How to Win Those K2 Skis…

| September 22, 2008 | 20 Comments

Yes, tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23, at 10:00am Mountain Standard Time is the moment we have all been waiting for – Super Cluesday.  As I type, the skis are being FedEx’ed, wrapped in velet and hand-carried in the dark of night by special agents who are sworn to secrecy.  Like most of my skiing related schemes, this contest was developed on the fly, so I appreciate everyone’s patience and enthusiasm in going along with it.  There will be others, so any feedback is welcome, and please, no whining – this isn’t Deer Valley.

Hopefully by now, you have a good idea of the peak in question.  From here, it is important to think like a ski mountaineer, as after all, the prize is a pair of  backcountry skis and hopefully going to someone who will use them for that purpose.  The skis are located at a man-made structure which could be augured into the mountains, or accessible by car.  You can get there by using backcountry skiing techniques like skinning, skiing, walking or climbing.  It is a real place.

Format to win:
To help make it fair and keep a wild-ass one-off guess from winning, the format is to answer all of the five questions correctly in this format:

Clue #1 – Continent: (your answer here)
Clue #2 – Country: (your answer here)
Clue #3 – Mountain Range: (your answer here)
Clue #4 – Peak: (your answer here)
Clue #5 – Exact location: (your answer here)

… then send it in as a comment.  Pretyping the answer to the clues you already know might help.

For background research, you might check out skiing in this excellent zone, including maybe the local alpine club, popular watering holes (hey, this could be a rough descent), photos, townships, Google Earth (my favorite trip planning tool) or perhaps places to stay.  The answer can be found on the internet – you need not have been there to find it.  Locals might have a slight advantage, but Super Cluesday happens in the middle of the night for them, so if they are awake (and haven’t chugged too many Tui’s) they deserve to win.

Good luck & happy turns!

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. martinibart says:

    Cool idea, thanks!

  2. kilowati says:

    Looks like I’m getting sucked into this thing…

  3. jody says:

    Hi

    Here is my answer for the K2 skis comp

    Clue #1 – Continent: Australasia (Australia/NZ)
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Ball Shelter

  4. Andrew says:

    Hi Jody –
    Is that your final answer? If so, hold that thought until the final clue is given tomorrow at 10:00am then send it in just like you did.

  5. Rick says:

    This has been heaps of fun, vicariously reliving past travels this way! Looking forward to tomorrow!

  6. FiveClueAvenger says:

    I am positively shaking with anticipation, No sleep for this little wasichu tonight!

  7. Ruth Mueller says:

    hoping to win,

  8. Peak12349 says:

    Good quiz pity its 4am in the morning when the clue comes up!!

  9. Mitchell Skis says:

    Testing

    Clue #1 – Continent: (your answer here)
    Clue #2 – Country: (your answer here)
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: (your answer here)
    Clue #4 – Peak: (your answer here)
    Clue #5 – Exact location: (your answer here)

  10. Larry White says:

    putting my name in the ring?

  11. Jessica says:

    registering

  12. Alastair says:

    Also registering… Looking forward to the mad dash!
    Cool contest, and great website to boot.

  13. Danielle says:

    registering

  14. markm says:

    testing the pre-register

  15. Jessica says:

    Answer 1- Oceana
    Answer 2-New Zealand
    Answer 3- Sourthern Alps
    Answer 4-Mt. Cook
    Answer 5-tasmins saddle

  16. Jessica says:

    Answer 1- Oceana
    Answer 2-New Zealand
    Answer 3- Sourthern Alps
    Answer 4-Mt. Cook
    answe 5 Kelmens

  17. michael says:

    Australasia
    New Zealand
    Southern Alps, Main Range
    Mt Cook
    Ball Hut

  18. michael says:

    Actually, rereading the clue i think i ended up at plateau hut. otherwise the same.

  19. Maximus says:

    Clue #1 – Continent: Oceania
    Clue #2 – Country: New Zealand
    Clue #3 – Mountain Range: Southern Alps
    Clue #4 – Peak: Aoraki/Mt Cook
    Clue #5 – Exact location: Plateau Hut
    Topomap mapsheet H36
    E2282600, N5732200

  20. Ruth Mueller says:

    Clue#1 Continent Australisia
    Clue #2 Country New Zealand
    Clue # 3 Mountain Range Southern Alps
    Clue #4 Aoraki/ Mount Cook
    Clue #5 Exact Location Grand Plateau Hut

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