Yeah, we’re back again at the temple of gear just a few blocks from the real Temple here in Salt Lake City. Sometimes I think I’d be more comfortable doing some prayer meditation over at the Tabernacle, but checking out what’s being done in the secular world by industrious humans is fun too. We had a few important contact appointments today that will bear later fruit. For now, I took a quick walk between business meetings to see what caught my eye.
While you won’t see much ski stuff at the summer OR show, many of our favorite backcountry focused gear folks are still here. Am stopping by BD today for the party line on changes at their company. More on that later.
For now, I did drive by La Sportiva and get the skinny on what’s happening with Vapor Nano, still probably the lightest backcountry ski (per surface area) on the market and a top favorite. We were paranoid they’d increase mass of the retail version. Happy to report they claim it’ll maintain same mass, with cosmetic chipping at the edges of the top-skin mitigated by the formerly white topskin having some darker grey at the edges so the black substrate doesn’t contrast so much.
Be that as it may, Vapor Nano is an expensive plank and costs what it does for a reason: it skis and it is light, so a bit of easily repaired cosmetic stuff is in my view a non-issue. Really, on most skis you can repair cosmetic chips the same way you detail tiny dings in your car paint — it you want to go that far.
In other ski info today, Benedikt ‘Beni’ Boehm of Dynafit is over in the great range attempting to climb and ski two 8,000 meter peaks in the same trip — another in the trend of expedition “enchainments” that seems to be picking up speed. Rumor has it this trip will theme a new ski from Dynafit called the ‘Double 8.’ According to insiders at Dynafit, all this surrounding a branding slogan “committed to the impossible.” Best wishes to Beni, alpinism on the 8,000-ers can be tricky, something he of course already knows having been through everything from apocalyptic snowstorms to the tragic Manaslu avalanche.
Back at it again today. Overall, positive spirit of the outdoor industry continues to evidence and with nice weather here in SLC we’re enjoying a brief respite from logging and driveway improvements up at WildSnow HQ in Colorado. Though I’ll admit I feel the chainsaw calling my name.
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.