Yes I have telemark gear and is what I'll be using. I have had it for a couple seasons but across two seasons might have a dozen times out. I don't have many opportunities to telemark and is why I continue to suck. Maybe this event will change things. If I had to do it again, I would get AT gear instead.Wait. You don't already have the skis and boots for this?
Didn't you say you'd be on telemark gear?
I use the Dakine Heli 12 daily as a liftrider and as a summit bag, works well, tougher than their gloves. My only quibble is the hang loop, hard to operate zips when weighted.If you don’t like wearing a pack skiing, consider the Dakine Heli 12L. It’s wider and longer than many other packs of the same volume, so its a decent amount thinner. This disperses the weight and awkwardness of a pack across your entire back. I generally don’t have much of an issue with packs skiing, but I’m a lot pickier snowboarding...this is one of the few packs I’ve used that I don’t even notice while riding.
Guess what Santa brought me!!!!! Going to get a test run this weekend.I, and most every guide I've had, would *not* recommend using a camelback while skinning. Unless you can be certain that conditions will be above freezing, camelbacks have a nasty habit of freezing while skinning leaving you without water. Not a big deal when you're just one ski away, but annoying. Hydrating at each transition will be enough if done regularly.
As for the micropack -- a bunch of external straps like that make me nervous while riding lifts. No matter how low profile, straps can get tangled. This was beaten into our heads during lift evac practice and lecture last week. One common cause for people failing to unload probably is gear snagged on a chair. There is a reason why in-bounds focused packs typically havea very smooth back. Example:
It's still almost two months away. I'm shooting for midweek mid February (between the 17th and 21st). I might nudge it a bit either way based on conditions and my work schedule. Optimal will be the 18th as it is by B'day. Will see.I was wondering when you'd give an update to this thread.
Remind us, when's the date? That's your birthday, right?