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  • #677120
    bcd
    232 Posts

    @equilibrium wrote:

    Hey, Sorry for the inconsiderate question, but with the publisher passing, does anyone know if I order a copy if they will ship?

    Yes.
    Someone has taken over the operations, and the books are shipping.

    #677117
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Thanks, Dave!
    Looks like this thread brought ONE person out of hiding!

    We’ll be having a book signing/release party on December 13th at Mammoth Mountaineering Supply. 7pm. I hope to see some of you there!

    #677111
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Thanks all. Yeah, there’s some bad news at the moment. But after I posted that on TGR, I got a few confirmations that books were being delivered. So I’m optimistic that they all went out. I’ll keep you posted when I know more.

    And, yes, I dug through my photo archives and pulled out a few hidden gems. Like bcrider with the sixpack. There’s even an appearance by Steeleman (remember that guy!?!?!?!) from that same trip. Maybe this will bring him out of hiding…….

    #677108
    bcd
    232 Posts

    UPDATE:

    I received an advance copy yesterday, and it’s looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. We’re still a few weeks away from having it in stores, but it’s one step closer!

    #668055
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Shit.

    Does anyone on here have info on Chris Peters?

    I knew Ian from many years ago, in Vermont. And from that same time/community, I know a Chris Peters. It is a common name, so I’m just trying to figure out if it’s the same person.

    #658773
    bcd
    232 Posts

    This may not help the heelside edge problem, but in situations like that I often revert to getting on my toe edge INSTANTLY. I feel like I have more control, and I think it’s a bit easier to balance myself and gain purchase on my toe edge.

    If you’re sliding like that and can’t gain purchase, you need to change something very quickly, before you get out of control.

    Again, it’s best to get more comfortable on both edges equally. But if it’s life or death, or, say, you’re about to slam into a rock wall, I go with whatever is going to get me back into control ASAP.

    The problem is that, the only way to test this out is to go put yourself into another uncontrolled goretex slide.

    @tex wrote:

    please tell me what you think Im doing wrong.

    For starters, you went snowboarding in June of one of the worst winters on record….

    #657425
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Details are still coming out, and there’s a lot of speculation as to what this is really all about. Some seem to think it’s a scare tactic to the town of June Lake.

    A few years ago, management (Mammoth Mountain) wanted to build a hotel/village at the base of June Mountain, and the town wouldn’t allow it.

    So, some people think that this is management’s way of saying “Hey June Lake, let’s see how you feel about things after a winter without any revenue”. If that’s the case, then there is hope it will be open again in the future. Along with a nice hotel.

    But, the fact is, June Mountain has not turned a profit since 1986. So it could be as simple as that. Enough is enough, and they finally decided to just pull the plug.

    Here’s the tricky part: The lease states that if the land isn’t used for two years, they are required to return it to its natural state. That won’t be easy, or cheap to do. So if they are looking to cut their losses on June Mountain, it would probably make better financial sense to sell it for pennies than it would to remove all infrastructure. Someone will buy it, if the price is right.

    In the meantime, no one knows what this means for access next winter. But The Face could become the new sled-skiing hotspot. There’s a lot of fun terrain directly above the parking lot. And even without a snowmobile, you could probably skin to the top faster than that damn chairlift could ever take you.

    #655443
    bcd
    232 Posts

    @Rider38 wrote:

    Sick,sick and more sick. Thanks nice tr… With this heat wave do u think the southern Sierra will hold up through may if we get some freezing temps (corn) at night?

    Saturday and Sunday were bad, but that’s it. Should be returning to normal tonight, with a refresher coming on Thursday. So things should stay decent through at least the middle of May. It’s the lower elevations that are going to disappear. But, a little more walking on dirt will just thin out the (already nonexistent) crowds.
    The Southern Sierra never really got the snow this year. Onion Valley is about the only place with moderately tricky access to the snow.

    #651024
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Carbon Fiber breaks too easily. It works for certain applications. But the pucks have to withstand a lot friction. I think that would cause carbon fiber to disintegrate pretty quickly.

    Titanium might work.

    Makes me wonder what would be more expensive. CF parts or titanium parts? I just bought a truck, so I’m not interested in learning the answer to that question anytime soon.

    @bgnight wrote:

    … all the hype.

