Some guys like classic Jeeps, others like weird old ski mountaineering bindings. Some of us like both. Check this binding out. Donated to the WildSnow museum by well known skimo racer Pete Swenson, the Emery Medium is a basic plate/frame grabber. Goal with this unit is obviously weight savings as it forgoes vertical heel release and has no cam latch to hold the boot heel. Instead, the boot is held in by a heel strap and minimalist toe wire. Fixed value side release at the toe provides a bit of safety. Details and museum display here. Vintage is unknown, probably early 1980s. Anyone know the dates this thing was available?
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.