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Discussion: rough life

in: Carbon's Offset; Carbon's Offset > 2016-12-25

Dec 28, 2016 10:23 PM # 
coach ld:
the west coast for Christmas sounds lovely... skiing, biking, paddling
Jan 4, 2017 5:04 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Yes, I think I will visit my brother a lot more now that he lives on Vancouver Island versus his previous home in northern BC
Jan 4, 2017 6:56 PM # 
HI CO! Nice trip! Where else are you going pow skiing this winter ?
Jan 4, 2017 11:01 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Hi Ang, we have two more trips lined up with Revy and C-Bass and a bunch of the gang. We are going back to Hilda Hut, a favourite spot near where the Raid the North Extreme 2011 was held, and then we are checking out one that we haven't been to before: Boulder Hut, near Kimberley B.C. Should be good. And we will try to get out for weekend tours whenever we can.
How about you, how is your telemarking going? and you were starting to check out skimo?
Jan 6, 2017 8:05 PM # 
Need to upgrade my gear...maybe next season. Right now I'm looking for a new AT set-up. Got some Scarpa Freedom boots and now need some skis and bindings. You have the Voile right? Was looking at the G3 100 and a Dynafit 14 binding. Heading to Utah in a few weeks for some touring in the Wasatch. Maybe next year I'm ready to tackle the BC..;-) Have you ever done the Haute Route?
Jan 6, 2017 8:43 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
I've got Voile Chargers for tele, and Carbon just got Voile V8s (had Chargers before) for AT. And I have DPS Wailer 112s for AT.
All nice and fat. We really like the Voiles: good value, light, ski well, soft and flexy which makes them easy to turn in the backcountry snow, yet they have enough torsional rigidity that they hold up well in heavier crud.
The Wailers blast through crud, they are stiffer, not quite as soft and forgiving but still quite easy to ski.

100mm is a really nice width for a ski, I'd say 100-110 mm is ideal for most people. Love the Dynafit bindings.

Wasatch should be great, so I've heard, I've never been. Must go someday!
Haven't done the Haute Route yet but will someday :)
Jan 6, 2017 11:27 PM # 
Boulder hut- is that Boulder Basin?
Jan 7, 2017 3:11 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Do you mean Boulder Basin in California, or somewhere else? I'm not sure what the skiing is like in that part of California. Our Boulder Hut trip is in B.C.
Jan 7, 2017 10:13 PM # 
I thought I was tele skiing in Boulder Basin hut- it was an A-frame near the BC /Alberta border. Maybe the same Boulder hut? It was in the 80s.
Jan 8, 2017 4:26 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
This one is more of a typical square cabin (actually, two of them, one for dining and hanging out, one for sleeping), not an A-frame. Not too far from the BC/Alberta border, but not right close to it, it is northwest of Kimberley and Cranbrook.
Jan 8, 2017 4:31 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Here is the website
Jan 8, 2017 12:46 PM # 
I have a feeling the old A-frame was replaced.
Jan 9, 2017 1:58 PM # 
P.S. Just got a pair of the voile chargers for AT.....stoked to try them!
Jan 9, 2017 5:34 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Love the Chargers!
Jan 9, 2017 6:55 PM # 
Ok, got it! I did stay there on my very first trip, and Art Twoomey was our guide.
Great guy, great skier and avalanche pro. He also had Kia the avalanche dog, who showed me that labs can be great athletes instead of chubby couch potatoes.
Poor Art was killed on his commute (Chopper crash).

I remember we all did the bucket brigade one day to fill the hot tub. One of the guys went to roll in the snow and went down a tree well head first, naked!

I was on skinny skis in the early 80s. I floundered in the powder, but Droodles and I skied the icy "Ontario crud" on the ski-out better than the Westerners back at that time.

The A-frame is Blanket Glacier I think.
Jan 9, 2017 7:07 PM # 
... 'One of the guys went to roll in the snow and went down a tree well head first, naked!'
... quite a visual!! :-)

My group of friends from the 80's would still be laughing & discussing who's turn to go pull me out
Jan 9, 2017 8:27 PM # 
They got him out by the ankles. He was on his front...enough said.
Jan 10, 2017 3:07 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Jan 10, 2017 3:08 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
It will be interesting to compare what we think of the hut and the terrain now, and on beefier gear.
Hot tub?!
Jan 11, 2017 12:55 PM # 
Art let me try a pair of Kazamas for one run. They were slightly fatter than most back then.
Jan 12, 2017 5:16 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
70mm? 65?...
Jan 12, 2017 5:20 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
My guesses were pretty good. I just looked them up: 67.6mm.
My current telemark skis are 110 mm.... and I ski them on hard packed groomers at the resort.
Jan 12, 2017 12:05 PM # 
My fat skis were a big step up for powder. I was on a trip to Gaspe where I was the only one on newfangled fat skis, and there were places I skied circles around the others on the skinny boards. Next time out West, the Westerners on fat skis were so-o-o much better than we Eastern hacks.
Jan 12, 2017 3:44 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Our fat Western Canadian skis turned some heads when we were in Norway :)

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