6,000 Vert on Dukes — Proof Tyroleans are a Breed Apart

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 13, 2009      

So, during our Grunschartner tour Harald and his wife Katrina come along. Harald is always training for randonnee racing but likes freeride as well. So for that extra pump he does our 6,000 vertical foot tour on his Marker Dukes and alpine boots.

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Harald, Dukes, Grundschartner.

Thus, don’t let anyone say you can’t do real ski tours on Marker Dukes — at least in the case of your being from the Tirol, as well as still holding the standing world record for the obstacle swimming component of the European military pentathlon — as Herald does. For the rest of us? I think I’ll stick with something a bit lighter weight and take a pass on the obstacle swimming as well.


4 Responses to “6,000 Vert on Dukes — Proof Tyroleans are a Breed Apart”

  1. Mark January 14th, 2009 8:02 am

    I simply carry an anvil in my pack to train.

  2. ScottN January 14th, 2009 10:30 am

    Geez…. I try to get as light as I can when skinning laps, maybe I’ve got it all wrong? It’s just that it seems way more comfortable, maybe that’s the problem with us Americans…

  3. Aaron January 14th, 2009 10:35 am

    After taking Avy 1 and playing around on disturbed snow fields I realized that one needs to be able to easily carry the shovel hands free and without a pack when moving across heavy deep snow. I have seen some configure a rope sling on the shovel that allows for over the shoulder carrying but I have not figured out a way to keep the rope/webbing from getting in the way once actively shovelling. I am searching for a configuration that works. Please offer your ideas and experiences. Obviously this must go through the bottom blade holes and the handle but must not impede shovelling either. I need a solution.

  4. Lou January 14th, 2009 12:46 pm

    And now I’m looking at a pair of 700 gram skis. What a concept.

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