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  • in reply to: Countdown to the splitboard.com forum conversion. #772606
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Soooo…. I know you’re busy, but when you get the ‘recent posts’ plugin working, could you post the link here? This is the only thread I have the energy to find on this site these days without my beloved lazy man’s aggregation link. Very sad. :(

    Another vote for this.

    I love this site. I’ve met a few partners that have turned out to be among my favorites. I’ve been inspired by tons of eye-opening TRs over the years. With the help of info from users on this forum I’ve finally pieced together the optimal setup for my riding and climbing style. I also can’t help but think Phantom may never have gotten off the ground the way it did without the consolidation of riders on this site.

    That being said, I’ve been a long time contributor and this new format has really got me down. I’m sorry to say it, because I (think I) understand the need for the change and it’s kind of inevitable, but this format, IMO, is super clunky, slow and unenjoyable to use compared to the old setup (for all its quirkyness). Until there’s a decent way to see all the latest posts across all the forums, I can’t say I’ll be visiting with the same regularity, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    I hope you read this as constructive criticism and not negativity Chris! As someone frequenting the site since 2007 I felt like I needed to add my 2 cents.

    in reply to: Update your avatar for a chance to win a G3 Bonesaw #748016
    nickstayner
    Participant

    You got it! Done!

    in reply to: Are soft boots as effective as hb going up the slope? #676439
    nickstayner
    Participant

    @acopafeel wrote:

    adding on to Christoph’s fantastic point… if you do happen to misfire and poop a bit on your boot – don’t worry, as it will just bounce right off that hard shiny plastic :thumbsup:

    Plus, plastic surfaces are more easily disinfected! You’d be a real shitheel at that point. (can’t believe this thread was revived!)

    in reply to: Broken Lace Mechanism #653618
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Thanks for the response. I may go that route, and I agree that Jay’s customer service is legendary. It’s not a pressing issue for me and I’ve actually been pretty happy the 1st couple times out on the new setup.

    in reply to: Broken Lace Mechanism #653616
    nickstayner
    Participant

    I have had all generations of the Sparks and broken the lace mechanism (the ones on the lateral and medial sides of the boots) on every single boot! Poor construction quality is an understatement & a part of what led me to a hardboot setup. I’m not totally sold on it for all snow conditions though, and hence want to figure out how to fix the Spark. Planning on calling them up and getting more, but has anyone come up with a decent alternate way of fixing this problem?

    in reply to: Roadside Alaska: It’s like a hut trip on wheels. #678238
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Great TR!

    Where’d you guys rent the RV from? What was the price for your trip? Where’d you park the rig at night? OK to sleep in those big lots on Turnagain?

    in reply to: Which bindings for shredding AT boots inbounds? #678252
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Thanks for the info everyone, appreciate it.

    And Cody, clearly you can see I don’t even know what I’ve gotten myself into. :guinness:

    in reply to: Roadside Alaska: It’s like a hut trip on wheels. #678222
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Thanks for the stoke!

    in reply to: 2014 AK Snow Photo Journal #678153
    nickstayner
    Participant

    “The new SLC”- good one!

    Always enjoy your TRs immensely. Thanks for taking the time to put it out there!

    in reply to: Phantom Splitboard Bindings Detailed Review #677968
    nickstayner
    Participant

    That’s a hell of a review. Thanks for taking the time to write it. I picked up a used pair from someone on the site and can’t wait to take them for a spin.

    Could you talk a little more about the icing issue w/ the cleats? One of my main riding partners and I were out in GTNP last March during a Pacific-esque storm cycle with loads of new dense snow and temps in the 20s (i.e. prime for icing along hardware). He had borderline unmanageable icing issues, to the point where he had to unscrew the cleats and change their position at the top of the skin track. We did have a Voile scraper between us and used it furiously to no real avail. Curious if you’ve had experiences like this, if anything can be done to mitigate them, etc…

    in reply to: Higher Review? #677348
    nickstayner
    Participant

    @sometimesdylan wrote:

    The whole trilogy has used guides. I may be wrong on this, but I don’t think you could get a film permit for doing what they’re doing in National Parks without having guides… so for a big budget movie it kind of makes sense.

    First, I don’t believe that’s accurate. There are multiple examples of climbing and skiing films shot in NPs that have no guides. Commercial cinematographers needs permits, sure, but not guides.

    Second, to be fair, there’s a difference between using a guide and being guided up and down something. For example, you may use heli guides in Alaska to take you directly to rad terrain, give you a picture of what the season’s snowpack is looking like since you show up for a 2-week window, maybe do some avi mitigation, etc… That’s a lot different than having guides lead hundreds of feet of technical rock and ice pitches and set up all the rappels on the way down.

