pics of pussers planks & trials skis in Norway please

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Hi, am writing an article about military skiing, equipment & training.

Looking for some pictures of the pussers planks, their bindings and the new trial skis & their bindings.

Also any (skiing related) wisdom anyone has to offer about the snow shoes vs planks vs trial skis debate.

Cheers,

Twat
 
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1. Don't eat yellow snow.
2. Ask yourself, "Why did I post this in the TA forum?"
 
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Oh shit, this is my first post - how do I post it to. . . wherever it needs to be?

Thanks for pointing that out Bravo_Bravo
 
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Nice pics - where where they taken?

I was really looking for some close-ups of the binding itself, something that demonstrates how it clamps onto the boot - same for the dreaded trials skis and the fish-scale bases they use

Cheers
 

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Oh shit, this is my first post - how do I post it to. . . wherever it needs to be?

Thanks for pointing that out Bravo_Bravo
You may wish to bring this to the attention of some soldiers, or Royal Marines - the TA tend to do their skiing in St Anton via cheap Easyjet and coach trips.

Try posting in the Int Cell on ARRSE, and on Rum Ration where Royals occasionally hang out, the TA MOD can merge the ARRSE threads when he gets back from the frontline late Sunday evening.
 
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Nice pics - where where they taken?

I was really looking for some close-ups of the binding itself, something that demonstrates how it clamps onto the boot - same for the dreaded trials skis and the fish-scale bases they use

Cheers
Norway. 79 to 81. AMF(L) and Norwegian School of Winter Warfare.

The skis had an adjustable pair of metal jaws at the toe end. The boots had straight edges at the front to match. A coiled steel spring fitted around the boot heel in a groove and was clamped tight.

CIMG1288s.jpg

I'd have to go digging for better quality pictures, if I have any.
 
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Thanks Brotherton, I don't often get all homesick for the Corps but after looking at images of Sittang camp and the phots you have just posted, I would do anything to join up again.
 
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Is that a cable round the heel with the square rubber toe in a clamp type of binding or something else?

I can't really tell from the phot

Looks like you've got wax on those skis - correct?

many thanks for sharing

Has anyone ever wondered why they make military ski boots in black? Its not as if they'll ever be used anywhere except where the predominant colour is white, or is that too obvious for our friends in procurement?
 
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Is that a cable round the heel with the square rubber toe in a clamp type of binding or something else?
Has anyone ever wondered why they make military ski boots in black? Its not as if they'll ever be used anywhere except where the predominant colour is white, or is that too obvious for our friends in procurement?
Try and find a pair of civi ski boots with 75mm toe, in any other colour but black?

Åsnes apparently make the NATO standard plank. Ski - Produkt - Åsnes

While Voile make something very similar too the type of binding I used. Voile: Voile 3-Pin Cable Telemark Binding

I was issued a pair of Alico ski boots very similar to these but with black laces. Also got a pair of Berghaus yeti gaitors. Both still going strong some 15 years later.

Alico Sport TELEMARK


SK

p.s gutted I spent all weekend at home instead of ski-ing. Needs must and all that schitt!
 
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Is that a (1)cable round the heel with the square rubber toe in a clamp type of binding or something else?

I can't really tell from the phot

Looks like you've got wax on those skis - (2)correct?

many thanks for sharing

Has anyone ever wondered (3)why they make military ski boots in black? Its not as if they'll ever be used anywhere except where the predominant colour is white, or is that too obvious for our friends in procurement?
1. Yes, around 86 the bindings in use were a webbing strap with hooks on that latched onto the variable clamp on the ski. To the rear, fitting around a groove in the boot heel, was a spring that tensioned with a clamp. When new trial skis came into use, a new cable binding was brought in, using the same principle as the previous type but more modern materials.

2. Yes standard Swix type waxes were issued, both stick and klister and skins sometimes issued for uphill work. Obviously, when the fishscale soled skis were used, wax was not needed.

3. Cam whites were issued for camo purposes. Seeing as the gaiters and toe-covers were various shades of green, white boots would have been useless. Also, most operating was done at or below the treeline so half cam whites would be used or not needed at all, also when above the treeline if you were upright/moving you would probably be visible anyway - white boots would be of little practical use.
 
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Thanks for the answer bluntslane
pic3g.jpg
This is roughly what I remember using, but does anyone have any pics of the newer waxless trials skis with the crap binding, they looked sort of like this: is20092024nunavut2009.jpg

Would also be interested if anyone knows what the latest skis/bindings/boots are and what the rationale was behind adopting them - ta
 
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No problem, ref your last question, no idea, I finally left the Arctic role in 98 (after 8 winter deployments in 11 years).

Good luck with that last, but you may find the only rationalisation turns out to be modernisation. I'll be interested in any other answer though.
 
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