Tag Archive: Alpine Touring

Jun 10 2014

BCTalk: Canada’s Coast keeps deliverin’, eh?

Sucker blue skies on the first days of a sufferfest tour.   Photo by Alex

Alex up in Canada’s Coast Mountain Range took a small backyard tour and files this report. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to put anything up about this trip. I’ll cut to the chase. The main reason is because our trip was cut short due to an injury. Because of the remote nature of our …

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Mar 06 2014

BCTalk: TR – Durrand Glacier Lodge

The relentless onslaught of the slopes.

James, of the BCTalk forum, is pushing the envelope of mobile communication and filing blow-by-blow reports from the field while on his backcountry ski trip at SME (Selkirk Military Mountain Experience) in British Columbia. The terrain here is mind blowing and I like the Euro atmosphere. — James

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Dec 24 2013

First Look: Fritschi Diamir’s Vipec 12

Fritschi adds a tech binding to their plate.

  The new Vipec 12 from Fritschi Diamir appears poised to follow through on what G3 threatened to do – upset the landscape of the two-pin tech binding world dominated since inception by its founder, Dynafit. Two things separate this binding from the majority of tech bindings that are proliferating in the market. Elasticity to …

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Dec 16 2013

BCTalk: Upvalley from Gothic, CO

Backcountry Talk contributor Elinck lands dream job in Gothic, Colorado.

  It looks as though new forum member elinck’s position as winter caretaker at some sort of Colorado scientific facility could very well dethrone Alaskan snow pole inspector as everybody’s current dream job. It’s roughly a four-mile ski from the trailhead along the closed/unplowed road into the townsite, so groceries and beer are sort of …

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Oct 30 2013

A.T. Boot Review: BD’s Factor MX

Heel insert gets bolted to the frame with a nut nestled in a heel pocket, under the sole block.

  When I began locking my heel again two years ago I was surprised how far Black Diamond had missed the mark with their AT boot line. This year’s updated Factor MX does a lot to remedy that. Since inception BD’s tele boot line was too aggro and heavy for me to spend much time …

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Oct 27 2013

Picking the right Tech Binding

Fritschi joins the Tech binding club with Vipec 12.

  Choosing whether or not to go all in with alpine touring is a question that begets several more. First, are you serious? If you’re not, just get a passport binding to get you going until you’re undeniably hooked on the backcountry. Once you’re hooked then it’s time to get serious with your attitude, and …

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