The origins of Alpine skiing and of ski mountaineering are spaced not to get rid. Necessities for people to stand on skis, there was finally a lot, you had to come from one valley to next winter, too. After we have focused for decades on making the experience mountain as comfortable as possible, the built-Alps are a testimony to this development. But they are still there the untouched wilderness!
No question, touring is its own kind of luxury. It takes time and know-how to their own efforts the mountain without prejudice up and come down again. The effort is a ski tour but with a natural rewarding experience that you will not find on overpopulated slopes.
Key facts of touring – evolution
The classic, soft and straight-cut ski touring in the original sense today a rarity, but there is a wide range of ski with different emphases. Compared to wide freeride or severe Alpine skiing, the focus is on an enjoyable climb.
Meanwhile touring must before a downhill not fear comparison. The trend is developing in such a way that the pleasure of the ascent and the descent can be linked as possible. As the tours show freeriders Atomic or Salomon, the scope for individuality grows.
External hard and interior very tender? Touring – construction way
With touring, everything is possible, from long ascents to extreme riding action. As varied as the skiing, are their designs:
Dynafit relies on the popular sandwich construction with side bolsters, while different materials with different properties in layers are assembled. The ABS sidewalls ensure optimum damping and protect the inside of the ski.
It is common to the touring that inside lightweight materials such as Paulownia or Bamboo are built to facilitate the rise as well as in the Torsion Box Bauweise at K2. Carbon fibers or Titan Einlagen, are in combination with the wood core at high speeds for stability and driving fun.
The question of all questions: ascent or descent oriented?
The skis share increasingly in the categories up and downhill orientation. Thanks to the developments in the construction, the touring will be easier, but also wider and there is a lot of overlap with freeride skis. How dynafit shows can be more than 100 mm waist width uphill such as downhill have and does not have to back track fun. Less width means less lift in powder, but more direct power transmission to the edges of the steep, icy terrain.
Most touring exhibit now on a progressive sidecut, ie the width takes more direction to shovel. The greater the difference in width between the tip and tail to the center, the greater the sidecut and the smaller the radius design. Pure freeride – slats have compared a rather less aggressive sidecut and are designed for large radii, but there are also touring with more than 20m radius and gadgets like multi-radius or dual radius.
Rocker vs camber
The exit behavior is optimized thanks camber and rocker technology, because what works on the slopes and in the field, also helps ski touring. All Terrain Rocker, Rocker Tip, Powder Rocker and as yet all hot, stop your ski tips on flooding in powder. Moreover, they make touring the ascent through the soft snow power saving and shorter contact length makes the skis more maneuverable.
The Camber makes for advancement oriented tourers sense wishing for hard snow conditions on the mountain, because the wool over the entire ski engages. In addition, the extended contact area makes the ski when the snow is hard smooth running but less lively. The combination of camber and rocker tip provides grip on a hard surface and lift in powder snow.
Drum check that is forever ties touring ski
The only feature that unites all touring ski, is the walking function and because the similarities already listen to. You are spoiled for choice between climb orientation and departure orientation and can select your the best possible compromise. There is everything from ultralight touring bindings with or without stopper (for weight reasons) to heavy Freeride Tour with function, for example by Tyrolia or markers.
The rationale seems that you buttocks from the binding complex triggers to ascend and can raise the heel to find hiking. Normally a change between ascent and descent mode is possible without stepping out of the binding. The angle of the climbing aid you can easily adjust to the pole. To shut down the bond is completely fixed and works like a classic alpine binding.
Boots on altitude collecting
The touring boot is the connecting element between man and sports equipment. Lightweight shoes while comfortable ascent but a touring boots with four buckles provides more stability in the rule as one with two buckles. Are you looking for a balance between the uphill and downhill performance? Then it must be model no superlight Speedtouring. An all-round boot, which resembles an alpine boots in its construction, provides mobility in the rise and maximum power transfer in the downhill.
It’s uphill with muscle lard and rise help
Since the early days with sealskin and fir branches a lot has happened and mohair and synthetic fiber skins would stir the pioneers to tears. Stands with the skins and makes a tour. The climbing aid provides the necessary grip uphill. The tour heads from manufacturers such as K2 or G3 score with high gliding features and they are designed or adapted to themselves.
Especially wear-resistant adhesive skins are the water-repellent dynafit speed skins that prevent by anti-stick technology annoying supervisor tunnel. A small revolution is adhesive-free ski skins as of Kohla Tirol, this need no release film and adhere through adhesion system. In icy conditions crampons offer additional support and security.
Outerwear and onion principle
Touring is endurance sport, but despite the winter temperatures you get uphill a high operating temperature. This means that you need thin, breathable clothing during strenuous ascent. Omi’s onion principle is still its application. Optimal are quick-drying underwear, for example Merino, and a fleece jacket with a functional outer layer wind ideally and is waterproof. For the descent you still need a warming layer up isolated against the cold wind.
Additional extra Layers help against all eventualities, because of a fall and it is the threat of hypothermia, which can be life-threatening. Proper Techwear offers you safety in the mountains. Manufacturers such as Mammut, Ortovox and Pyua use materials such as Gore-Tex and Primaloft, to keep you warm and dry.