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  1. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Since there is a few comments on this I'll...

    Since there is a few comments on this I'll address all here. So first off, I believe that report was from the week before we did our climb and ski, as I very specifically remember reading that exact...
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    Bjarne put in the work on this one. Woke up a...

    Bjarne put in the work on this one. Woke up a half hour before we did, so at 12:15 am, walked across the lake, set up a tri-pod with a specific time-lapse camera and let it roll till it died. He sort...
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    Yeah it's just different, though hucking gives...

    Yeah it's just different, though hucking gives her pain its that sort of pain like a punch to the gut can give ya. Sure it hurts but you can get over it quickly and a bit more adrenaline and you're...
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    Elyse had a debilitating hip injury that put her...

    Elyse had a debilitating hip injury that put her under the knife four years ago and this winter was the first winter in six to seven years that she could ski tour without every step being a step of...
  5. Thread: The FIFTY

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    That. That is the goal 100%. The three years was...

    That. That is the goal 100%. The three years was almost for myself, not for the public. It was a way for me to challenge myself to go really really really friggin hard. Which we have been doing and...
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    Oh this thing is going much longer than the 3...

    Oh this thing is going much longer than the 3 year timeline I set out for myself.
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    It's a little bit of both. I've still got some...

    It's a little bit of both. I've still got some serious imbalance issues in my hips from a previously subluxation in my hip (dislocated but popped right back in) but I've been learning more and more...
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    Got one more episode to go and then that's it....

    Got one more episode to go and then that's it. Right as we were about to hit the honey pot of the season too. Right when all the lines I have left in Revy are filled in like they haven't been in...
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    Because they're insanely light. 187gm for each...

    Because they're insanely light. 187gm for each axe...nearly 100 gm lighter than the Petzl Gully. I got them in anticipation of the biggest of missions that are yet to come. They're an axe that is not...
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    It just sometimes doesn't come up nor is...

    It just sometimes doesn't come up nor is warranted. That's the reality of it. My goal with each episode is to tell one singular, focused story and things that distract from that story get cut or not...
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    This dude in Austria hit me up this fall and...

    This dude in Austria hit me up this fall and we've been working on his prototypes since. This was the first pair I tried and there still is a little bit to go on them but overall, they're insane. The...
  12. Thread: The FIFTY

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    It's the biggest issue. You take an original ski...

    It's the biggest issue. You take an original ski boot design that completely envelops and locks down your foot from all angles and then attempt to unlock and create space in a key flex point (ankle)...
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    Ideally, the dream boot, to me: In short, it's a...

    Ideally, the dream boot, to me:
    In short, it's a light boot that fits really well, walks really well and skis like a WC race boot. Pretty simple eh?

    I could go into some of the details that I...
  14. Thread: The FIFTY

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    In Re: X-Alp. Been using the Palua Touring liners...

    In Re: X-Alp. Been using the Palua Touring liners and liking them decently enough. Similar fit and feel to the stock X-Alp liner but a little bit stiffer of a tongue.

    For the Hoji: Well in our...
  15. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Yeah I've been running so many different liners...

    Yeah I've been running so many different liners in my boots and I still don't have a preference. Currently I have a Intuition WC tongue that I cut and modded to have a touring bellow and am liking...
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    Haha. I did get to test Zero G this year and was...

    Haha. I did get to test Zero G this year and was pretty impressed by it's performance. That being said, it's touring efficiency wasn't the greatest, it's buckles awful and it still feels like there...
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    Ah shit! I knew I left something out of that How...

    Ah shit! I knew I left something out of that How To video. You always gotta saw what you're skiing is the highest peak around. Doh!
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    Scarpa's placement of the ankle strap I use for...

    Scarpa's placement of the ankle strap I use for the mod is horrid. They built the best talus strap in the business yet completely fuck it up by attaching it to the upper cuff thereby diminishing any...
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    That shit is way more scandalous than any nudes....

    That shit is way more scandalous than any nudes. Politico "Playbook" is something I definitely wish I blacked out.
  20. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Nah, I'm old school, S&W 1911.

    Nah, I'm old school, S&W 1911.
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    If it's simple, straightforward and we don't see...

    If it's simple, straightforward and we don't see any reason for shots that are far away, then we just resort to yelling and save the headache of radios. If they're big, complex and may take tactics...
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    Damn, good memory. I did, but a little different...

    Damn, good memory. I did, but a little different than what was discussed in that thread. You'll see them in the Mt. Moran episode at the end.
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    Okay, well I take back that bad-ass without...

    Okay, well I take back that bad-ass without whippets comment...;) cause Noah is most definitely a bad ass.

    Edit- oh and I'm excited to see this thread not be as boring as it's become. More...
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    Haha. Yeah definitely not claiming any status.......

    Haha. Yeah definitely not claiming any status.... yet :fm:. Half the lines in the book still don't even add up to one serious Cham line. No all this knowledge is a little from experience and a lot...
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    Yeah but that's the exact situation I described...

    Yeah but that's the exact situation I described which makes you more insecure because you're leaning so far in on the slope, away from your edges and onto a pick that will only hold weight in the...
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    Ski with the Stars camp in Portillo in August....

