Unfinished business - Chile

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Unfinished business - Chile

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Tino_11 posted Jul-2011

So the crappy summer has finally got me beat, Zermatt's glaciers are only so good and I can't look at un-ridable mountains for another 3 months without going stark raving mad. After a heavy night with colleagues I woke up and booked 7 nights in Valle Nevado followed by a weekend in Santiago. Heading over with a colleague and friend for some serious off-piste, heliboarding and general nonsense.

After riding Portillo in 2009 with a fractured skull and collarbone, I vowed to go back and really let loose in some big powder bowls and steep terrain. Only 4 weeks to go, I feel like a kid at Christmas. No bike riding for me for a month )
www  The Only Way is Down http://towid.blogspot.com/

Tino_11
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011

The packing is almost done barring deciding which board to take with me, it's not an easy decision to make. Trad camber and a little shorter, stiffer but with great all round performance especially on groomers, or something a wee bit bigger, rockered, cambered and made for powder. Whichever I take the other will be required, so maybe I should take the former and deal with it when it dumps snow )

Work on Thursday morning, 2 hours on train to Milan in the afternoon, a further hour to the airport, 2 hour wait, 2 hours to Madrid, 3 hour wait, 12.5 hours to Santiago, collect bags and 90 minute drive to resort. Given a good wind I'll be on the slopes by midday Friday

Still debating if we should take snowshoes to get some good backcountry, or just concentrate all our efforts of heliboarding later in the week. Limited to a single bag @ 23kg for the hold narrows the options a little. Snowboard boots aren't so bad for hiking up in unless it's knee deep, which unfortunately I doubt so late in the winter.

Passport secured, train fares booked, I'm more excited by this than anything for a long time. I'm going with no broken bones this time, so I am insured. Can't wait. Will do my best to keep you up to date with some pics of proceedings.

tino

www  The Only Way is Down http://towid.blogspot.com/

Far Queue
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011



I'm feeling your excitement with you Tino. Whatever board you take, I'm sure you are going to have a great time.

Tino_11
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011

Far Queue wrote:

I'm feeling your excitement with you Tino. Whatever board you take, I'm sure you are going to have a great time.


Cheers fella, I almost resent the days between now and then, how bad is that??
www  The Only Way is Down http://towid.blogspot.com/

Ian Wickham
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011

Have a good one fella

Tony_H
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011

tino_11 wrote:

Cheers fella, I almost resent the days between now and then, how bad is that??
Normal mate, trust me.
www  New and improved me

Bandit
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011

Have a great time Tino

Tino_11
reply to 'Unfinished business - Chile'
posted Aug-2011

Thanks to all, I'll be thinking of you, spesh those I've met,
Tone & Bandita.
www  The Only Way is Down http://towid.blogspot.com/

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