Jason, try David Goodman's book "Backcountry Skiing Adventures: Classic Ski
and Snowboard Tours in Vermont and New York".  I have been reading it more
for general information and education than anything, as I am not currently a
backcountry skier (although every year I swear to try tele, etc, it never
happens).  From my standpoint, which is extremely limited given my
experience level - nil, its very informative and substantial.  I compare it
to the information which I read on this list, and the two soruces are
consistent.  What I find very interesting in Goodman's book is the
historical information regarding the tours he narrates.  Good luck, and
methinks you'll have to fend off those crotchety AT skiers with more than a
swiss army knife!

>From: Jason Ross <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: [SKIVT-L] ascent gear / etiquette for turn earning snowboarder
>Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 09:27:21 -0500
>The subject line should make it pretty obvious what I'm about to ask.
>Anybody have any good ideas for how a snowboarder looking to earn some
>turns should get uphill?  I'm thinking of doing things like teardrop,
>steeple, or camel's hump (those are all I know of for now anyway).
>I'm looking for something to get me through the flats and uphills.
>Downhill performance is not important.
>However I finally choose to do this, I honestly do want to follow the
>rules and have as minimal an impact on my way uphill as possible.  If
>there are some "rules of the trail" I should know, or anyone who wants
>to guide me so I learn the right way to do things, please speak up.  I
>currently have all the downhill gear I'll need, and a pack for carrying
>the board (and some supplies) uphill.  Beyond that, I need help.
>Here's what I know so far:
>snowshoes - I can use them with my snowboard boots which is a plus.
>They're slow which is a minus.  The "rules" are stay out of the skin
>track and stay out of the prime downhill terrain (right?).  Does that
>leave enough room for me to head up on snowshoes without having to carry
>a swiss army knife to protect myself from grumpy telemarkers and AT-ers?
>verts snowshoes - <> I've heard that there's no
>faster way up steep terrain.  Are the ascents I'd be looking at steep
>enough to want/need these?  Do they suck on the flat approaches?
>firn skis - I've seen them mentioned, but have yet to see any pictures
>of them or prices.  What sort of bindings do they have?  A big bonus
>will go to something that won't require changing out of my snowboard boots.
>ski/snowshoe hybrids (like the karhu meta / sweeper) - too much of a
>compromise to be good at anything?  perfect for what I want?
>split snowboard - I haven't heard much about how this approach affects
>downhill performance.  The price seems prohibitive.
>burning the snowboard to attone for my sins and switching to telemark /
>Jason - "redraobwons"
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