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  • in reply to: No More TLT6 or Alien #810768
    HansGLudwig
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    And the dirtbag why-didn’t-I-think-of-that award goes to @vapor! *thumbsup*

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    HansGLudwig
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    That’s quite a list you have there friend. Do you have enough money left over to buy beer for mates you left in the dust? And it’s thoughtful for you to remind us Georgia is a country and to translate those sissy metric units into Imperial for us troglodytic Yanks. LOL!
    All ribbing aside, you’ve done your homework and thanks for sharing. \m/

    3 kilos lost is fairly impressive; can you give us a total weight so we can infer a percentage lost?

    Have you thought of Scarpa Aliens for boots? Flexy boots out of the box and lighter than TLTs.

    “Light is right” is generally a good mantra. There are two areas where I think it deserve some consideration.
    Usually, there is a trade off between weight chatter; as boards get lighter, they handle frozen chop/chunder worse. Amplid have some special sauce they impregnate into the Miligram so this is not an issue.
    A probe & shovel are not a things I wouldn’t skimp on to save weight.
    If you ride in terrain-trappy areas, 300 cm is the minimum length I’d go out with. I teach avalanche safety and have seen way too many ultralight probes bend like a wet noodle when inserted into normal snow; avalanche debris is harder. I prefer a “girthy,” stiff probe over most ultralight ones.
    Arva’s Ultra was designed to be ISMF race-compliant— much like the CAMP Crest— not for rescue. I’d prefer it if my partner had a burlier shovel: G3 SpadeTech, CAMP Rocket, or BD Deploy 3. I know they’re all almost twice the weight; it’s just something to consider. Also, small blades— when using the ‘paddle technique’— move as much snow, over time and for the same energy, as larger shovels with normal shovel technique.

    For a beacon, Pieps Micro is 150g and pretty sweet; less than half weight of the Pulse.

    Did your CP3s come with a powder basket (90+ mm) or is that sold separately as well? Cool option. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    What is up with those cotton t-shirt baselayer people?! I just don’t get it.

    You “rarely use them for their intended purpose.” How else do you use goggles?
    I get cheap sport sunglasses from the drug store or supermarket (“Solar Comfort”? polarized lenses from China) and I coat them in Z-Clear anti fog (wax suspended in a quick-drying alcohol paste). The glasses only have a frame on the top (not surrounding the entire lenses like your Oakleys). I can pop the lenses off, wrap them in a cotton handkerchief, and it all lies flat (frame included) in a pants pocket. The system never fogs; blocks light from the sun above, the snow beneath, and the sides; I can push them closer to my eyes so they don’t water when I ride into the wind; AND I don’t have to carry a separate case.

    Two thumbs up on bringing an extra glove liner. “I am sure glad I saved that extra ounce by leaving that pair of gloves at home,” said no one; and yet everyone has wished they had a dry pair at some point.

    I also have a BD CoEfficient Hoody that I rarely take off. It’s their knock-off of the R1 hoody by Patagucci. I’ve hydrophobicly teated mine with Nikwax and it’s feaking magic! It keeps me warm, breaths like egyptian cotton, and never gets heavy with sweat. On single-day missions where I am moving the entire time, it has replaced the puffy in my pack and the fleece/wool cap in my cargo pocket.

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    in reply to: Petzl RAD rope #803124
    HansGLudwig
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    Whats about a (double) munter hitch?

    If you like your rope kinky and fuzzy, double Münter is for you! (there has to be a naughty joke to be made out of that)
    In practice (rapping out of a chairlift on 6 mm accessory cord), the Münter twists the rope like a spring just waiting to be unweighted. It is also really rough on ropes; I wouldn’t want to do that to a fancy rope like Barrows is asking.
    FWIW, I find the double Münter has way too much friction even with pack + board. You’re better off wrapping the brake end of a Münter around the ‘biner an extra time. Better yet, use a skinny rope device: Rock Exotica Mini-8 (still prone to kinking) or Edelrid’s Microjul (it doesn’t auto-lock w/ropes this skinny but it still works and is my favorite).


