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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:32 pm 
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Cool work on the kids sized split. Really dig the kids sized swallowtail.

gotta pile on with the "taking kids into the backcountry isn't stupid" crowd. Was in Switzerland in 2007 and again in 2008 and was amazed at the number of kids touring. They make kids sized touring skis and bindings over there. To say taking your kids into the backcountry is stupid/dangerous is akin to saying it's stupid to put your kid in a car because the neighbour died in a car accident.

The anecdote merely highlights poor route finding skills can have pretty serious consequences.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:47 am 
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Great project and a really great way to spend time with your kids.

I started hiking in the Mt Baker BC with my dad when I was 10 and summited Shuksan with him when I was 14. We took the time to learn together and have had a very safe and succesful time exploring the area over the last 20 years. Backcountry snowboarding is no more dangerous than riding the tube in London but plenty of parents do that with their kids daily.

Rughty- I think you do great work with the bindings but your attitude towards kids in the backcountry seems very selfish to me. If you take your daughter out with you then you should back off of some of your favorite stuff and find something more appropriate for her. If you don't want her to see any danger in life you'll just end up sheltering her and limiting her life. Both seem like they serve you more than your daughter. Keep up the good work on the bindings, I hope you can find something that you and your daughter can do together that you both enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:34 am 
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Sweet mods Adam!

My most cherished memories are those with my kids in the mountains. Does that mean we climb up icy faces or ride down loaded slopes people??? Of course not. As children they rely on me to keep them safe in everyday life and being in the mountains is no different. Until they can make those decisions themselves its my job. By being in the mountains and having discussions about route finding and basic wilderness skills they will be able to make those decisions earlier in life than their friends whose parents keep them in a sterile environment. Is there risk in the mountains? Sure, but there is risk in everyday life too. 99% of the time risk can be avoided with kids by choosing location and terrain wisely. The life values, experiences, and memories they gain from being in the mountains far exceed any small amount of risk they endure in my opinion. My kids are and will be better people due to their time spent in the mountains.

As small children (say less than 10), kids adapt and emulate. I never felt like I was forcing my kids to do something they didn't want to. It was just about sharing my love for the mountains with them and laying the foundation. Once they get older they form their own opinions more and you can tell if they really enjoy the mountains or were just going along with what you introduced them to. Whether they fall in love with the mountains or not they will always remember their experiences in the outdoors as a child and be stronger from it. If more parents spent time with their kids outside in the wild the world would be a better place.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:56 pm 
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Guys
Great to see that we are all smart when it comes to kids in The BC.
I cant wait to get my daughter who's nearly 2 on the mountain and in the surf.
I think the surf is a little more of an issue with the younger ones, but like you have all said you wouldn't take your young one out in 6ft waves.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:08 pm 
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aksltxlt wrote:
As far as kids in the BC go... Snowboarding originated in the BC. If you ask any kid who grew up in Tahoe where they learned to ride they will say they hiked their neighborhood hill. :thumpsup:


yes aksltxlt! the sand pits in south lake tahoe is prime example! where i grew up in shaver lake ca. i rode the backyard and surrounding hills like a mad man. i would search the hills for good cliffs to jump off, all by myself. i had huge rails in my back yard before the local resort even had any.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Guys
Another split for the Ozzie kids scene.
132 Vision
The board is big enough to have std Plates and hardware.
Enjoy

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Pucks will be fixed when the kid comes to test his stance.

Two more coming as well, 138 Burton ans 148 Burton.
Will post board pics when finished
Shame there's no snow left :cry:
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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:42 pm 
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Those are awesome man!

Check these adapters out!
http://wildschnee.de/index.php?option=c ... &Itemid=72


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:14 pm 
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Fitit
"Burton" makes some good stuff.
I will be just using the Voile DIY pucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:24 pm 
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the addapters - this is not the best way it is to much wight - but a verry fast way to change to a new board.

better way s snoli insert s ore pom custom pucks with no new holes.....



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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:10 pm 
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Update

We rented some boards out this weekend to a family with kids (132 and 142).
See the link below on how they went.
http://www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au/ ... -ones.html
Looks like the young ones had fun!

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:39 am 
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My son has been wanting a split to mess around on in the hills out our front door. He is a smart kid that listens to me and is very enthusiastic about snowboarding. Of course we will take one step at a time and I will always keep him safe in every situation possible. Its just cool to share a passion with him and go play around on the boards, bikes and all we do together. He has been practicing beacon searches with me for fun and caught on quick. Here is a pic of him on the split we built together. pretty getto but it works for playing around in the yard for now.

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Wyatt split 2013 (10) by travis young 424, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:20 pm 
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bcrider wrote:
If more parents spent time with their kids outside in the wild the world would be a better place.


I couldn't agree more!!! :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Splits
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:17 pm 
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Travis Young wrote:
My son has been wanting a split to mess around on in the hills out our front door. He is a smart kid that listens to me and is very enthusiastic about snowboarding. Of course we will take one step at a time and I will always keep him safe in every situation possible. Its just cool to share a passion with him and go play around on the boards, bikes and all we do together. He has been practicing beacon searches with me for fun and caught on quick. Here is a pic of him on the split we built together. pretty getto but it works for playing around in the yard for now.

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Wyatt split 2013 (10) by travis young 424, on Flickr

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Wyatt beacon practice (12) by travis young 424, on Flickr


Epic! probably every snowboarding fathers dream, to still be able to shred it with their kids!


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