23 Photos - Nov 18, 2013
Photo: Mounted up a new setup Friday night to test out at the course conclusion on Sunday afternoon at Jiminy.
Skis are courtesy of Skimo.co:
http://skimo.co/movement-response-x-skis
Will be interesting to see how they compare to my similar Hagan Y Flow skis:
http://skimo.co/hagan-y-wai-flow-skis
.... which have similar tip & waist dimensions but a much narrower tail.  (Still waiting on the new Hagan ZR bindings for those skis, to be mounted with my Dynafit DyNA EVO boots.)Photo: The weather was so perfect Saturday morning that I conducted my pack-up demo outside.Photo: I'm pretty sure that here I'm lifting up my 4.7-ounce Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer down vest.
(Note the digital postal scale and hanging scale on the bench to my left.)Photo: After the pack-up demo, we conducted a leapfrog-style compass bearing exercise, treating the rope tow line as an feature that had to be "boxed" to get around.Photo: For our navigation exercise early Saturday afternoon on a steep wooded hillside, we wanted to aim off from the prominent turn in the road to follow a 76-degree TN bearing.
I recorded a GPS tracklog (in red) for the group I shadowed.
The blue line I drew in, from where we left the trail (to skirt the ravine) to where we hit the road, was a heading of . . . 76.04 degrees!Photo: Sunday morning, after breaking camp, we hiked down into The Hopper via the March Cataract trail to fill up on water (and also admire the falls).
Here my 1.5-ounce Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Anorak is so shiny that it's reflecting the camera flash!Photo: After an initial presentation by Dave, the teams traded off roles with ropework versus constructing an emergency litter (shown here still in progress).Photo: Eric demonstrated an alternative litter, simply by wrapping a tarp around two branches -- surprisingly effective!Photo: Here the litter is being carried down with some packs for final testing.Photo: Dave overseeing the careful hike down through the slippery leaves!Photo: Getting ready to haul up the litter...Photo: Success!Photo: After we hiked back down to the trailhead and Mount Greylock Ski Club lodge, we drove over to Jiminy Peak for emergency sled construction, and then some skinning technique practice.
Fortunately in addition to opening a couple routes to the summit, Jiminy tried yet failed to open this little magic carpet beginner area, so we had a test slope all to ourselves -- here the Sevick father & daughter team test out their sled built from my K2 Rescue Shovel kit.Photo: A young Jiminy patroller (Matt?) volunteered to be our victim.Photo: Dave is the victim as another team tests out their entirely improvised sled.
The skis were very far apart, since they chose to use the ice axe holes in the head and spike as anchor points.  This made the frame of the sled very secure, but complicated trying to lash a shovel blade in the center.Photo: Dave seems to approve.Photo: Dave looking a little more doubtful on the down?Photo: Dave about to disembark while Mark prepares to be the victim for his Brooks-Range sled.Photo: Team Sevick lowering their happy victim.Photo: Don't let go!Photo: Mark's Brooks-Range sled nearing completion.Photo: I can't tell if Mark was captured in an off moment by the camera, or if he's acting it up as the victim?Photo: Mark being tended to by his students.
After the sled testing, we skinned up the ski area into the soupy weather, practicing efficient skinning strides and tricky kick turns.
And finally, the class was dismissed to enjoy some wet snow turns back down the base -- many thanks to everyone for a safe, fun, and productive course!