Howdy gang! It has been a great off season, but now it is time to get back to the snow environments and start riding again. This season, I am giving up the hardboot and mountain plate steeze and getting all soft on you guys and gals. Will Ritter, from Spark sent down some new Blaze bindings, Mr. Chomps, and I purchased a pair of Drivers this fall.
I wanted to put the new gear to the test and headed out with my ski buddies Forrest and Amy McCarthy and SteveRomeo. We wanted to get a bit higher, so we set our sights on Static Peak in the Tetons before the Winter Closure was supposed to go into effect. We technically/accidentally poached it due to confusion of GTNP service (To read more about that click here: http://www.tetonat.com/2010/12/did-i-poach-the-powderorsorry-mr-bighorn/).
It was truly a magical day in the Tetons and finally getting Static done felt great. The new gear is absolutely amazing! The Mr. Chomps saved the day for sure on the upper stretches of the mountain where the snow was steep and firm. And the down...damn it felt good again to be in soft boots and binders. Big shout out to Spark R & D for cracking the binding code and you really must get your hands on Mr. Chomps (so light)!
Post subject: Re: Going to the Darkside on Static Peak
Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:34 pm
Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am Posts: 1501 Location: 395
Wow, nice trip! How ya like the Sentury?
"winter closures to protect wildlife habitat in Grand Teton National Park have started on December 15th." And making tracks in snow affects habitat how? Did you have your vehicles in the closure too? Trying to figure out the justification of keeping people from enjoying a non motorized form of recreation that has literally no impact to the land except maybe spooking a sheep on a tour (if they're even wintering in the same area which seems unlikely due to deep snow)
We have the same sheep closures in the southern Sierra here and I've talked to the main bighorn biologist and he said human visitation has zero effect on "stressing" sheep and it's just political b.s. He said dogs are more of a concern than people cuz they're more likely to chase them. What's funny is there is a sheep herd just up the valley that winters next to a highway and yet they don't close the road or any of the rock climbing routes that are abundant in the same area where they hang out.
I for one support your mission and always appreciate a good poaching (not animals)
Rules are meant to be broken. Don't let the "authorities" keep you from your passions when you know you're not harming anything imo. Breaking rules should be in every snowboarders DNA or else you really should just telemark