Day 46 - Could someone design a working expedition binding?


We had another eventful day. In the morning, we set off in calm, cloudy weather. Beanies and shell jackets were hastily taken off again during the first quarter. Four legs were completed in this outfit, but after lunch, a cold wave hit. The weather then got harder for the rest of the day, and it was already quite cold when setting up the camp.

Today, the expected binding breakdown happened: Mikko's half-broken binding broke for good. Luckily the weather was windless, so we replaced next to the sledges the broken NNNBC binding with a Flex binding. Flex binding is a plastic gadget with straps, see the image. This binding works great for our style of skiing, and if the binding lasts all the way, we have no more problems. Still, I have to admit that it makes me a little angry that NNNBC bindings made for this kind of use break so easily. Could someone come up with a better one? One that can handle the cold and skiing. Please.

Next, we await the final breakdown of the Tero’s binding. For that, we have another binding from the Flex pair, but if several bindings break after that, we'll have to start coming up with something new. Fortunately, there are only six days of skiing left!

Location-88.637278, -82.413828
Altitude2745 m
Temperature-30 °C
Wind0 m/s S
Ski hours9 h
Distance27.3 km (3.0 km/h)
Cumulative976 km
Remaining152 km
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Flex binding