Mountaineering above the "Timber-Line"..!
Well ,I love this because I usually have the whole mountain to myself , call me greedy !
I could never get my friends out of the bars for a week or two , ain't gonna happen !
I had to make a choice a long time ago . Do I really want to do this , (even if I'm by myself ?)
I ain't talking "Resorts" , I'm talking "Wilds" .!
YES , I really want to do this..!
There are places North of Colorado that has "NEVER" melted.! What does this mean to the "mountaineer" ? It means you will never walk , only ski or snow shoe ! If you were to break through the "wind-pack" , you surely would drown in snow!10 ft. + easily !
Basics: Well you need a special type , good strong pare of of skis.
Not all skis are the same , you now carry your weight + what you carry and in my youth , that could be 100 + lbs. on three week extended trip.
Descending , or going down , obviously gravity (x) declination or Angle of Descent"(=) speed! You can not ,"snow-plow", with all that weight and nobody I ever met could. We just ain't born doing 40+MPH. with an extra 100 lbs. !
How you control your speed is by dragging your poles and cutting across the grain of descent . (NOT SHOOT THE GAP),, with all that weight , you must maintain speed and control or you are just a "projectile" !
Ascending or,"UP", and "On The Flat" ! They make all kinds of ,strap-on , clip-on.and stick-on devices for up and flat.
Back in the old days , we used seal skin ! If you ever noticed a seal can not swim "back-wards". That's because all the short hairs point to the rear or tail.
On skis , they allow you to ."shuffle forward" and won't slide backwards , great for going "up", or "flat".! Unlike snow-shoes , you never have to lift your feet,
just "shuffle " along.
All gear for "Mountaineering" is different than down hill skis. Your foot "MUST" pivot to go comfortably up and on the flats , you're talking days and miles here!
There is "WAY TOO" much going on here for one thread ,so's I will cover just the skiing part!
Inclination and what does that mean to the "Mountaineer" ?
Well , for one thing , it'll save your life !
(MY PERSONAL SKIERS RULE OF THUMB) Never mess with more than 37 Degrees of "inclination"..!Others say 32 , but they ain't ME ! You do not want to bring the mountain down upon you .!
How do we know "inclination" ? Well , you know they make a little gauge that tells you angle by looking through and angle with-in your vision.
There is way more , like how to set up a camp on 10+ snow ?
I'm gonna stop here and if any question or interests , I will gladly answer !
Stay safe and venture on you Dawgs ..!
PS; All the crazy stuff you see in videos is "AFTER" you set camp with your little sissy "day-pack" and not your heavy load,they don't show you this part! This is "REAL'..!