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High Marking

Snowmobiling Term, Also: High Pointing, Hammer Heading

High Marking

Snowmobiling Term, Also: High Pointing, Hammer Heading

Riding up a steep slope to leave the highest mark. Usually done on a slope which cannot be climbed to the top. When the sled bogs down a turn is initiated and the rider comes back down.

Many snowmobiling avalanche incidents involve high marking, particularly cases where the rider has become stuck and gotten off the machine to pull it around. Sometimes with the help of others who have riden up the slope to assist.

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