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Thomas w T.

Thomas w T.

High mountains of North America

Thomas w T.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping

Thomas w T.'s Bio

I'm 69, a retired Harvard lawyer from a white shoe Boston firm founded during Civil War.

I'm a 100 day per year boarder, started boarding in 85, who lives in ski country for 4 months each year.

I do other things: for my 60 birthday year, I paddled solo in an open canoe 1100 miles down the Yukon River.

First 13,000 foot peak was at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1957; first 14,000 foot peak descent on board was Quandry,in CO. last year. Done a traverse of McKinley with Ray Genet, French Ridge of Huntington with Michael Covington, over 21,000 feet on Aconcagua (first Polish Direct expedition with Allen Steck), first American ascent of south side of Amergino (Agentine Andes, warm-up for Aconcaqua).

At least one free climb on every major formation in Yosemite Valley and Touleme Meadows, except Half Dome.

Wind surfed a hurricaine; broke my neck but self-rescued and didn't miss a day on snow. (Have trouble backing my car, however, cause I can't turn my head very far.) Was it worth it? Well, Hell yes -- how mahy people do you know that can walk around bragging about wind surfing a friggin' hurricaine?

Thomas w T.

Thomas w T.wrote a review of on July 26, 2013

Second Time Around
5 5

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

My first pair of Heli-3 Finger Gloves lasted over 300 days of hard snowboarding at J.Hole, Summit County Colorado and the Wasatch. The second pair so far has about 100 days into a second season at the Wasatch and nearby areas. I find it true to size, but if you need fine finger control for some reason, the 3 finger set up is not it. It is definitely clumsy for something like working a camera -- truthfully, a snowboarder doesn't have a lot need for a sensitive grip.

I've been boarding since 1985 and these are easily the best. Really tough for batting through tree branches, touching down on icy crust, or handling rock on hikes for turns. I've used them with a pair of thin silk inners inside the regular liners at -30 degrees at 10,000 feet. Wet Spring comes around, I treat the backs with a NicWax product, pull the heavy liner and just use my thin silks inside, and I'm happy until May.

The picture shows me and the second pair on top of Murdock Peak at Canyons Ski Area -- carrying my daughter-in-law's board in exchange for a picture.