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Eckels
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #25 on: 01/12/17, 06:02 PM »

Hahahaha sounds like you ran into Woods! Old guy with a big beard on a splitboard?
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #26 on: 01/12/17, 08:35 PM »

This is funny! Part of what attracts me to the back or side country, is that there are no "rules." Courtesy, yes; breaker gets firsts. I used to live and ski the Wasatch. It makes me sick to think I'd have to shadow someone's tight little turns! Sure I like to look up at my tracks, but if someone wants to ride over them, at least they are leaving more untracked nearby for me. Untracked is what I really like and if I ain't gettin' it, it's my fault for going to a popular area or being a weekender, dang-it. That guy's comments would not sit well with me either.
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #27 on: 01/12/17, 09:18 PM »

Hahahaha sounds like you ran into Woods! Old guy with a big beard on a splitboard?

He was on a splitboard lol, wasn't close enough to see the other details.
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #28 on: 01/13/17, 01:07 PM »

i'm with Scotsman. my first year i the backcountry was 1993 on teton pass (50 days), and his rules and reaoning were generally the same i picked up that winter from my elders, and will certainly teach my children.

beyond his stated reasoning, crossing skin-track has much bigger consequences as things get deeper (injuries to skiers crossing skin-tracks); micro-terrains block visibility and people lemming down such that many passes destroy the skin track (and/or cause someone to create a new skin track -- thereby taking away more turn terrain); and keeping the skin track singular to preserve down terrain.

absolute rules have no place in the back country and loving-kindness always, but i like the idea of older BC folk teaching the younger. it's a great tradition for back country travelers of all sorts, and we should express gratitude for the gesture.... so thanks, Scotsman
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #29 on: 01/13/17, 03:39 PM »

i'm with Scotsman. my first year i the backcountry was 1993 on teton pass (50 days), and his rules and reaoning were generally the same i picked up that winter from my elders, and will certainly teach my children.

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 i like the idea of older BC folk teaching the younger. it's a great tradition for back country travelers of all sorts

I appreciate this sentiment but I do think there's a difference between organically passing recommendations to peers, friends, and relatives on a tour and yelling at strangers from hundreds of feet above. They may be "best practices" but that method to me doesn't seem the best way to impart such wisdom.
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #30 on: 01/13/17, 09:48 PM »

Yes, Onward has nailed it. We all agree. Be nice. Have fun. Be considerate.
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #31 on: 01/14/17, 10:41 AM »

Yes, completely agree with Onward, and agree that anyone who raises a voice or tone in the BC is violating the biggest rule of all: don't be a dick. I wish the original poster hadn't had this experience, and thank him for keeping it cool when he rightfully could have started a dust up.
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #32 on: 01/14/17, 06:06 PM »

if i'm following in someone's track and i get a chance to speak to him/her, i will always say thanks and offer to take over, and the trailbreaker always gets to drop in first. if, however, anyone tells me where/where not to ride, and how to make turns, i will arc a few 100m long 100m wide trenches and do my best to make sure that he/she crosses them, cause f@#k those people

Exactly. Yes, always try to avoid crossing the skin track (which is somethings impossible of course), but I don't go to the backcountry to be told how to make turns.
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Re: 1/10/2017 Herman Saddle Pow
« Reply #33 on: 01/15/17, 03:53 PM »

It's amazing how some people can manage to end up pissed off instead of joyful on a sunny day with powder snow.   

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