About Freakin Equipment
The board of choice
When it comes to extreme-ly
low elevation riding, the true freaker must be adaptable. Where
terrain is concerned, free heels are the way to go. Free heels
also come in handy for crossing streets and parking lots for those
who are determinded to "ski all the way" back to the
For steep, rotten and unpredictable snow, which
are pretty much the best conditions you can ask for in the foothills,
heels are best. Locked heels decrease your odds of face-plants
on rock strewn, shallow snowpacks. Toting alpine touring gear around
the foothills also let's bystanders know that you mean business.
For Xxxtra-extreme-ly low snowpacks,
ski-boards (aka "snowboards")
float high and turn easily on 10cm of snow, as well as sandstone,
quartsite, and dense shrubbery. While "riding" the snowboard,
it's okay to "cop a 'tude". Additionally, If you're faced
with snowboarding down a long, completely wind
ridge, you can always feel good about the fact that at least you're
not ruining a perfectly good pair of skis.
Whatever you choose to ride, be sure it's vintage.
Nothing makes a clearer statement than raging on some skis found
in a dumpster or won from a hot dog eating contest.
rated goggles are a must to prevent eyeball Shish Kabob. Primarily
worn on the way down, they also come in handy for asending particularly
nasty patches of scrubbies. If you can't find them in a quality
ski shop, check Home Depo.
Steel ski poles are heavier than their
aluminum cousins, but they stay straighter longer and are far more
satisfying when wacking through deep brush. With steel poles you
can easily knock off dead branches and create a direct and tidy
line through the wilds. Upon descending, use them to faithfully
deflect potential "weenie whackers" or punjabi sticks. Leave the
carbon fiber at home!
Maps are pretty usless in the field as they tend
to confuse and cause dissention among the ranks. However, keep a good
map at home. That way when you do finally find your way home from
the wilderness you can prove to yourself that
you knew where you were all along.