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  1. question HMG 4400 ice pack vs Osprey Aether Pro

    If you're a desk jockey with too much time to "research" the latest and greatest, they can be appealing. I have a the 40l HMG Icepack I found on Craigslist a few months ago and paid about 50% of the new price. I generally leave the brain off my other packs anyway in favor of stuff sacks inside the pack and a hip pocket for readily accessed small items. The HMG pack does carry better than my other packs in the 40-60l size but, as the OP suspects, it's pretty sweaty and warm on your back. It is pretty much waterproof, which has been nice for SAR missions in the rain.
  2. I agree with Jason, you won't be front pointing anything in approach shoes so the nanotech's are probably a waste of $ for that purpose. These work pretty well with stiffer approach shoes and fold up nicely for the 99% of the time you're carrying them in your pack for route's you've mentioned: https://www.petzl.com/US/en/Sport/Crampons/LEOPARD-FL
  3. Buckner N face beta

    Did you see this? http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8029895 Was up at Cascade Pass on Fathers Day and snow was still covering the ground.
  4. Pretty neat that you guys ran into Alex Honnold!
  5. Looks to be confirmed! Awesome! : https://www.nps.gov/mora/learn/news/liberty-ridge-sar-6-6-2019.htm
  6. 3 days exposed at that location is pretty tough. Hope they hang in there.
  7. While I agree this is a practical approach in many alpine climbs, I also think taking advantage of the early AM temperatures on the ascent from the Carbon Glacier, take a long rest break at Thumb Rock and get moving again once it's cooled down overnight for the ascent to the summit is the generally accepted "best practice". This also allows for some recovery and acclimation to take place to help move quickly on the upper part of the route. I know anyone who was much above Thumb Rock on the afternoon we were there would've been swept off by a giant serac calving event in the heat of the day. Any way you do it, you have to accept that you're rolling the dice on this route.
  8. Pretty tenuous spot to camp with lots of objective risk. Rock fall, serac collapse, avalanche, falling off the west side of the ridge to name a few. That is one route you don't hear many people climbing more than once for good reason. RIP to the fallen climber.
  9. I think it's SOP for Buckner's North Face to climb unroped after exiting the Boston Glacier. It's too steep to arrest a rope mate's fall and aren't any (many?) crevasses once across the bergschrund. Sounds like Alisse just discovered a random thin spot where a moat was lurking.
  10. Me and a buddy did Mt. Baring main peak and then south peak in the fall of 2002 but I don't remember anything more than scrambling around on the SW aspect. Looks better with some snow on it. I was recently thinking of the Skykomish Valley version of the "North Bend Triple" and think a fit scrambler could do Gunn-Merchant-Baring in a day. You could be set up to re-supply at a vehicle between peaks. Approximately 22 miles and 12,000' vert, probably doable in a day but I'd take a headlamp for sure. Someone has probably done it.
  11. They all show up nicely for me!
  12. I'm not 100% sure this is the one DPS refers to but there's a good possibility it is:
  13. 2016 Mariners Whining Thread

    Still above .500!
  14. I believe the point is still valid (upgrading your old beacon) but if you want to remove the post or links, feel free. I try to be consistent with providing a link to the source if I'm copy and pasting something. Is this a breach of internet protocol? I seriously don't know.
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