You love the ski down at the end, but your main concern is being fast enough to actually reach your destination in the first place, given the crazy objective you've chosen to summit for the day. Throw the lightweight, yet extremely skiable K2 Wayback 88 Skis on your feet, fire up that headlamp, and charge up your 4 a. m. skintrack so you can not only reach your destination, but enjoy yourself along the way. A paulownia and maple wood core is encased in a torsion box and Hybritech sidewall, so you not only get a poppy, playful ski, you also get a ski that's going to be able to withstand the everyday rigors of ski mountaineering. In case you need to make a temporary anchor along the way, jam the flat tail into the snow with ease and create a safe anchor that can be used for a variety of purposes. After all, if you're not rappelling with skis on your back and bumping a few rocks along the way, it's not real skiing, right'