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  • in reply to: 5th Annual Vancouver Island Backcountry Festival #678266
    jerrett
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    Woops, quite the oversight – thanks. Updated!

    in reply to: 2015 Splitfests #677916
    jerrett
    Participant

    Another good resource for this: http://www.sparkrandd.com/events/

    in reply to: Mirrorless Camera Suggestions #675284
    jerrett
    Participant

    I think the Fujifilm mirrorless cameras are about the best you can get right now (in mirrorless), nobody really makes sensors like they do. To make it even better, the recently announced X-T1 is weather sealed too, and has some pretty wild AF tracking stuff going on (and really good AF to start). Worth checking out some reviews on the X-T1. I have an X-E2 and have been blown away with it (want to buy my SLR gear?), but I’m wishing i waited for the weather sealed X-T1!

    As per your points:

    – Ease of use: The fuji’s are incredibly easy to use, as they are going heavily back to the old manual controls for everything. No digging around in menus or fumbling with little buttons.
    – Small and light: They are mirrorless, so they are small and light – but they are not the smallest ones out there, sony’s are teeny. I have a Arcyteryx Quintic-28 pack, and the X-E2 fits in the side pouch which I can access without taking the pack off.
    – FPS: I think any decent mirrorless will have a high enough FPS for you – the X-T1 does 8.
    – Raw: They all will do RAW (unless you get a point and shoot)
    – Cost: Woops! The Fuji’s are more than $700, the X-E2 was around $1400 with the lens. The X-E1 w/lens (same sensor) is $800 though.
    – Battery life: I think this is a wash, and they are all relatively similar in the mirrorless market,

    Duno if that helps, but i would give my strong endorsements from the fuji camp! I’ve been blown away by the higher iso handling of the X-E2, I can comfortabley shoot at 1600iso (or more) and get great results:

    Some random photos, all taken with the 18-55 lens that comes with it:

    this first one is 1600 iso, 1/15th sec:

    in reply to: Looking for Hardboot insigh #675166
    jerrett
    Participant

    @vapor wrote:

    what size boot do you use jerret, have a friend who has a pair of tlt5 that he couldnt get to work and will let go for cheap.

    11.5 usually

    in reply to: Looking for Hardboot insigh #675163
    jerrett
    Participant

    @philip.ak wrote:

    I’d be interested to see a photo of the lateral ankle flex you guys achieve with your HBs that exceed a soft boot.

    me too! pics or it didn’t happen.

    in reply to: Looking for Hardboot insigh #675154
    jerrett
    Participant

    Lots of great insight here, the more the merrier 🙂

    It sounds like walk mode is akin to highbackless, which seems like a nice option to have for those who are into that sort of thing (I’ve had lots of fun in deep days without highbacks, but it’s too much of a pain to switch back and forth for me to use as much as I’d like)

    Has anyone noboarded with hardboots in walk mode? If that’s workable then using a plate binding that is compatible with the snowsurf plates from Almond that would sort of solve the issue for anyone really wanting a surfy setup in deep pow, since on those days you could just drop without bindings.

    in reply to: 4th Vancouver Island Backcountry Festival (sad update) #671164
    jerrett
    Participant

    UPDATE: This winter is a continuing tragedy for the snowpack in the Pacific Northwest, and Cain is still not open. We’ve been trying to sort out what to do, but it’s become clear that Cain is not going to be open for the BCF.

    Cain does not want the event to go on while they are closed and we want to respect that, so we are exploring other alternatives. We still have a lot of gear to give away and a party to throw, but it’ll likely just be a party and a raffle – which probably excludes off-islanders.

    Sad announcement to make, but it’s a sad year for snow here on the coast..

    in reply to: Vancouver Island splitters? #670046
    jerrett
    Participant

    @GoatBilly wrote:

    Maybe time to revive this thing?!?

    The snow hasn’t started yet 🙁

    Surfs up though!

    in reply to: Vancouver Island splitters? #670042
    jerrett
    Participant

    @raym wrote:

    @jerrett wrote:

    Ray, you need to make it to Cain for the BCF this winter 🙂

    viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15898

    Also – I’m in Vic this year!

    I will try my best to make it this year, Kinda sucks I’ve missed the other years!

    We will have to meet up and go for a tour, it’s been a couple years. I know of a couple local S. island spots that need checking out this year. One across from Green and the other is the Landale area.

