Just the Tip Video Compilation

| April 20, 2017

Towards the end of the 2017 winter, I started shooting a series of short videos on ski mountaineering skills.  Originally it was going to be entitled “Tips and Tricks” but during a powder session with Andy Jacobsen and Noah Howell, two of the original PowderWhores founders, it became “Just the Tip” with an intro suggested by Noah.  You can take the PowderWhores out of video production, but you can’t take take their minds out of the gutter, which is why I love them so.

The series is based on the idea that the average ski mountaineer has an attention span of less than one minute and can only process one thought/tip at a time.

Shorten your poles down for steep skinning so you can get on top of them and push instead of pulling.

How to clean your skins if/when they get ice or snow on the glue.  With Todd Offenbacher in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah.

How to do a very quick Extended Column Test (ECT).  With Mark Sedon in Gulmarg, Kashmir.

The Secret to Skiing in a Whiteout.  With Mark Sedon and Sam Dunlop in Gulmarg, Kashmir.

Stripping Skins Without Taking Your Skis Off.  Videography and heavy breathing by my wife, Polly.

Speed Buckle Your Boots – Do it all at once and avoid bending over multiple times.

The Essential Ski Mountaineering Puffy Jacket with Joe St. Onge in the Patriot Mountains of Idaho.

The Poor Man’s Ski Crampon with Tyson Bradley in the Patriot Mountains of Idaho.

Comments and suggestions for improving the series are most welcome.  Thanks!

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

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  1. Your last three links are broken.

  2. harpo says:

    The first two videos worked for me, but the ones about stripping skins, buckling your boots, and Whiteout skiing didn’t work. Would love to see them if I can.

  3. JoshG says:

    I can’t access the last 3 as they say they’re ‘private’

  4. Hacksaw says:

    Yeah, the last three don’t work. I really wanted to see the boot buckle one….. ;-(

  5. Actual feedback: each of these is great, and worth adding to a quiver of many more I know you have. The wind on some of them would normally indicate a voice over. The snappy wit always helps, as does that other soul of wit (brevity).

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