bindings, you simply reach down to your waist, grab the
single leg of the "Y" cord, and yank on it. The
toe bails immediately come undone, and the Angler's Accessories
bit of hardware releases from the closed to the open position.
You then let go of the cord and are thereby separated from
your snowboard completely. I have used this system for a number
of days of heli boarding and snowboard mountaineering. It
has never gotten in my way. It makes it much easier to get
out of the board, and it doesn't add too much difficulty in
rigging it up. (The plain steel ring and the black webbing
piece, along with the elastic keeper cord that come with the
Angler's Accessories package are for use in rigging the quick
release system for a trout fishing net. You don't need these
pieces for the snowboard binding quick release rig; but you
may want to hold on to them in case you take up fishing.)
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