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  1. Wow what a great day! Any comments on snow stability/structure that you noticed?
  2. Mt Adams for first AT trip

    I've never done this in July, but something no one has mentioned... I would plan on getting to Piker's Peak by noon. If it's too hard and icy to ski the SW chutes then sit down in the sun, have lunch, and wait for the corn to ripen. When your window arrives then drop in, knowing that it will be softer down below. This keeps you away from late afternoon sun when a wet avalanche is possible, as others have mentioned. If you are in good shape (not just aerobically but also used to hiking uphill a lot) you can manage this as a fun day trip from Cold Springs campground with an early start. I prefer to take comfy lightweight boots/crampons for the steep slog up and load my AT skis/boots on my back. It's a real workout. Edit: An altimeter is very useful for knowing when to start cutting back towards the trail you came up. I think you'll be sorry if you ski all the way straight down to the Round the Mountain trail that late in the year. This is NOT a trip to do if there is a chance of a whiteout, despite navigation skills, as the terrain cutting back over to the south side is fraught with obstacles.
  3. soloing vs free soloing

    Soloing is climbing by yourself. Free climbing is climbing w/o aid. Free soloing is free climbing without a belay. Rope soling is any kind of climbing (free or aid) by yourself, with a rope for self-belay. Grade has nothing to do with it.

    Late summer. I was solo skiing across lower Elliot Glacier to get on Snowdome. Conditions were 4” of melting neve over hard ice. I had a full pack and skis on my back and had just done an end run around an open flooded crevasse and was headed up a short moderately steep section directly above it. I had my axe leashed to one hand and was casually working my way straight up when my dull crampon points slipped and my feet went out from under me. I fell on my axe and was able to stop immediately, but only because I had yet to gain any speed. I could feel I didn’t have much purchase with either crampon points or my axe pick, so I gingerly traversed and retreated with my heart in my throat. I was so shaken I called it a day and went home, but only after taking a photo to remind me to never ever set foot on snow or ice again without making sure my gear (crampon points and ice axe pick) were in tip-top condition. This scared me so bad I initially vowed to never solo glaciers again, but am back at it because I feel I can do it safely when conditions warrant. I still occasionally look at this photo of where I almost ended up to remind me to be careful and have never shown it to my wife.
  5. Oregon

    I've been enjoying my guvernment-mandated luxury for so long that I didn't even realize I was missing freedom of choice! Hmm, there has to be some subtle political truth buried here somewhere...
  6. Oregon

    It's simple. I'd rather sit in my warm, dry car and let someone pump my gas for me. What's there not to like? Can you do that in Washington? Sure, if you can find a full-serve station when you want it. Good luck with that. That's why I, and other Oregonians, have twice voted down self-serve in the state. The legislators snuck this one by without a vote.
  7. Looks like a great deal for somebody. I'd post to another site that is more active like nwhikers.net or mountainproject.com.
  8. Bivi off I5 enroute to Yosemite?

    Depends on how "close off I-5" you want to be. I frequently sleep off the Mt. Shasta highway (road to Bunny Flats) just a few miles up the mountain out of Shasta. Every time I've been there (non-summer) the campgrounds are empty, quiet, and free. There are some side roads that lead a short distance into the woods as well. This is probably a 10 to 15 minute drive off I-5 for a quiet safe place to sleep.
  9. [TR] Four Days in Boston Basin 8/1/2017

    Thanks. Turns out mine is five years old and didn't make the cut.
  10. [TR] Four Days in Boston Basin 8/1/2017

    I can't find any details on the Internet re. this. How do I know if my two year old Ursack is approved? Perhaps a NCNP ranger can post some info...
  11. I'll have to admit, when I read your earlier post asking about hitching from Hannegan Pass trailhead, I though I was missing something, as the timeline you mentioned didn't make sense to me. Unbelievable audacity indeed! This is hard for me to comprehend. An incredible feat and thank you for the detailed report.
  12. Great TR and a wonderful adventure! I came down the same trail the same day (7/16), but didn't notice that camera going either direction, probably because I was too tired. I'm sure it's to monitor critters. You saw the big pile of bear poo a mile from the trailhead?
  13. Yes, someone just PMed me who has bivied on the summit. I didn't know that was possible so that's great news. Thank you!
  14. I want to be on the summit after sunset and before sunrise for photography purposes. I'd also like to get a good night's sleep flat on my back and in a small solo tent to stave off bugs. I'll be loaded down with camera gear and don't want to carry overnight gear higher than necessary. How high can I go and still find a flat spot to camp next week?
  15. Buying hand drill... any advice?

    And as an addendum to gene, nothing wild about finding the remaining gear/tat from "traditional" rappel anchors... I agree. If you have to use gear to build a rap anchor then leaving it behind is unavoidable, but most tat I find consists of slings wrapped around trees or rocks. You can avoid leaving slings behind by using a long "closed" sling draped over a rock or tree trunk, like you're going to girth hitch it, but don't. Loop the rope through the two loops at the ends, and tie a tag line to one of the loops, or even an end of the rope you're rapping with if it is long enough, and then you can pull the sling. LNT.