    For sure, I’m down as soon as the snow flies. I’d be up for checking south island stuff out if we get the snowpack for it, and I’ll be heading to Cain a lot as well!

    in reply to: 4th Vancouver Island Backcountry Festival (sad update) #671163
    jerrett
    Participant

    The tours are first come first serve and by donation, but we’ll have signups available on friday night… They will be using the t-bars to get to the terrain quickly so that lots of people can have an opportunity to do it. The guys running these are excellent, and their goal is to take groups of similarly skilled folks out so they can use the time to teach new skills based on the groups experience and interest level.

    There were a wide variety of skill levels taking part last year, they had avalanche gear for people with no experience getting an intro to touring to people who just wanted to go ride some sweet stuff with a guide that they could bombard with questions along the way.

    The guiding services are done by http://islandalpineguides.com and http://strathconamountainsafety.com.

    in reply to: 4th Vancouver Island Backcountry Festival (sad update) #671158
    jerrett
    Participant

    Nope, the festival is free!

    The fundraising will come from the raffle tickets and from the donations for the guided laps. It’s worth getting lift tickets for the t-bars at cain because they provide incredible access to the backcountry, but if you’d rather head off in a different direction or skin up, that’s your call (they won’t be happy if people are skinning up inbounds though)

    Also the hill is very much camping-friendly. It’s not uncommon to see people camping in RV’s,vans, cars, tents, etc up there – last year it looked like a campground at the backcountry festival:

    This year we may pack down or groom a tenting area too, depending how many people it looks like plan to tent.

    There are two accomodation options as well, the very-rugged old lodge (closets with mattresses above the main lodge) and the much less rugged fancy pants new hostel (running water!!!). Those options will book out pretty quick though 🙂

    If you or anyone else from Washington/Seattle area are coming and will be going through Victoria, let me know, we could caravan up!

    in reply to: Splitboard snowsurf laps and mini golf #671111
    jerrett
    Participant

    Nice! I’m getting antsy for snow!

    in reply to: Vancouver Island splitters? #670040
    jerrett
    Participant

    Ray, you need to make it to Cain for the BCF this winter 🙂

    viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15898

    Also – I’m in Vic this year!

    in reply to: rundown on the Cain BCF for those who missed it #666419
    jerrett
    Participant

    Here is another article:

    http://www.thuggies.com/2013/02/vanisle-backcountry-fest-2013/

    🙂

    Trust me, we have lots of lazers in Kanuckistan, where do you think Cain is? ;]

    in reply to: Vancouver Island Backcountry Festival #665716
    jerrett
    Participant

    It’s going to be pretty sick.. I may be carpooling to the beach on sunday if anyone is interested in a surf, if the groundswell that’s forecast pans out.. ;]

    in reply to: Keeping up with skiers #663616
    jerrett
    Participant

    Ride with less reckless skiers?

    I’ve never been in a situation where it’s been a problem – are there actually people out there who when they get to the top, race to convert and drop as fast as they can without stopping to eat, relax, catch their breath, enjoy the scenery, and assess the conditions/snowpack?

    Also if you find yourself taking forever, get Gecko skins. Dealing with the skins seems to take longer than the rest of the conversion, and the Gecko’s more or less make that go away.

    in reply to: Who’s going to Canuck Splitfest? Roll Call #662392
    jerrett
    Participant

    I’ll be there, stoked!

    Thanks again to Wade for putting this together, these things are a lot of work!

    in reply to: K2 introduces the new "Kwicker" splitboard system – #663367
    jerrett
    Participant

    I have a friend who’s adapted Burton Step-in for his splits, and swears by it – never seen him have any problems, and he tours a lot. Seems like a pretty great system, if only it was still being made (and the boots)

    I’m not liking the K2’s setup being bolted onto the voile slider pucks though… seems like a lot of extra stuff, and higher off the board than it should be

    in reply to: Why do splitboarders ride such long boards? #663051
    jerrett
    Participant

    @powslash wrote:

    Correct. Deep snow of any density will cause wallowing. A long board can help this. A quiver is the answer.

    I thought splitboarding was the answer 🙁

    in reply to: Why do splitboarders ride such long boards? #663049
    jerrett
    Participant

    I have no idea! My splitboard is roughly a 159, perhaps a little shorter… and my resort board is a 169.

    That said, I wouldn’t mind having a second split that’s a little less of a powder snob than what I have now.

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