/ Extreme ski descents NZ
2 first descents in 2 days on this gear:
Freddy skis on a pair of Dynastar Altitrail Powder skis. They are a pretty unlikely ski to tackle the steeps with, even Dynastar describes them ‘a good choice for tourers wanting a ski that’s light, stable and great fun on the way down’. Hardly a rousing endorsement for ground breaking first descents! This is a ski that when you Google it, the first search returned describes how the ski explodes unexpectedly and should be recalled. His boots are Scarpa F1 Rando race boots. This lightweight boot is made for fast touring with a front bellows like a telemark boot. This boot is so flexible you have to put a spacer under it between the binding toe and heel so that its flexible sole will not collapse down onto the ski. When you front point in them they bend like a banana. With the boots held in place with a pair of Dynafit Tourlite bindings (picture a dodgy C clamp) this setup would be perfect for a nice day touring in the Pisa. Perhaps that is how he climbed Cook return to Plateau Hut in four and a half hours. Freddy’s ski poles have large leather powder baskets held on with medical tape.
Nice find, that guy's amazingly bad-ass and humble at the same time.
Pretty impressive to climb both Cook & Tasman on consecutive days never mind ski them.
Some cool dude!
There is so much BS talked about ski kit. Way in excess of climbing stuff but it's catching up.
'That ski's Xmm underfoot so you can't do X with it'
'That's a touring boot so you can't ski that line with it'
If you're good enough your kit's good enough.
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