Kick Turn Fun & Games

| March 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

After many thousand kick-turns, sometimes it’s fun to throw some challenge into a few of them.  This was a good one.

Starting out in your high pegs (of course…) after 2,800′ of breaking trail, surmount a wind-lip and insert your Whippet into a woodpecker hole in an old growth tree.
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Pull up on the Whippet and grab a tiny limb.  Bury your head in a smaller tree and rotate your uphill ski akimbo to your lower.  Be gentle as not to collapse the windlip below you.
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Through 5-6 sawing motions, work you lower ski around into an uphill position while pushing off of the old growth with your Whippet.
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Once established, slowly apply full power to a steep section inches away from the windlip, which is now about three feet tall.
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Made it!
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Sure, it probably would have been much easier to swing wide and avoid all of this, but what fun would that be?

At the end of the day, cross a creek.
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Category: 05 Uphill, Wasatch Mountains

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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. Andy says:

    I think we really need a rating system for technical skinning.

  2. Patrick Fink says:

    Do you have a cure for critical glopping after stepping a skin in a creek?

  3. Andy – I like it! Even though it means nothing, Class Five skin track has a nice ring to it.

  4. Hi Patrick – I try to plan my tours so that the only thing I’m doing after walking through a creek with my skins on is quickly getting into the car and heading home. ;) Sometimes it is not so bad, but on cold days you can get some hellacious glomming. In that case, I try to scrape the skin as hard as possible to squeeze all the water out, then put on some glop-stopper wax.

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