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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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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. :dunno: 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. :dunno: 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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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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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 :yahoo:

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? :D
 

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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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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.
I'll probably join you there. As time passes I keep getting the urge to move deeper into the mountains. It's like they're pulling me west!!!

Now if only I could convince redford to invade BC, kill all the treehuggers, and set up our lifestyle there!
 

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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?
heres my step by step guide

1) snowboard a lot, you should be confident (be able to safely descend, dont have to rip the shit) all advanced terrain at your mountain.

2) Buy "staying alive" skim, read, re read.
-start reading the avy report every morning, relate what they are talking about in the book with what is happening with your local snowpack.
- Look around for a free avalanche seminar to attend. Some times at the ski area, some times at local shops.

3) Buy pack, shovel, probe, beacon. (Go to beacon park and practice if available) Start hiking around with your board on your back. Use what you have learned to stay out of avalanche terrain. Dont be focusing on riding a steep line, focus on route finding, slope angle, terrain traps. Dig some snow pits see what you find. Going to the ski area once it is closed is easy. Just wander around and find out how much hiking with a board on your back sucks. How does your outerwear work when you spend more time hiking then riding. Can you fit everything you need in your pack. (You can buy snowshoes and collapsible poles at this point, makes it a little better but still sucks) Try to meet others that like to wander around in the snow. A lot of safe snow to play on in the spring/summer i ride into july every year now. The firm snow is easier to hike on with out a split.

4) Time to commit, split, skins, poles, binders. (how much you spend here is all up to you, i started cheap, with a DIY split, voile plate binders, and home made poles. Used board and $150 for the diy kit, $150 for skins. 5 years later im still on a diy board, bought new poles, and use spark bindings) check the gear swap at splitboard.com for used deals. If you are used to having a quiver of boards picking the ideal split is hard. A board that is stable in all conditions, and is fun to ride with conditions are good. Buying a new factory split is out of my budget.

5) expand your education, level 1, first aid ect. read "staying alive" again. Try to meet others that will share their knowledge with you. Spend a lot of time on the split, dial in your equipment, work on technique.

6) start growing the beard, start shopping craiglist for used vans. Start looking at all mountains with glassy eyes.
 

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buying an old subaru is around step 1, they get a little tight if you have plans to spend a winter in one
 

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Blunted, this fall and winter I took the big dump, bought all the SH I T.… About $2500; also took avy class and so far have only been out a few times. If I had it to do over again there’s a few things that I would wait to buy, I’d recommend thinking about doing it in phases getting some minimal gear taken an avy class and get out there. There’s no education like experience, working with your equipment, finding out the efficient way of transitions, skinning and learning about what you really need and how to efficiently pack. However I’d recommend buying a quality board bindings skins poles that you will be able to use for many seasons. The thing that I’m finding is figuring out the whole timing thing… It’s a whole different pace. There is a time distortion, staging goes slow, skinning goes fast, transitions are slow and dropping the line seems to only take seconds....but the whole morning/afternoon or day just blows by really fast.
 

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It does get expensive fast, but I've rode 30 days in the bc this year. That's a lot of lift tickets. Found some new zones this year very rewarding
 

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It does get expensive fast, but I've rode 30 days in the bc this year. That's a lot of lift tickets. Found some new zones this year very rewarding
Isn't one of the points of split boarding to kind of avoid resorts? I mean, I know you can do slack country (whatever you want to call it) approaches, but the ultimate split boarding seems to be rocking up to the closest parking spot...hiking, then skinning, then bombing.
 
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