So last season I finally managed to save up enough to get my first AT setup.
Needless to say, I'm hooked. I dropped a fat chunk on a -18C sleeping bag, 38L pack, lighter skis, etc. to spend as much time in the bc as possible. I'm looking to do loads of hut trips, build jumps, and work towards being more valuable in the bc with my knowledge/skills so I can be a reliable partner if shit goes south.
Last season I managed to find a couple friends to tour with....
One friend was still learning to ski, but also new to the backcountry. So we weren't at the same skiing level. She also moved to Tofino which sucks.
Another friend ( a snowboarder that was learning to ski ) was decent on the downhill, and also down to build smaller jumps! (I'd eventually start pushing her to build some bigger ones lol) but she's moving to California.
I also had another partner who drove me crazy.... she wasn't a "morning person" and would sleep in, wake up at 11am, and take her sweet ass time getting ready. Meanwhile I was up at 6am ready to inhale my breakfast and hit the skin track asap. She also preferred to ski down on the skin track ??? Like wtf
Another friend and her boyfriend were a great pair to tour with, but they moved back to the Netherlands :(
I know it's only July but I'm already starting to get antsy over not having a sick crew to go out touring with when the snow starts to fall. I know it takes years to find the right people who are at a similar skill level, and understand/trust/push each other.
How did you find your crew? Any tips? Or is it just trial and error?