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    Yes, silky saw blades are that much better. If...

    Yes, silky saw blades are that much better.
    If you have serious amounts of work to do, I recently upgraded from a gas pole pruner and wholeheartedly recommend this:...
  2. I buy a new pair of Blundstone 550s every couple...

    I buy a new pair of Blundstone 550s every couple of years, and wear them pretty much every day. Laces are for suckers.
  3. 328767 Vanessa Redgrave, 1967.

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    Vanessa Redgrave, 1967.
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    Iíve been using and loving this Worksharp tool...

    Iíve been using and loving this Worksharp tool for years now:
    https://www.worksharptools.com/shop/sharpeners/powered/ken-onion-edition-knife-tool-sharpener/
    I use it a couple of times per year to...
  5. With a long weekend coming up here in B.C., itís...

    With a long weekend coming up here in B.C., itís going to interesting to see how people negotiate government directives to limit ourselves to essential travel. The epidemiology tells us we need to...
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    Sweet deal. Had to hold myself back from...

    Sweet deal. Had to hold myself back from replacing mine.
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    Iíve been using the Stihl msa 200 C-BQ hard, and...

    Iíve been using the Stihl msa 200 C-BQ hard, and itís far exceeded my expectations. With a hip mounted battery itís feels like a lightweight toy, yet performs like a pro saw.
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    327175 Harley, angling for a belly rub.

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    Harley, angling for a belly rub.
  9. Chubbs were revolutionary, the first functional...

    Chubbs were revolutionary, the first functional all mountain fat skis, which donít get anywhere near the credit they deserve. Going from 210cm K2 TNCs to 180cm Chubbs blew my mind. They didnít hold...
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    Love these boots, sweet deal, bump.

    Love these boots, sweet deal, bump.
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    Iíve bought into the Stihl battery system for...

    Iíve bought into the Stihl battery system for full-time professional use building and maintaining trails, and clearing ski runs. Iím very impressed with the capability of the MSA 200 C-BQ chainsaw...
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    Most of the time I feel especially fortunate to...

    Most of the time I feel especially fortunate to be still skiing familiar lines in my backyard, but occasionally Iím reminded that conditions on the lines Iíd been planning pre Covid have been once in...
  13. 325409 Getting organized.

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    Getting organized.
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    I donít understand why, but my wife kept looking...

    I donít understand why, but my wife kept looking at me and nodding her head throughout this latest episode, and it reminded me why (except under exceptional conditions) skiing pinner couloirs usually...
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    Iíve been buying ridiculously cheap tires from...

    Iíve been buying ridiculously cheap tires from probikekit.ca. They can take up to 6 weeks to arrive, but they always show up eventually.
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    That pitch is ~ 2300í according to the Google...

    That pitch is ~ 2300í according to the Google Earth.
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    Look closer, no eights, just the 3 of us keeping...

    Look closer, no eights, just the 3 of us keeping it tight (Austrian style) through the crevasses. Long runs, but effortless conditions and minimal burn.
  18. Itís not that complicated. Itís in our collective...

    Itís not that complicated. Itís in our collective interest for everyone to stay home and get exercise in their local neighbourhood, reducing the levels of transmission, so we can re-open society as...
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    324987 My brother just posted this, from a trip...

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    My brother just posted this, from a trip we did 5 years ago today, traversing through Kokanee Park and staying in the closed cabins. This is the Woodbury Glacier is as perfect conditions as I...
  20. Individually and collectively weíre in the...

    Individually and collectively weíre in the process of a major economic contraction, and weíre all going to have to adapt to significant loss. Most travel related businesses are going under, and in...
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    Iím doing about 50% (lighter, longer, moderate)...

    Iím doing about 50% (lighter, longer, moderate) of my ski touring in S-Lab X/Alp (who comes up with these names?) boots and am fascinated by your mods. As I was skiing (moderate angled perfect corn)...
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    Yup. 323418

    Yup.
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  23. What ski town has the best ratio of women to men??

    I grew up surfing in Southern Australia, alienated in an aggressive working-class male dominated sub-culture. Every ski town Iíve known seems blessed with an abundance of beautiful, capable,...
  24. Itís possible that mountain biking in the NW...

    Itís possible that mountain biking in the NW might prove accessible and engaging enough that you wonít want to waste your time on gravel or bike packing. Iíd suggest spending some time on a modern...
  25. Most people I know are toning it down, we know...

    Most people I know are toning it down, we know the deal, and are skiing well within our limits on moderate terrain, happy to living somewhere we can get out close to home to breath some fresh air,...
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    Horses for courses. I love my fully rockered skis...

    Horses for courses. I love my fully rockered skis for trail breaking and deep powder skiing. Steep packed skin tracks donít sound like fun.
  27. In these weird times people are stressed and...

