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    Now you're tempting me to go into a rant about...

    Now you're tempting me to go into a rant about all the people who claim to be "Level 1 CERTIFIED" via a certification of completion for an introductory-level course with no prerequisites, which is...
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    Just to clarify that ESAW 2020 is still on, and...

    Just to clarify that ESAW 2020 is still on, and live too, but from your screen of choice, not in-person.
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    Hmm, not ringing any bells, but maybe someone...

    Hmm, not ringing any bells, but maybe someone else can chime in with details.
    Either way, looking forward to chatting about that in person with you at ESAW ... in 2021!
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    Easy to say that ... until you personally have...

    Easy to say that ... until you personally have tried vetting any such course or outing.
    You think people on the internet exaggerate their skiing ability? You know, like how everyone who ever asks...
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    You could be entirely correct, but ... the...

    You could be entirely correct, but ... the Goodman book has been around a looong time, in many different editions (IIRC yet another edition is coming out soon, since he was asking for pics on FB this...
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    The ever-increasing annual enrollment in...

    The ever-increasing annual enrollment in intro-level avy course is so overwhelmingly that I haven't bothered with any sort of tally.
    Thinking back to when my wife and I took our first course in...
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    Marc, as in, Marc Chauvin? That is exactly where...

    Marc, as in, Marc Chauvin?
    That is exactly where I find fault with the typical minimally vetted intro avy course. Even though I'm sure the course was still worthwhile -- even just sitting down for...
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    True, but -- I highly doubt a guide book or map...

    True, but -- I highly doubt a guide book or map will change that.
    If anything, those products probably appeal more to skiers who already have some idea what they are doing, or are at least open to...
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    July turns yesterday in ... Vermont! (Looked...

    July turns yesterday in ... Vermont!
    (Looked ugly, but skied nicely -- all 70 vertical feet of it.)


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    Two places have definitely changed: Slackfest...

    Two places have definitely changed:
    Slackfest seemed to be an obscure novelty when I first did it in 2001, but already by 2004 it had become really popular.
    Cog to GG can sometimes feel almost...
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    When it rains it pours. (Often literally in the...

    When it rains it pours.
    (Often literally in the East, even during the middle of the winter, but that's another matter.)
    Anyway, by that I mean (and total coincidence) this map is also coming out...
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    Pretty much a textbook late-(late-)season Tucks...

    Pretty much a textbook late-(late-)season Tucks incident: hike up the steep snow (kind of the remains of upper lower Chute) ... no crampons ... in soft snowboard boots ... no sharps ... no pack ......
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    You mean Mister F'ing Lucky who survived an...

    You mean Mister F'ing Lucky who survived an inverted immersion in cold rushing water in Turkey Chute on June 4 of 2005?
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    Agreed on FB in general, but that link has some...

    Agreed on FB in general, but that link has some valuable info for anyone interested in the perils of late-(late-) season skiing in Tucks, and the admirable response by the bystanders.
    (And yes, I do...
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    When I was there Thursday, I was thinking that...

    When I was there Thursday, I was thinking that the very same connection would melt out in just a day or two -- looks like we were both right!

    Some details here on the injury and extrication:...
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    I was wondering about all those recent dawn...

    I was wondering about all those recent dawn patrol skiers/riders!

    On Saturday, I started up at about quarter to nine -- and encountered ten skiers/riders in four different groups already coming...
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    Yipes, sorry to hear about that incident! I...

    Yipes, sorry to hear about that incident!

    I too spent a lot of time many years ago puzzling over different insurance options.
    Fortunately, the best solution is still this:
    https://aacuk.org.uk/...
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    And for anyone who has skied both Mount Hood and...

    And for anyone who has skied both Mount Hood and Mount Washington:
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/NERandoRaceSeries/photos/?tab=album&album_id=4249511055090109
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    On the off chance that anyone here has skied both...

    On the off chance that anyone here has skied both the SW Chutes on Mount Adams *and* NH's Mt Washington via the summit road, you might find the following TR amusing.
    Otherwise, don't bother!...
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    The tightness of the pivot for the heel flap on...

    The tightness of the pivot for the heel flap on the 110 and 145/180 can be adjusted with an easily accessible torx-head bolt.
    So if a flap is flipping up during skinning, just tighten up the bolt a...
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    Whoops, I'm sorry, you're right on that -- my...

    Whoops, I'm sorry, you're right on that -- my fault for texting quickly from the skintrack.

    So the ATK AL05 requires a min 14.5mm gap.
    Measuring my Alien 3.0 in a 145/180/Trofeo w/o plate = 11mm....
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    The latter.

    The latter.
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    That spacer is designed to click into the Core...

    That spacer is designed to click into the Core binding.
    Maybe you could jerry rig a mounting system somehow, but the height might still be too thick for the 180.
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    ^ The add'l heel riser height from rotating the...

    ^ The add'l heel riser height from rotating the 145/180 model by 180 degrees (and then flipping the flap by 180 degrees in the other plane) is listed as 5mm, which matches up with my own...
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    I found some Vertical ST plates but the plastic...

