Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 31 2011

Review: Clip-Skins (look Ma’, no glue!)

Tension on the clips may relax underfoot, but not enough to come off.

It is now year two for Clip Skins, the climbing skin that you can attach to your ski without glue. No glue to go bad over time, or get contaminated if you drop them in the dirt, or the need for Herculean strength to pull them apart after storing glue-to-glue, or the hassle of trying …

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Oct 25 2011

Bryan Allegretto: Tahoe’s Weather Guru

Tahoe Weather Discussion. Lots of beta, lots of insight.

Last February I had the pleasure of interviewing the creator and author of the increasingly popular blog Tahoe Weather Discussion. In that interview, founder Bryan Allegretto shared his unique take on weather forecasting, his predictions for the winter’s snow totals and his idea for an interactive forum focused specifically on Tahoe winter weather. Allegretto has …

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Oct 24 2011

Review: 7tm Power Tour (2010-11)

ROM 65+ degrees. Resists icing. Releaseable. Not powerful, but power enough.

Considering what it was developed for, backcountry skiing, the 7tm is hard to beat for its feature rich set of options.

Oct 20 2011

Autumn finally arrives in Tahoe

Autumn colors at sunrise with a storm on the horizon.

Fall is finally visible in Tahoe, which means winter is around the corner. It’s been in the air since Labor Day, with a sneak attack of winter in early October. All these things bode well for a good winter, but it is still too early to tell. Even so, it is fun to read and …

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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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Oct 18 2011

Telemark Skier Magazine’s Loyalty Tour

For the second year in a row the Telemark Skier Crew is taking the show on the road to promote a free heel life. As editor of Telemark Skier magazine, Josh Madsen will be traveling around the US this fall to showcase his latest video, Loyalty to help spur interest in telemark skiing. Not being …

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Oct 16 2011

TR: Mt. Shasta – October 12, 2011

Sunrise from 8500' on the E side of Mt. Shasta

Headed up north once again.  I had to see what the last storm did to the mountain. I had been watching the snow piling up on Shasta, on the computer, and then watched as it melted away. I couldn’t take it anymore. Drove up Tuesday and camped at the Brewer Creek TH. The road was …

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