/ NEW ARTICLE: FAQ - Ski Mountaineering by Guy Willett, BMG

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There is far more to ski mountaineering than quiche eating, mullets and Ray-Ban sunglasses. For many Brits visiting the Alps in winter, the biggest set back is trudging through waist deep snow and failing to get to any routes at all. British Mountain Guide and ski expert Guy Willett gives us ten reasons why ski mountaineering makes sense. He also talks us through the basics of what gear we need to get us going uphill in the mountains in winter.

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Doug on 06 Mar 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor: Maybe a link to
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=172
would have been useful ?

And although one of the photos seems to show someone on nordic gear the article doesn't mention telemark :-(
satori on 06 Mar 2008 - lns-bzn-50f-62-147-190-115.adsl.proxad.net
In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor:

couple of sp. corrections:

> I think the Diamir Fritshi series of bindings work well
Fritschi

> Couteau: Also known as ski-crampons or harscheisen.
> Your retailer can supply you with the appropriate couteau

in this context we are referring to a pair of 'knives' - Couteaux

always welcome articles about ski mountaineering and touring.
a link to Doug's article would be good for people who want further reading, as to be honest Guy's article is a little light, AT and alps-centric.

also of interest - the Haute route article by NickinScottishMountains
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=176
dinkypen - on 06 Mar 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor:

I have to say I didn't find the 'cheeky eleventh reason' particularly amusing. In fact it is an incredibly sexist comment to make! Does the bloke not know any girls who ski mountaineer or something? I happened to be out on my skis de rando just this afternoon, enjoying the fresh snow that has fallen down here in the Pyrenees. And I haven't got big muscley thighs either!

Oh, but we did have quiche for lunch but no Ray-Bans or mullets down here, thank you very much ;-)
Oceanic - on 06 Mar 2008
In reply to dinkypen:
> (In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor)
>
> Does the bloke not know any girls who ski mountaineer or something?

To give the bloke credit he did use a photo of a woman to accompany the article.

satori on 06 Mar 2008 - lns-bzn-50f-62-147-190-115.adsl.proxad.net
In reply to Oceanic:

did she have big thighs?

;o)
billy.grant - on 07 Mar 2008
In reply to satori: she's his bird
In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor: Updated, thanks.

Jack


http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=852
Chris F - on 07 Mar 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor: Another typo .

"It's much faster uphill than snow shoes/walking (done any train breaking this year?)".

I assume he means "trail" breaking, unless he knows of a war of vandalism on public transport.

Otherwise a good article.
Paul Winder - on 18 Mar 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor: I was just wondering if he might have any further info/specifics/ideas on what 'approach skis' for up and over type routes.

Or is it just a case of experimenting/tinkering/combining bits of equipment in a home made fashion.

Cheers
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HeMa on 18 Mar 2008
In reply to Paul Winder:
> (In reply to Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor) I was just wondering if he might have any further info/specifics/ideas on what 'approach skis' for up and over type routes.

Well, my up-and-over type skis are either 180 Völkl Explosiv's with Voile CRBs (tele binders) or Sanouks with 7tms (again, teles), somewhat depending on conditions ('nooks for soft snow and Explouders for harder conditions)... But then again, I enjoy the downhill part more than the uphill ;-).

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