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the BC chatter thread

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

  1. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tree fall will not be an issue at least !
     
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  2. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oddly enough places like these are of great interest to some folks who don’t have access to big spaces & big skies.

    Many Japanese who visited the gliding club where my dad worked would spend a lot of time outside just soaking up such experiences.
     
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  3. Myazma

    Myazma One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    180 degrees of stars, everyone should experience. And nothingness, love it out there.
     
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  4. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    People will have trouble pushing the appeal of hot, dry and flat places on this forum.

    Most people here prefer places that are cold, wet and mountainous.
     
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  5. Untele-whippet

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    Not wet.
     
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  6. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Alright smarty, how about "mountainous, cold places with high precipitation", i.e. heavy snowfalls.

    However you put it, very few people here will get excited over a hot, dry and flat desert.
     
  7. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Based on the pics in the Where Am I thread plenty of folks head to the drier parts.
     
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  8. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  9. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just need to decide on the leash plan now.:)
     
  10. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    How easy to put on and secure to boot?
    And how easy to put on and secure to boot with frozen fingers?
     
  11. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Q1 Easy.


    Q2 Very likely difficult. Some practice maybe required.
     
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  12. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Until they try and walk through any of it and get covered in spiky shit from any plant they touch. Funny watching my Newcastle subbies rolling out foam camping mats for the caravan when we were on a work trip. I told them to keep boots on, but it was thongs and loud cries when they got the woody burns in their feet. And about half an hour to pick all the shit out of the faom mats.
     
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  13. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good tip I got from field training in Antarctica is to make yourself do the things in gloves.
    Sure it is more difficult, slower & clumsy however is a necessary skill of sorts to get used to.
    Apart from cold exposure, the risk of losing a glove in windy conditions not ideal.
     
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  14. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bit hard to find a high point for a Team Bears Picnic table.....termite problem out in that desert country ?Might need special treatment !
     
  15. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Quick question because I’m at guthega and not enough time to search thru posts.

    Can someone please remind me which resort only leases the lift line? Can’t recall if it is Thredbo or Perisher.

    Hunting skiable Xc beginner snow for a school group, and weather poor tomorrow so can’t go too remote. Just dropped back down from Twynam creek just now.

    Would we get in trouble walking to to blue cow for some Xc tomorrow? I.e. walking up the road from burning log, not skinning up runs.

    Thanks.
     
  16. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  17. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Perisher IIRC
     
  18. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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  19. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Things are a bit different this year with COVID give us a call and I can fill you in.
     
  20. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I would walk it, and have done so many times in the past.
    Usually out of necessity if the Cow T or chair are on wind hold.
    I'd say right now you would be fine to skin up from Guthega to the Cow.
    There will be no down hill traffic.
    Perhaps skin up the T bar lines you will be more visible, tho the pipeline mid and lower traverse is not so steep.
    Only issue may be mountain ops tho typically I have found them to be helpful , rather than enforcing *the up-hill policy.
    Usually only to happy to give me a ride up on back of the skidoo.
    *have just done quick scan of the web site can't find it.
     
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  21. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks folks. And thanks for the chat TP. Hope to catch up when things settle.
     
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  22. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    They are set up so the thread to do up with gloved hands is the right hand side on both cramplets. This makes sense to me as a right hander. But left handed folks might want to ask for them to be set up the other way round or plan on doing that themselves upon receipt.
     
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  23. Kanangra

    Kanangra Early Days

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    Leopards 90g more and ~$100 less (but you get a heel with that). Is $1.11 per gram within the range of sensible? Leopard prob easier to apply with gloves. But take up more space.....can be important.
     
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  24. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Next part of my Brindies setup has been done thanks to some straps from @CarveMan

     
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  25. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can't have too many straps! I like the G3 ones, there's a lot to be said for the OG Voile straps but I've got a few knockoffs that just aren't right, strap isn't stretchy enough or the buckle is janky.
     
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  26. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here is mine, already posted in the bike thread


    Bought the cheapest I could find, actually impressed with it though. $300. Feels sturdier than I was expecting.
     
  27. Interruptedbyfireworks

    Interruptedbyfireworks One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Wow you have a lot of bikes!! Looks so good
     
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  28. Interruptedbyfireworks

    Interruptedbyfireworks One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    So me and +1 are heading up to Charlotte Pass tomorrow, and I've got some big decisions to make. Assuming only the chairlift is open again, and we get bored skiing (inconceivable, I know), we might want to have a little walk around if the weather is nice. He's not been into the backcountry before and doesn't have touring gear, but we might hire snow shoes if that seems like a good idea tomorrow - not to ski/board, just to maybe walk up to Stillwell if that's feasible.

    So do I (a) take my solid board + collapsible poles just in case we hire snow-shoes, (b) take my split + skins + poles and risk catching some rocks in my expensive gear whilst in-bounds, or (c) leave the poles etc at home, toughen up and just bootpack it. Regardless of the option I'm bringing my backpack, so fitting the poles into the bag wouldn't be much of an issue.
     
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  29. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    a)

    Always match if possible.
     
  30. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Get +1 some touring gear from Bruce at WIlderness.
     
  31. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Required as protective weapons against drop bears and snow snakes.
     
  32. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Definitely keen to do that with him one day, but probs not tomorrow since we gotta be up there early
     
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  33. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Interruptedbyfireworks Charlotte is the best place to get an intro to BC. So many easy options which take you a million miles from civilisation but just over the hill is the Chalet, a warm fire and a cold drink (subject to CV-19 restrictions)
     
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  34. Interruptedbyfireworks

    Interruptedbyfireworks One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Very true very true...One day we might stay there for a week and give it a go :thumbs:

    Good point. Option (a) seems like a solid plan then.
     
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  35. skifree

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    And now with leashes.
     
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  36. ecowain

    ecowain One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Nice!

    With leashes, maybe they'll let you use them in the resort (lift queue).
     
  37. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    A whole new meaning to head kicking.
     
  38. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    why not both? Love a good arid zone as much as any snow covered mountain
     
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  39. Untele-whippet

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    It’s a tad late if you need the leashes.
     
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  40. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, I just followed the instructions.
     
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  41. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It probably will help when I drop the little buggers.



    Clip leash then put on boot.

    Undo screw, take off boot, don’t lose screw, then unclip leash.
     
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  42. Untele-whippet

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    Take off boot!
     
  43. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Take off boot![/QUOTE]
    Roll eyes.

    Take irony off boot and so on and so forth.
     
  44. Untele-whippet

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    Roll eyes.

    Take irony off boot and so on and so forth.[/QUOTE]
    Need safety bacon
     
  45. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Need safety bacon[/QUOTE]
    Yeah, of course, but not on the feet.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  47. Fozzie Bear

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  48. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    So I tested it out today, inbounds at Perisher but to the side of the open runs.



    They work. I need more practice at straight skin tracks, getting the pins lined up into my boots and my downhill sucked. Combo of new boots, skis and first day on snow for 6 months. I might need to have a resort day on them to get some form back.

    My legs hurt.
     
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  49. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is ****in awesome.:):cool::thumbs:
     
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  50. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Might have to by a season pass.... the BC is getting crowded :p
     
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