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Old 11-05-2012, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by walove View Post
spark and karakoram sell version that you attach your split binding, verts sell a set that has straps like a snow shoe.

seem ideal for hiking steep pow, dont think you could kick a step into hard snow ice with them as they are plastic. crampons would go better.

splitting on hard slick surfaces is tricky, but the better your technique is the easier it becomes. make sure your skins are cut right and you have an appropriate amount of edge showing.
I know I still have a ton to learn about splitting\skinning(and get in better shape) but if I can find something to avoid skinning up a 55' slope with a skintrack of pure ice and endless switchbacks then count me in!

This track we were on wasn't even in the Utah backcountry book, it suggested going all the way around but if you know Snowvols going the long way isn't even an option!
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