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  1. Mid-March 2022 Adirondacks NY Avalanche (?) Fatality

    This occurred almost two months ago, but I don't recall any discussion of it at the time:...
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    Clarus 10k has some interesting (comparatively...

    Clarus 10k has some interesting (comparatively speaking) details about the company. BD receives many mentions, yet Pieps almost none. Pieps is one single subsidiary, whereas BD is about a dozen...
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    Ahem, only the plaintiffs and the lawyers get...

    Ahem, only the plaintiffs and the lawyers get money? Let's not overlook the expert witnesses too!
    Seriously though, the argument would probably be exposure to risk. In other words, if you had been...
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    My interpretation of that is should your Pieps...

    My interpretation of that is should your Pieps beacon exhibit this problem, then stop using it immediately (for which "retire" does seem to be a bad word choice), then BD will repair or replace it...
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    FIFY: "I am pretty sure i read that [all...

    FIFY:
    "I am pretty sure i read that [all companies] fight all lawsuits."
    Seriously though, the % of civil litigation that proceeds all the way to trial is negligible.
    So fighting a lawsuit vs...
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    A friend is looking to buy (or borrow, in Boise)...

    A friend is looking to buy (or borrow, in Boise) a jig.
    Hagan is out until the fall.
    Any other suggestions to try contacting other than BD?
    (Perhaps Moment?)
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    This is ideal for when you just want to seal up...

    This is ideal for when you just want to seal up the hole (and don't need to add any significant adhesion):
    https://www.amazon.com/GE-Sealants-Adhesives-Silicone-GE361A/dp/B089N98MBT/

    Wood glue...
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    Mt Tom is a bit further from me than other local...

    Mt Tom is a bit further from me than other local options, so I've been there only once, post-closure, in 2009, which prompted me to write the following TR at the time:
    "If you have never been there...
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    A wee bit different than the typical closed ski...

    A wee bit different than the typical closed ski area in New England!
    https://www.hakski.com/super-st-bernard
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    Oh my:...

    Oh my:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beckton_Gas_Works
    "The toxic spoil heaps from the works are known ironically as Beckton Alps. Originally covering an extensive area to the west of the works,...
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    How is this not a ski area? I see a mountain, I...

    How is this not a ski area?
    I see a mountain, I see snow, I see an idiot tourist from Massachusetts (i.e., myself) who did not ascend a single vertical foot (or should that be, meter?) under his own...
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    I sure did for my max count of 108: I paid for...

    I sure did for my max count of 108:
    I paid for a lift ticket.
    I rode lifts to the top.
    I skied down.
    How is that any different than a normal ski area?
    Okay, sure, I had to walk down a little...
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    I vote No on that! (Especially since if Cham...

    I vote No on that!
    (Especially since if Cham counts as only one ski area, then Killington and Pico have to count as one, since skiing/skinning from one to the other is really easy.)
    Although if the...
  14. My recollection is that: 1. This was a frequent...

    My recollection is that:
    1. This was a frequent problem with the earlier production of that model.
    2. Scarpa was replacing it for free.
    3. Replacing it yourself is tricky b/c of the diameters...
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    Agreed, but with the add'l pts that: Everyone...

    Agreed, but with the add'l pts that:
    Everyone will inevitably make lots of mistakes (avy or otherwise) eventually, cumulatively, while backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering.
    Although any...
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    Agree, but ... flip the riser only on the Trofeo,...

    Agree, but ... flip the riser only on the Trofeo, since it is specifically designed to "nest" for such a purpose.
    Other ATK race models, as well as many race models from other companies, can...
  17. I am not aware of any uphill skimo weirdos who...

    I am not aware of any uphill skimo weirdos who have revealed secret stashes on Strava.
    (Anyone following me on Strava will note that the map visibility is often hidden, and in prior years -- before...
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    ^ Yes, exactly (i.e., for the expanded version...

    ^ Yes, exactly (i.e., for the expanded version above). That's why I described it as the "old line" not as a reliable guideline or statistically proven concept. If an otherwise "safe" airline has a...
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    Reminds me of the old line about the safest...

    Reminds me of the old line about the safest airline to fly on is the one that recently had a crash.
    (I have no idea if that's true, but something to be said about a mistake causing an institution or...
  20. https://nerandorace.blogspot.com/p/race-venue-blac...

    https://nerandorace.blogspot.com/p/race-venue-black-mountain-nh.html
    Everyone be careful with the negative comments or else I'll torture all of you with my tortured skimo version of the Back in...
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    Very true!

    Very true!
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    Good point, thanks, shows that the other students...

    Good point, thanks, shows that the other students didn't speak up since they didn't know what they were getting into.
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    Correct, in that capacity for that day. But he...

    Correct, in that capacity for that day.
    But he now has his IFMGA "pin":
    https://amga.com/hire-a-guide/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/profile/view&reset=1&id=11014&gid=32
    ... and (at least according to...
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    This story:...

    This story:
    https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/snow-sports/silverton-avalanche-school-pete-marshall-death-snow-safety/
    ... was published over a week ago, but apparently became...
  25. The FNL $10 went to STW, and *only* to STW, not...

