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Old 03-25-2013, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know, Blunted gonna split boarding? He gonna die in an avalanche withing 30 mins of the session. Is he nuts?

Reminder im not like this on the hill!

Anyways, i got my lobster for groomers and stuff, might pick up a speedodeeps when it comes out. I also have the cheetah for resort pow days and such. But i want to take up split boarding. slow and the right way.

First question is which board? I was thinking billy goat. I liked it for pow and going fast. What im terms of the board setup do i actually need? I did some research but not everything is clear to me yet.

I dont want to rush things but i do enjoy nature, powder and scenery so im getting the setup for next year. Avy 1,2 with first aid and cpr is what i had in mind. With all the BC equipment. Need anything else? Heard reading books helps to...

Let me know of this whole idea... Is it worth it?
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know, Blunted gonna split boarding? He gonna die in an avalanche withing 30 mins of the session. Is he nuts?

Reminder im not like this on the hill!

Anyways, i got my lobster for groomers and stuff, might pick up a speedodeeps when it comes out. I also have the cheetah for resort pow days and such. But i want to take up split boarding. slow and the right way.

First question is which board? I was thinking billy goat. I liked it for pow and going fast. What im terms of the board setup do i actually need? I did some research but not everything is clear to me yet.

I dont want to rush things but i do enjoy nature, powder and scenery so im getting the setup for next year. Avy 1,2 with first aid and cpr is what i had in mind. With all the BC equipment. Need anything else? Heard reading books helps to...

Let me know of this whole idea... Is it worth it?

Get educated on the backcountry and decide for yourself if it is worth the calculated risk. I think there is a place in Calgary that rents out the gear. I'm sure that it would be mind blowing and "worth it" every time you and your buddies came back safe. I would, however, do it before you get married, because many wives will immediately put the kibosh on this idea. My wife told me if I died she would be pissed and tell the kids I was an idiot for venturing into the backcountry - whether or not I had all the training in the world. She also said that if I became a vegetable I would be on my own - into the nursing home I go. This is coming from a gal who let me ride 30 days so far without batting an eye. I am scared shitless of avalanches so you wont be seeing me out there. I may be tempted to ride inbound territory like Delirium Dive that requires the beacon and gear. Only time will tell.
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Get educated on the backcountry and decide for yourself if it is worth the calculated risk. I think there is a place in Calgary that rents out the gear. I'm sure that it would be mind blowing and "worth it" every time you and your buddies came back safe. I would, however, do it before you get married, because many wives will immediately put the kibosh on this idea. My wife told me if I died she would be pissed and tell the kids I was an idiot for venturing into the backcountry - whether or not I had all the training in the world. She also said that if I became a vegetable I would be on my own - into the nursing home I go. This is coming from a gal who let me ride 30 days so far without batting an eye. I am scared shitless of avalanches so you wont be seeing me out there. I may be tempted to ride inbound territory like Delirium Dive that requires the beacon and gear. Only time will tell.
HAHA, yeah...... Its pretty dangerous. Experience and training will go a long way. But seeing snowboarding is everything to me and i love to explore, it only makes sense. I now have about 10 years of resort riding under my belt and im only 18. Time to step it up.
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Buy and read this book a couple of times. It's a good one, and you can never have enough repetition with this stuff.

I'm planning on getting into splitboarding next year too.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would rent first and give it a try. U of C outdoor center can rent you board, poles, skins, becon etc etc for a reasonable price!
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tons of great info on everything split here:

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found a guy who will trade me my kayak for a split, whoop, bout to make that happen and get out there as soon as the season ends

good book recomendation above, ordered
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Study the book. I havent studied a book for 15 years but I studied that one for months on end when I got into splitting and I still read it when Im bored or on a plane etc.
Then do an ast1 course and put it all into theory, you will already know everything from the book but its good to talk about it with other people and get different perspectives etc.
Plus the on snow day is pricless learning how to properly perform a search and rescue.
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There's another rental shop in Calgary that rents setups and has AST I and II courses hosted in our area. I've never used them, but would like to sign up for AST I next year.

I think it'd be retarded to buy a split setup before trying it, and you get to do that in the AST I course, so why not?

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Not trying to be a dick here (I know, I can't help it) but this is actually a bit of a pet peeve of mine when people with no splitboarding or backcountry experience give advice about splitboarding and backcountry.
I have cross country experience!!! lol

What I meant to say was in blunts position. He just seems like he's interested but totally green. There are locations in Calgary you can rent from, that also do the AST courses, so why not get two birds stoned at once?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah i am green. But i have done quite a bit of snowboarding.

Back to the topic, i saw the Burton splif. Seems like a good idea... Short and light board that floats well. Has anyone tried it? Should i wait for the 2014 Burton split setup?

Im probably going to give it a quick shot before going all out, but im pretty certain i want to spend the rest of my life in a shack deep in BC.
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