    Just to be sure, this is not a criticism of Jones at all. You’re right, it totally makes sense for a company with a huge production budget to use the knowledge and skills of local guides.

    in reply to: Higher Review? #677345
    nickstayner
    Participant

    (sorry for the long write-up, but it was a welcome distraction while laid up on abx and painkillers from an infected tooth 😥 )

    Thoughts:
    – It was a blast to see how they incorporated some of the archival TGR footage. Having grown up in Jackson, my connection to TGR was pretty strong back in the day and I always looked forward to watching Jones’s segment in their films. That stoke definitely dampened and I stopped caring in about 2005 due to the aimless globetrotting and formula-driven process that dominated major ski flick producers and stuck to watching the smaller, more local projects. That changed when Deeper came out.

    Thoughts:
    – It’s been fun to watch not only the evolution of his riding style and “expeditions”, but also the entire filmmaking process, especially the cinematography. I went back to Deeper after watching Higher and it’s very cool to see how far the average shot has come between the two movies.

    – I had mixed feelings after learning that Jones (and the Guch!) made the first snowboard descent of the Otterbody on the Grand using guides. While obviously one hell of a feat (especially in such conditions!), since a major part of the trilogy’s storyline has been self-sustained, human-powered adventures in the mountains, it struck me as odd that he would utilize guides on a route that would be majorly featured in his film. I thought it would be cooler if he had “simply” climbed and shredded the Ford/Stettner or something similar, leading the pitches himself, etc… I also thought it was a bit of a shame that the first snowboard descent of such a heady, committing route was made as a guided descent. Lastly, I know both of the guides who were up there with him and still think that this holds up more as a testament to the next-level, Alps-esque guiding skills of Brendan and Z than as a noteworthy snowboard descent. I hoped they would be given a fair portrayal of their roles in the film.

    – Fast forward to a week ago when I watched Higher. In the context of the film, I see that Jones wasn’t out there necessarily to nab a coveted first descent, but had wanted from the get-go to feature the Tetons in each of his films. Since he had the resources and the weather window, the Otterbody is a super cool objective. I love that he did it with the Guch, keeping with the theme of getting some of the legends out of their elements (a la Terje in Further), and I love that Brendan and Z got portrayed rightfully as a couple of the most badass ski guides in the country.

    – It’s cool to see how these movies have helped bring splitboarding to a more mainstream audience. I realize not everyone wants that, but IMO more splitters=more capital for companies to experiment with and help push things forward. Even cooler, it’s nice to see Jones using his relative star power to help raise awareness of one of the most important issues facing our generation.

    in reply to: Rider down – news reports Liz Daley killed in avalanche #677542
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Brutal. Following her well detailed & documented TRs on here over the years has been always been inspiring & maybe more importantly a lesson in motivation and drive.

    in reply to: Davan Pass, Siberia – March/April 2014 #677447
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Epic! Really cool to see splitboarding from a different part of the world documented so nicely. Definitely some enviable terrain. Keep on postin’!

    in reply to: New to winter camping – sleeping bag question #677374
    nickstayner
    Participant

    @Taylor wrote:

    I have been using a 0F Marmot Never Summer for about three years now.

    Me too. Best bag I’ve ever owned.

    I have also taken it a bit below 0 in a tent, Megamid, & back of a truck. After three years of fairly extensive (every weekend on spring & fall rock climbing trips) use it shows little signs of losing much of its loft, no leaks of any concern, etc…. fantastic bag and you can usually find pretty good deals on them online. Got mine from Sierra Trading Post for a heavy discount.

    Good luck!

    in reply to: New to winter camping – sleeping bag question #677367
    nickstayner
    Participant

    That previous comment sounds like expedition status and definitely overkill for 90% of winter trips in the continental US IMO.

    You’ve got the right idea w/ the 0° bag. It will be way more versatile (you can use it well into the spring) for the area and temps you’re talking about.

    in reply to: Venture Storm 165 dynasplit phantom bindings #676325
    nickstayner
    Participant

    If you do decide to piece it out: I’d be interested in the Storm depending on year & condition. Let me know! Thanks.

    in reply to: Team Father-Son hit the S-Couloir with WarpWave #677036
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Great TR! Killer method shots!

    nickstayner
    Participant

    I want the phantoms. Sent a message via Facebook.

    in reply to: Oregon Volcano Stoke #676877
    nickstayner
    Participant

    Those photos look dreamy. Late spring paradise!

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