    @Barrows
    , as long as you’re on snow/glacier, you’ll be fine. RAD was designed to belay in situations with give (or slip): the edge of a crevasse (where the rope can cut into) and devices that don’t lock hard. Petzl say it is easier to catch a crevasse fall w/RAD specifically because you won’t get pulled out of position.

    As points of comparison. . . 6 mm Bluewater accessory cord has static elongation of 16% with 1000 lbf (4.4 kN). Edelweiss & Beal make 8 mm “Glacier rope” w/6-8% elongation. RAD has <2%.

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    in reply to: Random epic pics from 2017 #800563
    HansGLudwig
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    Oh man, I’s stoked! Thanks @beantown.
    Is that Chip on San Jacinto?
    And yea, it sure was good. When’s it gonna freeze again? Spring missions, here we come!

    And @bcall8 Lee Canyon is the shit! I’m so stoked to head out there in two weekends. What a great season they’ve had.

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    in reply to: Sounder Snowcraft #800559
    HansGLudwig
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    @chowtownsfinest Jimy – Aren’t you looking for a NoBoard recommendation?

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    in reply to: Sounder Snowcraft #800558
    HansGLudwig
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    Yea, I’d definitely whistle at you if you floated by. Lookin’ good!

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    in reply to: Spark R & D Splitboard Pucks on a DIY #800557
    HansGLudwig
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    @Splitbend – Rightclick on the pics above and view them in a new window.
    He did a sweet job of adding four rows of T-nuts or quiverkiller/bindingfreedom inserts to his beautiful swallowtail.
    In addition to the full rack of 8 x 8 solid inserts, he has 18 in the rear and a whopping 20 in front!

    #weightisnotanissue #slowupraddown *thatrocks*

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    in reply to: Test #800555
    HansGLudwig
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    @chronicracing – For Google Photos, once the pic is viewable by public (which you’ve done), right-click the photo in display (when surrounded by a dark boarder) and ‘open photo in new tab’. That new tab URL is the one you want to copy.
    The URL for your pic is . . .
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kr0pdC_Yir5lePMtqryxhN9L4EM3oRGM3XQloA1BTQzDhHGl9UJzYOzHvRA7SGL1yArUXgPL8hkzCIj31y55mQ6nIlP5YDPKOIM9dGXh23bWhpjHesNrJoa-eJpqfcsXly-yGQ=w687-h696-no

    So copy/paste that long URL and replace the XXXX’s in . . .
    [url=XXXX][img]XXXX[/img][/url]

    So your code looks like this . . .
    [url=https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kr0pdC_Yir5lePMtqryxhN9L4EM3oRGM3XQloA1BTQzDhHGl9UJzYOzHvRA7SGL1yArUXgPL8hkzCIj31y55mQ6nIlP5YDPKOIM9dGXh23bWhpjHesNrJoa-eJpqfcsXly-yGQ=w687-h696-no][img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kr0pdC_Yir5lePMtqryxhN9L4EM3oRGM3XQloA1BTQzDhHGl9UJzYOzHvRA7SGL1yArUXgPL8hkzCIj31y55mQ6nIlP5YDPKOIM9dGXh23bWhpjHesNrJoa-eJpqfcsXly-yGQ=w687-h696-no[/img][/url]

    and the result looks like this. . .

    Sweet lines bro!

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    in reply to: Test #800554
    HansGLudwig
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    in reply to: Cleanest DIY Borad – No base holes – Thanks Phantom! #800549
    HansGLudwig
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    tried to link images from a facebook post? cant do?

    Yes. FB (and Instagram) don’t like playing host for outside eyeballs w/o clicking into their domain (and the looker must click past a ‘sign up’ advert— or view the pic with an inseparable Instagram boarder).
    As a workaround, you might be able to find a ‘get sharable link’ or open the pic in a new window and copy/paste that url.
    FWIW, FB doesn’t like links to competitor social media pics either. I’ve posted pics from GooglePics (Picassa) and FB deleted the whole thread.

