Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by wdietsch

  1. I'll third the motion for CCW ...  I've been using a Chernobyl and a custom Valdez for a number of years, (Chernobyl has got to be pushing 20 years old by now) ... rock solid, bomber construction and great customer service.

    The custom Valdez (40L) Randy made for me included a padded, Chernobyl like hip-belt with gear/tool loops for a better carry with heavier loads,  replacing the newer fixed crampons straps with his original design of daisy chains and removable/replaceable  straps along with a couple internal daisy's

    A 40L pack on a 14.5" torso could be a challenge ...


    Thank you Mr Rackliff

  2. As JasonG mentions above  ... July is typically too late for descent skiing on Adams  ... go early in the season  ... watch for road reports on NF-500 and how close you can get to Cold Springs Campground, consider skiing the last mile or two of the road.

    • Like 1

  3. Sobo & G2G .. thanks for the update, exactly the sort of feedback I was hoping for.


    I always chuckled at the name for PoC .. my recollection is a little friendly rivalry between Kerns and Fritz to see who got it first. I guess if something had to go, at least it was a couple of the shorter bolted routes. I'm wondering if it was the entire column or only the portion above the small roof on SM?


    Obviously this will turn Couch Potato and Entrance Exam into entirely different routes, and I imagine over time will most likely lead to a couple new ones.


    On a sad note ... fellow Yakimaniac Sam Alder pasted away last week. Sam and I spent hundreds of hours at the Columns back in the early 80's before moving on to bigger and better things in the Alpine. Cragg should remember him.

  4. Misty Mountain Threadworks 5 steps, excellent shape. These were my backups, little use, they are in excellent condition!


    They've been in cool, dry storage for the last +10 years and need a good home that will use them.


    All steps are reinforced with a second layer of flat webbing. Anchor point is is reinforced with a sleeve of tubular.


    Comfortable spacing, not very heavy ... $50 shipped



  5. Black Diamond XL Huey Duffel bag, 150 L - $100


    Made of same vinyl-laminated nylon material used for their haul bags material, this duffel has been stored in a closet stuffed full of gear for the last 10 years ... It is in excellent condition!


    It has sadly has never seen a single road trip and needs a good home that will use it.


    Single owner, includes shoulder straps.


    If interested in purchasing, I'd prefer to do a PDX local pick-up on this. I really don't want to deal with shipping and I'm guessing you wouldn't want to pay for it.



  6. Additional, why wasn't there a Ranger up there to enforcing camping regulations. If you're going to have Rangers they should be out in the field helping create a better environment for everyone.


    Be careful what you wish for ... you might just get it .... along with Larry the Tool knocking on your tent door.



  7. We are all very fit and have multiple multi day trips throughout Grand Canyon. 1 of my friends is a professional guide there as well. John and Joe have successfully climbed Grand Teton last summer. Joe and I successfully climbed Mt. Shasta 4 summers ago via the Avalanche Gulch to Lake Helens route. Joe also stood atop Kilimanjaro about 5 years ago.


    so why bother with the cat in the first place?


    As mentioned above ... come with a back-up plan and the intent to use it if needed.