Ski Touring News – Pointy Toes Mystery is Solved – June 2019

Post by blogger | June 9, 2019      
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Ski touring this morning. In pristine Wilderness. Some bozo is flying a drone around. He’s looking at a hefty fine if caught flying in legal Wilderness, but who can catch a drone outlaw? The buzzing obnoxiousness disappeared. I didn’t think anything of it. Then we hear the Aspen airport has a bunch of canceled flights due to some kind of GPS issue. Lisa looks into it, and finds this article. Some GPS satellite stuff was indeed going on. Was that faint crunching sound wafting on the morning breeze the sound of a drone falling out of the sky? If so: thanks U.S. armed forces for helping preserve Wilderness. And everyone else, be advised your GPS can indeed quit working despite your best intentions. Meet me at the coffee shop for for free map-and-compass lessons, former drone pilots welcome.

Sometimes you strike gold on the ‘net. For who knows what reason, an article explaining the history of pointy shoes showed up as a link on Hacker News. Perhaps hackers are fascinated with shoes? In any case, an eternal mystery in the ski touring world is why the folks in Montebelluna like to build ski boots with pointy, squeeze toes that keep boot fitters in business. My theory, for years, has been it’s some kind of European style sense that’s persisted through hundreds of years. It appears my theory might be more than fantasy. Check this out.

Talk of skimo being in the Olympics has been going for what seems like a century now. Recent discussion alludes to having spectator friendly events such as the time trial “sprint,” but not producing a bonafide ski mountaineering race. Sprinting uphill on a resort slope with ski gear is not ski mountaineering, nor is it skimo — though I guess it’s “racing.” Is this a gateway to having real skimo in “The Rings?” If so, shut my maw, otherwise let’s just move along and forget this entire sad affair.

Independence Pass this weekend.

Independence Pass this weekend. Parking full. Is the Highway Department listening? Could you actually plow out the entire parking area?

This weekend, I was haunting our spring ski touring haunt up at Independence Pass. Thirty cars filled the parking, average of 2.5 people each, 75 happy skiers. Lots of terrain, no problem. But I remember a day there might have been three cars here on a weekend. Yep, we have gone mainstream as magazines that cover military rover trucks and the latest bigfoot revelations. Popular Mechanics? Is it all WildSnow’s fault?

Remember risk homeostasis? Check out this interesting study. In my view, nearly anyone takes more risk in proportion to the more safety gear they use. How much of an increase is the question. With some of us, I’ll bet it’s an inconsequential increase. But consider an enduro mountain biker blasting downhill at 50 mph. Would they do that without a helmet? Or how much of the avalanche terrain you ski would you really, honestly do without a beacon on your person?

As some of you may remember, I’m fascinated with the possibility of being eaten by a wild animal. This article brought all that home. It is the end-all in youtubie journalism.


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6 Responses to “Ski Touring News – Pointy Toes Mystery is Solved – June 2019”

  1. AndyC June 9th, 2019 6:56 pm

    Would the outage affect GLONASS and/or Galileo? My new bike gps has both in addition to American GPS. GLONASS actually make the altittude accuracy of my gps worse, despite the greater number of satellites–maybe the Russkies are doing what the US did a few years ago. Haven’t tried Galileo yet. The US has threatened to shoot down Europe’s Galileo satellites–I don’t know how that would affect my bike computer. LOL

  2. XXX_er June 9th, 2019 9:21 pm

    them pointy shoes are great for killing cockroaches when they run into the corner of the room

  3. Mike June 10th, 2019 8:13 am

    That “GPS outage” article is from 2016.

  4. Lou Dawson 2 June 10th, 2019 1:04 pm

    Hi Mike, my wife works at the airport and someone told her that some GPS tweaking was going on. The article got passed around, landed in my lap, slap-to-face I didn’t look at the date when I read it. Could I be a victim of fake news? Or accidentally created some?! Lou

  5. Lou Dawson 2 June 10th, 2019 1:16 pm

    We have it on good authority there was a GPS issue. A little quick on the draw when the article got passed around. I’ll edit the blog post.


  6. Mike H June 12th, 2019 6:32 am

    I enjoy flying drones and just bought a house in between Breckenridge and Frisco—I live in KC. Where would I find the rules about flying in Colorado?

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