Monthly Archives: February 2012


Being well fed is one of the most important things to having a successful day in the skin track. Just because we want to travel light, doesn’t mean that we should have to eat foods that taste like chocolate-coated bark. For years, I have survived by consuming tasteless energy to keep me going all day. Last winter, atop Mount Glory outside of Jackson, Wyoming, I was munching on a tasteless bar when a friend tossed me a Tram Bar and said “try this, it’s much better.” One bite in and I was hooked. I ate Tram Bars every day for the rest of my trip to Wyoming and stocked up to bring some home.

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The wind is our friend. I always try and remind myself of this when I’m being pelted in the face with blowing snow and a -30º windchill. However, the wind is putting that snow somewhere, so we went out to find it. Sunday February 12th. Frame grabs from the upcoming DTK: Check Your Pins Season 2 Episode 1.

Traversing somewhere high up in VT.

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Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But until we see evidence of smaller, we’re just going to go ahead and claim this 142cm stun gun as the world’s smallest splitboard.

About to put 'er to the test.

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Even though my predictions were incorrect, Superbowl Sunday was indeed a super day. Sunny skies, light winds, moderate temperatures and decent snow. What more could you ask for? After running into some low elevation lack of snow on Saturday, we decided to head up high on Sunday. Here are a few pictures from our walkabout.

Blue sky and white snow. Perfect.
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Northern Vermont saw some good snow and bitterly cold temps a few weeks ago. A few of us decided it was a good time to spend a weekend in the woods and test out some new gear. Meanwhile, the Bolton DTK contingent went off to hit a few choice trails that have been closed for powder farming.

Choosing a spot to post up at for a couple days was made easy by the imposing cold – we needed shelter with a heat source. Temps were forecast to drop to -18º F. With our location solidified, we set out on Saturday morning with a pulk full of seasoned wood, our warmest sleeping bags and as many down layers as we could fit in our packs. We spent the day slogging into the cabin, collecting kindling and prospecting our new zone. The following day had clear blue skies and lots of untouched snow. Unfortunately, the woods were sporting a low tide snow pack which minimizing the amount of layback slashes we could throw. We waited for temps to rebound to a balmy -5º F before we headed out. Before we even got to the goods, Nate thought it would be a good idea to turn his DIY Fish into a folding approach ski. Bummer. The rest of us moved on and scored a few quick shots through the freshly fallen snow.