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Old 03-11-2013, 02:20 AM   #401
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Nice. Looking forward to hearing about it.

Just ordered - http://www.solsticesupply.com/libtec...d-164-5cm-2013

My friend is a bad influence. I've bought 2 boards this year because of him. Very stoked though.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:37 AM   #402
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I rode today at Crystal. Variable conditions however fun. Took a South Back run off the top of the king and then took an epic 410 run.

Its still good out there you just have to find it.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #403
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Here's a quick teaser from my Colorado trip, splitboarding at Berthoud Pass.....

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #404
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Here's a quick teaser from my Colorado trip, splitboarding at Berthoud Pass.....
If you need a split boarding compadre up here let me know.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:59 PM   #405
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Skin to win!
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:00 PM   #406
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This sucks. I haven't had many pow days this season.
When we did get some dumps I wasn't available.
Yes I'm pouting .
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:32 PM   #407
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ok splitters what are your thoughts on this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ydJKZPyMQ

my response: step in bindings?
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:53 PM   #408
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ok splitters what are your thoughts on this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ydJKZPyMQ

my response: step in bindings?
I gotta applaud K2 for innovation and thinking somewhat out of the box. That being said, I think there are some major drawbacks. First off you're confined to one boot and one single forward (or backward) lean. I don't like the idea of not being able to adjust my forward lean when riding. Plus it's sometimes helpful to have backward lean when skinning (I do from time to time). The other issue I see is component icing, which we all know was the major drawback of step ins back in the day. I haven't laid my hands on these yet to really see, but I'm sure that's going to be an issue here too.

I love my Spark R&D setup, it might be old school but it works great. My only complaint is the pin system, which will be obsolete next season when the Spark attachment system is released.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:19 AM   #409
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Looks like re birth of clicker system. K2 YAK boots with external hi backs had forward lean release, which made walking almost easier than conventional boots, but you will have to get over that super stiff sole and the riding feel of a step in system.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:36 AM   #410
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Meh. Boots and bindings function better seperate. The local boys are gonna have the majority of the market in 2 seasons. Karakorum. It's the real deal.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:59 AM   #411
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^^I love the K bros stuff, but they are not without drawbacks. Personally, I see the system as a bit complicated with too many moving parts to either break or ice up IMO. I know you don't have a ton of flexibility in your stance either (although better than my static DIY stance, hah). I've heard a few stories of exploding frames from a few guys on another forum.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to piss all over the Karakoram brand. I love what the bros are doing, but they are not without flaws (like just about any systems). I do rock K clips and tip and tail clips on my DIY. I'd love to test out a set of SL's or Primes just to see exactly how they react in the field. Maybe at the Baker splitfest.

As "old school" as the puck system is, it's tried and true, self cleaning, and very simple. The pin system is the flaw here, but I can get over that.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #412
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At this point in our lives, my former PNW crew is spread out across North America: I'm still in Seattle, Sean in Toronto, Dave and Devo in Boston. Once a year we get together for a week of bro-ing down and getting our shred on. This year for our third annual Bro Trip, we decided on Colorado.

The whole idea of the trip revolved around a trip to Silverton. Along the way we added a few resort days near Summit County, and a guy from one of the snowboarding forums (killclimbz) invited us for a tour of Berthoud Pass as well. Anyway, here's how it went down.

We started with two resort days, one at Vail and one at Breckenridge. We spent the day at Vail hiking/traversing out to some side country in the back bowls in search of fresh powder. This was my third day at Vail in the past few years, I've really come to enjoy it. Probably my favorite resort in Colorado.

The next day at Breck was an unexpected pow day. They reported 9" overnight, but there was easily 16"-18"+ at the top of Chair 6. Solid day of riding deep Colorado pow.

Now on the to meat & potatoes of this TR: splitboarding at Berthoud Pass. Killclimbz was nice enough to invite us out and show us around his playground. It was an awesome day, completely blue bird right after a series of storms. On to the pics......

Getting ready in the warming hut (left to right....me, Dave, Devo, & Gary).


Gary pointing out the goods on our first ascent.


Still getting used to two planks.


Apparently this is how you get rides back to the top.


Most of the crew (me, Dave, & Devo).


Taking in the scenery on our second ascent.


Could almost use this pic as an advertizement for Mystery Ranch.


Obligatory "Wish You Were Here" pic.


Looking down the Diving Board, so many pow slashes to be had.


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Old 03-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #413
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Diving board.


Looking at the main objective of the day from a ways out: Corner Pocket (chute running from the top left).


Almost there.....elevation was definitely starting to get to me here.


Scoping from above.


Stoke face, engage (courtesy of killclimbz).


Claiming the line.


And claiming the rock that owned me at the bottom.


Completed tuckered out at the end of the day.


Overall, it was one of my absolute favorite days I've ever been on a snowboard. Beautiful weather, amazing snow, epic terrain, and an awesome crew. Huge thanks (again) to Gary for taking us out there. Gary also took a ton of AWESOME pics as well, I'll see if he'll allow me to post some of his pics here.
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Now on to Silverton.

Unfortunately, Silverton had gotten some seriously high temperatures in the couple days before we headed down to the San Juans. This made for some extremely variable snow conditions. Good pow in some places up high, very interesting conditions further down towards the run outs. The terrain was so crazy. The hiking was incredibly tough, even after spending a few days at elevation. We were dead by the end of the day. The craziest part of the day was rappelling down a crazy steep chute, as it was the only way out of the zone we were in. Never had to do that before. Here are the pics....

Silverton chair, early morning.


First hike of the day.


Gnarly terrain all around.


Our first run of the day started to the left of the highest point of this peak.


Devo, the lone two planker on this trip.


Almost AK style mountains.


About dying on this hike.


Bus ride on the Silverton Mountain Correctional Facility bus.


Overall, I was a little bit disappointed with Silverton. I've heard rumors of "powder farming" at Silverton, and we definitely experienced this. Kind of a bummer because it takes all the creativity out of your line. Basically stay within 3' of the previous line, otherwise your guide would be pissed. Still glad we went, and we did have an awesome time.

Bro Trip 2013 was a total success.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #415
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Thanks for sharing DrnknZag
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looks like an awesome trip. jealous level +5
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:17 PM   #417
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I think that has motivated me to post my backcountry trip photos.


Nice bluebird day at Bachelor today. Wife tried out her new skis and I rode my new Lib for the first time.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #419
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just got back from two days at baker. We had to drive up north as Baker forecast was looking up on Friday. They got around 3 ft last 3 days.

Yesterday was awesome but today was tops -with free refills and best turns of the season.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:59 PM   #420
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LOLz, the only pic of me on the TR is with my pants down. Yup that about sums it up..

Thanks for the write up Joe!
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today was epic
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:32 AM   #422
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Got bogged down with work yesterday.

I'm gonna pound it today!
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:44 AM   #423
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Sick storm day at Bachelor yesterday with a foot of fresh cold dry pow.

Today will be even better. 3" more over night, temps in the single digits on the mountain right now. Blower baby!
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Cough cough. Well looks like I'm gonna have to take a sick day.
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Had to leave early due to an appt.

But man...
Thigh deep with sunshine in the east side of the resort. Good visibility on the west end but grey.
Today was all about hucking cliff lines, boosting wind lips, and dropping lil chutes.

I had one if those days you spend all summer dreaming about.
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