High pressure was in full swing here in the Hood this last week and spring is now fully in the air. I am off to British Columbia for a final hut trip of the season. Hopefully this next Pacific front gives us a little refresher.
I will be testing a variety of skis, boots, and skins while up in BC. I have been using a new set of Colltex Extreme mohair skins on the various boards over 100mm underfoot that we have been testing. The skins have been excellent – offering the best glide of any skin we have. Given the width of skis today, glide properties are more important than ever. Seems like skin widths have hit the “critical mass” so that mohair is now able to compete with synthetics on the ascent, too.
With spring on deck here in Hood River, check out the Mt Hood Climbing Route Poster we put together a couple years ago. It offers aerial shots of Mt. Hood from all aspects with climbing routes marked and first ascent dates noted. Spring special $17 including shipping.