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  1. Wanted: 2 person 4 season tent for cascades

    Black Diamond Firstlight is on sale: https://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-firstlight-tent-2-person-3-season?CMP_SKU=BLD1186&MER=0406&skid=BLD1186-WAS-ONESIZ&mr:trackingCode=A2E49D7F-8F66-E311-9C6B-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pa&mr:ad=8823334149&mr:filter=4580840319639064&CMP_ID=PLA_BNmyDeviceIndicator=c001&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=ad1b5973-f54f-4b6f-b879-67874ba28ac4&rmatt=tsid:1042798|cid:43125974|agid:3780426122|tid:kwd-4580840319639064:aud-806123401|prd:BLD1186-WAS-ONESIZ|crid:8823334149|nw:search|dvc:c|st:black%20diamond%20tent|mt:be Also, have you considered a tarp? They are light, cheap, roomy and work well in the winter. I have used my BD Betamid for 16 years in all seasons. If I were to get a new one I would look hard at the Mountainsmith Shelter LT.
  2. Thoughts on Hood South Side...

    I personally would not want to see any rocks, just snow and ice. If there are rocks peeking through, in my mind there is not enough snow. You don't want to climb on frozen rocks. Better than unfrozen rocks, but still not ideal. Be patient and wait for more snow so then you will only have to worry about avalanches.
  3. Thoughts on Hood South Side...

    I think rock fall would be a serious issue. I personally would wait until the mountain gets a lot more snow and it has time to consolidate.
  4. I really wanted the older version of the Thor, the red one, but I could not find one anywhere. I ended up buying a Salewa, which was the lightest of the bunch, as well as the least expensive.
  5. Thanks for your feedback. I have my eye on a Petzl Bongo, I think that would be a good balance between driving ability and carrying too much weight.
  6. So, after a few attempts I've finally accepted leash less ice climbing as more than a passing fad. I bought a pair of Nomic copies (Grivel somethings). They don't have hammers or adzes, and even if they did the radical curve would make it very difficult to pound in pitons. Has anybody carried a light piton hammer with them along with their leash less tools? I likes my pitons, and I can't see a down side other than carrying a bit more weight. Thoughts?
  7. Any Patagonia Hyper puff reviews?

    Good luck. I purchased and returned quite a few belay parkas to replace my Micropuff. The nicest of the bunch was the RAB Alpine Generator parka, which did not fit me well at all. NW Alpine has a great looking parka, but they seem to be out of stock. I ended up with a Mountain Hardware Supercompressor, but I have yet to use it.
  8. New moderator

    Moderating sucks, but at least the pay is terrible.
  9. The Pickets - so hot right now.
  10. Stuff is on fire

    The Tooth The Tooth The Tooth is on fire Burn MFer, burn
  11. Yes, I pull the core out of 6mm and use the sheath for flat boot laces when the stock ones break.
  12. You may be correct. If I was civically minded like Chris or Kurt, I would use static caving rope inside 1" tubular webbing. A lot of the anchors I leave are not meant to last that long, for example V-threads, or are on obscure descent routes. For some reason I have had the notion that cord is better than webbing. Maybe I read that some where. At any rate, I feel good and wholesome using 6mm for tat, it is a good balance of compactness in the pack, lightweight, and strong enough for the application. Andy Kirkpatrick weighs in, and he mentions cord is better than webbing: https://andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/view/life-at-retail?utm_content=buffer93c8e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  13. Edelrid, here is what I bought: https://www.backcountry.com/edelrid-powerloc-expert-sp-accessory-cord-100m?CMP_SKU=ELR001K&MER=0406&skid=ELR001K-FIR-S6MM&mr:trackingCode=4530F522-2651-E711-8100-005056944E17&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=fe0ca984-ea2a-4883-9043-51b100033e50&gclid=Cj0KCQjw557NBRC9ARIsAHJvVVPvkYXTJzcBLNcBLN2w79vwPOR8NGWL5Ye6YIdEeEoYv-uns5Yh3FEaAvdeEALw_wcB
  14. I recently bought a 100 meter spool of 6mm cord because it was on sale and I leave so much of it as rappel anchors. I have always considered 6mm to be too weak for quad anchor/cord-a-lette material, however, this manufacturer rates it at 9kn. For comparison, PMI 7mm is rated at 10.7 kn. What is the cc.com's brain trust consensus on this, is 9kn strong enough for use as anchor material? Also, 100 meters is more cord than I can use in the foreseeable future, so I am selling lengths of it at 0.34 cents a foot, what I paid. Great for rappel tat, prusik slings, tag lines (if you are into that kind of S&M) and perhaps even anchor material. If you want to buy some 6mm cord, still in plastic on the spool, email me at Daniel-p-smith@hotmail.com
  15. I think the crux for you will be finding good winter conditions while the highway is still open. Not sure when it typically closes. You could ski or snowmobile the closed road though, if you really want it. FWIW, I have found very good conditions in the Cascade Pass region in very late fall and early winter while the Cascade River Road is still open to mile 20/Eldorado Creek TH, which typically becomes impassible by January. Very short days that time of year.