    Ski with the Stars camp in Portillo in August. Chris Davenport's camp.
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    It's a stressful line. Anytime you're skiing...

    It's a stressful line. Anytime you're skiing unknown variable conditions that changed drastically from the day before over a fall you die cliff, it's stressful. It's a line not for the feint of heart...
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    So I'm pretty anti-whippet. I mean, there are a...

    So I'm pretty anti-whippet. I mean, there are a few scenarios where they could be useful, but it's such a small window of usefulness, that I don't see the point of bringing one considering their...
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    That is correct, three more in the editing bays...

    That is correct, three more in the editing bays right now. The 4th after that...well that's the one I have no friggin idea about.
  30. Thread: The FIFTY

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    I'm wondering too. Right now, we're obviously on...

    I'm wondering too. Right now, we're obviously on pause. Honestly, it's been one of the tougher decisions of the project to hit the pause button because of something I have no control over. As a guy...
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    Yeah I'm two for two on blowing the stats. I even...

    Yeah I'm two for two on blowing the stats. I even looked up Mt. Washington over and over to confirm but must of read it wrong. The great thing about the internet is that 30+ people will let you know...
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    Oh yeah, I take everything with a grain of salt...

    Oh yeah, I take everything with a grain of salt and also like what I like so I generally just try to weigh feedback on a group scale and see if I can read between the lines on what's good or bad. The...
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    Awesome. Glad people are digging that. Spent a...

    Awesome. Glad people are digging that. Spent a pretty penny getting those things done but figured they'd help people understand the lines so much better.

    I'm also curious about this "person info...
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    I'm just here to say I'm glad something thinks me...

    I'm just here to say I'm glad something thinks me and my friends are pretty. That's quite nice. So thank you. Gonna go get a mani-pedi right now in fact as a treat to this compliment. Probably need...
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    I don't know yet. I need to some time not focused...

    I don't know yet. I need to some time not focused on making the project a reality to think about that. But otherwise, what you said helps the most. Thank you man.
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    Yeah, more traditional mount for sure on the...

    Yeah, more traditional mount for sure on the 106's. But that depends on what model. The new light army green ones that came out this fall can get a more forward mount because there is increased tail...
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    Little bit of both. I try to focus on one story...

    Little bit of both. I try to focus on one story in pre-production planning based off the line, the people and what I think may happen. I'd say 75% of the time, the story goes as predicted. But then...
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    Yup. Full time touring boot guy now. If you're...

    Yup. Full time touring boot guy now. If you're used to race last and race style built boots, then it may be a harsh transition, but otherwise, I've found I can ski as hard as I want with a slight...
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    Thanks man, that's definitely a huge huge goal of...

    Thanks man, that's definitely a huge huge goal of mine. To tell a vast variety of stories. To show as many of the different types of days and experiences we have in the mountains. For instance, we...
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    This could be true. I mean, I'm blown away how...

    This could be true. I mean, I'm blown away how shitty some techs can be. I came across a mess of mis-adjusted Shifts in Australia this summer/winter. Obviously one shop did not know how to set the...
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    My preference on Shasta is actually the North...

    My preference on Shasta is actually the North side. Avy Gulch is damn fun though too. Hell, most of the mountain is damn fun skiing but I on average stay away from the crowds of Avalanche Gulch.
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    Yeah and that's what I along with others have...

    Yeah and that's what I along with others have stated in this thread that the directions don't match the real-world scenarios we've found out for ourselves. The directions suggest something that in my...
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    The only potential downside is getting repetitive...

    The only potential downside is getting repetitive with storylines or dulling the final successful episode. Like for a re-try on Sphinx, I'm unsure of how the episode will turn out if we're successful...
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    Yes. Read above.

    Yes. Read above.
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    Funny enough, the original plan was to have one...

    Funny enough, the original plan was to have one episode for each line. So 50 nice and tidy little episodes. If failure on an objective happened then we'd build that into the episode and always end...
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    This is exactly what I do and I have no issues...

    This is exactly what I do and I have no issues with AFD slip or with releasing out of the toe the few times I've needed to release out of the toe. This is what I've recommended in early posts in this...
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    I can say without a doubt that fit you're...

    I can say without a doubt that fit you're requesting is happening. I honestly never realized just how narrow that toe box is on the MTN till I tested about 8 different manufacturers boots a couple...
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    Been back and forth with liners. I still haven't...

    Been back and forth with liners. I still haven't found the perfect one. I've tried everything from Intuition WC Tongues to Pro Tours, some indy Euro liners, WC race liners and two different kinds of...
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    I hate Phish, obsess over power transmission...

    I hate Phish, obsess over power transmission dynamics of the ski / boot / binding interface and don't really like weed...so my money is on the under for this ever happening.
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    I mainly ski on the MTN Lab. It's been my resort...

    I mainly ski on the MTN Lab. It's been my resort boot and 90% of my touring days boot. Though last year I started working the XAlp boot into my really big uphill days. I skied the XAlp on the Grand,...
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