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Spark Fuse Splitboard Bindings

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Spark Fuse Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D, a company operating out of Bozeman, Montana, have developed a new binding specifically designed for splitboards. I heard this news last year and had to investigate.  For many snowboarders who choose to get away from the resort crowds, the simple option is snowshoes. They work fine, but as a photographer I carry a large, heavy rucksack and adding the weight of a snowboard to the pack while climbing seemed just too much like hard work. Plus, have you ever tried to open rucksacks which have snowshoes tied to the back…. The answer I came to many years ago was a splitboard.

I had a Duotone splitboard with Voile fixings but have recently bought a new Prior Backcountry Split. The Voile system works well but once you’ve added your own bindings the rider’s feet are quite high above the board and this can result in poor transmission of weight to the board’s edges – leaving it feeling slow to respond. It can also result in a degree of sideways rolling of the feet which is undesirable.

However Spark R&D have come up with a clever new integrated binding. Naturally you can’t use your own bindings but the Spark Fuse bindings use the straps and highbacks from regular Bent Metal Fuse bindings. Made of aluminium, initial impressions were good – lightweight but apparently strong and unfussy design. The baseplate and integrated pin puts the riders feet back down to board level and eliminates twisting and unresponsiveness. Also in walk mode, the bindings have a full 90 degree pivot, which means there’s no danger of blowing out your pin if you fall face-first whilst skinning (it happens!). Yep it might sound funny, but if the pin breaks in the backcountry you could be in real trouble.

For their first trip I took the new bindings to Gulmarg in Kashmir where I was photographing a ski trip for The Observer newspaper. Despite difficult conditions and poor snow the bindings worked impeccably and are seemingly bombproof. The integrated pin system means the switch from ride mode to walk mode, and vice versa, is achieved in seconds.

These binding are flying off the shelves and hence in very short supply, but I managed to get some from the very helpful Biwakscharte (www.biwakscharte.de) in Germany, a mountain sports supplier and Spark dealer. So big thanks to Sandy and the team for all their help.

Next stop for the splitboard setup is Aspen, Colorado in early February..

Update! Only a couple of days of easy touring in Aspen but the Spark bindings were again excellent. One thing i noticed was you do have to be quite deliberate with the head of the pin which twists and sits under the toe binding strap. If it is released from under the toe binding – possible in heavy snow – the pin can begin to work loose. Once I noticed it had worked out of one side of the binding and was only held on by the one remaining hole..

Exhibition and Private View, Kendal Mountain Film Festival

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Exhibition and Private View, Kendal Mountain Film Festival

The Warehouse Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria, is pleased to announce an exhibition by award-winning photographer Jon Wyatt. As part of the renowned Kendal Mountain Film Festival, he will be showing editioned prints from his series entitled ‘Naked’.

Photographed in mountain ranges across Europe, Greenland and North America, the prints feature isolated figures in dramatic, winter mountain landscapes. They are alone, exposed and vulnerable (ie naked) in these extreme and primal environments.

The images stand as a howl for the preservation of these ecosystems, and have received honours in both the Prix de la Photographie, Paris and IPA Awards.

You are invited to a private view on Friday 30th October and the exhibition will run until Sunday 22nd November.

The whole series can be viewed at www.jonwyatt.co.uk/portfolio

Success in International Photography Awards

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

I’ve received three honourable mentions in this years U.S. based International Photography Awards (aka Lucie Awards). Two were in the Fine Art category, and one in the Sunset category. Here are the images:-

Peoples Choice, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

One further award from this years PX3 Awards… this image received 3rd place in the People’s Choice category.

Peoples Choice, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris

 

 

New jonwyatt.co.uk website

Monday, June 8th, 2009

My new website and blog are now launched. For my current projects and commissioned work go to the ‘portfolio‘ section. If you like what you see head to the contact page and sign up for my occasional email newsletters. This blog will contain info on current shoots and commissions, examples of new work and act as an archive of my ‘news’ stories from my previous website. Any thoughts or comments on the work are always welcome.

The ‘Naked’ series gets a makeover

Friday, November 21st, 2008

‘Naked’ is a series of images which feature solitary figures in vast mountain landscapes. So that’s ‘naked’ in the sense of being exposed and vulnerable rather than the literal sense! This series was initially published in 125 magazine in the UK with the images in colour. However, I have now converted them to black and white and toned them. Here are some examples:-

 

Skyscapes images used on glass partitions

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Several of my ‘skyscapes’ images have been reproduced on 3.5 metre wide glass office partitions.