Sorry for my gaperness and naivete, but do you use Telemark skies? I should probably just google/wikipedia this so I don't get flamed, but this sounds like something for people that want to get a great workout, keep themselves in shape, etc. and ski.
I just recently got into hiking mountains up to 8000 feet. It kinda sounds like you are mixing both worlds, hiking/mountain climbing and than skiing?
I should pass out -- I gotta get up in 4 hours to drive to the slopes but I'm gonna PM you this weekend Chef.