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  1. Alpine, ice climbing pack

    The Black Diamond Speed 40 pack has a plastic sheet and stay. Their fabric is nylon; not the bombproof cordura of the CCW. They're about half the cost of Cilogear and HMG (usually can be found on sale for $130ish). It's a little smaller volume than the Chernobyl but probably adequate for winter daytrips. I see a lot of these in the hills, and think they fill the market niche you're in (threading the needle between affordability, durability, light weight). The older I get, the more convinced I am that I don't need a "cool kids" climbing pack for the majority of Cascade rambling where there's 0% chance of hauling a pack up a belayed pitch. If you're after some comfort, you may want to look at a Gregory Zulu 40 or Osprey Exos. The narcissistic elitist in me wants to carry a pack that signals that I'm more of a "cascadeclimber" than a "nwhiker", but it may be worth taking a look if you're seeking something that can give you some comfort / support (and maybe a pocket or three).
  2. Alpine 8/11-8/13

    I've got a hall pass this weekend with my wife and kids visiting the in-laws. I'm free from 9am-ish on Friday (after kids get dropped off at preschool), and would like to be back in Seattle Sunday evening at a reasonable hour. I've struck out on feelers with people I know, and am turning to climbing partner Tinder here. I'm interested in something alpine 5.8-5.9ish or under (harder if you wanna lead harder). It doesn't have to be technical rock necessarily, either. I don't have fingers of steel at the moment but have decent mountain / approach fitness. We'd be a good match if you're organized and experienced. I promise I don't suck and don't have any personality disorders. I'm interested in Pickets, Buckner, Triumph, but open minded as well. I'd prefer something not in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness just because it's unusual for me to get this much time and I'd like to take advantage of going a little farther away. Holla.
  3. Cascade high routes

    Ptarmigan Traverse unroped and speedy Leor's accomplishments are extraordinary, but I post as reference for a party that did the Ptarmigan Traverse (in its modern incarnation as a high route) sans rope. I think "weekend warrior" type folk could reasonably consider doing this route unroped in appropriate conditions.
  4. Icicle conditions?

    How's things looking in the Icicle? I'd like to go cragging soon with my neophyte brother, and was thinking of Icicle Buttress area, Barney's Rubble, or maybe Castle Rock sometime next week after this stretch of clear days. Is stuff all wet / dripping?
  5. Sisters Traverse?

    Anyone ever done this or something similar?
  6. Snow climbs (crooked/slot) on Snoqualmie?

    Two thoughts: 1. The top of Alpental cam shows some snow still, and taken at face value suggests possibility for good snow where you want it: http://www.summitatsnoqualmie.com/conditions 2. I've heard many tales of woe from folks who want to descend the Cave Ridge trail / climbers path down the west side who didn't come up that way (e.g. after having done Improbable Traverse on Guye). If you don't locate the path exactly, it's easy to wind up in really crappy steep treed terrain and do sketchy rapping / down scrambling on loose stuff. There's probably friendly footprints in the snow up high to help guide you down, but if not, I'd try and download some GPS tracks or something. Just dead reckoning down the slope figuring you'll hit the path is ill-advised.
  7. I don't want to pay for your climbing trip

    ITT: sour grapes over not getting pro deals
  8. PM me your email address for photos. Blank Slate Climbing Board: Kinda like the informercial removable doorframe-mount pull up bars, but with a board to which one can mount a hangboard or holds. Purchased in 2013 and doesn't exactly line up with any of their current project lineup, looks like their "Intensive 105" model in terms of dimensions. Screw holes where I mounted the Metolius, as well as t-nuts slots. $60. Metolius Project Hangboard: Used, but you can't tell. $20. $70 takes them both. For the dirtbags out there, I'm open to trading and seeking the following items: Ski goggles Womens S or XS insulated ski/snow pants La Sportiva Katana shoes Nice running hydration pack (e.g. Salomon skin hydro 12, Nathan Vapor air / cloud) Located in Magnolia near Vertical World Seattle.
  9. I don't want to pay for your climbing trip

    I see people hashtaging gear companies on Facebook/Instagram, and I know ya'll ain't getting paid. Why advertise for someone for free? To feel like you have something in common with the people actually getting paid or schwagged up (very, very few getting paid I believe). "Feeling pro"; there's loads of other ways to waste your money and time to boost ones' ego, this one don't cost a thing.
  10. I don't want to pay for your climbing trip

    Point well taken, but you likely overestimate the amount of cost these companies take on by giving free or reduced-cost gear to bloggers, folks just asking, and the general non-elite crowd. I have little visibility into the climbing industry specifically, but have had some into cycling and running. What I've seen leads me to believe that the vast majority of asks for free or discounted gear are turned down. Most folks getting "pro" or "bro" deals are people themselves employed by the industry - and even then, it's usually an impersonal thing (such as a login to promotive.com) which is really a no-loss for the company (as such pricing is usually around cost). These are businesses after all, and I argue this is a case where the invisible hand of the market keeps companies from ratcheting up margins on Joe Consumer to fund Bro Blogger. Armchair psych speculation (no formal training in the area): People who acknowledge or boast about sponsorship on their blogs, etc, at least in part are doing so because they're upholding their end of the bargain if they indeed received a discount. But part of it I believe is the part of "looking pro" and "feeling pro". We see professional athletes thanking sponsors, and acting similarly in some small part makes folks feel that they, too, look a little pro. Which is a big part of the whole thing in the social media world.
  11. I have a hall pass for the morning tomorrow, and am hoping to do some mellow ski touring somewhere around Snoqualmie. I'm coming back from a lengthy spell not skiing and as such categorize myself as having novice downhill backcountry ability. I'm in decent physical shape, appropriately equipped, and safe. Or at least that's what my Mom tells me. I'm down to wake up early and would like to be back in town around noon-1pm. Was thinking something like going up to Kendall Lakes, Catherine tour. Not really looking for extensive tree skiing or steeps.
  12. Denali pricing

    Supply and demand, it's a bitch.
  13. Breathable insulation?

    I think this stuff is pretty niche in application. It seems ideal for two situations: 1. Relatively low - output activity punctuated by frequent stops. I'm thinking situations where you don't wanna constantly be putting your puffy on and taking it off, but could get sorta cold sitting around. Like taking your special man or lady friend on a winter hike to Snow Lake when it's sunny out. 2. Moving in balls-ass cold conditions (that one typically does not find in the PNW) where a next-to-skin grid fleece type thing plus a breathable shell of some sort is not sufficient to keep you warm enough. It seems to offer a middleground between the "action suit" where the only way to stay warm is through relatively high-output exertion, and the "belay jacket over action suit" that's only comfortable for when you're not moving. Bonus conjecture: I bet this stuff is really nice for climbers and athletes who are gettin' on up in years and find that they generate less heat and/or have trouble staying warm enough in the traditional "action suit" that was adequate when they were younger and more flat-stomached.
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