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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Jorts » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:03 pm

Been_Jammin wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:51 am
Would there be any advantage to skinning the road north and then just climbing lower bowl directly instead of using the standard route up the east ridge? Avy forecast for tree line in summit county is the lowest possible risk.
If there's a skin track further north. Occasionally someone puts one in. East Ridge is just convenient cause there's always a skinner. Only the skiers right side of the bowl has much slide hazard. You can see where I cut hard left before the convexity.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Been_Jammin » Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:09 am

I sent Quandary on Saturday with a successful snowboard descent.

Does anyone have a good rule of thumb for when they think booting becomes more efficient than skinning?

I embraced the skinning aspect of the climb Saturday because this was my first time splitboarding. Touring is fun and a great workout. But if I were to climb/snowboard Quandary again (with the same conditions) I might just boot pack it. The trail was hard packed so flotation was pointless. Being a bigger person (6'4" 200lbs) I would prefer carrying the extra weight of the gear on my shoulders/back instead of my feet... unless I need the floatation obvi.

Ramble over. Cheers.
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by cottonmountaineering » Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:15 am

Been_Jammin wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:09 am
I sent Quandary on Saturday with a successful snowboard descent.

Does anyone have a good rule of thumb for when they think booting becomes more efficient than skinning?

I embraced the skinning aspect of the climb Saturday because this was my first time splitboarding. Touring is fun and a great workout. But if I were to climb/snowboard Quandary again (with the same conditions) I might just boot pack it. The trail was hard packed so flotation was pointless. Being a bigger person (6'4" 200lbs) I would prefer carrying the extra weight of the gear on my shoulders/back instead of my feet... unless I need the floatation obvi.

Ramble over. Cheers.
congrats!

IMO i always keep my equipment under my feet until its too steep, it takes less energy to skin than to boot
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Re: Splitboarding Quandary

Post by Jorts » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:56 am

Been_Jammin wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:09 am
I embraced the skinning aspect of the climb Saturday because this was my first time splitboarding. Touring is fun and a great workout. But if I were to climb/snowboard Quandary again (with the same conditions) I might just boot pack it. The trail was hard packed so flotation was pointless. Being a bigger person (6'4" 200lbs) I would prefer carrying the extra weight of the gear on my shoulders/back instead of my feet... unless I need the floatation obvi.
Good work. Doesn't really matter weight or height, if you know what you're doing, skinning is just plain more efficient than booting. But if your skins stop gripping and you start sliding back, that's generally a good time to start booting.

FWIW, Quandary's summit block can be skinned all the way to the summit even with dinky skinny skis that have less surface area than your splitty.
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