How I Came to Know and Love the Backcountry
|Seeing is believing (clockwise from right to left): Garmont Syner-G G-fit boot, the Black Diamond Speed 28 Pack, Backcountry Access DTS Tracker Transceiver, Ascension Skins, and the Life-Link Carbon Probe Pole.|
We posed Abrahm the following indulgent quandary: If money was not an issue, what kind of telemarking gear would you get? His answer topped out with a price tag of $1,855, and should offer an ideal shopping list for anyone ready to bend at the knee through thigh-deep powder.
The Garmont Syner-G G-fit Boot ($459; www.garmont.com)
The Black Diamond T2s (www.bdel.com/gear/backcountry/) run a close secondboth boots are stable, bomb-proof, and comfy.
Black Diamond Carbon-fiber Flicklock Traverse Poles ($119; www.bdel.com/gear/backcountry/)
Just like the standard flick-lockexpandable, but light.
K2 World Piste Skis ($450; www.k2skis.com/skis/telemark/)
Snappy, high-performance telemarks, but they still float.
G3 Targa T/9 Bindings ($179)
The best binding that doesn't break (which is VERY important).
Life-Link Carbon Probe Pole ($80; www.life-link.com)
Lighter than aluminum.
Life-Link III DSX Shovel ($40; www.life-link.com)
The coolest colors on the market!
Ascension Skins ($120)
Backcountry Access DTS Tracker Transceiver ($299; www.bcaccess.com)
This gives you estimated distance AND direction indicators.
Life-Link Sno-saw ($40; www.life-link.com)
Sharp, which is essential.
The Black Diamond Speed 28 Pack ($69; www.bdel.com/gear/backcountry)
No bells, no whistles, and among the lightest on the market.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication