I was supposed to be working more this summer on getting most of our binding collection digitized. I’m such a slacker, just got started. Autumn entertainment.
The first popular Emery Altitude ski touring binding, originating from France and sold in the mid to late 1970s, was one of the most well conceived bindings of the time. Comprising a fully functional alpine heel and toe mounted on a plate with a walking pivot and heel latch-down, the concept was simple and effective. You could mount a modern toe unit on this rig in 2016 and, aside from the weight, have a backcountry skiing binding as functional as nearly any other of the present.
(Note, we conjecture a few Emery ski touring bindings of a more developmental nature were farmed out prior to this, if anyone knows, please leave comments. We’d also like to narrow down the years this binding was retailed, so information about that and the history of Emery as a company is appreciated as well. We do note that the Emery company made snowboard bindings for a while, and was acquired by Rossignol in 1999, but that’s all we know.)
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.