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3 weeks ago

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No more skiing, this season... so how about an early start for packrafting? These ultralight 'rubber boots' weigh just 230 g per pair in XL (EU size 44-46). Of course, I will wear sandals on the outside to create a sole, and neoprene socks inside them for warmth. But they almost reach my knees and will let me wade into cold water for easier entry without getting wet (virus prevention regulations permitting). ... See MoreSee Less

No more skiing, this season... so how about an early start for packrafting? These ultralight rubber boots weigh just 230 g per pair in XL (EU size 44-46). Of course, I will wear sandals on the outside to create a sole, and neoprene socks inside them for warmth. But they almost reach my knees and will let me wade into cold water for easier entry without getting wet (virus prevention regulations permitting).

3 weeks ago

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I don't know which Covid-19 measures your country has taken. But what I can easily say is this: Wherever there is no general curfew in place, we outdoor enthusiasts can still enjoy ourselves responsibly without crossing borders and without mingling with other people. But if people continue to undermine such regulations as are already in force - for instance, by congregating outside cafés or visiting friends - curfews are bound to hit us all, quickly and everywhere (and even rightly so, in my opinion). So we who love to get out and enjoy nature have an especial responsibility and reason to avoid foolish behaviour and to pass the message on to others. ... See MoreSee Less

I dont know which Covid-19 measures your country has taken. But what I can easily say is this: Wherever there is no general curfew in place, we outdoor enthusiasts can still enjoy ourselves responsibly without crossing borders and without mingling with other people. But if people continue to undermine such regulations as are already in force - for instance, by congregating outside cafés or visiting friends -  curfews are bound to hit us all, quickly and everywhere (and even rightly so, in my opinion). So we who love to get out and enjoy nature have an especial responsibility and reason to avoid foolish behaviour and to pass the message on to others.

4 weeks ago

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Yes, I am currently on a skiing high! On the right, you can see my new Rossignol BC 110 - fat, by Nordic touring standards, and waiting for bindings. But which to mount? Do I want to use this one with free-heel or with ultralight alpine touring equipment? I suppose that really boils down to another question: Am I ever going to learn semi-decent Telemark turns? Or should I simply stay in my Alpine comfort zone with this particular ski? ... See MoreSee Less

Yes, I am currently on a skiing high! On the right, you can see my new Rossignol BC 110 - fat, by Nordic touring standards, and waiting for bindings. But which to mount? Do I want to use this one with free-heel or with ultralight alpine touring equipment? I suppose that really boils down to another question: Am I ever going to learn semi-decent Telemark turns? Or should I simply stay in my Alpine comfort zone with this particular ski?Image attachment

4 weeks ago

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Hotel signs in France can be a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might imagine, the Moderne wasn't extraordinarily run down - but whether it had ever been modern is something I still wonder. When I really need a room, it is primarily to charge my smartphone, GPS device and powerbanks. But in older hotels like this one, that mission can demand creativity because their rooms feature few sockets... and the existing ones are mostly in inconvenient places. It is common for the furniture to require imaginative rearranging if you want to deploy enough plugs to charge all your gadgets. Doing so, you almost inevitably lose the luxury of the TV someone has kindly fixed right under the ceiling, along with its especially wired source of power. ... See MoreSee Less

Hotel signs in France can be a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might imagine, the Moderne wasnt extraordinarily run down - but whether it had ever been modern is something I still wonder. When I really need a room, it is primarily to charge my smartphone, GPS device and powerbanks. But in older hotels like this one, that mission can demand creativity because their rooms feature few sockets... and the existing ones are mostly in inconvenient places. It is common for the furniture to require imaginative rearranging if you want to deploy enough plugs to charge all your gadgets. Doing so, you almost inevitably lose the luxury of the TV someone has kindly fixed right under the ceiling, along with its especially wired source of power.

4 weeks ago

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One more shot from last week's skiing trip - again showing Nordic backcountry equipment (including new touring poles from Leki). The woods provided some much-needed solitude, since I find witnesses somewhat unwelcome when I am sliding around on these light, skinny skis. It is tough to be a competent and speed-oriented downhill skier in the mornings, yet such a wishy-washy ghost of that person when frustrated by soft boots and free-heel bindings in the afternoons. Mind you, these skis do tour nice and fast on flat or light uphill stretches of your route. ... See MoreSee Less

One more shot from last weeks skiing trip - again showing Nordic backcountry equipment (including new touring poles from Leki). The woods provided some much-needed solitude, since I find witnesses somewhat unwelcome when I am sliding around on these light, skinny skis. It is tough to be a competent and speed-oriented downhill skier in the mornings, yet such a wishy-washy ghost of that person when frustrated by soft boots and free-heel bindings in the afternoons. Mind you, these skis do tour nice and fast on flat or light uphill stretches of your route.

1 month ago

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I did a lot of fast Alpine skiing over the past few days in Austria. But I also managed to put in a couple of afternoon tours on Nordic backcountry equipment... a totally different experience. The contrast in terms of being in control (or not) was flabbergasting. I feel I can steer and position an Alpine ski and boot almost anywhere I want, whereas their Nordic equivalents are something Heisenberg might have conjured up: very rarely doing anything remotely predictable! ... See MoreSee Less

I did a lot of fast Alpine skiing over the past few days in Austria. But I also managed to put in a couple of afternoon tours on Nordic backcountry equipment... a totally different experience. The contrast in terms of being in control (or not) was flabbergasting. I feel I can steer and position an Alpine ski and boot almost anywhere I want, whereas their Nordic equivalents are something Heisenberg might have conjured up: very rarely doing anything remotely predictable!
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