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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 07:09 AM
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I'll probably venture up into northern michigan to experience this...
Mount Bohemia - Extreme Skiing - Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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This has been added to my hit list. As stated before, go with a pro or an experienced guide from that area. Half the battle is route finding.


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Another thing I should mention about getting into bc riding. It helps if you really don't mind suffering. A lot. Most guide outfits that will teach you backcountry skills will require that you do a lot of hiking/skinning. Gaining some serious vertical and being out in the field for long periods of time. Your legs will get very tired, the weather can be crap, a good portion of the day will be very uncomfortable. Running a marathon can be a lot less painful than what you'll do when you're earning your turns. Plus, after you reach your objective and deem it safe enough to ride, you have to have enough in your legs for the down. That can be a tall order at time. Even using snowmobiles can be very taxing. They tend to get stuck in the worst spots, break down, etc. If your 'bile gets stuck and you can't get it out of the backcountry, it'll cost you $500-$600 to have a heli remove it, plus the pain of getting out of the area without the aid of your sled. If you are a person that likes to take these sort of challenges head on, the rewards are amazing.
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I've been all dressed up (except the splitboard) with nowhere to go this year.
I'm selling my jeep, and once I give that up I am buying a splitboard.

I'll ease into it with 4-5 days in the BC next season... and a whole lotta sidecountry.
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This has been added to my hit list. As stated before, go with a pro or an experienced guide from that area. Half the battle is route finding.
Yeah but I need to get a lot better before I go XD.


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Another thing I should mention about getting into bc riding. suffering. A lot.
I'll second that. I'm all for heli/cat/sled access. But even sled neckers end up digging their shit out all day. Nothing beats 6 or more runs a day in a heli. Worth every penny


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[QUOTE=killclimbz;157001]Another thing I should mention about getting into bc riding. It helps if you really don't mind suffering. A lot.

Lots of good advice folks, thanks. Sounds like nothing good comes easy but the payoff is worthwhile...now off to practice my suffering all summer and build up some tolerance!
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