To all interested in split mountaineering - just came across this guy on biglines. He's been doing some pioneering traverses, lines etc - check out his photos! Really makes me just want to toss it all in and head for the hills. Hmmm......
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:11 pm Posts: 125 Location: Los Angeles, CA
looks like he riveted some softboot hi-tops to a pair of Arctis Expe's and then swapped in a beefier tongue for forward stiffness. Probably very warm, but I'm not sure I see the advantage over, say, AT boots, unless you're short on cash and long on cannibalize-able boots.
Would be interesting to hear more from the creator of these frankenboots, for sure
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:56 pm Posts: 442 Location: Meyers, CA
Interesting pics...thanks for posting the link.
That set up looks like it would be much softer laterally than AT boots. Which might appeal to those not wishing to rock a racer stance. It was kinda hard to tell but it looked like Benoit uses strap bindings too. I've never tried it, but I know a lot of folks use straps and PMBs, the above mod would seem to detract little from their warmth and climbing abilities, but add some support to their riding function.
I share your feelings Nomad. My best climbing buddy has been in Yosemite Valley for the last couple months since he quite his job. Makes it extra hard to drag myself to work. I gotta buy my boss a copy of Let My People Go Surfing...