    The FNL $10 went to STW, and *only* to STW, not to Black Mtn. The enhanced/expanded FNL last week as part of the Mt W bc ski fest (i.e., ~500 vs a more typical ~200 participants, plus the bonfire)...
  26. They (or anyone for that matter) can propose...

    They (or anyone for that matter) can propose model regulations.
    However, they have no regulatory authority.
    Personally, I avoid trying to tell TSA what to do. But with airbag packs, given the...
  27. Thread: BSL vs TFL

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    Somehow I doubt that PG's "LDC" will catch on: ...

    Somehow I doubt that PG's "LDC" will catch on:

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  28. Thread: BSL vs TFL

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    The ATK jig is perfect for that purpose: toe...

    The ATK jig is perfect for that purpose: toe pincers are very strong, and the length readout is very precise.
  29. Thread: BSL vs TFL

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    Pierre Gignoux used to publish a chart for what...

    Pierre Gignoux used to publish a chart for what I've always thought of as Effective Tech Boot Sole Length ("ETBSL") -- I don't see the chart on the website now (which also no longer has much in the...
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    Comparing my pairs side-to-side, the differences...

    Comparing my pairs side-to-side, the differences are relatively subtle. And for people who weigh about what you and I do, I don't think whatever the add'l robustness of the Trofeo might be would...
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    Three dozen models! Plus probably about a couple...

    Three dozen models! Plus probably about a couple dozen rebranded models. This thread is sure to continue to be active into the 2022-23 season!
  32. Did you ever determine the source of the phantom...

    Did you ever determine the source of the phantom battery issue?


    Ditto!


    No such thing. IATA is a trade industry association. Absolutely zero regulatory authority or relevance to TSA. And...
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    Helpful video ... but: I prefer to merely...

    Helpful video ... but:
    I prefer to merely loosen the screws, rather then remove them entirely, as the latter always has some risk of stripping the hole threads.
    A water-based glue like wood glue...
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    If the screws were just backed out a bit then...

    If the screws were just backed out a bit then cranked back down, I would leave them be.
    Otherwise, I'd be worrying more about removing all four screws completely and then reinstalling them (which in...
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    Yep, a few years ago I mounted a Scarpa Alien...

    Yep, a few years ago I mounted a Scarpa Alien "0.0" that had been punched for extra toe length by an alpine downhill ski shop.
    One of the boots was clearly warped because of that ... but still just...
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    Valley Bike & Ski was started by the former...

    Valley Bike & Ski was started by the former employees of the Hadley location of Comp Edge.
    The other two Comp Edge locations in East Longmeadow and Easthampton are still in business.
    (The location...
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    I've heard of this guy:...

    I've heard of this guy:
    https://www.facebook.com/TheUltimateFeet/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-grella-89ab633/
    ... but I don't know anything besides those two links (and how he was a kind...
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    You left out all the rebranding by ... well, I...

    You left out all the rebranding by ... well, I think we've all given up on keeping track of how many different companies are rebranding ATK bindings.


    I'm not aware of any. We tried that here...
  39. I'm a big fan overall of PG, but I'm a skeptic of...

    I'm a big fan overall of PG, but I'm a skeptic of those boots -- just seems to be trying to make a full-carbon boot into something it's inherently not.

    I mean, the baseline PG race boot has...
  40. Oooh, love the matching textures in that picture,...

    Oooh, love the matching textures in that picture, nicely done!
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    Rumor has it that the add'l heel "U" springs that...

    Rumor has it that the add'l heel "U" springs that comes with these bindings are compatible (once the plastic is removed) with this discontinued race model:...
  42. Whoah, I hadn't noticed that increase, getting...

    Whoah, I hadn't noticed that increase, getting pricey!
    I have some pairs of Pomoca Race Pro 2.0 55cm from rolls bought in Europe. Aside from the narrower width, nothing about them seems special.
  43. Skimo Co has hot pink Pomoca by the cm for about...

    Skimo Co has hot pink Pomoca by the cm for about the same price.
  44. Heh, we had a big discussion about exactly that...

    Heh, we had a big discussion about exactly that same topic at the finish of the A-Basin race last month!
    (Yeah, I know, something only that a bunch of race organizers would find worthy of a...
  45. The initial generation(s?) of this model...

    The initial generation(s?) of this model definitely had a durability problem:
    https://skimo.co/fischer-alpattack
    I think Fischer eventually improved the durability.
    (Or maybe just anyone wasn't a...
  46. I've skied the SW Chutes in the spring on race...

    I've skied the SW Chutes in the spring on race skis.
    Winter rime, no way!
    As for durability, I've been organizing skimo races out here since the 2008-09 season. Skiing conditions range from easy...
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    Hmmm, could sworn that wasn't there previously....

    Hmmm, could sworn that wasn't there previously.
    And one race model still doesn't have it.
    Oh well, can't blame then for doing so, and thanks for the heads-up.
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    I'm not seeing it in the listings for the...

    I'm not seeing it in the listings for the Raceborg and Alien RS?
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    I remember seeing that previously -- either at...

    I remember seeing that previously -- either at STP or perhaps somewhere else -- but I'm not seeing that disclaimer on the website snow?
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    The big benefit of a local store is that you can...

    The big benefit of a local store is that you can return ski boots ordered from the website, so no worries about return shipping costs for deals that end up not fitting.
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