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    I could have been less curt, but this is TGR...

    I could have been less curt, but this is TGR after all.

    My take ... folks make reservations and then life happens.

    Normally, we don't have visibility into who decided to go skiing the next...
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    They won and you didn't. Get over it.

    They won and you didn't. Get over it.
  3. Is your contact form driven by a Wordpress...

    Is your contact form driven by a Wordpress plugin?

    Mainly to prime your thinking, here's an article on controlling spam on Contact Form 7 (a popular Wordpress plugin):...
  4. Is it time yet yet for greg@alpinezone to weigh...

    Is it time yet yet for greg@alpinezone to weigh in on how hot New Jersey babes dig guys who wear masks?

    Sarcasm aside (in case there was any doubt), I'm all in on masks (notwithstanding, or maybe...
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    One of the guys at skimo told me that they had a...

    One of the guys at skimo told me that they had a few returns of the Kreuzspitze GT heel this year (the top plate). Hard to say if he was trying to steer me toward a higher $$$ Hagan or not. I...
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    Hi All, I added the download link in the first...

    Hi All,

    I added the download link in the first post (for the 2020/21 catalog). It's downloadable from @Spyderjon's site.

    Download the catalog from here:...
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    Thanks Jon. No loss for me (regarding 14 RV - I...

    Thanks Jon. No loss for me (regarding 14 RV - I run at about 8).

    I assume it's OK with me posting the catalog on my server and linking to to in the first post in this thread?

    That C-Raider 12...
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    Seems as if they reversed the names for 2020/21:...

    Seems as if they reversed the names for 2020/21:


    Rear brake versions are C-Raider 12 and Freeraider 14.
    Front brake version is now called the Front-12 (assume there's a Front-14 as well). ...
  9. About the only downside I can see to to a uke as...

    About the only downside I can see to to a uke as a gateway drug is that the standard tuning is different from a guitar, so you'd be learning chords all over again if you decided to switch.

    ... Thom
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    Both pairs of my Vipecs now have cable loops in...

    Both pairs of my Vipecs now have cable loops in the dedicated slot under the front screw - an attachment point for a quick, emergency clip-in to a leash in dicey entrances. That, combined with...
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    My buddies who insist on wearing muted colors in...

    My buddies who insist on wearing muted colors in whiteout conditions really piss me off. Count me in the "bright for safety" crowd.

    ... Thom
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    Yeah, I've found myself doing the 180 at the...

    Yeah, I've found myself doing the 180 at the beginning (pins rearward), since that medium-high flippy position isn't all that high, and if I find myself having to drop over a log, I flip into flat...
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    I love my Vipec Blacks, and yes, the forced...

    I love my Vipec Blacks, and yes, the forced choice with the Helio 200s is a bit of a nuisance (spin for flat/med-high vs. race style), but you still have to reach down to transition between ski and...
  14. That's funny, like deciding what food you feel...

    That's funny, like deciding what food you feel like eating based on whether or not you can use a fork, vs. having to use a spoon.
  15. Scarlett Begonias solo: ...

    Scarlett Begonias solo:

    https://youtu.be/5lL_Mjk8wyk

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^ Given my wife's age and upper...

    ^^^ this ^^^
    Given my wife's age and upper respiratory system risk factors, combined with the imminent 2nd wave, and the fact that I refreshed my skin supply with two pairs of Pomocas, I know what...
  17. Damn it. You beat me to it ;-)

    Damn it. You beat me to it ;-)
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    So, more like 2.1cm for the tail "half", but...

    So, more like 2.1cm for the tail "half", but who's counting ;-)
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    I'm with Goat on this one. We boomers take a...

    I'm with Goat on this one.

    We boomers take a lot of crap, and I get it. It sucks that the American Dream is dead/dying.

    Just remember that the 60s were when the civil rights movement took...
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    I never got the whole 5cm shorter thing for kick...

    I never got the whole 5cm shorter thing for kick turns. I get going shorter because they work better for you on the down, but dropping 5 cm in length for kick turns is only 2.5cm on each end. Look...
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    Both (I wish I didn't have to write that).

    Both (I wish I didn't have to write that).
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    So I was cleaning up my photo folder and came...

    So I was cleaning up my photo folder and came across shots of the pair of CD 102s that I picked up from @auvgeek a while ago, and subsequently moved on from.

    It's tough to keep track of all of...
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    The TX4 looks like a new version of a Sportiva I...

    The TX4 looks like a new version of a Sportiva I used to own. It was a nice compromise - wider toe with sticky rubber and a bit of a tread.

    ... Thom
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    I found the LD 102s required a fore/aft weight...

    I found the LD 102s required a fore/aft weight shift in mid-turn on hard snow (low angle, medium radius turns), and this took a conscious adjustment that I found non-intuitive. I'd start a turn...
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    So my spreadsheet says that the straight pull on...

    So my spreadsheet says that the straight pull on my 181 CD 104Ls is 179.5. Curiously, I show 180 for the CD 104s that @mall walker is riding.

    The CD104s will feel a bit shorter than the LD...
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    I suspect you may be right about a jump from 104...

