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Shaun Raskin

Shaun Raskin

Park City, Utah but really... anywhere I can find mountains, snow, rock, and good times

Shaun Raskin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Shaun Raskin's Bio

I am the luckiest girl on the planet! As a big mountain skier, I spend my days playing in the mountains. I get to travel to obscure places, make webisodes with my husband (www.thelifeunbound.com), teach avalanche courses, and guide for Park City Powder Cats.
In the off season I can be found running my own wellness guiding company, Inspired Summit Adventures and charging on my Down Hill and Cross Country Bikes, Climbing out in the Uintas, or kicking it with my hubby, dog and good friends on the front porch.
To learn more go to:
www.shaunraskin.com
www.inspiredsummit.com

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

Reliable and Undeniable!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a connoisseur of adjustable poles. From lekhi, to BD I've tried a lot of them.
Most fall short when it comes to icing up at the adjustment point, or the screw on the locking mechanism loosens at the worst time, or the bottom section falls out of the top never to be reinserted again.
But then I tried the Septor. A pole that uses a slick and easy to use flip-lock to ensure your adjustment wont creep or slip. After a season of using it on human powered outings, sled assisted tours and in mechanized guiding (which usually leads to tons of icing issues) I can say I am super impressed with these poles. I didn't find any icing issues and was able to adjust my poles at the top of my lines, avoiding the all too awkward and common one pole tall and one pole the hight you wish they both were scenario.
The powder baskets are just the right size to keep you from plummeting through the entire snow pack while still keeping the pendulum swing weight nice and light. This is one of my biggest pieces of criteria for a pole and many just don't get it right.
The grip is sweet! Having the ski scraper on your grip is so useful. Not only did I use it regularly on the skin track to keep my top sheets free of heavy snow, but I also used it to scrape the bottom of my skis or my clients skis to free the bases of ice that builds up from being in the cat basket or snowmobile. Another nice feature of the scraper is if you aren't using the pole straps, the extra long fin of the scraper actually helps the pole to kinda hang on the top of your index knuckle so you can still have a loose grip while skinning with out dropping our pole.
The final feature that I appreciate is the textured finish on the upper shaft. At first, was skeptical as to weather the texture was enough, since most companies put foam or heavy weight tape their (which all ultimately become encased in ice/ snow). But I was pleasantly surprised at how it actually holds a grip (check out the pic for proof. )
I have both the aluminum Septor and the carbon. I do use the carbon for my human powered exploits while using the aluminum for my mechanized outings. If your looking for the pole that will never leave you frustrated at the top of a line and promises to always be part of helping your day not hurting it, well then the Septor is the pole for you.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I swore I would never get into NTN. The bindings always felt like they were lazy to engage and then there was a point in the loading where it would just dive. The pivot point always felt like I was skiing on my tippy toes and I couldn't drive the ski.

Well, I am here to say the Outlaw has won me over. The adjustable pivot point allows you to make them feel like the hammer head of old. Their springs don't have that dead point and really do instantly engage. These bindings ski like a dream. And the step in and out (which I never really thought I cared much for) is pretty nice.
As for touring, these are hands down a game changer. The free pivot 50 degrees of movement make any skin track feel more comfortable and that's saying something in the Wasatch.

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Shaun Raskinposted an image about on October 13, 2016

Perfect for all your adventures!

Whether out for a day of sledding or heading out to bag that big objective or both, the Float 32 can handle it.

With ample main compartment space, helmet carry system, hip belt zip pockets, and a nice over sized goggle bag there is plenty of room for your personal items.
As for your technical gear, the pack garage is loaded with organizational sleeves for your probe and shovel. I even throw my saw in there as well. The exterior has sweet and low profile ice tool compartments (for two tools) where your pick can dive safely into the pack while a simple reinforced eyelet at the top allows for the spike of your ice tool to slide through resulting in a quick to deploy but solid to store place for your ice axe.
The A frame or cross carry system makes it easy to carry your skis while heading up that steep couloir or traversing that cruxy mix climb. One thing I love is that BCA reminds us on the pack that if you use the A frame system in avalanche terrain it will interfere with the airbag so best to cross carry your skis if you can while in avalanche terrain.
What sets this bag above the rest, weather you are getting into techy terrain or just out slaying the pow is the 3 zipper access system. This allows you to get to the bottom of the bag without having a mid slope pack explosion.
All and all this pack can handle what you throw at it so cinch it down and get after it!

