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Old 06-08-2013, 11:58 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Its just that in the backcountry I am sure new people are a pain in the ass. I imagine there are many unwritten rules that noobs would not know. It's intimidating. I mean those people last month or so were trained that died at Loveland pass.
That's why you team up with exerience people who are willing to help new people. With forums such as this one and splitboard.com it's not to tough to find.

Anyone is going to understand that you're new and may struggle a bit, just do everyone a favor and show up as a competent rider and in shape. If you're holding the group up because you're stuggling with skinning, snowshoeing, post holing, whatever and you're good natured about it they'll understand. If you're holding the group up because you're 30 pounds overweight and sucking wind or just flat out can't ride, you probably won't be invited back.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:59 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I would love to skin that long flat run-in on the standard trail, even with all the extra mileage from i70. I've hiked it several times and it seems to go on forever before you start real climbing. Do you get any glide with skins? or do you do this part without the skins? You know for a more nordic effect where you are actually maintaining some kind of speed...?
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #23 (permalink)
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You get some glide with the skins. Control while gliding isn't for shit though. For any significant downhill, you'll want to transition to downhill snowboarding mode. It's definitely not skiing, it's just for short straight sections. Don't plan on being able to turn worth a damn.
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I'm just thinking about how the standard route for g&t is really long and flat at the beginning. As opposed to say Quandary which starts out basically like stairs from the trailhead....
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #25 (permalink)
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You can split ski and I sometimes do. Though it has to be very low angle cause I suck at skiing. You can do it with skins but it is a lot more drag and turning is comprised. I probably do the latter more than anything though.

As far as the G&T trail goes. You can drive all the way to Kelso right now. The Kelso slide path went huge and is blocking the road. Probably a few more weeks until thay melts out enough to get through. I just may go for Emperor or Dead Dog next weekend if there looks to be enough snow.

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