Category Archive: Mother Necessity

Miscellaneous tips and tricks for backcountry skiing.

May 13 2015

Changing the claw on 22D’s Outlaw

Remove the spring cap...

  Early feedback on 22 Design’s Outlaw, their new NTN binding, indicates that it skis great. Downhill performance was, as hoped, reminiscent of the Hammerhead in position #3 or #4 depending on how strong the spring tension is set to. Touring is also very similar to an Axl, with the same basic limits to range …

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Feb 07 2015

DIY: Making fish-scaled skis

I bought some $30 kids’ skis at my local sports-exchange shop and added some fish-scales to make a waxless base for my 7 year old’s skis to tour with (although he just likes jibbin’ at this point).

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Jan 31 2013

Technique: Modifying TTS Heel Post

With a little grinding action the TTS climbing wires can be a LOT easier to engage.

The original Telemark Tech System binding was a bit crude but was close enough to yield a glimpse of what the future of telemark bindings might provide. Mark Lengel, the inventor of the system admits that the binding is effectively still a beta binding, but the current incarnation is vastly improved over the first prototype. …

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Oct 18 2011

Modifying NTN for better touring

The "bulletproof NTN" addresses all the known weaknesses of NTN except range of motion.

Update (13nov11): Finally managed to get this revision out on snow. See the very end for the results.. First, I would like to thank Jay (tainted meat) and Andrew (Andrew L) and Mike (MD2020) for donating NTN parts for this experiment. It saved me from destroying my own working bindings as the prototypes were made …

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Jun 02 2011

Quack: Making sunglasses with Duct Tape

Function is the only fashion. Oui! Love the mirrored look. So 70s dude!

You probably thought I meant, repairing sunglasses with duct tape when you read the headline, but you assumed something not stated. I really meant making a pair of sunglasses with duct tape. How do you make sunglasses with duct tape? First, you need to get to the root of the purpose of sunglasses, especially on …

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Mar 22 2011

The Need for Knee Pads

Back in the day knee pads were worn because you had to drive low to control skinny skis with leather boots and pins. Thus, we wore 'me like a dorky badge of honor.  click to enlarge

Make no mistake about it, if you telemark, it’s not a matter of if, but when you will need a pair of knee pads to save your precious knees. You can make all the excuses you want about how your stance is tall and you never ski low so your knees aren’t at risk but …

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Feb 14 2011

Converting Elevations in Your Head

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  Don’t you hate it when you’re looking at a topo map, or reading an article, and the elevations are in the wrong units? That would be meters if you’re an American, and feet for everyone else. We all know that the difference is roughly a factor of three, but it truly is a rough …

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