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  1. Stunning pics! Keep 'em coming!! :tup:
  2. Clogged MSR Whisperlite International

    Glad to know you could at least fill up the canisters from other ones. A safe way to refill and reuse the canisters would be wonderful. Way better to reuse than recycle, whenever possible. I usually take the used canisters to hazardous waste collection events (along with aerosol cans). There's one such event happening at least once a year around here.
  3. Clogged MSR Whisperlite International

    I was indeed thinking about cleaning the pump and the tube, and your post convinced me. Thanks diepj! As you mentioned, it was quite straightforward to clean (after following instructions on the manual I found online). Pulling the cable out and putting it back all the way did not give me much trouble either. My stove didn't come with the fine needle to clean, but I was a able to use the pin in the shaker. The manual has instructions on how to take apart the pump, replace the washer ring, etc. After the clean-up, the stove seems to be running much smoother now . Plus I feel confident enough to (attempt to ) tinker with the stove in the field. But the chance of getting a full revamp for $35 is quite tempting as well ... . Dispensing of the used canisters properly appears to be a big pain. One can't just chuck them into the recycle bin. And they add up pretty quick (I've a PocketRocket in addition to the Whisperlite). For the pee-wee outings I do, I'd much rather use a refillable cylinder (and write it off as extra training weight ).
  4. [TR] Mt Hood via mass transit. - S.S. 7/21/2017

    Cool stuff!! I also have liked Hood in the summer the couple times I've gone (yes, there's loose stuff, and yada yada...). How long did the mass transit journeys take (up and down)? And how long did you spend at Timberline before starting to head up? Similarly, how long of a wait, if any, before you got on the bus for the return?
  5. Clogged MSR Whisperlite International

    Will look into both options (contacting MSR, and using the wire). On that note, my windshield is quite beat up as well (and held together by tape). You do realize you are responding to a university professor with a Ph.D. in theoretical mathematics, right? I suspect Dru knew, and hence the comment. Thanks, though, Dru - hadn't heard of that before. Will pencil it in to my list of mathy jokes .
  6. Clogged MSR Whisperlite International

    My MSR Whisperlite International stove appears to have clogged up a bit after use with (low quality) gasoline. It appears to be a partial clog somewhere in the pump assembly or the inlet fuel tube (which takes the fuel from the cylinder to the stove). I'm saying partial because the stove still works, but the supply tends to peter out after a while. At that point, I pump it again, and the gas starts coming out in a gush after several pumps. Has any one cleaned the pump or the inlet tube? It's easy to take apart and clean the stove itself, but I'm not so sure about the pump. And how does one clean the fuel tube? Or, would the clog be expected to disappear on its own with enough use of clean(er) fuel (white gas)? TIA for any suggestions!
  7. Royal Columns Closed due to collaspe of column

    Yeah! Sobooooooooooooo!!
  8. [TR] Dragontail Peak - Triple Couloirs 5/2/2017

    Awesome work!! Great to see you back in full form, Josh :tup:
  9. Ueli Steck gone

    Sad news... I remember meeting him in Portland a couple years back when he did a slide show. For someone who has scaled so much of the heights, he was totally down to earth. We'll all miss him.
  10. On ideal dynamic climbing ropes

    [Geek] Check out this paper on mathematically ideal climbing ropes. [/Geek] As the authors state in the paper: "We do not expect this paper to have an immediate effect on the climbing community... " It would be interesting to see what actual climbers who practise the craft think about this topic (as opposed to the theory).
  11. Climbing Training - Conjugate Periodization

    That's quite the dedication Sol! Double props for keeping the level high despite being a dad :tup: . Looking forward to more TRs from you. P.S.: For me, campusing means just walking my fat ass to campus .
  12. Is Jefferson still in?

    Same as what recess said. We did the Jeff Park a bit more than 2 weeks ago as well (TR here). The ridge above Jeff Park was snow free. There was some snow/ice at the base of the summit pyramid for us, but was otherwise snow/ice free above. But if you're coming up the South ridge, you should not encounter this snow. Have fun, and post a TR please .
  13. [TR] Mt JEfferson - No walk in the (Jeff) Park 8/19/2016

    Thank you gents! Yes, Wayne, we did take the knife-edge ridge after the glacier. We tried to stay mostly on the ridge proper, but did go to the South side (climber's right) at a couple places. The whole ridge was free of snow/ice, and the rock was reasonably solid (by the standards of Jefferson ).
  14. mountaineering boots with roomy toe box

