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4/10/2016 2:58:47 AM yeah, what the hell? show us the toes, BRO.  toes or bust. next big industry trend.. toeless boots.  or hell.......... toe boots?  like toe socks?  "more feel," right?
3/27/2016 10:27:18 PM wasn’t going to do anything with this meh gopro footage from a month ago, but was bored last night.  just a crappy line down from Mt Troy where we didn’t hook right enough, and ended up over too many steep ravines, which were no-go with the low snow pack https://vimeo.com/160561825 [FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=160561825[/FLASH]
3/18/2016 10:48:56 PM the tricks I've found with voile pucks are less about how to get it set up tight, more about how to get your desired angles and width, because it doesn't always work out due to the channels in the pucks.  the one that matters for your angle is the heel puck.. set the angle with that.  occasionally the toe puck won't be able to line up with the inserts.. if you have the binders set at your desired with/setback and you run into that, sometimes you can rotate the toe puck until you line it up with holes.. doesn't matter if it's "off angle" because your heel puck set your desired angle.  other than that, you really just have to have done it a few times to get good at it, and even then it's not always super easy. spark pucks are GREAT though.  I believe voiles are more or less obsolete.  NO flex, more adjustable, and easier to set up.  love 'em.  plus, you won't wear out the pucks by having tight hardware... I have had to get a new set before because I was switching boards, changing stance, etc.. eventually they are pulled down enough that it doesn't seem to tighten as well, or rather, your screws start to feel like they're bottoming out. anyway, I've split the last two days, as we got 10" of new snow.  it had been two weeks since my last time riding, mostly cause I've been lazy, but have been doing hikes and trail running most days, so can't really complain. yesterday I did a favorite in bounds line that's awesome when it's not tracked.  I always forget about the damn hole toward the bottom, as you can see..... https://vimeo.com/159475378 [FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=159475378[/FLASH] today I did another favorite line, juuust outside the border, and then cut over to finish on one of my favorite speed runs, which of course is not groomed right now.  so stoked for chairlifts tomorrow!  the bit of new snow was enough for them to re-open for this weekend, at least, so.. hell yeah.  we had been suffering from too much snow loss, but they said they'd be ready if it came back. beautiful weather around here lately. https://vimeo.com/159581385[FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=159581385[/FLASH]
3/8/2016 5:12:54 AM changin' winters make me sad :/... but also happy that we still have anything.  as long as you can go fast and turn, snowboarding is fun! yeah, voiles can be a bit limiting at times, but there are a couple tricks.  I'm kind of a nerd over this stuff, and have tinkered a lot, hah.  love setting up splits though, so I'm always down to help someone with theirs. but really, if you're wanting a more solid connection and have $75, the Spark pucks are sweet. you can probably get a bit out of the old ones if they're not too chewed up.  I have a spare set of Karakoram clips that I think I bought for around 50.. was intending to add one to the middle of my first-year hovercraft split, but never did, and the new one is built properly, so I don't need it.
3/3/2016 11:53:05 PM it's the same hole pattern as far as I know when the voile hooks are aligned right, it's actually a pretty solid connection, but that depends how dude X put the board together.  my buddy has a spliff as well and it's quite solid, but I've handled other splits with voile hooks that are definitely not as secure as they could/should be.  the nice thing with the newer karakoram hardware is you can adjust one side to tighten the board halves a bit more, if it's not tight enough.  that said, it's also about preventing V-ing, not just pulling the halves together. on the hovercraft with the flat tail, it's more prone to V-ing.  I found that switching to the new spark pucks helped noticeably... those things do NOT flex and they are sweet to install and adjust compared to voile pucks. and are you running bindings on plates, or splitboard bindings? as for the weather, we didn't really have heat waves, just too-warm waves.. first half of the season brought plenty days below freezing, and then we phased into the typical back and forth where it dips just below freezing, but sits above it too often... lots of 35-40F days up there where the snow line was dancing around mid mountain, and we had the occasional rain to the top.. keep in mind, though, the base is only 1200ft, and the peak is 2600, so we're not very high up, granted we're further north.  if our base started at the current peak, we would be SET for sure.  winters would be amazing again.