    In these weird times people are stressed and ready to emotionally over-react to the slightest provocation. Iím very conscious of responsibly managing my social exposure and risk of injury, and most...
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    X2. Thatís got to be some sort of record for...

    X2. Thatís got to be some sort of record for daily posts.
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    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a pretty simple...

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a pretty simple concept that could be adapted to a variety of cabrio style boots.
  30. Weíre on the verge of trails opening up in our...

    Weíre on the verge of trails opening up in our small mountain town, and (as the local trails manager) Iím brainstorming guidelines to help trail users to self-regulate. The goal is pretty simple, to...
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    Seems optimistic. Iíd be carrying my Arcteryx...

    Seems optimistic. Iíd be carrying my Arcteryx Needle 65 for such a trip.
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    They all ski well enough. Less fucking around...

    They all ski well enough. Less fucking around with the Ions/Zeds.
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    Get over your fixation with gimmicks. The...

    Get over your fixation with gimmicks. The Arcteryx Alpha AR 55 has everything you need.
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    Lifts still turning at Red, for now.

    Lifts still turning at Red, for now.
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    The waterproof shell and active insulation all in...

    The waterproof shell and active insulation all in one covers a very wide range of conditions, simplifies transitions, and keeps things lightweight. The only conditions in which I find this system...
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    Yes, not much else to do in these weird times but...

    Yes, not much else to do in these weird times but disconnect from the paranoia, chill out and let it pass. Skiing in the sunshine was spectacular today.
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    Local ski hills still open here, for now. The BC...

    Local ski hills still open here, for now. The BC Provincial Health recently stated "This virus does not transmit when people are outdoors, so go outside and play with your family, go up to our ski...
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    After reading this thread I almost broke down and...

    After reading this thread I almost broke down and bought the single pair of 184 M102s being discounted on the wall at my local shop, but couldnít pass up a killer deal on a pair of mint used 184 M4s....
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    With 6Ē of new snow, unseasonably cold temps, the...

    With 6Ē of new snow, unseasonably cold temps, the border effectively closed, all events cancelled, but with our old school chairs still turning, itís a return to quieter simpler times here.
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    Nobody ďneedsĒ super-fats, but they are fun on...

    Nobody ďneedsĒ super-fats, but they are fun on occasion. When I worked as a cat-skiing guide, skiing at least boot-deep powder 100% of time, I preferred my Wailer 112s on most days, but in the...
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    If itís not precipitating, I find a basic...

    If itís not precipitating, I find a basic membrane-less soft shell such as an OR Ferrosi works great, but sometimes Iíll use my biking wind-shell, an older lined wind-shirt, a sweet XC skiing focused...
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    The Salomon S/Lab X-Alp boot with a medium volume...

    The Salomon S/Lab X-Alp boot with a medium volume Intuition Pro-tour liner could be what youíre looking for. I have a low instep, and am very sensitive to just the right amount of pressure across the...
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    It's a long flat slog, but Airy Ck is do-able as...

    It's a long flat slog, but Airy Ck is do-able as a day trip, and a six pack might get you a tow.
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    Thereís plenty of snow on the ground, snow...

    Thereís plenty of snow on the ground, snow surface conditions are holding up well on all non sun-affected aspects, freezing levels are staying low (enough) with small top-ups forecast for Fri-Sat,...
  45. Iíve used policies that excluded mountaineering...

    Iíve used policies that excluded mountaineering requiring the use of ropes or guides, and figured that free soloing was therefore covered. More recent experience as me realizing that in the case of a...
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    Depends how warm you run, and how much you sweat....

    Depends how warm you run, and how much you sweat. I use Icebreaker 250 weight for lounging around, 150 t-shirts for mountain biking, and after trying many combinations have settled on 200 weight as...
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    Cheap Skis at Evo

    I must resist:
    2019 Dynastar Legend X 106, 173 and 182cm for $299.
    https://www.evo.com/outlet/skis/dynastar-legend-x-106#image=122529/515922/clone.jpg
    2019 Black Crows Corvus, 176, 183 and 188cm...
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    Then we agree. I hydrate before skiing, drink...

    Then we agree. I hydrate before skiing, drink from creeks (if accessible), pace myself so as to not sweat, and only carry a 1 litre Nalgene bottle (also good for fishing for water down deep holes)...
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    In keeping with this thread, I suggest itís also...

    In keeping with this thread, I suggest itís also possible to make sensible weight:benefit calculations for everything we take ski touring. I donít accept that risk is exempt from these calculations,...
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    I tour constantly in a community where nobody...

    I tour constantly in a community where nobody uses an airbag, and the only time I see them are on the backs of clueless Euros and dads on vacation whose wife wouldnít have it otherwise. I understand...
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