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  • in reply to: Salomon Malamutes vs. Burton Driver X #673761
    Colin
    Participant

    This year’s driver’s are a lot stiffer than last. I got shin bang when breaking them in–first time ever experiencing that in snowboard boots! After a handful of resort days and one tour, they’re starting to feel good and I think they should be good to go for a winter or two. My 4.02 on the drivers, anyways.

    in reply to: frequency The Snowboarder’s Journal special offer #669392
    Colin
    Participant

    @mike_man wrote:

    Any plans to make a digital version? i.e. for the iPad

    Hey Mike,

    Colin here, editor and photo editor. Indeed, we have and iPad edition. Just search frequency The Snowboarder’s Journal on iTunes. Thanks!

    in reply to: ice on edges #667413
    Colin
    Participant

    I run into this a lot living in the PNW, also riding a venture. Eventually I found an old card of some type (AAA card, credit card, whatever) got the job done. Give the edges a once over, but make sure the hooks themselves are ice free throughout.

    in reply to: Burton Landloard + Spark Magneto + Voile colab pucks #665554
    Colin
    Participant

    This was definitely one of my favorite new products at the show. Yes, it requires buying a new package. But it’s also cool to see numerous companies working together to bring innovate products to the table. Nicely done, in my opinion.

    in reply to: TR: Y Couloir, Aiguille d’Argentiere, Chamonix #665320
    Colin
    Participant

    Niiice. But i thought you weren’t gonna skate glaciers any more?

    in reply to: Burton Ions w/ AutoCant for skinning – your experience? #658497
    Colin
    Participant

    I’ve been riding this years Ions as well and honestly didn’t know they had this feature built in. Put in about 7 days on the skin track in them varying from mellow tours out mt baker’s shuksan arm to more involved full day stuff with a camera pack in the Olympic National Park. Didn’t notice a thing with regards to my ankles, they seem to be just fine for skinning.

    in reply to: Anybody in Washington getting slammed right now on Rainier? #662117
    Colin
    Participant

    The forecast is probably straight, but getting to those elevations and riding something within reason (e.g. below 25 degrees given faceting/hoar frost over the weekend) is far fetched for big pow. A bit of rain and an avalanche cycle at higher elevations, on the other hand, is what we need…

    in reply to: Legalize the weed and I’ll say thank heavens. #661173
    Colin
    Participant

    My major concern is the amount of bong attacks is going to go through the roof: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/11/12/2764496/police-boyfriend-beaten-with-marijuana.html

    in reply to: Legalize the weed and I’ll say thank heavens. #661130
    Colin
    Participant

    Let me preface this by saying I don’t smoke personally. I did, however, write a term paper in favor of legalization at one point in college, but that’s another story… and just finished reading my voter’s pamphlet so figured I’d weigh in.

    From what i understand, you wont be able to cultivate it, at least when it comes to the WA law. Just not sure about the way they’ve presented it in WA–sounds more like regulating and handing it over to big corporations (cigarette companies seem primed to do this with the decline in smokers) to cultivate, sell, tax, etc. And it will create a whole other ring of enforcement.

    I agree that decriminalizing possession is a very important step as I’d rather see police spending their time dealing with drugs that are proven to be problematic to their users, but having anything but the regulated, store bought, mass-produced marijuana in your possession and/or sharing it is going to be illegal still. The marijuana industry as it stands, from backyard personal use to cartel-run large-scale ops, will still be illegal. Best to read the whole bill in your voter pamphlet before deciding.

    Anyone else read the fine print? Correct me if I’m wrong?

    in reply to: Further #657978
    Colin
    Participant

    Terje is on the Burton team, sponsored by Burton. Do you think he carried a 2nd solid Burton board around the whole time because he liked the extra weight? Or do you think he was told that he was obliged to ride his sponsors board?

    I know what I think and it’s not the first option.

    -hps

    Burton makes splits. I think Terje rode what he wanted to, given the nature of the trip and the fact that it involved snow machines and a lot of bootpacking up steep stuff…

    That said, I thought Further was a great movie. What he did, in contrast to Deeper, was go to unexplored, more committing places to ride. I think it’s a great evolution of what Jones is up to, and will probably have this piece in regular rotation this year. It wasn’t intended as snow porn, but more an adventure documentary, showing what’s possible given enough time in unexplored mountains. My $.02, at least.

    in reply to: First Mags of the Season… #658142
    Colin
    Participant

    @spruce cabin wrote:

    @maniacdave wrote:

    Any change Frequency would give us that splitboard.com deal they had going on a while back? That’s one magazine I’d subscribe to.

