what is it
The idea is to sort of run up a steep hill with long steps or
Sometimes both skis can be in the air
simultaneously. Each long step is helped by single pole-push
with one arm.
Key ways that hill bound is different from
- there is no attempt to get any glide;
pole-push is always pretty nearly simultaneous with the opposite
- both skis can go into the air
simultaneously, if the need for extra down-force is large enough.
See the Climbing up steep hills is
Mostly for serious racers.
For short steep hills.
(a) The fastest way to go up a steep hill -- if
you've got the leg power and you've trained to handle that
(b) By eliminating the glide phase, the hill-bound gets the double
benefit in grip improvement from the double energy cost of applying
extra down-force beyond committed body weight. (In classic
stride, the second "landing" down-force falls mostly
outside in leg-push phase, so much of it is wasted).
(c) The magnitude of the extra down-force and thus extra grip
friction can be made very large if desired, because it is OK if the skier is
launched into the air.
It is strenuous.
For lots of ideas and explanations, see the climbing
up steep hills "secret".
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- If you're not feeling athletic, forget you ever heard of it.
Just think herringbone for
- Athletic non-racers can try using it to go up short
steep hills. But unless the hill is shorter than 12 seconds and
followed by a long gentle section you can use to recover, you're just
asking to be in leg-burn pain for the next hour. So when in
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