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Do electronics interfere with avalanche beacons?

Yes it does, especially mobile phones. I attended an avalanche course last year. The guide did a very simple demonstration. He powered his avalanche beacon on "send" mode, and put it on his ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

On the right snow, you can ascend extremely steep (even if it probably isn't the most economical thing to do) - so from that aspect, I don't see a problem. Looking at the skiers center of gravity, it ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

I agree that the mountains in the background look weird, but the crop is so close that it's hard to tell for certain without additional context. This image appears to be from an article on skinning ...
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Do electronics interfere with avalanche beacons?

I am the lead hardware engineer for Backcountry Access. Interference from personal electronic devices (PED) is very real, and it can range anywhere from minimal impact to severe. The reasons are a ...
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Is there a practical risk when wearing an avalanche beacon on your top layer?

Given that your avalanche beacon has the potential to be your partner's lifeline (or your own), it makes sense to protect it. Rocks, branches, skis, poles, ice tools, there's a lot that could ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

It cannot be that the image is rotated, and that this rotation is the only alteration to the image. The reason is simple: look at the straps of the backpack. They are hanging vertically, and they are ...
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What are the use cases for ski crampons over boot crampons?

The answer to this question at its most basic level is generally use your ski crampons until you would feel more safe using boot crampons. I suspect since you asked this question you aren't very ...
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Are AT skis unsuited for downhill skiing at a resort?

There are two different norms for ski bindings (and their release characteristics): ISO 9462 for alpine ski bindings and ISO 13992 for touring ski bindings. The former is tested together with alpine ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

I just wanted to give my input as an avid backcountry skier and general ski bum during the winters. As mentioned above, the straps seem like a pretty good indicator that the picture is real. Even if ...
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Can you "kick and glide" and climb without skins in Alpine Touring ski gear?

You can, but how well you glide will vary depending on your skins. Some styles glide better than others, and you will glide more with a shorter skin opposed to a full length skin. There's a 2km ...
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Protecting climbing skins without a protective mesh

What you did is not uncommon. Randonee racers fold their skins in half and stick them to themselves all the time. The mesh cheat sheets work great at prolonging the life of the glue on your skins, but ...
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What are the use cases for ski crampons over boot crampons?

This is an excellent article comparing the two. Use the ski when you need the grip but still want the flotation of the ski. You are limited to how steep you can go with a ski. This is a picture of ...
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What are the use cases for ski crampons over boot crampons?

Ski crampons are used on frozen crust, most often in springtime when the crust will melt into corn snow before the descent. They cannot be used on extremely steep terrain (over 25-30 degrees) because ...
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Is there a technique for downhill skiing with heavy backpack?

There is no special technique, there is only practice. Make sure you have a good technique without and with a small backpack. Slowly increase the size and weight of your backpack to get adapted to the ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

The picture in the answer to that question you referred to here doesn't have a source listed for attribution. To me, however, it does look like the same picture as the one in the answer to the ...
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Is there a practical risk when wearing an avalanche beacon on your top layer?

Beacons are tough. Tougher than you if you get thrown against a rock or a tree or buried under the snow. With that in mind, if things were so bad that there was any concern about my beacon being ...
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Can you "kick and glide" and climb without skins in Alpine Touring ski gear?

I haven't tried it myself, but I know of someone who sometimes waxes the entire base of his AT skis with grip wax instead of putting his skins on. It works perfectly fine for exactly the same ...
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Are "Dynafit"/tech ski boots compatible with frame-style touring bindings?

The short answer is tech binding compatible boots will work fine with non-tech AT bindings in the vast majority of circumstances. The more involved answer is (as always for safety gear) to check the ...
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Most comfortable way to adjust boots while in tour mode on AT skis?

Correct but unsatisfying answer: There is no boiler-plate configuration, you just need to try it out yourself. Even with proper AT boots, there is no single correct way - some people tighten more, ...
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Is there a technique for downhill skiing with heavy backpack?

There is no special technique for skiing with a heavy pack, just suffering. Consider how much more difficult it is to simply walk downhill with a heavy pack---and that's for something as ...
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What is a good length for first back country skis?

There are many factors to consider when purchasing skis, but for the most part, unless you're an avid skier and recognize the advantages of having one pair of skis over another then it's probably not ...
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How to learn ski touring

For AT/Randonee on mountains, you'll need to go up steep (~30°) slopes on skins. You'll need a skin will cover nearly the whole ski base, and that won't slide easily at all (I think my skins require ...
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Are AT skis unsuited for downhill skiing at a resort?

AT skis are optimized towards low weight; downhill skis are optimized towards high stiffness. So in general, AT skis will not be as stiff as downhill skis. Stiffness translates to stability at speed. ...
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Are AT skis unsuited for downhill skiing at a resort?

I use both AT skis and downhill skis. I have different bindings for AT skis (dynafit TLT and Marker where boots connected to the frame). I'm not good at skiing, so for me there is no difference which ...
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Are AT skis unsuited for downhill skiing at a resort?

There's nothing wrong with using your AT gear at a resort. Actually, to a degree, your gear will probably see less wear on a resort than during traditional AT use. When climbing hills, your bindings ...
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How to learn ski touring

It's not clear what kind of terrain you are planning to ski. However, you say that you are an intermediate alpine skier, so you are not a rank beginner. Start by visiting a ski center that has ...
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Protecting climbing skins without a protective mesh

That depends a lot on the specific type of skin: Traditional "glue" type skins can be stuck together generally without damage, but as you discovered, it is not ideal. They are quite hard to pry apart ...
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Is there a technique for downhill skiing with heavy backpack?

There is at least one significant difference in skiing "heavy". There are a number of turn techniques that get used in different circumstances. Many consist of (in simple terms) unweight ...
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Store skins on skis between tour?

It probably depends on how you store them and for how long. However, given that removing the skins takes like a minute and putting them back on not much longer, I would remove them to avoid any risk. ...
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Is there a practical risk when wearing an avalanche beacon on your top layer?

The biggest reason I've always believed that you wear your beacon next to your base layer is battery life. Cold is well known to reduce battery life. By keeping the beacon close to your body you r ...
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