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  • #574980
    lewmt
    570 Posts

    Since nobody’s posted here since Nov. – I thought I’d put something new up & see if anyone notices in the next 6 months.

    Since the discovery of kites & enough skills to make it fun – I admit I’m having more difficulty inspiring myself to hike up mtns when I can kite up them instead. Granted the terrain isn’t as radical as what we ascend on skins & crampons but the advantage is – once the kite is in the air – you’re shredding…..and…..the possibilities are sometimes endless – both with terrain features to be played on & the progression of skills which seem to have no boundaries. I use my splitty at all times because when you cover miles dependant on wind you never know when she’s gonna die out and postholing sucks. With the split there’s no fear of that.

    I still love to do backcountry and the “normal” split action but mostly on the no wind days. I’m Hoping – by putting some of the stoke up here maybe some fellow splitters will want to join in & combine the passions. So many options for anyone willing to explore away from the roadside & bile access spots – yet there’s so many good places that are easily accessible.

    A few pics from this season:

    Beartooth Pass – last weekend

    Pilot & Index


    Cale – Johnnysuperglide


    Noah


    Me hill climbing

    Earlier this spring – Bighorns, WY – Possibly the best overall snowkite terrain in the US for vastness & terrain options:


    Perfect powder, bluebird, perfect wind


    Megacajones Joe killing it


    Me – headed up Lil Baldy


    Its such a huge playground!

    Anyways – hope someone enjoys! I sure did

    #640914
    samh
    726 Posts

    The photos are pretty rad, Dave. And your description of it makes it sound damn fun. How much does it cost (roughly) to get into it? I already have too many hobbies but it never hurts to explore more.

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    #640915
    lewmt
    570 Posts

    The way to start is with used gear. There is a variety of very decent used gear available for 1/4 – 1/2 the cost of new. The reason I say this is your 1st few outings you’ll definitely be doing things to your kites that aren’t pretty. As far as what to buy – there’s numerous considerations….gonna play in water also?, gonna kite genuine backcountry or just roadside access spots? A person can get set up with used gear for $300 – $500 to get started….but like everything that is fun & addictive – the money just starts there. BTW its much easier to learn on snow than water.

    #640916
    samh
    726 Posts

    And in Montana there is only open water for like three weeks out of the year ; )

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    #640917
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    Awesome, thanks for sharing. I’m trying to study this again. I’ve been on the fence about buying a set up for more than a few years now. Last summer I hurt myself so time to get moving on this.

    #640918
    dln
    146 Posts

    Great photos. Looks like a lot of fun!

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