After a bit you'll find that you have two sets of legs. One set that gets all worked over on the up and can be completely worthless. Yet the other set kicks in on the down and you generally do just fine. Of course they can both get worked, then it's time to find the bar...
The last tour definitely felt a LOT better. It's probably a good to tour with people that are more at my level, the first couple of times I was with guys that can easily do 5000-6000' a day, just keping up with the pace was killer.
You should've seen me attempting to skin up steep stuff my first time on a split. I was borrowing one of killz' old ones. Complete shit show. One of those times where you just have to pause for a minute to have a good laugh at yourself.
God damn do i have to get to CO some time in the next few years to ride with you lot, we just don't have that much BC in the north island of NZ. Good to hear you're now fully in the swing of things Zee, i remember my first couple of tours being a bit of a shit show trying to skin in steep icey conditions (which im quite good at now ). On another note im in the market for my 2nd split, what are you lads on at the moment? i need something more powder orientated then my 165 prior backcountry.
If you want a powder gun the Neversummer Summit is definitely the deep day slayer. It's perfectly capable on hard pack stuff too. Not great at switch riding stuff if you are in powder of any consequence. With the set back, it's hard to keep the tail up.
My Heritage is great for that switch stuff in pow. I am so not used to being able to do that, as I've been on very directional splits for the last 5 years. It's also not going to be as good in the really deep stuff as the Summit is either.
The Venture Storm is another pow oriented board you might look at. The Venture crew, like Neversummer, really give a shit about how their product turns out.
Anything that rides switch well will be compromised in powder. Part of what makes powder boards so great in the deep stuff is the setback and taper - the same things that work against you riding switch. The Heritage is a pretty darn good compromise between the two.