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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:10 pm 
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Wow! A true tale of the great north wilds. That is possibly hands down the great TR I have ever read, and a damn good story at that. I'm simply amazed by your motivation and dedication. The fact that you were in an environment harsh enough to show you the limits of $800 worth of gear makes it even that much more impressive.


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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:12 pm 
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Absolutley EPIC! Well done :doobie:

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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:36 pm 
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I wanted to post an update that some folks may find interesting and maybe even be able to provide some information for me.

Its been over two weeks since I returned from the Arctic and my toes are still numb. :cry: I never had any visible tissue damage, but the last two nights out my toes became very uncomfortable at night. They just had a weird numb, sorta ‘scrapy’ feeling in my sleeping bag and fleece socks.
Now every morning when I wake up they are quite numb, but then improve throughout the day as I move around. Nevertheless it’s quite uncomfortable.

I have been researching online and it seems that alpine climbers report similar symptoms. Some have said their toes were numb for up to six months after having mild frostbite! Even one guy said his toes continue to be numb for several years since he had frostbite! They also say that once this happens your toes will be much more sensitive to the cold and much susceptible to frostbite. Bummer.

Since I returned from hunting I have been out riding a bunch. Climbed a few couloirs and have been riding pretty hard overall. I never felt the numbness while I was actually snowboarding and it did not impact my riding. It was quite uncomfortable while climbing in crampons though.

Anyways, sorta intense eh? I hope it goes away!

So thanks to you all again for the awesome comments you left since I last visited this post.

EcoB- good to hear I inspired you to push through the knar and keep charging; that’s really goal for me to get others motivated to push the limits! (without losing their toes that is :? )

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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:39 pm 
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wow, certainly the best written and most impressive TR i've read in ages. and a good reminder of how easy we have it here in warm california. still, i was interested to read your conclusion, as i have been experiencing a similar numbness in one big toe since returning from a 2 night camping trip up at tioga pass a few weeks ago. it hasn't slowed me down riding either, but is very perceptible and annoying. i'm going to see my doctor tomorrow and am glad to be armed with a little more info....


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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:13 pm 
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BS; I have discovered that this toe numbness affliction is an oft occuring phenomena; quite interesting because in many years in the snow I have never had it happen until now.

I consulted an elder of the Arctic yestreday and he told me to soak my feet in hot water and I have a definite improvement this morning. Interestingly he said that it was high concentrations of wild animal fat, omega fatty acids essentially, which kept eskimos from getting frostbite. He mentioned how eating Muktuk (whale blubber) will make your whole body feel warm as the fat abosrbs into your bloodstream.

I def. agree because I have expereinced the warming sensation personally from eating a number of different wild animal fats. Not only does it give a warm fuzzy feeling but it also gives a ton of energy and a feeling of hunger satisfaction. Last year I was fed dried king salmon strips (containing tons of omega 3's) that were dipped in bear fat; serious energy there; my stomach got really warm and I almost felt high. Anyways...next experiment; eat wild animal fat all day while out in really cold weather and see if it makes a difference in the impact on my extremeties.

Otherwise I am at a loss because I took every precaution possible to avoid getting frostbite, other than use those little heat packs, but I think humans should be able to get by without those things....

Let me know what your doctor says.

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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:18 pm 
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Wow. Just wow.

Also, now I really want to try dried king salmon strips dipped in bear fat.

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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:04 am 
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this was an awesome TR

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZNEsCzxMLA[/youtube]


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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 7:12 pm 
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Hey, strong work, I've never made it up to the brooks range. What do you think about riding up there this time of year? I've heard that the snow is usually really not too suitable for skiing, ie depth hoar or isothermal to the ground. I have this week off from work and looks like theres going to be weather most of the week after today for southcentral. Too bad I couldn't put in for time off in coordination with weather windows, oh well. If the weather looks better up there though I might think about taking a road trip up that way. Also I was working in hurricane last week and stuff looks pretty damn good up there still, in terms of north facing coverage anyways. After next week I will be working in healy for the rest of the summer if your interested in riding around the park/hurricane/cantwell still. peace


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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
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I'm going to bring this up from the depths to ask:

Where in Anuktuvak is this?
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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:24 pm 
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ridealaska; I have been to Anaktuvuk and flown around there some checking things out. There would be a ton of terrain to access from there if the snow was right. But the line you are interested in can be accessed by car. It is between Coldfoot and Atigun Pass on the Haul Road - east side. It would be easily approachable from the road. I almost went after it once. Let me know if you ride it.

And thanks for bringing this 'up from the depths' :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Arctic Dreams and Splitboard Subsistence Strategies
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Oh right I got Anaktuvak and Atigun mixed up, my bad. I have not ventured up the haul road that far yet and from the pictures I've seen didn't think there would be that many trees up towards the pass. That line might be a good cause to make my way up there though

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