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August 1, 2010 Sunrise little patches, little skis
« on: 08/02/10, 10:32 PM »

The idea was to go on a family hike. Brought the Bigfoot figls along, in case encountered some patches along the trails that were worth a quick skitter down without making the family wait too long. This report had me thinking there'd still be enough patches on the shady sides of Burroughs, and there were. One heck of a ski summer we are having that it's possible to find ANY skiing at Sunrise in August.
The patch (really more of a legit snowfield) I was hoping to hit is the one in the pic, comes off lookers R 2nd Burroughs well down the shoulder, and drops to within a few hundred yards of the trail to Skyscraper. However, the scenic hiking itinerary didn't really leave me enough time for that or go in quite the right direction, so I settled for five quick laps on a snowfield right by the Frozen saddle and below the rim of 1st Burroughs.
Skiing the Bigfoots is really about 50% like boot skiing, 50% real skiing. Can't really "rip" or at least I cannot. Have to lean well forward to avoid the 'banana peel effect', and works best when snow is soft and not necessarily that steep (not much edge to the Bigfoots). On the plus side they only weigh a little over a pound apiece, with no added bootweight because they work with any crampon capable hiking boot. And one interesting fringe benefit to packing the Bigfoots around the trails as opposed to 'real' skis is that the laity seems to not recognize them as being actual skis. Thus I got ZERO of the usual "is there really snow up there" queries that are common when you go to the crowded trails of Rainier for a ski approach. Woot!
By the way, the flowers in the Berkeley Park area are off the hook right now.NWHikers hiking report has some flower pix and scenics.


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Re: August 1, 2010 Sunrise little patches, little skis
« Reply #1 on: 08/02/10, 10:55 PM »

Hey, I think you used the "secret" Sunrise Stash!   Cool  It's right below the corner from Frozen Lake by the return trail junction, correct?  We used that 2 months last year---woo hoo
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Re: August 1, 2010 Sunrise little patches, little skis
« Reply #2 on: 08/03/10, 11:13 AM »

Good to see our turns still good a week later! Nice!
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Re: August 1, 2010 Sunrise little patches, little skis
« Reply #3 on: 08/03/10, 03:38 PM »

I have used the Bigfoot fern gliders skiing Shuksan back in the '90's and would love to find some again.  They were fun little things, a foot outlined in pink as I recall. 

I suspect you have had the Bigfoots for some time.  I would like to know where one could find something even remotely similar.
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Re: August 1, 2010 Sunrise little patches, little skis
« Reply #4 on: 08/05/10, 10:58 AM »

I suspect you have had the Bigfoots for some time.  I would like to know where one could find something even remotely similar.
Yes, they are the classic pink-toe model. They aren't even really mine, long term loan from my brother because I have a big garage full of ski crap already... Apparently, Bigfoots might be sought after but are elusive - the entirety of ebay (U.S.) has none for sale! However, there are the euro ebay sites. If can deal with language barriers and some negotation over the extra shipping, try this for instance.
There was also a thread about building your own. I also have a pair of these homebuilts. They are lighter and pretty much just as good. The tricky parts are: finding good pieces of plastic (or maybe strong wood) that can be the riser and screw-in plates for the bales; finding stray Stubai-style lever-down bales for the back. Any crappy cut-down nonshaped ski can be the basis, although works best if they have round or squared off tips.
Hey, I think you used the "secret" Sunrise Stash!   Cool  It's right below the corner from Frozen Lake by the return trail junction, correct?  We used that 2 months last year---woo hoo
Mack: this patch here. Isn't it a beaut?  Cheesy


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Re: August 1, 2010 Sunrise little patches, little skis
« Reply #5 on: 08/07/10, 04:53 PM »

Ive been using the 'up-graded' Salomon snowblades.  These skis, originally made in the 50's (where-else) the Alps, were called 'firn-gliders'.  This past spring, a guy regularly comes from Utah to Mammoth ski area for the corn season. One day he had his Bigfoots with bright colored stretch-wear. I've seen him on 120's, as well. Those looked real sweet. As long as it's soft, the shorties work just fine. The steepest I've skied on the blades is a tad steeper than 40 degrees (down here on Mt Lassen). This season, I skied the slope directly above Lassen's parking area - this was a dream w/ 35 - 40 degrees.  I counted 50 turns, that was a 45 min. hike. Keep on bladin'   oh yaa, on the net, they're called skiboards.
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