Fast and Light Binding Review Update

Plum Guide touring bindingI did a little more work on my previous binding review. This includes some race bindings as well as some slicker speed touring options. I have included more detail on weights, as well. - Brian

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Nez Perce Trifecta

The north face of Nez Perce. East and West Hourglass CouloirsA few years ago, Steve Romeo and I set out early one snowy morning with the intention of skiing the Nez Perce Trifecta - a link-up of the Sliver, East Hourglass and West Hourglass Couloirs. We hauled a couple of ropes and some hardware up Garnet Canyon prepared for anything except for the thigh deep powder we encountered. We bailed. Steve got the mission done last year with a different partner but the project has remained on my list since that first attempt. 

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Plum Race 145 Bindings - first impressions

There is no arguing the fact that ski mountaineering racing is a gear-intensive pursuit. The equipment is highly specialized and there is a small segment of the ski industry dedicated to developing gear for racing. As the sport grows we are seeing more niche companies entering the fray and grabbing a piece of the market. Much of this gear and the technology used to create it has started trickling back to mainstream skiers.

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Big Day On Prospector Mountain

Dina high in the Vee CouloirThere's a life time of steep ski lines in the Tetons. Some are easier to get to than others. Many are on every backcountry skier's hit list and see frequent descents while others never come up on the radar for one reason or another. After skiing one of the more obvious gems in the range, the Apocalypse Couloir on the north side of Prospector Mountain, a couple of weeks ago another line in the same area came up in conversation. The Vee Couloir is one of those runs I have heard little about over the years. Steve Romeo at posted a picture of it a few years ago during one of his "Name that Couloir" posts. I hadn't thought of it since.

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Buck Mountain North Face - Newc Couloir

The awesome North Face of Buck Mountain. The Newc Couloir is right of the center rib.After something like 35 years of climbing and skiing in the mountains I've been reminded over and over that the best outings are the ones filled with the most uncertainty. Sure, heading out on a typical Teton powder day is filled with anticipation of fun but the conclusion is nearly certain most days… cruiser skin tracks, blower powder and, generally, good times. Tons of fun but minimal adventure and little uncertainty.

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