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As an avalanche educator and guide I have had the opportunity to play with most of the beacons on the market and I choose to rock the Tracker 3 every day.

While BCA slimmed down it's look it beefed up its capabilities. From having a quick and easy to read real time display to multiple burial indicators and a special function that allows the rescuer to see the Big Picture or focus in on a single signal in a multiple burial situation this beacon has a lot of bells without gumming up the works with all the whistles.

By keeping the main screen simple and to the point, you are less likely to get confused in a burial situation.

There are more advanced options behind the home screen that make it great for use in a professional environment.

The simplicity also, like many bellow have expressed, allow for the battery life to last much longer than many other beacons on the market.

The ability to upgrade/ run diagnostics on the beacon from your computer is also a sweet little extra.

All and all this beacon takes the best of the Tracker predecessors and brings it's processing and design into the tech age, leaving many of the other manufacturers behind.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These blue little notebooks have become as integral in my backcountry kit as my beacon, shovel and probe. Why? A good day in the backcountry starts with having a solid plan. The BCA field book asks you to write down the days forecast, the snowpack and weather discussion and specifically where you will likely find the avalanche problem. They use check lists and written description to help you better absorb the information you are reading from your avalanche forecast center (or personal forecast) and then lead you through a good game plan for the day. All of the information in the book is to SWAG standard (which basically means you are getting set up to speak the same language as the rest of the snow geek world).
Beyond the trip planing page there is a wonderful chart to record your field obs data and room for general notes. Why is this important? Well, if you are like me and have limited short term memory it's critical to jot down what your seeing in the field to start noticing any trends that may be impacting stability or changing what the initial forecast for the day was.
Finally when I do take time to dig test profiles I want to be able to clearly record my data and be able to translate it to other guides, avi pros or my touring partners and the profile pages do just that. Not to mention they also have the "yellow flag" columns to help me pin point any layers or interfaces that may be of specific concern.
Weather you are taking your level one and just getting started or a seasoned backcountry vet, these little blue books are better than relying on just your brain and can really help guide you through the tempting landscape of backcountry travel. Keeping your observations relevant and your snowpack history and assessment on point.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on August 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I have been using the add on for several seasons now and I love that my bikes never rub even when off road. The one downfall is that the rack is heavy to lift and the release is can be hard to reach. So I made a little leash for the lever which helps me with the long reach. As far as racks go this is top notch, but I may be looking to try a North Shore rack next time.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I'm practicing companion rescue I am always looking for all of my gear and communication to be "clean and clear" and the tracker 3 is exactly that. The compact packaging allows it to slip in and out of my pocket with ease, the leash design allows the beacon to be securely attached without restricting my movement on a fine grid search. The processor continues to blow many of the other brands out of the water (which is impressive because of all the new software that the T3 has now) allowing me to start moving towards my buried victims well before many of my colleagues or students when practicing drills. The mode button is also a sweet nod to the tracker of old but with much more sophisticated tools. The first is SS (Signal Suppression) This works just like flagging function on many other brands of beacons and is the first generation of BCA beacons to use this technology. This allows you to suppress the signal of the closest beacon, focussing on the next in a multiple burial situation.
Another function I have used and really appreciate is the BP (Big Picture) function also found under the mode button. This gives you distance and location of all victims, allowing for a more affective triage if you were to ever be faced with this terrible scenario of a multiple burial.
All and all I can't say enough about this beacon. I teach avalanche courses and am a guide and have gotten to use most beacons on the market and have to say I love my T3 because it has a perfect balance of sophisticated technology and applicable tools without the unnecessary and often unreliable bells and whistles of some other high end beacons.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this as a wedding gift and had the pleasure of using it on our camping trips this summer. I love to cook and being in the woods never stops me from getting after my gourmet side and this cooking system allows me to get after it.
Some stand out features:
rubber coating on handles and lid don't get hot and don't melt.
No need for clamps with the fold out handle on the pan
strainer lid
I don't know if I would take this backpacking with me(it's a little over kill for me in that department), but you could because if you wanted because it is super light weight.
All and all it's an awesome addition to our base camp/ car camping set up.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have bought 5 pair now (over the course of a year and a half). I, like some of the other reviewers, am a strict lacy thong type of gal, but when engaged in sports they just don't cut it. So I decided to give these a try and am loving them!!!
The merino wool ensures that my most important parts are dry and warm. The fit is also perfect for being active as they have more of boys brief feel with thick waist band and wider hip material. For me these are the only things I put on before going on a ski tour as I know I wont be spending my day trying to pick a wedge through my ski pants, getting chafed by my thong, or cold and damp where it counts most.
While they aren't my husbands top pic in the sexiness department, when I a dry and comfortable and kicking his ass up the skin track I win my sexy back :)

