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Winning the Uphill Battle – Part III

Winning the Uphill Battle – Part III

| August 13, 2008 | 2 Comments

Efficient ascents are a blend of pacing, route finding, technique and equipment.  Like rolling a ball uphill, your approach to skinning should vary according to conditions and terrain, but the underlying idea is to find the most expedient way possible, while not losing any ground.  Skinning isn’t always about mellow 12 degree shuffling. The fastest way […]

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Winning the Uphill Battle – Part II

Winning the Uphill Battle – Part II

| August 12, 2008 | 2 Comments

continued from yesterday… A good way to learn is to follow in the footsteps (or more likely, skin tracks) of more experienced skiers.  Try to match their stride, look where they plant their poles, get a feel for the all day ascent angle, mimic their posture, and generally try to absorb what they are doing, […]

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Winning the Uphill Battle – Part I

Winning the Uphill Battle – Part I

| August 11, 2008 | 4 Comments

Struggling uphill is an acquired taste that doesn’t come naturally to most people.  It’s hard, slow, sweaty, frustrating and at times monotonous, but if you can get over this, it is your ticket to backcountry bliss. The effort involved with earning your turns is the basic barrier that keeps the backcountry, being what it is […]

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