With the weather typically wet and windy I decided it was a good time to pull out some of our ski kit and get it ready for this winter. Hopefully I’m up for 3 ski trips this winter, with 2 touring trips, so I had a look at our climbing skins. Last time we used them the glue was just wearing out, causing the skins to flap off a bit and get some ice between the ski and skin. So it was time to re-glue…………….
This is a lot harder than you might think; the glue is thick and gloooopy, so I spread it on with a metal fiiling knife. I also took the precaution of masking up the nylon/mohair side.
Leaving them hanging up to dry, they looked liked 4 giant fly papers, although probably big and sticky enough to trap a small bird. They are of course stored folded, glue to glue. I hope I can get them apart somewhere on the Mont Blanc Massif.
Next came the skis. Mine are quite old, but only had one bad hole, close to the edge.
With a hole like this a thorough clean was neccessary and the wax has to be melted at a high temperature. Using a lighter or match isn’t really hot enough and causes too much carbon residue giving a weak bond, so it was out with the blowtorch……….
Following an iron (you’re right; this is the only time you’ll see me with one of these), wax, scrape, polish and edge, I’m ready for the first snows of the season.