The other day… a misfortunate soul I chance encountered at a trailhead had to ski out of the wild on one plank. The binding had popped off the ski like a champagne cork during your 2nd wedding anniversary. I got a quick look at the culprits. Not sure what truly went wrong, but the toe unit screws had about two threads engaging the ski. Suspicion is the mounting tech fired the shorter heel screws into the toe, or, just picked up random screws of the workbench. Whatever. Inspiration for a blog post.
Thing is, I realized we needed more exposition here on Wildsnow about binding screw length for those of you doing home mounts (and perhaps for shop employees as well?). More, I’m realizing that some of the binding pull-outs we’ve heard of over the years could well have been caused by improper screw length. I’ll add links to the post to all our home mount DIYs, check it out.
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.