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  1. 1 week - end of march - alpine where?

    Honestly unless the weather window is amazing I wouldn't spend the time in the cascades unless you are ski touring. If you are ski touring, it would be perfect time of year for Isolation Traverse, Ptarmigan on skis, or Forbidden Traverse I'd echo Banff for ice, JTree or Red Rocks or Smith for rock climbing. Moab for a week of crusher mountain bikling. Indian Creek if you are up to it. Sierra for melting-out-but-probably very cold higher elevation scrambles
  2. great pictures as always! worthy of a coffee table book!
  3. Kid-friendly top-roping in Leavenworth?

    Barney's Rubble, Roto Wall, Playground Point has a few climbs as Gene mentions, we also regularly TR Mountaineers Dome climbs, and make up a bunch more; it depends on your kid a bit. We started them on all these, then graduated to multi-pitch rock climbs and now the 10-year old is leading easier routes.
  4. [TR] Dragontail Peak - Triple Couloirs 5/2/2017

    Hey Josh et co, good job getting up a big face in good style. This trip is a big undertaking no matter what the route conditions, so great job! Sounds like your training paid off and you got a great day in the mountains, and back down safe!
  5. need info on a route in exit 38

    Take the fall, Ram
  6. Help me pick a route on Rainier.

    Lib Ridge and Ptarmigan both are traditionally marginal or "out" by early July in a normal snow year, which this is. Lib Ridge because the Carbon becomes very difficult to navigate and the ridge proper starts melting out. Ptarmigan for different reasons but YMMV. What's wrong with the route you already did? Kautz isn't a mobbed trade route so it's a good choice, and up-and-over should present plenty of challenge for your group even if you aren't front-pointing the entire way. I think the Spring will tell better what conditions present in July: If it remains cool and cloudy here with below normal temps, then my first paragraph can be tossed, and you could try Lib Ridge, which is remote but not technically difficult.
  7. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    keen, yes. This is the standard level of in-ness. Some years its like this by late December. It's not that popular because there really aren't that many ice climbers in WA (certainly seems like less than there was 15 years ago) and the approach is for real. Left of Sep Gully gets hit by sun around mid-Feb. It doesn't take much sun to bleach out the ice and bring those pitches down, since most of them are very steep and don't have a lot of support from below, like Unholy, etc. The stuff on the right side of the cliff, right of Dropline, lasts longer. The stuff over by Dome Peak, like Watchtower, usually lasts til mid-March. Temps and daylight rapidly rise by late March early April, and while you can spring ski, outside of the Rockies you can't really spring ice climb.
  8. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    Thanks for the report! Strobach trip looks good! About the same as it ever was. Per my experience, Sad Ce'bu and Sudden Change look to be "very typical" and I think had you got on them, you would have found them probably a little more moderate than what they looked like from below. But once you've gone in there, future trips will be smoother ..! The LWorth stuff, I might jump on next couple days. March 6th is generally quite pushing it for climbing ice outside of the alpine zones in Washington, so this season is lasting a bit longer than usual!
  9. Good job you guys. The Rockies have some great climbing but takes some getting used to! I have very fond memories of N Face Athabasca that is a great climb and good job Luida for taking that pitch. I would recommend E Ridge Edith Cavell next outing for you.
  10. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    Well, a short correction to Sid Viscous: you park at Summit West, not Central. The approach from Exit 52 is a bit shorter than the approach from Exit 47 and relatively easy to navigate. I was at Franklin today, actually, it's fatter than it was last weekend and -20'C when we roped up at 8am!
  11. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    I was at Franklin Falls on Sat and it was super fun! Which means it's been going a month strong now! There were piles of tourists and many other parties but I kept thinking that the quantity of ice and usability was much better than Hafner or Johnson Canyon. If it was in for this long a cycle *every winter* we'd be super lucky!
  12. very cool! not sure what it will look like in a week from now, but looks good at the moment!
  13. WTB Bibler I Tent

    I have an old ITent I might be willing to part with. I also have a near new 2-door Eldorado, but I am keeping that one. The ITent is a single door ITent, which I bought used late 90s. The door netting is somewhat busted but the door itself still works. The floor is pretty worked, but the walls are still good. Let me know if you are interested and I'll dig it out of storage.
  14. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    re: Alpental Falls. With this much new snow one has to be really careful if one ventures up the Snow Lakes trail and in the Alpental Falls vicinity, any further left than Alpental Falls proper, as Phantom slide and the terrain above is a real av hazard. In my experience Alpental Falls itself is not threatened. Practice Gully will be out now, it's only good before the first real snows. With the coming cold, the Alpental Falls itself and maybe Chockstone should bulk out and freeze much better. I have not been up the valley to look at Flow Reversal or any of the other stuff by Source Lake yet this year. With this much snow, av conditions dictate the choices more than anything else.
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