    Whoa, there. This isn’t “hype”, bro. It’s baseless speculation surrounding untested products in a sport that has officially reached the status of being a “fad”. There’s a difference, you know. 🙄 🙄 🙄

    #648733
    bcd
    232 Posts

    I’ve always wanted to see someone build a refined version of this:


    viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2029

    A simple highback, with toe/heel bails. The ankle strap could be optional.

    I’m a big fan of this idea. It just needs to be stripped down to shave weight. And the boot needs to be closer to the board. The height is the main reason I don’t use them anymore. That, and slider tracks wear out too quickly.

    If we get a production snowboard boot with toe/heel welts, that would be an ideal match with this binding. For me, at least.

    The main thing I like about this binding is that it rides similar to a strap binding. But I’m not relying on the straps. Straps fail. And that sucks. The bails attach the boot, and strap allows me to crank my foot down tight.

    Highbacks are absolutely necessary. If you’re just going out to ride pow, then maybe not-so-necessary. But around here, it ain’t always powder. Having the highback built int the boot COULD work, but would involve a ton of R&D ($$$$$$) so that might not be feasible at the moment.

    #640020
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Whoa. A blast from the past. I forgot about that!

    #639281
    bcd
    232 Posts

    @russman wrote:

    Is this a first Descent Dan? Holy crap well done!!

    Nope. It’s been done a handful of times in the past. Not too many, though, since there’s a ton of luck involved in finding it covered.

    @rod9301 wrote:

    great trip. Did you happen to see the u and v-notch coverage?

    No views of the U or V yet this year. I imagine they are filled in, but I’m not positive. A lot of the snow that fell in the middle of the season was light and dry, which doesn’t stick to the ice very well. So it’s hard to say.

    #639213
    bcd
    232 Posts

    A few from Sunday:

    #634949
    bcd
    232 Posts

    @kings run east wrote:

    how long is the first part of the road that goes through the slide paths? is it 2 – 3 miles or more like 8 – 9 ?

    2-3 miles sounds about right. Once you hit the big corner below Ellery Lake, you’re pretty much in the clear all the way to the hut.

    #634947
    bcd
    232 Posts

    I’ve been out there once. It’s great, but it’s a big gamble. There are only about 10 bunks, and it can fill up occasionally. So that’s a long way to walk just to find out you’re sleeping in a tent. There are rangers that live out there in the winter, and apparently they will enforce the 10 person limit.

    Tuolumne is nice in the winter, no matter what. Just make sure you go in with the mindset that you might not actually be staying in the hut.
    It’s about 17 miles there. TPR used to drive cats up and down the pass, which made travel a bit easier (mostly on the way out because you could just glide down the road). But they aren’t operating anymore. Still, you’re just following the road. So it’s pretty easy. Just long. The first part of the road faces south and goes through a number of major slide paths, so plan accordingly.

    The terrain is fun. Nothing huge, but you can’t beat the scenery. Most of the skiing is done around Cathedral Peak and Unicorn, etc…. but some of the domes can be skied as well.

    #631427
    bcd
    232 Posts
    #632767
    bcd
    232 Posts

    We just got some Venture boards in at Mammoth Mountaineering. Pretty sure the Zephyr 27/165 is still there, though I work at a different location so I can’t say for sure. 888-395-3951

    #632577
    bcd
    232 Posts

    Oh man. You guys are going?
    That means I have to bring my “A” Game.

    I was originally planning on getting wicked high on the way there, and then just showing a bunch of pictures of flowers and butterflies. But if you guys are gonna be there I’ll put together something a little more substantial.

    Here’s a teaser:

    #629371
    bcd
    232 Posts

    I’m just pissed because MY bindings weren’t even INCLUDED in this comparison. WTF!?!?!?!
    It’s like I don’t even exist!

    You want high performance, light weight bindings for less than $100?!?! Look no further:

    #629357
    bcd
    232 Posts

    @russman wrote:

    You know, just for those of you who are worried about icing issues…

    That’s not icing. Icing doesn’t happen in those conditions, and it also doesn’t happen while a binding sits motionless in a freezer.

    It’s good that some people are speaking up on this thread. I know everyone on this forum is usually too darn nice, but Russman, you really have to stop.

    There are a lot of new members (and new splitboarders) who could be reading this and thinking the information here is accurate. It’s not accurate, and it’s coming from a person with no splitboarding experience.

    People could be basing their decisions on your posts. That’s not good for them, and not good for Karakoram.

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