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Name: C Dostie
Date registered: 24Apr2010



Latest posts

  1. Review: OMG’s TTS — 28Apr2014
  2. Iceland — 24Sep2013
  3. Review: BD’s Dawn Patrol Touring Pant — 29Jun2013
  4. Technique: Estimating Slope Angle — 15Jun2013
  5. TR (’94): Skiing Denali’s Wickersham Wall — 25Jun2012

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Apr 28 2014

Review: OMG’s TTS

  It has been a season now since Olympus Mountain Gear has introduced their own 2-pin tele toe to make a complete binding package. The looming question, is it ready for prime time, or is it still a beta binding? Sadly, the OMG’s toe piece confirms beta status, albiet with good performance if you’re willing …

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Sep 24 2013


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Jun 29 2013

Review: BD’s Dawn Patrol Touring Pant

  When Black Diamond announced they were going all in on clothing, I was fairly confident they would do a good job with respect to functionality first without ignoring fashion. Of the few pieces I’ve worn and used so far, they hit the nail squarely on the head. Keep in mind it isn’t like I …

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Jun 15 2013

Technique: Estimating Slope Angle

Knowing exactly how steep a slope is can be important information for understanding potential avalanche danger. Or, even if you’re not concerning yourself for the sake of safety, but instead, to prop up your ego, having an accurate measurement is imperative in either case. The best way to do that is with a clinometer (often …

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Jun 25 2012

TR (’94): Skiing Denali’s Wickersham Wall

© 1994   It felt nakedly brazen to be linking turns on the Wickersham Wall, a slope whose name is synonymous with avalanches. A slide now, while skiing in the center of the upper face, would carry me over 10,000-feet over cliffs and icefalls to a frozen, broken death. But we were confident in the …

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May 04 2012

Review: Rab Stretch NeoShell® Jacket

  Skinning up in a storm has always been a special treat – especially in the trees while the wind is howling above and the flakes fall thick on the shoulders of your pack while you stoke the fires of warmth with the energy of climbing, cloaked beneath the wet in a weatherproof shell. On …

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Feb 27 2012

Canadian Study reduces Avalanche Survival Time

An updated study of avalanche survivability statistics, spearheaded by Pascal Haegeli, PhD and published in relative obscurity in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last year indicate that survivability chances are significantly lower than previously thought, at least in Canada compared to Switzerland. For years avalanche educators have reasoned that the commonly accepted statistics derived by …

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Feb 12 2012

First Look: Gecko Climbing Skins

  As skis have gotten fatter, the criteria for judging skin glue has changed. Back in the day when today’s skinny skis felt fat, it was hard to find a climbing skin with glue that was too sticky. Stickier was always better, unless, of course, the glue was going bad and then the issue wasn’t …

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Feb 12 2012

CCSP Guide to Mendocino Ski Tours

  The Mendocino National Forest in Northern California contains nearly one million acres. From the Snow Mountain Wilderness in the southern end to the Yolla Bolly – Middle Eel Wilderness in the north, numerous peaks hold snow well into the summer. Access to these peaks can be tricky. And time consuming. The better part of …

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Sep 25 2011

Review: Fritschi’s Freeride Pro (2011)

Few pieces of equipment can claim to have propelled the popularity of backcountry skiing like Fritschi’s Freeride binding. It was the first alpine touring binding that appealed to the mindset of the relatively untapped market of American alpine skiers lusting for untracked powder, but unwilling to let go of their reliance on beefy alpine bindings. …

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