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    You'll need to plug the front 2 toe holes from...

    You'll need to plug the front 2 toe holes from your STH2s and drill 2 new ones for the Wardens.

    STH2s share 6 of the 8 holes with Wardens - identical heel spacing/location, with the two rear toe...
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    Agreed. When anyone asks me about the two...

    Agreed. When anyone asks me about the two "different" riser positions, I reply "medium an medium plus". I've taken to rotating 180 at the start of a tour so I have the flat optio when necessary.
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    The following may belong in the current OCD...

    The following may belong in the current OCD thread ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzJpmVKtHoM


    ^^^ this ^^^

    Rescuing someone else, as well as being considerate to someone who just...
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    Because none of us has ever made a mistake and...

    Because none of us has ever made a mistake and gotten away with it ... a time and a place for everything, and in no way an argument for bumping your risk tolerance because of extra gear.

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^ I'm surprised there wasn't much...

    ^^^ this ^^^
    I'm surprised there wasn't much blowback in the comments section on that blog post (at least last night). I suspect he's the sort of guy who asks his buddies for stuff that was too...
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    Crest and Haute Route (Helio 200) also have a...

    Crest and Haute Route (Helio 200) also have a single heel flap: (a) over the pins in the "normal/pins forward" position and (b) slightly higher + flat when rotated 180 degrees.

    I love my Helio...
  7. Agreed (need to have lots of design/prototyping...

    Agreed (need to have lots of design/prototyping experience to have a clue as how the numbers translate on the hill).

    Your fat BC sounds almost like my musings about a Q without asym - with perhaps...
  8. Thanks! I seem to recall that the BC was...

    Thanks! I seem to recall that the BC was considered a narrow GPO, although a statement like this is open to interpretation.

    It makes sense that you used that Black Crows as a baseline for what...
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    He hasn't learned since last year: Step-1 -...

    He hasn't learned since last year:

    Step-1 - fluff your feathers/pound your chest about how radical you are.
    Step-2 - get called out for not conveying the risks (or your risk tolerance) to others....
  10. Our of curiosity, what led you to taking a chance...

    Our of curiosity, what led you to taking a chance on a +10 BC over a GPO?


    ... Thom
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    ^^^ yes ^^^

    ^^^ yes ^^^
  12. I think I'd 100% love that ski without asym (as...

    I think I'd 100% love that ski without asym (as opposed to having 95% love for it).

    Here's the fall (last rider 2018 Valinord Arcalis): ...
  13. And if they couldn't flip the seat in time, what...

    And if they couldn't flip the seat in time, what about hitting the emergency stop?

    Disclosure - never been a lifty.

    ... Thom
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    You're incorrigible ... and a bad influence on me...

    You're incorrigible ... and a bad influence on me to boot ;-)

    Between you and me, there will be no 182s for anyone else.

    ... Thom
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    I wouldn't be surprised if one of them is Fritz...

    I wouldn't be surprised if one of them is Fritz Sperry - at least a Facebook star in the Colorado Backcountry Ski group.

    I'm not impressed with the example he sets for impressionable people.
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    I'm guessing you mean $7k out of pocket max?

    I'm guessing you mean $7k out of pocket max?
  17. So ... the chain of ownership is: eBay seller...

    So ... the chain of ownership is:

    eBay seller
    galibier_numero_un
    spchin24 (meepmoop24?)
    dub2
    NorCalNomad
  18. +1 on the softener. Be preemptive. Heal up...

    +1 on the softener. Be preemptive.

    Heal up fast!

    ... Thom
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    I use a 3.6 and always tap the hole. The tap...

    I use a 3.6 and always tap the hole. The tap will work with every ski (although it's been a while since I've had a metal top layer) and I never have to wonder about the recommended bit.

    The above...
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    I absolutely loved the Terrapin, Help on the...

    I absolutely loved the Terrapin, Help on the Way/Slipknot, Scarlet/Fire era, but yeah ... dropping The Other One etc. really sucked, and not only was Pigpen gone, but they didn't let Phil sing. ...
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    I thought you retrofitted it with a blowup doll...

    I thought you retrofitted it with a blowup doll ;-)
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    The good news (since this isn't a red state) is...

    The good news (since this isn't a red state) is that if they don't pay much in taxes, they don't have a ton of net income and will likely get more of a subsidy.

    ... Thom
  23. ^^^ this ^^^ Standard project management...

    ^^^ this ^^^

    Standard project management concept as well. It has nothing to do with Rumsfeld or any war crimes he may have committed.

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^

    ^^^ this ^^^
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    Agreed. I basically meant if they get dinged for...

    Agreed. I basically meant if they get dinged for catching a shark, I don't think deducting for control vs. line choice matters to them - assuming it's the same score. Do they?

