We just got back from driving to Austria from Bavaria. A quick post then more details later. We got some good skiing done in Switzerland, then headed up to my wife Lisa’s ancestral area east of the Bodensee, in and around Scheidegg, Germany, where she spent much time as a young girl. We bunked one night there in the 300 year old family farm house, complete with dairy cows just down the hall from our room.
|Lisa got up early to help with the morning feed. I slept in. Farmers are tougher than me.|
|The gal shovels hay to the hungry cheese sources.|
|And not to be accused of missing our skiing subject matter, here is a little something for all you history/gear heads out there. Turns out Lisa’s uncle Rolf owned a sport shop and had some old bindings he wanted to show us. Check this one out. A full pivot 3-pin from the 1960s. It has a rubber bumper that prevents a totally free pivot, but which can be removed so the rig easily matches the pivot performance of any of the much vaunted new “free pivot” tele bindings give you. Yep, nothing new under the sun.|
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.