"Skinning" is skiing uphill. You stick these self-adhesive "skins" onto the bottoms of your skis; they are made of fabric (often mohair) with a 'nap' that points backwards. They slide forward easily, but won't slide backwards, so you can point the skis up the hill and climb up without sliding downhill. In deep snow, they let you climb straight up the hill with better flotation than snowshoes; it's also much easier to climb this way than with the skis strapped to a pack. In the US, the ski areas are usually pretty strict about allowing you to ride the lifts up, then go out-of-bounds (where the good untracked snow is) to ski down. Skins allow you to climb wherever the hell you want, and get to the good snow. We also have a ton of mountains without any lifts, so the only way up is with skins. Approaches to many of our mountains are also very long, making for a loooong hike. On skis, I can move much faster.
I understand now! Of course. We call in Italy this style "scialpinismo" (= sky-mountaneering);
going up with sky & skins in approaching, myaby crampons with high slopess / ice.
In recent years there is a re-vamping of snowshoes here, but unluckly temperatures are more and more high
glaciers are melting, snow is more and more rare
Personally (because my body before may mind ...) I hate this "global" warming; Recently I read a book by great French alpinist Gaston Rebuffat (do you pheraps know who is him ?) and I have caputured by a big nostalgia for this white Alpes no more existent ...??... just watch amazing Rebuffat shoot and movies for see what I mean ...
here below Gaston rebuffat shutted in a very famous photo:
Here's a shot of Mt. Hood, approaching from the NE, in July 2008. Many of the high mountains in the Pacific northwest are volcanoes, rising out of relatively flat hills; they're high enough to hold skiable snow all year.
I like the form of that mountain! here a webcam showing that there is a lot of snow now:
do you climbed it with skins ?
do you know the snow conditions now ? ice near the peak?
BTW, yesterday I climbed the North edge of Rocca del Prete (the edge in the extrem left in the photo):
geographically situed here:
there is an "easy" difficulties climbing that I realized mainly as lead ... my buddy rope kindly "granted" me to go up as lead, to demonstrate that I by this time recovered from the fracture at my foot ...
at end of July I fell down (flying for many meters...) when climbing ... sliding in a crack full of water ... and anyways "saved" by the roped blocked by my rope-buddy; It have been an awful story ... I got down that difficult mountain "Corno Stella" ... walking for more than 5 hours to reach my car ( unaware of the fracture ?! ...). Do even watched "Touching the void" by Joe Sympson ... something like that (in a more light context fortunately) ...
here below, myself in the belay, not much before my fall ...
You're welcome anytime! And I agree on Patagonia, that place has always intrigued me. I hope to get down there someday, that would be a dream trip for me.
Thanks, but Patagonia is a dream ... difficulties (technical) are above my possibilities and last but not least there is the economical issue, anyways .. who know, in a future maybe?