Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Montana Headwall short article

I was recently quoted in a short Montana Headwall article.  I had a beer/interview with one and only Ben Horan several months ago, and he was able to capture my thoughts pretty well.  I have a fairly clear opinion of FKTs as the relate to skiing in Montana, which goes something like this.

  • Most skiers aren't interested in pursuing FKTs, or skiing with a racing mentality.  Nevertheless, I highly encourage skiers to find ways to speed up.  With some attention to fitness, gear weight, pacing, and effieiency, most, if not all backcountry skiers can go a LOT faster than they think, which means a LOT more powder!
  • FKTs are arbitrary and silly, but they provide a great community challenge.  If you don't like them, that's OK, just focus skiing in a way that makes you happy.
  • The perception about excessive risk taking when attempting skiing FKTs is generally overblown as long as objective hazards are adequately considered.
  • I think the honor system for FKTs in Montana works well since the community is small.

Check it out if you like.

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