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Ski For Fire


A 250 mile journey across the frozen Minnesota wilderness to help the Lakota stay warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many Lakota families from the Pine Ridge Reservation face extreme winters on the South Dakota plains with no heat. In February, Ty Olson will ski the Minnesota-Ontario border in support of One Spirit’s Wood Program.

Oware is a proud sponsor, donating sewing time for the pyramid tent and sled duffles used for the trip.

You can help too.

https://www.skiforfire.com

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Touring skins for skinny skis from old Telemark skins


Ever get the wax completely wrong when XC skiing? Or have to deal with breakable crust when touring?

Taking a beginner out and want them to have success on not so perfect snow or grooming?

I have a pair of old climbing skins from back when telemark skis were long and thin. By slitting them in

half and putting on new glue I have now two pair of skinny skins that will fit classic or skate skis.

After cutting I used a heat gun and a paint scraper to get the old glue off. Then put on new glue. Then I folded the front over 3 inches and insert  a  square ring of the right size to fit the ski tip (a loop of strong cord could also work in a pinch). The glue should hold it, but for extra safety a few stitches of thread made a nice backup.

Make some touring skins

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