    I started with a pair of La sportiva Glacier boots that were the same size as my street-shoe size (didn't know any better ). While they climbed fine on the way up, I used to regularly get my toes banged up on the way down. I was any way looking to upgrade to a "more advanced" boot, and someone here on CC was selling a pair of LS Nepal Evos a half size up (42_2/3 instead of 42, to be exact). I was able to try them out before buying, and found the fit to be perfect! I've switched to the Nepal Evos, and I no longer get my toes banged as I used to with the Glaciers. Indeed, I've not worn my Glaciers since I made the switch (yes, I wear the Evos even on pee wee climbs; don't want to buy another pair of lighter boots). Even though the Evos are a size up, they fit great on my heels (and also, in general). So, if you really like the LS boots, you might want to try the next bigger size. I must add, though, that I have Koflachs in the same street-shoe size (as the Glaciers), and they are much roomier. I won't be surprised if the fit varies even within LS boots - needless to say, try them out for sure before buying. Good luck!
  15. Trip: Mt Jefferson - No walk in the (Jeff) Park Date: 8/19/2016 Trip Report: Chris and I climbed the Jefferson Park Glacier route on Friday. The conditions were quite good--as good as they could get at this time of the year. But it was certainly no walk in the park for me . I've not done a lot of climbing in the alpine in the past few years, except for jaunts up the South Side of Mt Hood (but calling it an alpine climb is a big stretch ). And being a father now makes me evaluate risks quite differently than before . I couldn't find a better partner to climb Jeff Park than Chris. He is a strong yet safe climber who knows the mountain quite well -- has been there more than a dozen times, attempting several different routes. But the fact that he had made it to the top only once before indicates how tough Mt Jefferson could be to climb (even after accounting for Chris' conservative attitude when judging good climbing conditions). As we approached on Thursday afternoon, we observed a rather heinous schrund on the Jeff Park Glacier--it looked to span the whole way, and looked ridiculously overhung all along (at least when looking from far). We accepted that we might well be taking the gear for a walk in the Park, but decided to go any ways. We started up at 1 AM on Friday. Despite the clear skies, a full moon, and warm temperature, it was surprisingly quite windy on our approach. We made it to the schrund as the sky was starting to brighten up. It was indeed quite overhung all over (at least for us), but there was one place where we could sneak up. It was a somewhat awkward lip to pull over, with a bulge in the middle pushing you out wide. While the ice felt firm, it was not good enough to take screws. And peeling here would result in a 25-30 ft fall. Even though it all felt secure, the lack of protection made me quite nervous. (Booty alert: I dropped a 13cm screw here). The lip is visible above my head in this photo: We were able to sneak through, and thought we've "solved" the route! But there was plenty of excitement left to be had still. Day break over the North ridge: The ridge above the glacier was free of snow/ice. We made good time to get to the summit block as the day started warming up. Chris starting toward the summit pinnacle: We had to don the 'pons and tools again to traverse a bit of ice at the base of the summit pinnacle, and then switch to rock mode for the rest of the way to the top. Above the ice on the summit pinnacle: Birthday boy on top! After a quick selfie at the top, we started our descent. Again, we had to don crampons and tools for traversing the small bit of ice at the base of the pinnacle. We decided we'll rap down to the Whitewater glacier. This rap was the most unnerving part of the whole climb ! We found the first anchor getting somewhat baked in the sun, but still quite good. We added a sling to back it up, and went down (We had a 60 m single rope). There was one rock slung for the second rap station, but we didn't like the looks of it. The sling looked new enough, but the rock itself was a typical example of what Oregon High has to say about this mountain [paraphrasing here]: "The blocks themselves are quite big, but it's often not sure what is holding them in place!". There appeared to be no other good options. No good cracks either, to leave a nut even. Finally, we found a very slightly upward sloping rock with a lip of may be 3 or 4 inches. The rock itself was solid otherwise, so we decided to say some prayers and go for it. It was sketchy enough for me to not stay clipped in when Chris rapped first, in case the sling were to slip under his weight and pull me down ! But luckily it held. As Chris called "off rap", I was once again in a somewhat nervous soup just like I was earlier in the morning at the shrund. I went down slowly, eyeing the sling hawkishly, sternly imploring it to stay in place. We both breathed a huge sigh of relief as I finished my rappel just a few feet above the Whitewater glacier! We had both run out of our water reserves, but there were drips to be harvested! Drip water harvesting at the Whitewater glacier: The rest of the deproach was uneventful. Each time we turned back to look up at the mountain, we both were still not convinced we made it up and down! As we were hiking out on Friday late afternoon, hordes of folks were going in to camp at Jeff Park (must've been a busy weekend up there). As much as we both felt how nice they all smelled (not just the cute girls, but even the 40-something gentlemen!), I'm sure they all would've felt how "nice" we both smelled ! Here's how the glacier looked on the way out. Thanks a lot, Chris, for draggin' my fat ass up a real peak. May be we should do it more often, and then I won't brown my panties as much . Gear Notes: Lost a 13 cm screw in the schrund on Jeff Park. But hey, found a 16 cm screw higher up on the summit ridge, with an extra biner to boot. You lose some, you win some :-).
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