    I found some Vertical ST plates but the plastic extension was removed.
    So although the crampon clips still attach fine, crampons might be prone to sliding laterally without the pressure from the...
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    Classic toe plates would impart crazy high delta...

    Classic toe plates would impart crazy high delta unless you added another shim underneath.
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    Glad I'm not the only one who did exactly that!

    Glad I'm not the only one who did exactly that!
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    Just to confirm what has already been posted: ...

    Just to confirm what has already been posted: the 145 and 180 are the same bindings. The only difference is that the 180 is a really great deal by bundling in some nice accessories (the leash is...
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    The detector is directional, but not *perfectly*...

    The detector is directional, but not *perfectly* so: unlike a beacon, which is essentially searching *everywhere* around the searcher, the RECCO detector is *primarily* searching in the direction at...
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    I asked Mike, and the binding is already...

    I asked Mike, and the binding is already available:
    https://www.haganskimountaineering.com/collections/bindings/products/core-pro-1
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    Agreed, re my Helio 145/180. I think much of the...

    Agreed, re my Helio 145/180. I think much of the credit goes to ATK refining the same basic binding over many (many) years, instead of bouncing around between different designs.
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    I confirmed the 145/180 data from Skimo Co,...

    I confirmed the 145/180 data from Skimo Co, except that the adjustment plate is definitely 5.5mm (not 5.0 or 6.0), so the 180 ramp deltas should be adjusted accordingly (i.e., downward by a whopping...
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    I've always been puzzled why BD ever carried that...

    I've always been puzzled why BD ever carried that model in the first place: all the BD ski models would be better mounted with any of the other Helio models rather than the Helio 110.
    (Even I of...
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    Update of sorts: just now mounted a new setup...

    Update of sorts: just now mounted a new setup that had arrived last Wednesday, and, oh, the Ultra bindings are already shipping with the new rolling-in pins.
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    More persnickitiness: the R.C.A World Cup...

    More persnickitiness: the R.C.A World Cup Vertical and Revolution World Cup share the two-position heel riser of the SL World Cup and SL Lightweight Worldcup.
    (Which is really just the standard low...
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    You're a brave man for attempting this, thanks! ...

    You're a brave man for attempting this, thanks!

    If you want to get really picky though, the Hagan Ultra and the BD Helio 110 are exactly the same as each other.
    However, for the 2019-20 season,...
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    The crampon can also break where the little bar...

    The crampon can also break where the little bar (steel) attaches to the crampon body (alu) -- unfortunately I discovered this the hard way (using a 100mm crampon when I could have just barely gotten...
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    Cool, thx!

    Cool, thx!
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    Also just noticed that the Outdoor Gear Lab...

    Also just noticed that the Outdoor Gear Lab review claimed the binding has only one heel elevator position.
    Granted, the higher position gets you only another half cm, but still, the binding is...
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    Wow, good eye -- I never noticed that! So...

    Wow, good eye -- I never noticed that!

    So playing around with a pair, yes, you're correct: mounted the way on the ATK website, the contours of the binding allow for more clearance of the boot...
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    I remember that passage very well! I found that...

    I remember that passage very well!
    I found that statement when I first read it to be both motivating and daunting.
    But after I went through the experience of skiing extensively in three different...
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    Now tied with this new model:...

    Now tied with this new model:
    https://skimo.co/arva-evo5-beacon#tab-review
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    It's to help any searching beacon. The idea is...

    It's to help any searching beacon.
    The idea is to avoid transmitting on a vertically oriented antenna, which will have suboptimal alignment with the beacon of any rescuing (except for a searcher...
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    I have this old list of additional educational...

    I have this old list of additional educational resources:
    https://avycourse.blogspot.com/2010/04/additional-educational-resources.html
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    Interesting observation -- thanks for sharing...

    Interesting observation -- thanks for sharing that perspective.
    I haven't read the book front-to-back thoroughly since, hmm, whenever the first edition came out.
    That first reading motivated me in...
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    Correct on the binding design. $145 plus...

    Correct on the binding design.
    $145 plus shipping from 01002
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    She's wonderfully consistent about not speaking...

    She's wonderfully consistent about not speaking up:
    "Confidential details about her admirably cautious spending habits, however, were revealed in an article her ex-husband wrote for theNew York...
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    Atomic RS:10 skate skis 190cm with Pilot skate...

    Atomic RS:10 skate skis 190cm with Pilot skate bindings.
    Only light use, by a friend who stopped nordic skiing many years ago, and finally gave them to me to sell.
    Length is 190cm. By looking at...
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    Pretty much the only helpful aspect of her...

    Pretty much the only helpful aspect of her article have been your posts -- much appreciated!
    (And too bad the NYT doesn't see fit to publish anything from you instead.)
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    I was thinking of that too:...

    I was thinking of that too:
    http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/jetforce-tour-26-BD681324_cfg.html
    Like you wrote, zero travel worries, and super-easy system reset.
    But pretty significant...
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