the BC chatter thread

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by piolet, Jul 14, 2011.

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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    snow was great on the right aspects at the right time. Friday night was colder than sat (as far as I could tell) and the snow was better in more spots on sat. Up high we found lots of ice/wind affected so we spent a bit of time in the lower bowls around anderson/anton etc. I've lotsa pics (some nice ones too!) and gopro but no time to edit at the moment so I'll put them up later in the week.

    for now though, this is pretty neat: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=fd29...8&p=0:0&t=False

    [​IMG]
     
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    Graeme

    Graeme Just Registered Endless Winter

    Toured to The Twins Friday. It was icy up top and high on south side, but didn't ski down to find what it was like lower. North side nice mellow skiing. On resort Hotham Saturday - got out to Golden Point in the arvo and found some surprisingly nice fresh tracks still to be had out wide past Village Chair. I think it needed to be both south facing and treed or wind protected to be good.
     
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    Graeme

    Graeme Just Registered Endless Winter

    just a moonrise pic coming back from The Twins, unedited:
    [​IMG]
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    nice pic graeme - the moon was pretty speci over the weekend!
     
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    Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    good stuff graeme. How come you didn't ski the south side of the twins? Thought it would have been holding the goods.

    We had a couple of nice moonrises on the MR also.
     
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    Graeme

    Graeme Just Registered Endless Winter

    It was a time thing, SB. We we a bit late getting away. and one of the party was pretty much a newbie, on less than ideal gear. Had a few stops for blister protection etc. I wasn't sure how long he was going to take to ski down our up track - not steep but fairly narrow between trees. No problem in fact, but safety first. I think it would have been good lower down once amongst the trees - and that line stay open a fair way down. Icy up top though, the top few turns would have been hairy I think.
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    speaking of moonrises...

    [​IMG]

    I don't have the time to go through all my pics from the weekend, maybe thurs or so
     
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    Risca1961

    Risca1961 Active Member

    Hiked out and across Machinery Spur this morning . Despite the lack of vis the overnight 5cm+ made it worthwhile . Good consistent cover with occasional branches. Given forecast will take a run out from blowhard hut later in week and take photos if it's clear
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    [​IMG]
     
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    Pete Ay

    Pete Ay Active Member

    Had a great time skiing around Feathertop on the weekend too. Unfortunately was sharing a hut site with a prominent bushwalking club...
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Do tell, whats the chatter? [​IMG]
     
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    Pete Ay

    Pete Ay Active Member

    Said club instructs to fill in holes left in snow from digging out tent vestibules.... but doesn't in practice. Plus more annoying things. Do i send an angry email? Or do I just can them in log books?
     
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    DJM

    DJM Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    mmm....Lovely company around Seamans on the weekend. Some good kiting and a full pack run down Etheridge main.
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    saw someone kiting way up the back of guthega trig on sunday, was wondering if it was you
     
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    DJM

    DJM Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    That's interesting Inigo. If you saw a kite in the vicinity of the Trig it wouldn't have been us, as we were up the other end although if you saw a kite from the trig it may have been Speirsy cranking around in the distance. We separated in the morning and I spent a couple of hours around Cocks Harbour and he took off for a world tour. The vis crapped out around lunchtime and we headed back to Thredbo.

    Wonder who else may have been out?

    This be Spiersy...

    [​IMG]
     
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    VSG

    VSG Pool Room Season Pass Gold

    Inigo... I just had to have a play... your original is actually better. [​IMG]

    Moon is just out of frame, top right? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    Risca1961

    Risca1961 Active Member

    Hey pete

    What hut was that? Just curious how you did the trip?
     
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    Red_switch

    Red_switch Part of the Furniture 30 Day Pass

    this was on my doorstep this morning:
    [​IMG]

    Will hopefully have some action pics after this weekend.
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    You must be pleased finding such a rad guitar on your doorstep Red, looking forward to the action pix of you playing it on the couch once you get rid of that damaged monoski!
     
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    DJM

    DJM Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    [​IMG]
    What kind of bindings are they Red? Looking forward to some pics.
     
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    Red_switch

    Red_switch Part of the Furniture 30 Day Pass

    That guitar is sweet man.

    Dibble, got Blazes (see the box in the pic) hadn't gotten around to putting them on when I took this pic.
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Got out for some exercise on the BHP this morning. To Watchbed ck via the road from Windy Cnr and back via the pole line. Snow was damp and soft in places. Stiff cold wind but ambient was about 2*.

    Acc to the widget, it was 8.5 km, 1 hr 50 mins moving, moving av. 4.7 kph.

    Pic is of Rocky Valley Dam, iced and snowed over, and wall.

    [​IMG]
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    nice ziggy - you're staying up that way for winter, right? nice morning jog [​IMG]
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Morning pant :-{

    Yeah, here in Mt Beauty for the winter and loving it! (Sorry).

    Such a treat to be able to go up the mountain whenever I feel like it.
     
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    DJM

    DJM Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Thought they were Dynafit for a second!
     
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    piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    lap it up whilst you can!
     