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    in reply to: Revelator BC fishscale #800548
    HansGLudwig
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    This is a good thread. *thumbsup*

    @solidbored
    – Did you have more to say? “If I. . . “

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    in reply to: Furberg Twin for freestyle/jib #800291
    HansGLudwig
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    Yes there are boards which make it easier to do particular tricks: ollies like the pop of camber, butters like full rocker. The Twin has a little help for both and at the same time it’s camber makes it harder to butter and it’s rocker makes it harder to ollie. However, if you learn to do both with your board, you’ll be able to do both on any board.

    I am of the mind, if you want to improve downhill skills— steeps, tricks, etc. . . — you need to go to a resort. A monster 14 hr, 10,000 ft (3,000 m) day is just a morning with a detachable quad. . . and some resorts offer lessons too.

    I am not saying you can’t improve downhill skills in the backcountry, it’s just not the best place for it. It’s harder and when you get injured, no one is there to help you. The backcountry is a place for a particular experience with skills you do well.
    *My 2¢*

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    in reply to: Recommendation on a NoBoard? #800092
    HansGLudwig
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    * DIY always makes it more fun! (i.e. go for the Jones hack + GripAll)
    * Less DIY but still fun is the O.G. NoPad.
    * This guy simply replaced his pucks from a Euphoria split with bolts longer than the inserts are deep and attached a leash to his touring bracket. Apparently Ventures are so tight you don’t even need bindings. Perhaps other brands will work as well?
    * Almond Mfg makes a kit to change any solid or split into a NoBoard w/o permanently committing the board. The only downside is you have to carry the pads on the up and skins + bindings on the way down.

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    in reply to: Women's Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CL modification #800090
    HansGLudwig
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    Lookin’ good @neni.
    A truly enviable setup you got there; pretty much the setup as John Krakauer.
    Allz we need is a sweet pic of a tweeked out method with your blue boots to seal the deal.

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    in reply to: Snow Pit Tactics #799799
    HansGLudwig
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    Hey @Utah – I literally just referenced your post while teaching the ‘Terrain’ section in last night’s Avy 2 class. I might just send everyone a link over here.
    Thanks for putting your ideas down and giving us some meat to chew on. *thumbsup*

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    in reply to: First Splitboard #799482
    HansGLudwig
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    ^ Let me translate that for you. . . “Go buy a Venture.”

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    in reply to: UTAH 2016/2017 Conditions #799371
    HansGLudwig
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    ^ Nice!
    Sweet with the textured swallowtail @Snurfer. At first I was skeptical about the textured bases. After touring this weekend, I’m like, “you know what, that might be nice right about now.”

    Wait, by my calculations. . .
    ≈ 12.5 mi @ 14 min 15 sec/mi (12.5 x 14.25 ≈ 178 min . . . 178/60 (min in an hour) ≈ 2.9 hours)
    . . . You did 9, ~500 ft laps in a three hour tour?! Even better with the first and last 25% of your day being approach/departure. That’s like 10 min a lap!

    Also, do you designate the Strava activity as a “backcountry ski” or leave it as a “run?” And, what does straving your tours do for you? (a journal of trips, simply a way to log vert, crunch numbers to get faster, or something else?)
    I only strav my bike trips & runs and it’s mostly an odometer for bike maintenance (b/c I’m in less shape than I used to be and it’s depressing to see my performance go downhill).
    ************
    OK, back to Utah conditions. . .

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    in reply to: Airbag packs and pole/ axe carry #799146
    HansGLudwig
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    RE: Manufacturer carry information — BD designed the Saga 40 to carry ice tools with their “PickPockets” technology.
    The idea is to insert the pick into the large, lower belt loops (the ones the lower compression straps route through); wrap the compression strap around the shaft (near the head); and the spike points up and either attaches to the upper loop (the same one the HiLo helmet carry attaches to) *or* under the upper compression strap.
    BD’s Mission pack had the same “PickPockets” and worked thusly. . .

