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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Dunno but that was the first thing people told me about skinning up in fresh, hips get sore even for the healthy young 20somethings
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those hip flexors hurt because unless you train running hurdles you just don't really use those muscles/tendons for anything like you do when you're skinning. once you get into regular use of them (ie a month or so into the season of consistent hiking) they'll stop hurting. its a pretty normal "beginning of the season" thing even if you've been splitting a while.

obviously will be worse in deeper snow.
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Did my first skinning of the year last Sunday at Stevens, up to the top of Skyline. About a quarter of the very was breaking trail in about 24" of unconsolidated pow. Rough, but doable. The rest went pretty quick on a groomed section. I was surprised my legs didn't feel more sore afterwards....guess all that cardio on the stairmaster worked out for me, haha.
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another technique to make the ups easier, esp steeper, trail breaking...
the 'rest step', you can look it up n shit, but in a nutshell:
instead of moving with a smooth continuous gait, you power up your leg extension and lock your knee on whats now your back leg, swinging your other foot fwd into place
pause for whatever you need, a half second relaxation goes a long way, or if your breaking a steep technical track you might need say 5 - 10 secs to stamp in your next ski length with your front foot. the part that counts is that your weight is on your back foot, and your knee is locked so your bones take the weight and your muscles can rest.
repeat x 5000 or whatever
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