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This saw is bad ass, no doubt. Maybe a bit over kill for what I was looking for when I put it on my X-mass list. I was looking for a long saw that would be a solid helper in cutting ECTs and CTs this is certainly that, however, the teeth are made for ripping through ice and dense snow, versus cutting. The result is not the cleanest columns as the aggressive teeth design leaves striation marks. In hindsight I might have gone with the Brooks Range Scientist 70 which has the same folding design but a bit less aggressive teeth which are designed for more refined cuts and is a bit lighter weight. At any rate the quality is amazing and I will see if I change to the Scientist model in the future.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on December 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So I bought a pair of these at the beginning of last season (along with another pair of 3/4 length long johns from 686)
I ended up wearing these every day! On the brutally cold days I would double up with another 200 weight pair on top of these but those were only on those sub zero days.
The reason I love these is one, because of their fit. They don't sag down or squinch up they just become an invisible layer. The second reason these are my every day pants is because of their amazing ability to stay dry and keep me warm. Normally when I wear polypro or any synthetic material my lower back is damp, all-be-it warm, but damp none the less and damp is kinda yucky. I spend most days touring so sweat management is a big one for me and these get an A++!
Like I said I probably wore this one pair around 100 days last season and they have held up great except for one place on my thigh where something snagged and now their is a little whole. So I am buying a few more pairs this year because they are that good!

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this bag last winter and I am loving it! I took it on a hut trip to the Tushar Mountains in Utah last February and it kept me super warm and allowed me to regulate my temp really well as the wood stove burned hot and then died off I was able to stay comfortable.
The bag was great in the desert this spring for the same reasons, it keeps me warm when the temp droped steep at night and then was able to breath enough that I wasn't sweating when the sun came up.
The bag also has a nice cut that gives you enough room for shoulders, chest and arms.
I am 5'8" and went with a regular and the bag has tons of room bellow my feet I bet it could easily fit a 6' guy.
All and all totally stoked on this bag. Finally I have a bag that can handle all the winter and spring adventures I love.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are my all time favorite socks! What I like best about them is that they really do fit above my calf and that not only keeps my leg warmer but also keeps the sock from scrunching down. These socks also rock because you don't have that annoying and uncomfortable seam along the toes.
These socks are super thin, so if you like the cushy feel, they are not the sock for you. But if you are looking for a sock that is comfortable, low profile, but still warm enough these are for you.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this kit for a couple of seasons now and weather I am having a casual day of touring and digging quick pits or getting after a full profile I love having my study kit. I always know where all my tools are, and the design is obviously well thought out by snow professionals.
Some of my favorite features to the case:
- the zip compartment which I use for my pencil, a mini write in the rain, and I actually put my slope meter in there too.
-The ability to hang the kit off my ski tip.
-The elastic band that runs across the back of the book which I use to put my field book in that way all my observation tools are in one place.
All and all a great kit to keep you organized in your pit.

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