3/1/2016 3:10:42 AM sick photos up in here! one last edit from last weekend... they had to close early (for now) due to snow loss... definitely pushed it for a while! sunday was the last day. but it's alright, we've had a pretty sweet season, and they're ready to re-open if we get more snow.  it's really just the lower half that's gotten kinda sketchy.  upper half is still awesome. just did a few spring-conditions laps with the dudes https://vimeo.com/156920487 [FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=156920487[/FLASH]
2/24/2016 12:58:27 AM edit from Valentine's weekend, days 42 & 43.  we've had super fun spring-style conditions here lately... weird for february and it's not exactly helping the base, but it's fun as hell, so we'll take it. https://vimeo.com/156208019 [FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=156208019[/FLASH] day 50 today!  split up Mt Troy with Jeremy.  went to a different peak for the best view of downtown Juneau across the channel.. full 360 visual up there.  5" of good snow on a kinda crusty layer.  rode pretty well for the most part. Eaglecrest in the background
2/12/2016 2:08:46 AM sick!  snow everywhere.  I love the yurts... almost bought one to live in a few years ago from an Alaska MFG out of a small town called Homer... best yurts out! my little edit from the Oregon trip just finished uploading. nothing special, just clips... sit back and take a bong rip for this spacerock cruiser.. haha.  I'm on the silver fish/green wittlake wearing black/brown, old friend Trevor is in a couple of my followcams in black/grey and also follows me (big rectangle-nose board), and QURPH from Easyloungin is in a couple shots, all black, cruisin' pow. https://vimeo.com/155084415 [FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=155084415[/FLASH]
2/3/2016 8:34:45 PM haha, well I didn't have a smartphone until this summer, and it only became a PHONE a couple months ago, and I still chose not to get a data plan... up until then, I was just using it on wifi.  I gave in and joined the instaworld.  I can't deny it's enjoyable just posting photos... so I will eat my words on that. still, the way most folks use it (this goes for all social media) is... I mean, come on.  I don't care what you're eating.
2/2/2016 9:32:55 PM stoked!  Frequency posted one of those photos... most props to Trevor for getting the shot.  now I've covered the spectrum from pow to carving, all on the fish.. haha
2/2/2016 4:49:22 PM huh, my reply didn't go through.  anyway, I'd imagine that would cause spring-like conditions, like you said..... which should be fun as hell.  Bachelor seems like a place that is fun on any day, as long as it's not icy or sticky.  there are so many runs that there's something for everyone, from low angle groomers to steeper rolling runs, side hits, tree jams, and all kinds of off-trail goodness when it's soft.  I leave on the 5th, but I'd love to be here for spring style riding up there........ spring groomers and side hits = one of my absolute favorite parts of snowboarding. they've got plenty of snow this year, so it should be a good time
2/2/2016 3:40:29 PM photos from Bachelor yesterday, shot by Trevor.  blueman is passing gas from EL
2/2/2016 1:28:59 AM still haven't been doing much camera stuff, just enjoying the trip, but have stacked a little bit of stuff... will do an edit with whatever footage we end up with after the trip is over.  here are random photos from the trip so far. day one on friday at Bachelor - gopro photo from Trevor, me jumping out to a tree tap saturday at Bachelor... packed as all hell, but it wasn't so bad on the hill besides the main weekend warrior areas.  this was the 18" blower day with my other Juneau friend who lives in Eugene.  the woods off a traverse from rainbow chair delivered.  didn't even touch my camera while riding.  gopro would have been sweet for all the lines we did in the woods, but didn't bring it.  parking lot upon arrival, fish & Trevor's truck at the end of the day, and driving down into the sunset. day 3 on sunday was Hoodoo with Trev & Qurph (from Easyloungin) and his lady.... for real, Hoodoo rules, especially when it's good.  Qurph is also the man. Q hiking out from a spot we lapped.  the break in the line behind him is where I did that little shifty in the gopro video in my last post Trevor while we were exploring during Q's lunch break with his lady dude crew after one of our powzer laps - photo by Q's lady chair and this was Bachelor today with Passing Gas (also from Easyloungin), who is awesome and is a carver like myself, so that was sweet... wasn't the greatest up there, but groomers were fun, and we did end up finding a few stashes here and there.  summit was open, but it suuuuuuuucked.  the crowds absolutely demolished everything on sunday, that's for sure.. but we were having fun at un-crowded Hoodoo, so screw 'em! Trevor took a grip of rad photos of us in the sun, so hopefully I will have those soon.
1/31/2016 7:48:25 PM day 36 - rode Hoodoo instead of Bachelor today....... that place is awesome.  really similar to Eaglecrest in a lot of ways.  steeper but not as steep, small vibe, friendly happy people, great terrain... I love it.  rode with my friend from Easyloungin who is camped out there, a fellow soul surfer fish rider, and he showed us around some of the goods. here's a quick clip on the fish https://vimeo.com/153716876 [FLASH WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=153716876[/FLASH]
1/30/2016 8:02:48 PM day 35 at bachelor.. this time made the right choice and rode the fish.  I would guess about 18" of pow.. the blowiest blower I've ever ridden.. and the sun came out.  rode with a lifetime friend I've known since I was two years old, and we mostly lapped a traverse into the woods off rainbow chair, which delivered big time. best face shots of my life.  I did a lot of those hop-smack whiterooms that I love.. got at least four in a row one run on a banked side against the trees on one of the steeper pitches, one immediately after the other... double overhead and fully engulfed with each one.  that was a "moment" for sure. holy crap Bachelor Hoodoo with my soul-surf bro tomorrow!  meeting people from shred forums after years is sweet.


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