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castleman003

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I'm located on the seacoast of NH and I'm looking for mountain to hike where I can get some turns in after a snowfall
 

Nick

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What's the deal with skin track etiquette? As someone who has done zero AT prior.

Is it just much easier to climb if you are using an existing packed path?
 

Abubob

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What's the deal with skin track etiquette? As someone who has done zero AT prior.

Is it just much easier to climb if you are using an existing packed path?

Yes. Breaking trail is more tiring if the snow is deep and/or crusty.
 

David Metsky

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What's the deal with skin track etiquette? As someone who has done zero AT prior.
If you have skins, use the existing skin track.

If there is no skin track, set one that doesn't go through the center of the slope and takes a reasonable climb angle.

If you have snowshoes, walk along side the skin track.

If you don't have skis or snowshoes, climb somewhere else.
 

riverc0il

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What's the deal with skin track etiquette? As someone who has done zero AT prior.

Is it just much easier to climb if you are using an existing packed path?
Yes, it is generally easier to skin in a track already set (with some rare exceptions).

If someone post holes the skin track, it creates gaping holes where the snow should be in contact with the skin. You loose grip and weighting is uneven and it is generally such a PITA it is often better to set a new skin track.

The problem with setting new tracks is that you encroach on the untracked snow as more and more tracks are set. Ideally, there should be one track for skis/skins and another for hikers (preferably with snowshoes unless the trail is firmly packed.
 
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