evan.schuAlso, to anyone seeing this thread that may know, are there certain skins compatible with the ON3P Jeffry 108s? I know I may have to cut them, but was just curious due to their squared off tip and tail shape.
I tour on Kartel/Jeffrey 108s, and the Black Diamond Ascension skins work totally fine. There's still enough tip that the loop fits around and it holds them with no issue. But you'll want to go with a wider skin and trim down to fit. I think I went with 120mm or 130mm ones.
First up, try and always have a buddy with you. And if you don't, make sure you give someone details about where you're planning on going and when to get worried. You said you'll do your best to avoid avalanche terrain, but you never know when you hit a stump just under the surface and end up barreling into a tree. Some avy reading is a good call - you're probably not gonna trigger something big, but a small slide in a localized spot could still suck if it catches you off guard.
Headlamps are good to have - in the middle of winter the daylight is often shorter than your ambitions and it's common to start or end in the dark.
Layers are key. I like to tour up light and comfy, with a hat and sunnies and thin gloves (if any gloves at all). Get to the top and immediately throw on a bit of insulation and weather protection. Layers that compact down are best so you don't have shit dangling off your pack getting covered in snow when you're not wearing it.
Bring snacks and energy and nibble often. Nothing worse than being at the end of your rope chasing after a friend or ambitious objective and feeling like it's getting away from you.
Skip the hydration system and go with wide necked bottles - hoses and narrow openings will freeze and that's just annoying to deal with. Bring lots of water.
There's some good advice in here, I think you'll be set and I imagine you'll get hooked for full-on touring in no time.