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    Default Take a Newbie Into the Backcountry?

    I just got my trekkers today and skins a few days ago. Anyone want to take a backcountry newbie on a day trip? I'd gladly trade a trout/float trip down the upper Kenai this summer/ fall. I'm not a guide so this isn't a solicitation, but it seems like it would be a fun trade if anyone's interested.

    I have very little backcountry experience. I do have a pieps and a shovel, but I should probably brush-up with the pieps before I go into any real avalanche country...It's been more than ten years since I've played with the thing and it's tough to practice with only one

    Shoot me a P.M. if you're interested.

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    I can't make any promises for the next couple of weeks, but since you're in Kenai, I'd be happy to meet you halfway sometime in March - maybe Turnagain Pass or around Summit Lake?

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    Default Sounds Good.

    Sounds good to me. I'll P.M. you around the 1st.

    Thanks.

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    I'm probably not as knowledgeable as Brian, but I wouldn't mind a few turns, maybe a few tight lines.

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    Default I think

    The jury's still out on the boots. I'm keeping the adrenalins...for now... and hopefully I'll get-up to see Jim in the next couple of weeks for a real fitting, but for now, I can ski in them with only moderate discomfort (well maybe a little pain, but I've been skiing in race-fit Lange XR9's for most of my skiing career, so a little pain is normal) I'm hoping Jim can make these comfortable, but we'll see. If the issue I'm having with overflexing in walk-mode on the one boot can't be resolved, I may send them back and try a pair of Scarpa Tornados.

    You free to make a few turns next Saturday?

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    I'm taking a rowdy pack of 2 year olds to the zoo on Saturday (unless it's raining). Another time would be great.
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    I skied on Tornados in the resort last week and they worked real well. One thing to be aware of is there are two forward flex positions, jam em all the forward and they work nearly as well as downhill boots and are real comfy with the custom liner.

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    Avy savvy? The next few days should be pretty sketchy in places. High winds up here.
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    Default I'm starting to wonder.

    I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to get any b/c skiing in this year with all the crappy weather. I'm headed to Mexico next Thursday for ten days so when I get back, it will be almost April!

    I know, I know, cry me a river...I must have gotten bit by the ski bug pretty bad this year 'cause I'm pretty sure I'd rather ski than catch bonefish!! Somebody check my temperature!

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    The resort should be good tomorrow.
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    April won't be too late. I've had some very, very good backcountry days in April.

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    slopes will need some settling down as the snowpack gets thicker. todays storm seems like a nasty one.

    april is early.

    hope folks stick to the trees tomorrow south of ANC. or go for a snowshoe on the flats.

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    Default I didn't realize there were AT skiers posting here.

    I have been looking for local folks interested in hitting Summit or Turny for some time now, but never thought to look here. I have weekends and Tuesdays free to ski if conditions are right. I'm no pro at the backcountry yet but I am careful, conservative and equipped and have been gaining some experiece for a few years. Scott, PM me when you're back, or anyone else to meet up or share a ride.

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