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    Boodwah

    Boodwah Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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    K10

    K10 Active Member

    Wow, they look cool and only 534g for the outer and 165g for the inner!
    Just weighed my Garmont Adrenalins (which I thought were light) and they are 2kg for one boot
     
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    Graeme

    Graeme Just Registered Endless Winter

    "Graeme, you at Hotham this WE?"
    unfortunately or fortunately, no.
    the fortunate bit relates to surf
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Carbon fibre ... that's trick.

    My T2Xs are 1.6kg per boot.
     
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    Red_switch

    Red_switch Part of the Furniture 30 Day Pass

    Yea they look gnar eh. La Sportiva are an innovative bunch.
     
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    Camelot

    Camelot Dedicated Member

    Anyone been out to Mt McKay? Thinking of taking the kids out there Saturday for a look.
     
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    Belly

    Belly Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Have I missed the SB / Wilson trip report or is someone busy doing some real work?
     
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    GS

    GS Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    yeah I'm starting to think it didn't happen - no pics, no trip [​IMG]
     
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    Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    Technical hitch. WIlson send me video on a USB stick. It arrived this morning but had been muched by the mail sorter. Getting his footage on Saturday. I will post some stills later tonight.
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Been in the area. Getting soft in places but if you're just making the trip (A to B), the road has been groomed a number of times and should be fine. There's now the Boomerang link between the Sun Valley trails and the Pretty Valley rd if you want some variation.
     
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    dossa5

    dossa5 Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    hiked out there yesterday with a mate in the rain. cover was ok considering. had some big phats and stiff boots to push through the snot. lines felt ok although could see shite. completely drenched. velevet soap your friend.
     
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    Camelot

    Camelot Dedicated Member

    Thanks guys
     
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    Belly

    Belly Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Based on the sampler in the other thread I can't wait [​IMG] Specifically to get a sense of scale on the terrain features and the space you were working in.
     
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    mik

    mik Active Member

    its nice for a skate out to Mckay, and back
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Did the Heathy Spur loop yesterday.

    Vis was mis and I was 2x mis cos there was fresh on a firm base.

    Thank heavens for those orange conduit poles cos with the realignment of the trail old memories were worse than useless, they had me cacking myself.

    Kept taking compass readings on each long pitch for an emergency exit. Otherwise it would have been backtracking by foot braille.

    Note to self: do not leave GPSr at home. (Yes, it had a decent battery charge).
     
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    telemarx

    telemarx Addicted Member

    Mounted the Bombers onto my new BD Verdicts on the weekend. Can't wait to ski 'em [​IMG]
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    Mounted the Switchbacks on the Guides yesterday.
     
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    The Bluff

    The Bluff Active Member Season Pass Silver

    Demounted Rottfeflla Super Telemark bindings from a pair of very old Karhu XCD's today ( 60 mm at the tip).Planning to buy some Madsus Eons ( ie modern Karhu XCD GT..82 at the tip) to mount the bindings on.

    The kids are growing and we are ready for Sterling/Baw Baw type day tours and occasional easy ( safe) overnight trips.

    In fact going to Sterling on thursday for an overnight with the 11 year old....
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Reckon the SBs are great.

    After the edge bevel fix, still think the Guides are poor for our av. conditions here in Mehiko.

    To generalise: don't need the float, don't need the weight, esp. don't need the appalling pattern base drag.

    Just my 2 burritos worth.
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    good on yer bluff!

    i had my first man-to-man day ski trip with mr 7 the other day

    after 5 hours on the lifts at baw baw, after we had skiied every run, he wanted to swap the downhills for the skinnys and we ended up having a fun game of cross country tiggy with some crew from the NPA......he slept well that night! Stirling will be the first overnighter, maybe next year up to bluff hut. Amazing what you can acheive with a pocketful of mars bars!
     
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    Ziggy

    Ziggy Addicted Member Season Pass Silver

    Great to get your sprogs involved. Well done.

    Madshus Epochs are old Karhu 10th Mtn.

    They climb well but glide like sh*t stuck to a blanket.

    Fischer Boundless have been the choice of many in Vic conditions for good reason: balance of grip, glide and turn. Relying on memory as to specs, the new version would be the S-Bound 98.

    http://www.fischersports.com/en/Nordic/Products/Skis/S-Bound

    If I could only have one ski for touring and turning, that would be it.

    Correction: yep, Epochs and Eons are diff models. The prob is still that old pattern base design. A pox and unnecessary.
     
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    tele-whippet

    tele-whippet beard stroker Season Pass Gold

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    The Bluff

    The Bluff Active Member Season Pass Silver

    Are you saying the Madshus (aka Karhu) base grips to well?

    I'm an old ski tourer ,in my day ( 80-90's) the Karhu's waxless base was its strength , the only base that could grip well in Oz conditions.

    With apologies to local shops this price is hard to resist :

    http://www.nordicskiersports.com/xc/skis/madshus-eon-mgv-omni.html

    Around $250 delivered
     
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    Craig D.

    Craig D. Active Member

    Love the base on my Madshus, they climb really well. However the ski is very soft, wish they had a bit more camber.