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skiindanaI tour like 10-15 days a year in CO.
Sticking to Gear Advice:
1. Required: beacon, shovel, probe. I go touring by myself but I still bring a beacon. Don't make SAR spend days in dangerous terrain trying to find your stupid body.
2. If you need a 1 ski setup the "Shift" bindings do work. My wife uses them. Most annoying thing is the brakes which both stick together and sometimes engage when touring. The sticking together could probably be solved by bending them.
3. Personal opinion, but buy a shorter than narrower ski than what you ride in resort. My touring setup is the BC Navis Freebird at 184 (101 waist) and I fucking hate it. I thought I would go fast and ski powder in backcountry sometimes. I literally ski punchable crust 80% of the time and my tails stick because I suck at skiing. This is partly because I mostly tour for exercise and don't seek out shaded couloirs and ski resort when it snows, but still.
4. Another personal opinion but if you can afford it, get some boots which are dedicated to touring. I'm not saying you should buy those stupid skimo boots, but my hybrid boots went to shit fast partly because I used them in resort so much.
5. other stuff
Caltopo will save your life if you plan on going in BC, especially in Colorado. You can add the "Slope Angle Shading" overlay to the map. Colorado is crazy dangerous backcountry. However, if you stay away from avalanche terrain you 100% cannot die in an avalanche. This is what I do 80% of the time I'm out and 100% of the time I'm alone.
Two people snow shoeing died near Breckinridge this year. They had no idea they were walking under overhead avalanche risk on a mini-feature and died literally 20 feet off the path they were supposed to be on...
hot.pocketI use Caltopo quite extensively for touring and it makes the backcountry significantly easier to navigate. A caveat that was brought up in my AIARE 2 course was in regards to the slope angle shading overlay, it's a great feature but one that should be used as a very, very general guide. All the shading is produced by a computer and can be off by a few degrees, which could be the difference between avalanche and non-avalanche terrain.
Definitely view the slope angle shading on Caltopo, but be prepared to make changes while out in the actual backcountry based on real world conditions.
While unnecessary, I just wanna say I love you guys. I'm starting to see Moments out in CO more often.
My wife would also like a 'hot mess' without flowers on the top sheet. Thanks and bless
hot.pocketThanks! Hot Mess will see flowers again next year, sorry to bum your wife out. What length is she after?
RudyGarmischNot related to gear, but the one integral thing you need to really get after ski touring - 2-3 different groups of friends who consistently go ski touring.
Gear costs a ton of money and changes every season. Good friends dont.
Knowledgeable friends teach you not only where to go and how to ski safe, but are importantly also great first-hand gear testers. When you see your friends Kingpins fail for the third time it starts to make you think about selling your set, even though you've never had an issue.