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DummyBearsInvest in quality equipment your gear is everything. besides that I'm in the same sort of situation did some research bought a new pack had an old one and then also crampons and ice axe. Recommend starting on youtube theres so much content on there and you can sift through and make your own informed decisions based on that. Also maybe look at Codys episode of whats in the bag I'm sure you've seen it but its very useful and gets you thinking about what you need yourself.
Hellbrook_LabsProbably have watched the whats in the bag video 15+ times
e.will"Ski mountaineering" is a dumb term. It's skiing. The great thing about the Wasatch is it's so confined geographically, with a bevy of really interesting objectives that offer the ability to dabble in more involved ascents/descents. The best part about it? certain objectives are harder/scarier/closer to the edge depending on weather/snow/time of year. Oh, and you don't have glaciers to fuck with.
Keeping your pack as light as possible is important. Bringing the kitchen sink will seriously hinder the ability to ski, which is why you're there in the first place. Prioritize comfort and your personal idea of performance (in ski choice, clothing choice, boot choice) over weight savings. Nothing wrong with a 1400g boot (Hoji Free/Zero G/Hawx XTD) and 100 waisted ski if you're coming from a resort background. Last thing you want to do is stand on top of no-fall terrain with a pair of skis/boots that you can't ski the way you want. plus, the skiing is more fun. People always talk about how you "can't ski anything big with twin-tips" because you "have to be able to be able to build an anchor with your skis." Sure it's nice, but again, no glaciers to fuck with.
Semi-auto crampons are worth it. Never travel in groups bigger than four. Three is ideal.
People obsess over weight of their hardgoods, but lightweight layers, packs, helmets, clothes, can afford a better skiing setup.
take an anchor-building course. Honestly will suit you really well in this arena -- even more-so than an avi course, because you sure as shit won't be skiing these things when it's anything but green light condies.
DummyBearsMore weight... Work harder ..... More fun.... More rewarding (within reason of course)
e.willThat's not what I'm saying at all.
More weight and working is not more fun and not more rewarding. It's actually much worse and much less rewarding. I love touring with my pescados and beast bindings, but I sure as shit am not going to hoof them up Rainier for a single day ascent. But I will take my vision 108s with ion 12s -- especially if I'm skiing something fun like the finger or success couloir.
What I'm saying is there is a point of diminishing return. Around 1400g in boots and 1650g for skis seems to be that sweet spot for skiers coming from a freeride/resort background.
Instead, focus on cutting weight in the overall package kit head to toe. Helmets/clothing/backpacks/accessories are places that you can go lighter and lighter that afford you opportunities to keep skis you like on your feet with boots that don't suck. lightweight softshell or c-knit hardshell pants. A super thin 3l raincoat instead of a hardshell. Strip all the unnecessary attachments on a pack. 200 gm helmet, no goggles. One down layer.
Most people bring too much shit and don't think about the overall package, instead obsessing over light skis and light boots. Which I think is dumb, and not seeing the forest for the trees.
Hellbrook_LabsDoes anyone here ski mountaineer? I started to get interested in it after watching/following Cody Townsend's The Fifty Project after watching it I haven't gone after any big objectives, but I did ski the South Face of Mt. Superior next season I plan on getting really into it so does anyone have any tips or helpful info?
Hellbrook_Labsbut I did ski the South Face of Mt. Superior
Titus69Nice claim, but so did 500 other people this last winter..
Hellbrook_LabsOh ya for sure it was nothing too big I just wanted to keep it easy, it's more of a tour than anything.
SkibumsmithLearn to climb. Ski mountaineering is just a combination of skiing and alpinism.