Naxo binding durability update: I got a chuckle when I was checking the TGR forums to see what they were talking about. Person posted this, and mentioned they broke their “fragile” Naxos during what appears to be a Darwin Awards audition (typos from one-handed typing are left intact):
“… Made some nice turns then decided to point it (bad decision). For some reason people were waiving their arms at me. That nice pow was barely concealing a beachball sized rock. Hit it dead on and did a double eject kamakaze. Onlookes said they thought I was going to die. Was looking at a facefull of more rocks whwn I put my hand down, did a handspring and landed on a hard flat rock. Couldnt breath for 20 secs or so – terrifying. Now I can barely move the hand that was put down…”
Blog style note: Since it’s unknown if anonymous forum posters are male or female, we frequently use awkward but accurate gender neutral terms such as “person” to refer to such people, rather than “him,” “he,” “she,” etcetera.
Blog Comment: C’mon Lou. I know you’re trying to be thoughtful and inclusive, but the TGR narrative describing the quarry huckfest almost certainly was a guy… MR
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.