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    Any thoughts on the Backland 95s?

    Any thoughts on the Backland 95s?
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    FWIW, I'm 6' and 180 lbs. and have skied the...

    FWIW, I'm 6' and 180 lbs. and have skied the longest version of any ski I've owned since my 203cm Salomon Force 9 mogul skis in high school. (I was also the only other person to ski skier666's 240cm...
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    Good to hear that the newer ZeroGs might be more...

    Good to hear that the newer ZeroGs might be more fun. I think mine are first gen--had them since 2016. What I'd actually like would be the ZeroG 95s with (a) an extra pound of damping wood/metal, (b)...
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    Thanks for all the recommendations so far. I'm...

    Thanks for all the recommendations so far. I'm tracking.

    As for the ZeroGs, I agree that they should be good on firm snow. But I think they're inferior to my Backland 107s. This, however, could be...
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    Mountaineering-ish Ski that Carves Groomers?

    First off, I fully acknowledge that this is a odd combination and that there's no ski out there that's both an awesome carving ski and big-day mountaineering ski. Whatever ski I get will necessitate...
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    I've got 100+ days on the Backland 107s. I'm not...

    I've got 100+ days on the Backland 107s. I'm not sure why it's being called soft. It's light, but I wouldn't call it a soft ski by any means. (Last year, there were three competitors on the FWT,...
  7. To clarify, I'm not advocating any particular...

    To clarify, I'm not advocating any particular approach. You do you. I'll do me, which is being friendly and trying to set a good example but mostly going earlier, further, and/or off the beaten path.
  8. FWIW, I put in the original skin track after the...

    FWIW, I put in the original skin track after the storm. On my second lap, a couple snowboarders had already snowshoed up it. They were friendly and so was I when I passed them near the top. As I...
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    Again, I don't know anything about anything, but...

    Again, I don't know anything about anything, but I've been satisfied with the service I've gotten at Tanager Street Auto in Incline (for smaller things) and Motor Menders in Sparks (for bigger...
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    Thanks, gents. FWIW, Bill Pearce Honda in...

    Thanks, gents.

    FWIW, Bill Pearce Honda in Reno is terrible in many regards.
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    I have a 2018 CR-V with the 1.5l turbo with maybe...

    I have a 2018 CR-V with the 1.5l turbo with maybe 60k miles. I have no complaints. I don't need massive power, but I commute over a high pass (8,900') that requires a lot of climbing and the turbo is...
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    Thanks, Meadow Skipper. I need to leave my little...

    Thanks, Meadow Skipper. I need to leave my little corner of the world more often and the GT and MT are on my radar.
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    Is there a TR for your Grand trip? I'd love to...

    Is there a TR for your Grand trip? I'd love to read about it.
  14. Tahoe TEC is solid. I've had them repair some...

    Tahoe TEC is solid. I've had them repair some pretty tattered ski items and launder a number of down products.
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    :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2...

    :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2 :rolleyes2
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    Sure, Truckee has its warts, like all places. But...

    Sure, Truckee has its warts, like all places. But I still think it's an awesome places to live. I like Mammoth Lakes, too. Anyhow, I hope you turn your slump around.

    To the OP: Lots of good...
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    Mammoth has better ski touring in both the winter...

    Mammoth has better ski touring in both the winter and spring. Dawn patrols are very possible in both places, but I'd again give a significant edge to Mammoth. I wouldn't make your decision based on...
  18. I'd also check out the Atomic Backland 107s,...

    I'd also check out the Atomic Backland 107s, which can be found for $400.

    I have the 189cm Backland 107s and some 183cm ZeroG 95s. They are both fabulous skis, but the Backlands are more fun and...
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    It wasn’t necessary. The kids have been climbing...

    It wasn’t necessary. The kids have been climbing and rappelling at local Tahoe crags for three years. We re-reviewed and practiced setting up the PAS, rappel device, and an auto-block in the weeks...
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    jorion: I found a lot of helpful info on...

    jorion: I found a lot of helpful info on roadtripryan.com. It may or may not help you.

    tgapp: Added Overstory to my reading queue.

    billyk: I only watched the first ten minutes, but it looks...
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    https://mindjoggle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/...

    https://mindjoggle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/the-hidden-life-of-trees.png
    ^^^I'm nearly through and have really enjoyed it.
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    The Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop looks...

    The Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop looks amazing. I think my next Utah trip will focus on the stuff around Escalante and Capitol Reef. Zion and Moab are amazing and lived up to the hype, but I...
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    We use autoblocks on the bottom, prussiks on top,...

    We use autoblocks on the bottom, prussiks on top, multiple stopper knots, and butterfly knots every 6 feet that each person unties and then reties. It takes us 2 hours to rap a 25' drop, but we're...
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    I'm well aware of the dangers of rappelling....

    I'm well aware of the dangers of rappelling. Again, my default is to liberally use stoppers. So, if you think my approach is not to generally not use them, let me disabuse you of that belief. But I...
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    I suppose that's a rhetorical question, but I'll...

    I suppose that's a rhetorical question, but I'll answer anyway: No. The exclusion was conscious and discussed. With rope stretch and rappel extensions, everybody got to the ground easily and were...
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    Diana’s Throne/Huntress (near Mt. Carmel...

