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Mt Rose Backcountry Skiing – 2.3.10

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Headed up to the Spark Plug area of the Mt. Rose Backcountry this morning. We didn’t know what was going on with the snow up there, but we were pleasantly surprised by the softness and deepness of the pow on all but the south facing slopes. Lots of wind transport overnight along with an extra couple of inches of precip really smoothed things out and we barely saw another track the whole time. On this ski, I really debated between taking the Black Diamond Verdicts or the Black Diamond Megawatts, but I took the Megawatts and I was happy I did. The Megawatts have pretty much been with me on every backcountry trip I have taken this winter and I just love the way they slay the powder. I was wearing my trusty Cloudveil Serendipity Jacket with Cloudveil Koven Pants and it was a perfect combo in 20 degree cold and blowing weather, while hiking and working up a sweat. Of course I was wearing by Icebreaker underneath because the Atlas BF150 is the only way to go. No Vholdr videos today, but I did get a few pics.

Mt. Rose Backcountry – Dawn Patrol Report 12/29/09

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Headed up to the Mt. Rose Area this morning for an early dawn patrol run on Incline Lake Peak. Got about 3 inches at 6,000 feet last night and probably 6-10 in. at 8,000 feet. It was super dry, awesome powder that made for some great before work turns. Kevin and I had out Black Diamond Megawatts out and it was his first time on them, and all he could do was smile wide. We are both using the Black Diamond 01 Tele binding on them and they simply rule. Everybody had something from Tahoe Mountain Sports on and we appreciate that business very much. Mike is using his Deuter Freeride Pro 30 everyday now and Jeff had his new Black Diamond Guide Gloves on along with his BD Traverse Poles. Here are a couple images and some video from this awesome morning in the backcountry.

And some video for your viewing pleasure as well. This video was NOT taken with the Vholdr ContourHD 1080P.

Tahoe Night Skiing and Headlamp Review

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A couple of us, including our Black Diamond rep went out for a night ski near Mt. Rose a couple of nights ago. It was a beautiful night for skiing although a bit dark, but the snow was powdery and light on the north facing slopes. I was hiking up with my Black Diamond Verdicts along with the 01 Bindings and BD Ascension skins while wearing a single layer of Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 Atlas Zip and some Icebreaker long underwear. I can’t get enough of my Icebreaker clothing and I can’t recommend it enough as it always is the best layering system no matter what the conditions.

Now, being that we were night skiing, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to test out the new Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp and put it up against the Mammut X Zoom Headlamp.

I will start with the Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp:

The first thing I liked about this headlamp was that it is rechargeable and in this day and age, there should be more of a selection of rechargeable headlamps. One thing I hate is to throw away batteries. So, with all that said, this headlamp already had a headstart at getting a great review.

The next item is really the brightness of this headlamp. It is amazingly bright for its number of leds and it is compact, fits on your head easily, is not bulky and in general is a pretty sleek design. While skiing down, the  Sprinter illuminated out a great distance as well as brightness. Like the other Black Diamond lanterns, this headlamp can go from dim to bright simply by holding down the button and it has a flashing red light on the back which made it easy to find everybody in the dark and would be very useful to a biker as well.
All in all, an extremely impressive headlamp at an even better price. As compared to the Mammut X-Zoom, this headlamp is $20 less and equally if not more bright. Highly recommended.

Now for the review of the Mammut X Zoom:

I am very impressed with this headlamp as well. It is by far the brightest headlamp with the farthest reaching beam that I have seen. Some of the positives that I really like about the X-Zoom: 3 brightness levels, adjustability on the beam (wideness vs. spot), ease of use and very lightweight. The simple idea that you can adjust the beam from a wide-angle halo type of light to a super focused, intense beam, is amazing and as far as I know, completely unique to any LED headlamp on the market.

The only negative I have so far is that outside the beam it gets really dark really quick. What I mean by this is that there is no residual light outside the beam because it is so focused. This really is not a big deal and is hardly a negative, but thought I should mention it. Overall, this headlamp is awesome and worth every penny.

There you have it. Take your pick when you are choosing your next headlamp and let us know if you have any questions. Here are a couple of night shots that actually came out pretty well.

Dawn Patrol to Mt. Rose – 2.13.09

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Kevin and I headed up to Fireplug or what some call Sparkplug for a dawn patrol early this week. I know I am late with the post, but better late than never. Had the Megawatts with the BD 01 binding along with my Deuter Cruise 30 pack, which I am very happy with, other than the lack of helmet holder. We got up to the top after sunrise, headed down the north side and then back up again and off to work at TMS.

Hidden Peak Backcountry Skiing – Lake Tahoe 12.27.08

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Backcountry skiing on Hidden Peak on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, CA. Filming was done with a V.I.O. POV1 Helmet Camera and conditions were awesome. 3 ft of fresh powder made for a smooth ride. Skis used: Black Diamond Megawatt, Poles: Komperdell C2 Carbon Poles, Jacket: Cloudveil RPK Parka. Don’t forget to check out the Black Diamond Demo Days, Jan 4-8th 2009 at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach, CA.


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