Joined: 21 Sep 2007 Posts: 17713 Location: EL/R -6.12, SL/A -8.15 in NW VT and slightly south of the Poutine Curtain
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:09 am Post subject:
AT Apostle wrote:
Alright, so I might have been kidding about the 35 degree track angle, but not about pouting your lips.
I think track angle has everything to do with the current conditions and terrain and it is a mistake to try to force it down to a regulation 12-18 degree AMGA approved angle, or, to always go as steep as possible just because you can. The more important factor is to keep the angle consistent, whatever it is.
If you can imagine skinning up a perfectly groomed 25 degree Sun Valley-like slope, I think you would be way better off just flipping your pegs all the way up and going straight up it. Not only would your distance traveled be less, but you would avoid endless tiring contouring on sidehills. And, even if you could do walk-around turns instead of kick-turns, that means you are going to be going from say 16 degrees on the traverses up to 25 on the walk-arounds, then back to 16, then up to 25, etc., with each zigzag.
All that work just to rappel down the blasted thing. _________________
I've been going through those little rubber tail straps like crazy.
That's odd. I have never worn thru one.I wonder what you are doing differently.
I have an answer for that. If you are using the strap as a handle to separate your stuck-together skins, it will break at some point. Those straps are tough, but with all those holes in them, they have a limit. Since I wasted one, I have always grabbed the end of the skin along with the strap, and haven't broken another one.
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