    Diana’s Throne/Huntress (near Mt. Carmel Junction): This was an audible when Zion closed Pine Creek and cancelled our permit the day before. That was a bummer, but this canyon was not. It far...
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    tgapp: Totally agree about it being family...

    tgapp: Totally agree about it being family friendly. If I had ready access to Southern Utah, I'd definitely invest in some canyoneering gear. It's a great way to explore cool areas and get away from...
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    Thanks, man! I felt a little bad using my newish...

    Thanks, man! I felt a little bad using my newish 70m climbing rope, but it was worth it. My ski mountaineering rope worked pretty well though. Anyhow, it's definitely something I wouldn't mind doing...
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    So . . . I highly recommend canyoneering as a...

    So . . . I highly recommend canyoneering as a family-friendly way to explore southern Utah. My kids really liked it. I think we all would have gotten a little jaded if we had just hiked, as I had...
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    FWIW, canyoneering is a great way to get off the...

    FWIW, canyoneering is a great way to get off the beaten path in an otherwise crowded place like Arches. Did U-Turn there a few days ago and it was fantastic and technically straightforward. The kids...
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    Nice. North Dome is on my list, although I still...

    Nice. North Dome is on my list, although I still need to do Snake Dike first.
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    The old 12-mile Ashland Super D--when it was...

    The old 12-mile Ashland Super D--when it was simply a single top-to-bottom race--was the best race ever. I camped at the Ashland KOA for convenience when I did it in 2010. If, by chance, you ever get...
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    Bumping this because Zion just reopened the...

    Bumping this because Zion just reopened the technical canyoneering routes in the park itself. I just nabbed permits for Keystone and Pine Creek, which are beginner-level wet canyons. I'm not 100%...
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    I just looked up the Wonderland Trail. It looks...

    I just looked up the Wonderland Trail. It looks amazing! I don't know if I could do back-to-back-to-back long runs, although that'd be cool. I think I'd probably try it as a 5-day "fast pack"* at...
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    Nice job, Cruiser and Dantheman. jorion: The...

    Nice job, Cruiser and Dantheman.

    jorion: The Rae Lakes Loop is a real gem. I'd heartily recommend it for a long run or multiday backpacking trip. The one I wanted to do this year (but won't be...
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    Sorry about the head injury. That sucks! I've...

    Sorry about the head injury. That sucks!

    I've tried nose-breathing to control pace and found it to be uncomfortable, even when my heart rate is at moderate aerobic pace. (Am I a fucking mouth...
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    The “Sky Marathon” near Bishop: 340308 ...

    The “Sky Marathon” near Bishop:
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    I took a different approach to running this year...

    I took a different approach to running this year that focused on low-heart training along the lines of but not strictly adherent to Maffetone and/or Uphill Athlete and thought I'd report my results....
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    Sorry, I couldn't say. The headphones definitely...

    Sorry, I couldn't say. The headphones definitely aren't high profile or anything. But if the helmet was particularly snug in front of the ears, it could be uncomfortable. See, e.g. this photo of a...
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    I think they'd be okay unless your ski helmet is...

    I think they'd be okay unless your ski helmet is particularly tight around the ears and temple. I tried them with my climbing helmet (BD Half Dome) and they're comfortable.
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    FWIW, after years of going through a number of...

    FWIW, after years of going through a number of cheapo headphones, I invested in some spendy ($160) Aftershokz Aeroplex headphones. These are bone-conducting headphones, which means they transmit...
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    Self-guided Beginner Canyoneering in Utah?

    Hello all. I've got a family trip to Utah in early October planned. We'll be in Moab for a night or two, 3-4 days backpacking in the Needles District of Canyonlands, a night in either Monument Valley...
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    I have no idea why some of the photos are...

    I have no idea why some of the photos are flipped. They are orientated normally on my iPhone.
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    Labor Day Weekend: We went on our annual...

    Labor Day Weekend: We went on our annual three-family three-day backpacking trip, this year to the Ten Lakes Basin in Yosemite.

    The weather started off very promising, if a little hot.
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    A couple weekends ago: I did another run that...

    A couple weekends ago: I did another run that looped Twin Lakes, Peeler Lake, and Buckeye. I was mostly outside Yosemite except for a two-mile stretch between Peeler Lake and Buckeye Pass. I’d really...
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    Great post, jorion! We camped near North Peak...

    Great post, jorion! We camped near North Peak last year and hiked up to the saddle overlooking McCabe. Very cool area and I’m told the fishing is great.

    evdog: That sounds scary. Like jorion, we...
  47. Well, you edited your post after I had already...

    Well, you edited your post after I had already replied, which is no fair.

    Look, I understand that you feel passionately about this. But can you also see that reasonable people can disagree on...
  48. I have a better solution. Take your...

    I have a better solution. Take your computer/tablet/smartphone and throw it out the window.

    Back to the happy place:...
  49. I hope it's a 5.11 runout offwidth. :D ...

    I hope it's a 5.11 runout offwidth. :D



    Would you compare his actions to, say, that of Hitler or Goebbels? :rolleyes2

    Maybe dial back the judgmental turdliness a tad? I realize that you...
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    This is an outstandingly good TR. Thank you.

    This is an outstandingly good TR. Thank you.
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