    Man, nothing better than seeing a new Frequency in the ol’ mail box. Each issue is a work of art. (Nice work, Colin!)

    Hey fellas, glad you’re diggin it. We just shipped first issue of the year and I’m pretty stoked how it turned out, including a sled/split based adventure piece. Use the promo code SPLITBOARD.COM and I’m sure we can throw in a beanie (or toque for you hosers out there) and some stickers. Thanks for the support!

    in reply to: What camera?? #655720
    Colin
    Participant

    have either of you actually held one of these? Sounds rad, but most 4/3 bodies so far haven’t quite lived up to the hype, at least for shooting action. Would be very interested in getting my hands on one if the performance was there… hmmm…

    in reply to: Mt Baker Splitfest 2012 Photo Thread #653625
    Colin
    Participant

    Terry–hit me up. Couldn’t be there, had obligations up north to ride some powder too, but looks like you scored.
    CW

    in reply to: Save up to $100 on a Grassroots Powsurfer #652839
    Colin
    Participant

    Had a chance to mess around on one of these in Idaho last week–definitely a super fun addition to your quiver, especially good when avo conditions are high and you want to mini golf around in low angle trees…

    in reply to: Shames Mountain, Terrace BC #653355
    Colin
    Participant

    Nice! Did the co-op go through? Been following that for a while, but never did hear the official word…

    in reply to: Avalanches Death and Exemption #648672
    Colin
    Participant

    Regarding the ‘considerable’ danger rating, I stumbled across this on the avalanche.ca blog: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/forecaster-blog. It seems to make a lot of sense–yes, we deal with considerable conditions most of the time there is new snow and the majority of our time in BC probably involves considerable rating on at least one aspect. One thing to consider is the depth of the considerable instability–is it considerable probability of 6-12 inch slabs, or, as things are currently across much of the NW, considerable danger of a deep slab releasing? Some food for thought, anyways…

    in reply to: Avalanches Death and Exemption #648649
    Colin
    Participant

    @buckchow wrote:

    A message I get from the original post, is to not get overly confident from a perceived “expert halo” (AKA a false sense of security due to experience), which can increase risk tolerance, and lead to a bad scene. Also the bottom line is it’s the actions we take, and not any other perspective or attitude in our heads, that determines if we get caught in a slide. Good things to keep in mind and I welcome the reminder, thanks Tex.

    @TEX wrote:

    having more people in the group, more experience… doesnt help at all.

    Group size is pretty key: If you’re solo, then you are operating with no immediate support should you need it. Having someone else around to dig you out, deal with your compound fractures, or suggest that you not drop into that sketchy loaded terrain trap, certainly can help. If the group size is too large, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage group dynamics, make consensus decisions, avoid skiing on top of each other, find safe spots, etc, and that can lead to avy trouble. I like a group of 3-5 people.

    Experience and knowledge definitely helps avoid avalanches, and deal with the aftermath. I certainly put myself in more avy danger when I was starting out, and had no backcountry experience nor education. It also can help if you go with people with experience in medical professions, backcountry rescue, etc if there are pieces to be picked up.

    Following up on group dynamics and expert effect–oftentimes, people can be afraid to speak up and express concerns… especially when they think there are more experienced group members. Yesterday, a friend asked me if I thought he should ride a certain sidecountry line that had potential to slide. I told him it was entirely his decision, but I, myself, didn’t feel safe riding it. He ended up talking to a few others and eventually deciding to back down. Communication can be lost in group dynamics–speaking your mind is key.

    On another note, talking with Jones a few years back, one of his great points was to always, always trust your gut. Even if there are few indicators of avalanche potential, if you feel funny about it, back off. Intuition may not be scientific, but it can be another thing worth thinking about… if you find yourself talking yourself into a line instead of out of it, maybe it’s time to back down and ride another day.

    in reply to: Mt Baker video – Jan 14, 2012 #651731
    Colin
    Participant

    I believe we watched this one happen from the lift. It’s a one-turner into a terrain trap that slides regularly and there were many, obvious, natural releases that day on similar elevations/aspects, so we chose not to ride the backcountry… plus inbounds was good. As he dropped, we all voiced that we thought it was going to slide. Questionable decisions…

    in reply to: Montana Suggestions #651009
    Colin
    Participant

    If the snow is there, I’m a fan of the bitteroots, as well… a bit west, but worth checking. Resort days at lost trail can be pretty rad, too.

    in reply to: New 2011/12 Burton Driver X #648477
    Colin
    Participant

    for what its worth mine feel a little bigger this year…

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