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Friday Stoke

April 5, 2013

Sweet edit of some dudes skiing in GTNP.

Thursday Afternoon Stoke to Make it Through the Work Week

March 21, 2013

Feeling a little burnt out at work, but this clip cheered me up. The Shreddy Times crew skiing and sledding, Nevada style. And dubbed to my favorite band.

Sometimes It Seems Like This.

March 14, 2013

And, yes, I appreciate the irony of this post, given the blog title.

Not-Super-Scientific, but Cool Piece on Whether Fat Skis Increase the Risk of Injury

October 17, 2010

ESPN Arty

Just saw this and thought it was interesting. I kinda take it with a grain of salt except for what Brad Holmes said about the “fast” part. I agree with that. In my experience, speed + big tele boots +Hammerheads with the six-screw toe + Volkl Explosivs with a metal topsheet = Bad News Bears. A trip to the operating room and some percocet for the trouble. YEE HAWWWWW!!! 🙂

Interesting Blog Post on the Decline in Valley Farm Production Last Year

October 6, 2010

Blog post

Full report

The blogger makes some very good points.

I’m going to start putting up more interesting water news.

Greg Hill on Gear and “Shredding”

October 5, 2010

It’s been forever since I put something up, so here we go…

For best results, watch in HD:

I ❤ my Gamma MX.

I need a new hardshell though, just to vary it up.

Brilliance In The Backcountry

March 30, 2010

Thanks to a post in TGR’s Slide Zone sub-forum and the CAIC for this video of what NOT to do in the backcountry:

Lucky schmuck.

Off The IR List!

March 26, 2010

Some kid

I had my follow-up appointment with the podiatrist today and had the pin (which I, of course, and much to the chagrin of my beloved, saved) pulled out of my big toe. I watched. Damn thing was like two inches long. Anyway, the conversation with the boss went like this.

Me: “So when can I get back to being active?”
Podiatrist: “Today.”

And like that, I was happy. Read more…

Initial Review: DynaDuke Plates

January 22, 2010

So fairly soon after I broke my leg last February, I decided that I wanted to switch from telemark to alpine for at least a season or two. Several things led me to this conclusion:

1. I wanted a releasable binding.
2. I didn’t want to deal with fitting new boots a la NTN.
3. I’m a pretty decent tele skier if compared to half the flailers I see at various Tahoe-area resorts, but I still felt a bit held back by the equipment. If I wasn’t a weekend warrior, things might be different.
4. I wanted Dynafits, and I couldn’t afford to swing two pairs of boots.

I sold my leg-breaking equipment in the spring and purchased several new pieces of equipment. These included: Black Diamond Factors with both sets of soles, Movement Goliath Sluffs, and Marker Dukes.

The months slowly crawled by.

In the fall, jondrums on TGR opened up the list for his DynaDuke swap plates. I was first on the list for two pairs.

They were delivered in December. They are beautiful.

I purchased mounting supplies.

I ordered Dynafits. I got the white ones just for kicks because they were the same price and I had the option.

This is the result:

184 Goliath Sluffs with DynaDuke plates and Dynafit Vertical STs
Marker Duke on the plate but not screwed in
Duke next to plate
Dynafit on plate on Sluff
Stella the miniature schnauzer likes Dynafits on innovative plates
They even smell awesome!
Dynafits on Sluffs and Dukes on Praxis Protests
Close up of the toe plate with Dynafit
Here you can see how nicely the DUkes fit on the DynaDuke plates

Mounting the plates was super easy. These were my first mounts, other than an XC mount or two in high school, and they went very smoothly. The only issues I ran into were conflicts with previous mounts.

In advertising the plates, Jon mentioned that the wider mount pattern wouldn’t interfere with previous mounts… although I’m pretty sure he had only checked common alpine/AT bindings. However, my Sluffs were previously mounted for Look demos and there was a conflict. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry when I was initially drilling those so I didn’t notice the conflict until I’d already drilled a couple. I had to core out the problem holes and put inserts in. No big deal once I figured out what I wanted to do. On the Praxis, I previously had 22Designs Hammerheads (tele bindings) mounted at 101. I wanted to remount at 102, but there was a conflict, so I stayed at 101 to get the desired spacing. These were minor issues, but I wanted to note them.

All-in-all, I am super satisfied with these things. They made my switchover from tele much easier, and made me learn how to mount things myself, which will save me a bunch of cash in the long run. Mounting skis also provided some much-needed therapy when I still can’t ski in the midst of what is turning into an epic El Nino year in Tahoe.

Buy them here.

If you buy a set or two my advice would be to get a larger bottle of Loctite, and a nicer long-shafted hex tool.

This review will be followed-up with a short ski review (in April?) when I can actually get my left foot in a boot. I don’t anticipate having any problems though because it seems Jon has really done a bang-up job and I haven’t seen any complaints from the hardcore (at least on the internet :-)) skiers of TGR.

CMH/Arcteryx Video Contest

December 7, 2009

To win a heli-assisted touring trip with Greg Hill and lots of Dead Bird gear from America’s Hat…