A Team Work

Do you know what some abseilers do during winter?

Ski-mountaineering races!

Skin up Ohau 2008 (c) Alexis Poilvert
Alexis, skinning up during Black Diamond Ohau Blast 2008

  

These races simply consist in racing on skis from one point A to B in steep mountaineering terrain, out of ski-field boundaries. It usually involves lots of skinning up, fast transitions and epic downhill skiing. Qualities required are endurance for the skinning up and pure off-piste skiing ability.

Very popular in Europe, see www.skimountaineering.org/, these competitions started  3 years ago in New Zealand : skimonz.blogspot.com/.  Although this form of racing on skis was first developed in the 1920’s in Switzerland, the sport has recently benefited from fantastic improvement in gear and time, see Fast And Furious  article by Andrew McLean.

Happy Winners (c) DAS

Well done Gena & Alexis!

After your excellent results at Craigieburn last month, hard training, tenacity and team work have been paying once again at Mt Cheeseman competition The Tour NZ, last week-end.
Not unlike the Nevis Bluff 😉

Check out lots of beautiful photos by John O’Malley of The Tour Backcountry Ski Touring Race 19th and 20th Sept 2009 on http://www.castlehill.net.nz/gallery/thetour.htm

 

You can expect Drilling and Abseil Services staff to be fit this spring !

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