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  • Birthday 03/29/68

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    Wenatchee, WA U.S.A
  1. Bivi off I5 enroute to Yosemite?

    The DNR land near Klamath Falls is great for a Midway bivi. But that's assuming you go down Hiway 97, which I like so much more than I-5. That's good info about Shasta.
  2. Can you just downclimb the ridge?
  3. How much fire haze on WA Pass?

    I was up there last week and it was bad. Parties were using wands for the approach to the Beckey route. Bring a PLB and an O2 canister. You may be able to get by with an N95 facemask.
  4. Mt. Stuart north approach questions

    Ivan nailed it. I do this approach about once a year, and each year the trail gets easier and easier to follow. This year I found it as easy as ever to follow. More Cairns are popping up, and the trail is more trodden. My rule is if at any point you lose the trail, head towards the creek.
  5. Castle Rock New Route

    It's interesting how some of the routes on upper Castle get upgraded bolts and others don't. Like P2 of Canary, or the bolt on Old Grey Mare, or the bolt just over the roof on Satanic Verses. But on the south face of jello tower still has an ancient bolt. I'm also curious about the two different bolts on the start of Rainbow Connection. The right one is only about 3 years old. The right bolt start is fun climbing if somewhat easier than the left start.
  6. Castle Rock New Route

    The new route is verye reminiscent of the lower castle mixed gear/bolted routes like PG Advised and Smut. In fact, it's about as hard as Smut and about the same length.
  7. Pics / Beta on North Ridge of Stuart

    I wrote this on the Sherpa thread: friend and I climbed Full N. Ridge yesterday approaching from the North and descending the Sherpa. The glacier is in excellent condition still. A super easy end run around the bergschrund-skier's right- is still possible. No rappel shenanigans needed! Gorgeous day in perfect weather with no one around! Also, almost all the snow on the ridge is melted, though there are patches lingering g that can be easily avoided. The same patches are very convenient for refilling your water, however. There was one patch on the upper ridge just past the notch that you have to post hole through, but it's minimal and should be gone in a couple days.
  8. Sherpa Glacier --> Cascadian couloir, conditions?

    A friend and I climbed Full N. Ridge yesterday approaching from the North and descending the Sherpa. The glacier is in excellent condition still. A super easy end run around the bergschrund-skier's right- is still possible. No rappel shenanigans needed! Gorgeous day in perfect weather with no one around!
  9. Outer Space altered on SCW

    Absolutely. If you consider ratings are based on an onsight lead, then almost all the routes at Castle are sandbagged big time. Launch into an onsight lead of Rainbow Connection and see if it feels 5.11a. I think that what the book rates it. Or Hangdog. Brass Balls. As for SCW, Mary Jane dihedral's 5.9 rating does not feel soft at all. And Orbit also feels pretty true to grade. The flake that broke off on OS is at the end of the traverse, where you have to start to make the face moves above the traversing crack.
  10. Pics / Beta on North Ridge of Stuart

    Here are a few photos from the NW Hikers site, from 6/4, so I bet it's even more melted out. My guess is that's it's in great shape to climb. http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8024338
  11. Castle Rock New Route

    Ah! Thanks for the info. I'll have to take a lap on it.
  12. Castle Rock New Route

    A new bolted route has gone up between Midway pitch one chimney and Winter Solstice pitch one. I'm not being judgmental here, as I have not climbed it yet. It may be a fantastic pitch of climbing. I don't know. But it does seem to be in an odd location, so close to Winter Solstice, you can use the first few bolts of this new route if you climb WS. I'm just a little ambivalent about this new addition, and it does look out of place with the rest of the upper Castle routes. I'm curious who did this one.
  13. Outer Space altered on SCW

    I'll see it tomorrow. That's why I am urging all other climbers to steer clear of the route. I'm taking one for the team. I'll report back.
  14. Outer Space altered on SCW

    I heard it's now a 5.11+ deadpoint to a sloping hold that you have to lock off on. To all those thinking of climbing outer space this weekend take note!
  15. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    From two weekends ago. Emerald Falls, Banks Lake. Photo by Bill Wicheta.
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