    The Halo 28 comes with a little velcro strap to facilitate attaching to the upper loop.

    Here’s a rear shot at the Saga 40, deployed. . .

    Hopefully your axe is long enough to reach the upper compression strap but not too long to poke the airbag. I’d get/fashion a spike protector in any case.
    FWIW, BD say the PickPocket is for “ice-tools”— implying a) they are typically shorter than a general mountaineering ice axe and b) may not even have a spike— like a Petzl Nomic.
    **************
    BD consider themselves a SKI-mountaneering company; hence their motto, “Live. Ski. Repeat.” Split-specific concerns aren’t even in consideration in their design processes.
    * The Halo and Pilot models have no snowboard carry options at all (let alone splitboard carry).
    * It took them 17 years (from 1996 to 2013) to come out with a factory 3-piece Whippet b/c, “Why would anyone attach poles to their pack?”
    You won’t find manufacturer-provided info on how to carry Whippets with their airbag packs b/c they probably don’t recommend it. . . and also some platitudes about mountaineering, risk-acceptance, and judgement.
    ****Rant over*****
    Here are some workarounds. . .
    RE: Regular poles — If your poles can be clamped collapsed, then baskets down (duh)!
    * BD Expedition 3’s have a tapered lower which prevents the Flicklock from clamping shut. On descent, the lock can flap open and your lower can slide out. Applying heat shrink just above the basket can increase the diameter of the pole such that the Flicklock can engage when collapsed. (Yay!)
    * My K2’s Speedlink 3’s (which are otherwise my favorite pole) should not be stored upside down. The lower slides into the extended position. (Boo!)
    * Another option is BD Compactor poles (Z-poles) which can be stored inside the pack.

    RE: Whippets — I would drill/dremel/core-out some wine bottle corks and slip them over my pole ends.
    * A similar factory option would be BD’s Trekking Pole Tip Protector. It’s designed for their plastic, Flex Tips. I wonder if it will slide on and off their metal ski pole tips? Email them.
    You might have to swap your Whippet lowers with trekking pole lowers of the same diameter. I did a long time ago and have no regrets— back before factory 3-piece Whippets were a thing and before BD changed their pole diameters. I wrote down the new shaft diameters somewhere on this forum— Search for me and “new whippet mod.”
    * Another option could be to ride with the lowers inside your 40L bag.
    * Others have cut the shafts of their Whippets to maximize collapsibility and get them into the 60 cm range. This sacrifices max length and possibly pole integrity. This is not possible with the newer, all-metal Flicklock mechanism.

    Personally, I think the pack is long enough that it wont be a problem. Especially if you use the PickPockets and attach it to the small loop (rather than under the compression strap). My guess is— with a fully loaded pack— the baskets point slightly away from the pack (backwards) such that it won’t interfere with the airbag.
    My suggestion is you load up the pack, strap on the whippets, pull the trigger, and push on the air bladder toward the spike/tip. Try to get the bladder to tough the tip. I think it will be fine. YMMV.
    This Wildsnow guy did it with a Float bag and no one in three years seemed to think it a problem. . .

    Also, I would email BD. They have fantastic support.

    Good luck and report back with your findings.

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    in reply to: Petzl x BD shaxe #798739
    HansGLudwig
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    That’s some next-level mod shit right there @permnation! Two thumbs up!

    What kind of BD blade is that: evac, older pre-Pieps? I don’t recognize it.
    Did you remove the plug rivet and use that hole for a button spring? Or does that shiny ferrule squeeze the neck of the blade onto the shaft?

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    in reply to: Avy Ed in Los Angeles 2016 #798542
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    Bump.
    Tomorrow’s the day. Know before you go. It’s gonna be fun!
    -Hans

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