    I suspect you may be right about a jump from 104 to 120'ish being better quiver spacing. Of course, here In Colorado, we have to meadowskip in the winter, so fat is even more beneficial (so you can...
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    Yeah, in that link in my post above, I describe...

    Yeah, in that link in my post above, I describe that scenario, and why I transitioned to attaching my leash to my boot, and clipping to the toe piece instead of clipping to my boot.

    ... Thom
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    I'm a fan of longer leashes to prevent bonehead...

    I'm a fan of longer leashes to prevent bonehead moves on my part from resulting in a lost ski when trying to click into a ski in a sketchy position. My strategy is to always be leashed except for...
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    And me ... waiting out the apocalypse ... staring...

    And me ... waiting out the apocalypse ... staring at a freshly mounted pair of 104Ls that I think are the 104's replacement. It's torture ... staring at them and not skiing them.

    A 114L in 182...
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    It's an extra hole in your ski, but there's...

    It's an extra hole in your ski, but there's always the option of installing a cable clamp. I'll snap a photo later today.


    Here's a pair of Nanuqs I drilled for two binding locations (Vipecs...
  31. I think it was @lucknau who fiddled with the...

    I think it was @lucknau who fiddled with the location of the front screw on the toe, and he put out a template. That screw location seems to have been a point of discussion.

    ... Thom
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    Which episode in "The Fifty" was it when Bjarne...

    Which episode in "The Fifty" was it when Bjarne said "no way" and you could feel the sigh of relief coming from everyone?

    Maybe someone else would have said it 5 minutes later ... or not.

    That...
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    Count me as one of those who only feels the...

    Count me as one of those who only feels the difference at the resort.

    ... Thom
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    Damn! If Riverside Mountain Rescue doesn't get...

    Damn! If Riverside Mountain Rescue doesn't get some donations based on this documentation, I don't know what it would take.

    What a wild video of that wet slide!

    ... Thom
  35. I ski as hard as you do ... in my dreams :D ...

    I ski as hard as you do ... in my dreams :D

    More to the point ... it's fairly well known tbat Plum had a few problems with their Guide toe circa 2013. All reports are that they've fixed this.
    ...
  36. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you look at the...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you look at the construction of the CAST toe mounting plate (is there a better term for that part with the studs?), I'm sure it's robust, but I can see it being as...
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    It's worth cross-posting this tip about the Helio...

    It's worth cross-posting this tip about the Helio 180s/Trofeo Plus from the BD Helio thread. It seems as if BD and Outdoor Gear Lab rotated the mount by 180 degrees. Use ATK's mount orientation...
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    I put a link to this thread on the first post of...

    I put a link to this thread on the first post of the ATK thread, since it's likely both threads will see overlapping action.

    ... Thom
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    ATK's Haute Route template was really close. I...

    ATK's Haute Route template was really close. I found myself having to move some holes a half mm or so. A few test mounts are in order.

    Also, you may not find every template on their site. Many...
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    Thanks for that (@goldenboy). Apart from not...

    Thanks for that (@goldenboy).

    Apart from not going out at all (high overnight temps) or possibly not turning back soon enough, their escape route looked good to me which (putting myself in their...
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    Damn! I must be lucky, in that I've never paid...

    Damn! I must be lucky, in that I've never paid attention to this, but re-reading these comments gives me pause.

    The good news is that this isn't so much of a nuisance, as it is reprogramming a...
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    Damn, Cody! Just when I think you can't put...

    Damn, Cody! Just when I think you can't put together a better edit, you come up with this.

    ... Thom
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    Well shit. Not much to contribute other than...

    Well shit. Not much to contribute other than RIP.

    Looking at that second photo (and @goldenboy's knowing the victim's experience level), it looks as if the group didn't like what they saw and...
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    The 145/180/200 have similar riser...

    The 145/180/200 have similar riser implementation.

    Pins forward, you have race style - flap over pins.
    Rotate 180 degrees and you have flat plus a slightly higher riser (but by no means high).
    ...
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    Your comments got me nerding out, and I came...

    Your comments got me nerding out, and I came across this interesting post on metals from Dane (Cold Thistle):
    http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2011/08/crampon-durability-stainless-or.html?m=1
    ...
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    The specific application I require a small light...

    The specific application I require a small light for requires being able to lay the light down to illuminate the stylus on a phono cartridge.

    It's extremely precise work for the turntables I...
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    Handling a phone to use its flashlight subjects...

    Handling a phone to use its flashlight subjects it to risk of dropping and other damage in many situations I need a light for.

    A phone's light is great in a pinch, but as an every day tool,...
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    Thanks. I'm getting really tired of those cheap...

    Thanks. I'm getting really tired of those cheap lights which fail after a few months. This sounds like exactly what im looking for.

    ... Thom
  49. I've been focussing on melodic soloing and...

    I've been focussing on melodic soloing and nailing the chord tones.

    After years and years of playing patterns (scale shapes), I'm working on single string solos to get a feel for vocal, or...
  50. Strong work! That would have been 2 overnights...

    Strong work! That would have been 2 overnights for me [emoji33]

    ... Thom
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