Torn ACL Summertime Blues: Episode 10
ACLs Spring Skiing and what makes a ski descent
Well they finally did it, they killed my fucking knee. As my father, now my Orthopedic surgeon, has been saying for my whole life, I have been cruising for an ACL injury. The one thing I know now is I am not alone. This is a super common injury for anyone who is even moderately pushing athletics for most of their life. I have delayed writing this blog post for about a year and in that time I had at least 7 friends tear their ACL from skiing, field sports, or mosh pits at concerts. It is a big change for any athlete for the next year of your life, but I am proud to say that I am fully back to where I was a year ago before injury. In that time I went to the National Championship for chess, learned to play guitar and built out the Cripple Creek Backcountry Sprinter Van from scratch. If you have torn your knee leave a comment at the bottom for what you did to recover and stay sane.
Skiing may have been the farthest thing form reality but it is never far from my mind and we still got into drawing inspiration as we always do from friends in the ski community near us. Past guest Chris Davenport and future guests Ted and Christy Mahon finished their centennial peaks project. More to come on this project on Episode, but it did get us talking about what is actually a ski descent. There is certainly no full consensus in the ski mountaineering community for this. Since this episode went out I have seen Ted Mahon himself go on record saying it is clear what makes this official, but in our research it seems much more illusive. It is in Totally Deep's opinion that in no part of a ski descent can you use rappel or take your skis off in anyway. There maybe impossible lines out there that can not be skied without several repels, but what is possible in the future remains to be seen. From the perfect combination of snow conditions and extreme athletes new doors are opening every year and to water down a descent with any roped advantage may not do it justice. That being said repelling with skis is gnarly and major props to anyone who finds themselves on a peak so gnarly the rope is coming out.
Lastly take care of your gear over the summer and always. This is big ticket expensive stuff and whats more your life could one day depend on it. A little storage wax will go a long way to keeping those bases fresh, but it is also a good time to check all binding screws and machine screws for loosening and giving your gear a once over at a time of the year when it is convenient to make repairs.
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- Doug Stenclik