/ Starting Ski Touring.
I live in the Pyrenees and I've done some winter and summer climbing in the area, as well as some downhill skiing. I'm really keen to try some touring this winter, and am currently looking for some advice. Can anyone recommend any relevant literature, or perhaps some routes in the Pyrenees?
I own some old skis but I wouldn't want to buy the whole touring set until I was serious about it, since they seem to be hugely expensive. Could anyone recommend or offer second hand alpine touring adaptors, that would allow me to use normal skis and bindings in a touring mode? I'd also be interested in a pair of second hand skins.
Alpine trackers work but are a poor solution Considered telemark skis? then you can use the same gear for piste & touring
Not much spare money = buy snowshoes or find a job
It is well worth your while saving up for a good pair of boots and having them professionally fitted. A day spent skinning in poorly fitted touring boots is going to mangle your feet.
I'd also highly recommend getting a decent avalanche beacon too. Don't skimp here unless you want to discourage other folk from skiing with you!
depending on what touring bindings you buy yes your downhill boots will fit - you need Diamir Fritschi freerides, Marker Dukes or similar not Dynafit ones. however it'll probably end up mor expensive doing it that was rather than getting hold of a 2nd hand set up thats ready to go.
I used my downhill boots for quite a while and they were fine, but then i am used to spending lots of time in them and my feet being sore. Its important whatever boots you use that you do actually do them up esp when travelling uphill and that they fit really well else you'll end up with blisters.
To attach different bindings to your skis you'd need to take the regular ones off and redrill the skis so its not a good idea really.
Skis wise, if you will be around France for a while go to Emmaus which is a kind of 2nd hand shop crossed with a charity shop that sells everything, and has loads of skis/skins etc. You can get some pretty decent stuff there and won't cost a fortune, and if you will be there for 5 weeks and are keen to get out skinning it'll definately be worth it. you could always sell it all again after but I don't think you will!
You also need to have basic avalanche kit of transciever, shovel and probe, and its always good to have some duck tape, cable ties/ shoelaces etc when you're touring to fix bits of binding etc or attach skins that have lost their stick.
A ski touring set up is expensive but extremely good value in terms of expenditure vs buzz, rather than wasting money on compromised gear I recommend hiring proper touring gear to see if it hits ths spot for you, if it does you will be much more at ease in making the necessaey scrifices to buy the kit.
I don't see why not.
Fitting touring bindings to your existing skis is possible, but not easy. It depends very much on the holes that are already in there. If you know your BSL, the make and type of your current alpine bindings and have access to a printer, go here: http://www.techinfo.bindingfreedom.com/Binding_Templates.html and print out some mounting templates. If you have to shift the touring bindings more than a cm or two forwards or backwards to get good clearance around the drill holes, it won't be worth trying.
I'd keep an eye out for some second hand skis and bindings combined... have a look at ebay item 370643165178 or 300783438623 for an example. Sport Conrad only has a few such offers left now (and they're a bit on the small and light side); you really need to start looking late season to get the best ones (and they had a lot this year).
Buying second hand or sale boots over the internet is probably not a gamble worth taking unless you already know you fit a particular size and model well.
Be cautious about buying any old touring binding because it is cheap. Some are notoriously awful! The Fritschi (usually Freeride) and Marker (Duke, Baron, Tour) touring bindings will both take boots with normal alpine soles. Also be aware that alpine boots can limit you a little; the grippy soles on touring boots make a massive different in places where you can't ski and can't use boot crampons.
> I recommend hiring proper touring gear to see if it hits ths spot for you, if it does you will be much more at ease in making the necessaey scrifices to buy the kit.
Yeah, this! If there's somewhere worth skiing, there's almost certainly a place that will hire you some adequate kit not far away.
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