Type III+ - Expert
25 - 50 days / year
Fast and lightish with an emphasis on good downhill skiing conditions (I like powder/soft snow)
Scarpa F1 boots, BD Helio 200LT bindings, Voile Hypervector 184cm skis, Voile Hyperglide skins
I bought and used this product for my Rec 1 and Pro 1 avalanche courses. Has everything you need for starting out to dig snowpits. A good introductory snow science kit.
Not too heavy, not terribly light either, comes with a decent sheath. The handle shape is compatible with attaching to the end of a ski pole for cutting blocks but also makes it awkward to hold in your hand. The blade works great for digging pits and cutting branches for firewood/shelter framing in case of an unplanned bivy.
These were my first pair of proper tech bindings for touring; needless to say they did the job for me. The release values were solid and kept me in the binding when I needed to stay in. The heel risers provided ample height for the uphill. I experienced some issues with the locking mechanisms on the toe pieces seizing up on me mid-tour but a few drops of bike chain lube would more or less alleviate the problem. Great durability, with care they've lasted a long time.
The Reverso is a smooth and functional belay device. Compared to the BD ATC Guide the Reverso is slightly lighter which makes me more likely to carry it on bigger missions.
This is a nice lightweight mini locking carabiner. I use it as part of my personal anchor system when rappelling. It's a big enough carabiner to clip into most anchor stations with but small enough that you hardly notice you're carrying it.
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