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.

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.

Through 5-6 sawing motions, work you lower ski around into an uphill position while pushing off of the old growth with your Whippet.

Once established, slowly apply full power to a steep section inches away from the windlip, which is now about three feet tall.

Made it!

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.

Help support and hook some pecker holes with a Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole from Click on the photo below…


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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