I’m always tormented when I see ragged skin tracks as I feel compelled to say something, yet at the same time it’s hard not to come across as being rude. “Excuse me my friend, but do you know your skinning technique is all phucked up?” It’s kind of like seeing someone with an open fly – maybe they like it that way and it is none of my business. ?? In any case, having an efficient stride is way more important than owning the lightest, sexiest gear as an inefficient stride burns up far more energy than just gliding along.
Exhibit A - Lift & Separate works well for somethings, but not skinning.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Slide & Glide is ideal. Slide & Stomp is, uhmmm, not so good. Romp & Stomp should be left to the Rec Room.
Two friends go skinning... the one on the left is working much harder than the one on the right.
There are many potential reasons for ragged skinning technique including mis-mounted bindings, blown boot cant adjustment or just natural physiology. The first thing to do is just be cognizant of it, which usually fixes the problem and then with enough thought and practice, an efficient stride becomes habit. Think of two pointy arrows sliding in parallel over the snow.
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Category: 05 Uphill