Hold onto your multi-mountain passes, we’re up from reverse hibernation and back at it with another installment of Hack Your Gear, the semi-regular column dedicated to getting the most out of your ski gear.
This chapter is dedicated to hut trips and all of the funk nasty that goes with them. It doesn’t matter to what Nth degree your outerwear and base layers are rated, after a long day on the skin track, your gear is likely to be heavy, smelly, and soggy.
Herein lies the issue at hand. How the hell are you going to get socks, base layers, skivvies, and gloves (for all five of you) dry by the early morning turnaround? Enter the avy probe clothesline.
Snowboard and ski writer Chloe Hardy first thought up the trick after moving into a tiny studio apartment in need of a drying line, and has been using it ever since. Plus, she says, “It’s a good way to practice deploying your probe.” Touché, Chloe, touché.
Tools: Avalanche probe (any make or model will do), two elevated anchor points (bunk beds, chairs, windowsills, etc.), tape (preferably duct or electrical), imagination, positive mental attitude.
1. Find a pair of anchor points with a decently flat surface such as a pair of chairs, beds, or the brims of your buddies’ 5-Panel flat brim hats.
2. Extend avy probe and lay across anchor points to create the clothesline.
3. Tape down each side to the anchor point to secure the line. Add an extra strip to each side for ‘buena suerte.’
4. Hang clothes for drying, and dream of powdery tomorrows.
It’s important to reiterate that while this is an alternate use for your avalanche probe, the point of the tool is not to be lost. Make sure to repack your probe first thing in the morning and maybe even do some early morning rescue drills before heading out into the hills. Be safe out there folks, and keep it dry.
That’s it for another gripping installment of Hack Your Gear. Have a hack you think we’re missing? With ski season around the corner, submit your hack to firstname.lastname@example.org for a wicked lift-line high five and a chance to be featured on Powder.com.