    I think that if a...
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    It's been a few years. When I went through...

    It's been a few years.

    When I went through this, the state subsidized/outsourced insurance agents, so you can get help with no out of pocket expense.

    An additional option is to visit a state...
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    Sorry I stirred up a hornet's nest. I...

    Sorry I stirred up a hornet's nest.

    I stopped following the details of this case, but I found Beth's "safe" comment to be strange, both in light of this case, as well as what's printed on the...
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    Yes! And where else can you be so "absolutely ...

    Yes! And where else can you be so "absolutely safe"?

    According to Beth ...

    ... Thom
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    The men's carnage really saddened me. As far...

    The men's carnage really saddened me.

    As far as scoring, if they're gonna penalize someone for landing on a shark and exploding, wouldn't it make more sense to dock them for line choice instead of...
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    Classic marketing BS. The comments were...

    Classic marketing BS. The comments were priceless.
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    Thanks for photographing. Can one screw on the...

    Thanks for photographing. Can one screw on the "stomp pad" portion of the brake to cover up the spring/latch assembly, or do we have a small fabrication task to create a cover plate?

    Thom
  32. I LOVE this !!

    I LOVE this !!
  33. Great advice from @mall walker, @tgapp,...

    Great advice from @mall walker, @tgapp, @adrenalated, and @I've seen black diamonds!

    The only thing I'd emphasize (and talk to your guide buddy about this) is that low angle meadow skipping is...
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    The big one for me is the boot denting which...

    The big one for me is the boot denting which seems to have been addressed with the reshaped bumper.

    I haven't experienced icing with my Vipec Blacks, but I ski in a Colorado Snowpack.

    Plastic...
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    ... and terrain selection (< 30 degrees).

    ... and terrain selection (< 30 degrees).
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    I think the decision between the two boils down...

    I think the decision between the two boils down to whether or not they'll see a significant # of days inbounds where the smoothness of Vipecs/Tectons might prevail.

    I can see applications for...
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    ^^^ this ^^^

    ^^^ this ^^^
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    Sticky: You DID have to mention that, didn't you? Is...

    You DID have to mention that, didn't you?

    Is the magic number 10 people? 15?

    ... Thom
  39. I wonder how many young studs would be skiing if...

    I wonder how many young studs would be skiing if it meant being on a 207 Dynamic VR 17. Ask me how I know.

    Of course, none of us want to go back, except for Didier:
    ...
  40. I didn't think you were asking me. I was idly...

    I didn't think you were asking me. I was idly musing about the easiest way to find out ;-)


    MVO - Most Valuable Octopus ;-)

    ... Thom
  41. It looks as if the new owner of my 187 GPOs may...

    It looks as if the new owner of my 187 GPOs may not be getting on with them.

    He's particularly challenged by a fused ankle, and I fabricated a 12mm toe shim for him.

    He normally mounts demo...
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    Heal up quickly!

    Heal up quickly!
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    I get the same sweaty palms as when I've been...

    I get the same sweaty palms as when I've been around people free soloing.

    The treatment of this topic (how far do you take it) was delt with nicely in "TWENTY".

    ... Thom
  44. I'm meeting with their new owner tomorrow to drop...

    I'm meeting with their new owner tomorrow to drop them off. There's always a possibility of buyer's remorse.

    The fellow is looking for something maybe 1 click more laid back than his 190 Bibby...
  45. Lots of keyboard heros and Clydesdaless among us....

    Lots of keyboard heros and Clydesdaless among us.

    ... Thom
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    Sticky: That's kinda how I feel about them. Fine In soft...

    That's kinda how I feel about them. Fine In soft snow, predictable in chopped stuff, and a bit short feeling on hard stuff.

    I keep looking for a Goldilocks ski in the 100-ish width - something...
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    Sticky: Did you ever replace your 181 CD 104s with longer...

    Did you ever replace your 181 CD 104s with longer ones? Like you discovered, I'm finding that they ski a bit short.

    ... Thom
  48. I can wiggle my 182 GPOs pretty quickly in tight...

    I can wiggle my 182 GPOs pretty quickly in tight going (5'9", 165#). Yeah, they're not as quick as a narrower ski, but surprisingly quicker than you'd expect.

    A couple of Springs ago, I was...
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    @xxx -er's advice is the way to go (heel first,...

    @xxx -er's advice is the way to go (heel first, one toe screw at a time), irrespective of whether or not you use a template.

    For toe holes #2-4, I've taken to using a larger drill bit (as close...
  50. Sweet! I'm just finishing the last 4 holes on a...

    Sweet! I'm just finishing the last 4 holes on a Vipec mount for those 182 Veneer GPOs I scored thanks to your heads-up.

    I recall one of those restructuring e-mails from Keith (back in Oct/Nov?)...
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