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Ski Mountaineering Skis and KÄSTLE FX 104

Ski Mountaineering Skis and KÄSTLE FX 104

About touring/ski mountaineering skis: Backcountry/ski mountaineering skis should do two things: help you climb uphill without too much extra effort, and get you downhill as comfortably as possible for the given snow conditions. Sounds simple enough, but my own web statistics (and internet trolling) seem to indicate that your average web-crawling skier spends more time...
Glacier Biking

Glacier Biking

Perhaps because of the wet weather, or maybe because I’m trying to fill the skiing void. (When have you seen an Alpine climber descending on foot with a shit eating grin on his face?) But this season I’ve been lusting hard after new mountain bikes. After my first foray into bikepacking earlier this month, I’ve...
Alps Bikepacking

Alps Bikepacking

Adventuring in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps often involves an interesting inter-modal blend of cablecars, ski lifts, trains, cars, buses and often helicopters. Motivated for a different type of adventure (ie not climbing) and inspired by folks riding the Tour Divide back at home, I decided to kick off my summer season with an...
PLUM Guide Binding Review

PLUM Guide Binding Review

“those things look like surgical instruments!” A quote one would expect to hear from a skier staring at a wall of thousand-dollar custom skis; but what the above quote was referring to was my fresh pair of PLUM Guide bindings peeking out from behind the impressive fleet. PLUM (pronounced “plume”-  /ˈpluːm/) FELISAZ SAS is a...
Black Diamond Venom  Grivel Slider Mod

Black Diamond Venom Grivel Slider Mod

I’ve experimented with a pinky rest on the Black Diamond Venom once before; in the form of a Petzl Trigrest (from the Petzl Sum’tec) with only marginal results. Today, I finally experimented with the most logical solution- using the stock hardware and an older model Grivel Slider. The results seem to be quite solid. *The...
New Dynafit Stoke!

New Dynafit Stoke!

Monday afternoon, my new Dynafit Stoke (a 2011 season early release offering from Dynafit) arrived at my doorstep and despite the empty feeling of the box: there were in fact skis inside. At 1645 grams/pair the Stoke is a relative lightweight. For reference, many skis with similar dimensions weigh in at over 4000 grams! So...

Dynafit Mustagh Ata Superlight Reviewed

Update: Despite this being an old post, it still generates loads of traffic for those looking for a classic light ski mountaineering ski. While my opinion is that light is not always right, there are many newer options for lightweight skis (not to mention boots!) that are much better performing than the Mustagh Ata SL....

Ski Mountaineering: What to Carry?

While packing this morning for a day ski touring, it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet done a proper online pack explosion. Given that the spring ski mountaineering season is right around the corner, I thought I would share my gear system with you for longer ski tours. The system described below is by...

Piolet Fomo: mountain axe comparo

Having piolet FOMO (fear of missing out)? Tired of using your old-too long-battle-axe of a piolet? These days there are many great options for the semi-technical do it all piolet that it is hard not to lust after the newest axe on the market. Over the past few weeks I’ve had a chance to use...