Jonathan S

Jonathan S
Height:5' 8"
Weight:145 lbs
Shoe Size:US 9.00
Skier Type:Type III+ - Expert
Ski Frequency:100+ days / year
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My Skiing

I grew up skiing at a small local NY hill (where Max Taam also first skied!) and eventually was an NCAA alpine race coach for (too) many years, although my SL & GS skis now get almost no use, and I even sold my SG & DH skis.
Since 1999, I've become increasingly into self-propelled skiing, and for nine years now I've been averaging over half a million vertical feet for earned turns each season.
Given the fickle NE natural snowpack for backcountry powder, I often train at local ski areas and organize a multiple-venue skimo race series.
But my favorite time of year is when the wx and avy danger clears up for long 10k+ multiple-ravine tours in our Presidentials range, plus of course late spring and summer PNW volcano trips.
The best ski tours though are out our back door for xc w/ my wife & our daughter!

My Gear

Too much gear?
Boots = Mix of sz 42 Scarpa Alien 3.0 and sz 26 Dynafit RC1 (former skis noticeably better, but latter noticeably lighter, although had to shave down all the foam in the liner toe box to fit my big toes, so tolerable now only for temps >20F!)
2018-19 quiver (all w/ Plum & Dynafit race bindings, including some "mixed" setups):
La Sportiva Nano 172 (deep unconsolidated snow)
Dynafit Denali 168 (winter powder, and far more versatile than Nano))
Volkl VTA 88 Lite 170 (winter ski mountaineering)
Dynafit Cho Oyu 166 (mixed days of compacted ski trails & glades-- impulse buy!)
Trab Magico 164 (spring ski mountaineering)
Movement Big Fish-X 160 (late-spring & summer ski mountaineering)
Hagan X-Race & Ultra 65
And for very low-snowpack conditions, old Movement Logic-X 169 (still light, but no rocker)

Recent Posts

Aaron, any chance you want to sell just the upper shaft? Unfortunately I forgot to tell a friend borrowing my poles for a race that the upper shaft adjustment mechanism should be locked down only in increments of 2.5cm...
Five Stars for the “Clip-In” version aka “Skimo Total Race” set up with the optional-purchase Dyneema linking strap. I have not tried it though with the originally included metal linking bar. Additional bonus points for the included reasonably light yet protective pouch plus anti-balling pates (although since I have no use for either, I wish instead the Dyneema strap had been included). This is my seventh pair of aluminum crampons over the years. The only pair not made by CAMP among those is the Leopar...
Very nice design overall: large vision coverage yet low profile, secure fit yet feels like it's barely there. The outstanding characteristic though is the Zebra Light lens. I bought these in large part because of a PDG race report by Patrick Fink at his Mountain Lessons blog where he reported that he used the Zebra Light lens during both the day *and* night portions of the race?!? Sure enough, I used them for a nighttime skimo race yesterday. The lens might be cutting down on *some* portion of visible ...
Mt St Helens, January 26, 2019. Skinned all the way from parking lot to summit (where my partner took this picture), skied halfway down the mountain, then skinned back up to the summit again (didn't get a picture of the "jeans" for the second summit gain, sorry) -- because a pant like this deserves it!
Official spec is 14mm -- thicker than some of Swix's own more expensive models!

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