Check your gear for any squeaks, cracks, globs or groans
Midseason Backcountry Gear Preparation
Make sure your skis are in top order
Look over your tech bindings for any technical failures
Check out your backcountry boots
Boot shells are subjected to extreme forces, and micro-fractures in the plastic can lead to major problems down the road. Closely examine your boots for any signs of stress or cracking. Cracked shells should be replaced immediately. (Scarpa has issued a voluntary recall on certain models of 2017 Maestrale and Maestrale RS touring boots. The shells are prone to this type of cracking, and Scarpa is repairing them free of cost. If you own a Scarpa boot that may fall under this recall, more information can be found here).
Climbing Skin Maintenance
Check your magic carpets before it's time to fly
The best (and only) way to dry out your skins is folded in half without a skin saver. This limits exposure of the glue to air which expedites the breakdown of the glue. Also be sure they are out of direct sunlight while drying and away from a radiant heat sources (like a wood stove or furnace). That also breaks down the glue.
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