Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 28, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
hey ski people, I want to turn my 170cm telemark skis into a backcountry approach ski. This would entail removing the current G3 binding and putting something like a Silvretta on it to accommodate my ice climbing boot.
I have two questions. One, is there any engineering issue taking off the current binding and putting another on the board? And two, is 170cm even a good length for approaching ice climbs and Sierra backcountry in winter? Should I just get a cheap-o short kids ski and put the Silvretta on it and keep my telemark skis as is?
I wouldn't think there would be any issues. If you ski 'em fine as tele's, they should be fine for ice climbing approaches.
I have a skinnier ski set up for ice approaches with a Silvretta 300. Light rig, and, they ski ok (well enough).
As long as you have some distance from the old tele binding holes, should be fine. Plug the old holes, drill the new ones, voila.
Edit to add...here's what I've been liking for skiing approaches (and descents!):
Scarpa F1's in action...
Credit: Brian in SLC
For me, the ultimate approach set up would be dynafit bindings on a good, light ski, and a custom light plastic boot with the dynafit compatible do-hickies in the toe (doable with a dremel tool and some glue, I'd think).
what about a dirt-cheap kids ski paired with a Silvretta and used with a Spantik? I'm thinking this would be good for approaches in the Canadian Rockies, the Denali West Butt slog, and maybe winter in the Sierra (e.g. getting to the Palisade cirque by taking the short cut under Temple Crag)
the Silvretta would be the most expensive thing here (except for the boot, which I already have).
bear in mind that most tele boards are not designed to have mount holes drilled in the boot heel area. mounting a fixed heel binding might work but why wreck a good pair of tele boards experimenting?-junk alpine boards seem a better option
Pair of 170ish? Hart 90's era straight freestyle skies, new never mounted = Free. Army Surplus Ramer bindings $14.95 Bindings are solid once you replace crappy pins with bolts. Army got ripped off on that deal as they fall apart after about 30hrs of use and need rebuildning. easy fix if you catch it in time.