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  1. Steroids for Climbing?

    Bronco, if you're serious about using substances (aside from the inhaled kind) for improving your climbs, steroids are NOT the answer. Steroids can help you push your natural limitations in acquiring muscle mass. But to reach your natural limit could take years - with proper nutrition and intelligent training you can make steroid like gains for quite some time. Most often steroids are used for very fast results by people who want to get huge and have little or no understanding of how the body grows. The recommendations by T-mag for "safe" use of roids is by well-informed individuals who have spent many years training naturally. But I serously doubt you want to add *more* weight to your body mass. Most climbers would probably want to drop body fat, i.e. reduce their weight. Following T-mag's nutritional and training advice can surely accomplish this without illegal drugs. And you do *NOT* have to be a 'bodybuilder' per se to benefit from their knowledge. You don't have to be focussed on asthetic values to improve your physique. If you want a kick in the pants for your climbing prowess, try their supplements (they own Biotest). I've been using them for years. Here's my secret weapon for an unbelievable boost in the morning: 2 servings Power Drive (increases focus and neurotransmitter response to your muscles), 200mg caffeine (either from coffee, No Doze, whatever - try Twin Labs Ripped Fuel, serious stuff). Then for lunch and after finishing for the evening take a serving of Surge for recovery. A supplement to take regularly (i.e. not just while climbing) is Tribex 500 and M. Your testosterone and libido will go into overdrive. Also, cheapest place I've found to buy them is dpsnutrition.com
  2. Headlamp review

    You can always check the archives by doing a search. This was a pretty good thread that I remember offering a few points to consider: http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=000064
  3. Articulated Space Blanket

    Yep, that's it. Thanks, lawgoddess. I thought it was originally made by a company in a foreign country (like the UK), but maybe I was wrong. Man, I gotta get me one of those vest thingy's... that way if I ever get lost in the woods I can stay warm and someone will surely find me! They just probably wouldn't talk to me... they would never be able to stop laughing.
  4. Articulated Space Blanket

    Thanks, Dru. I knew I always could rely on you to give a no-nonsense answer.
  5. It was quite a while ago, but I think I remember seeing in one of these threads a link to a company that made sort of a knock off on the space blanket. They made a sleeping bag that looked like several space blankets held together accordian-style by elastic, forming hundreds of pockets of dead air space. The whole thing only weighed a few ounces. Does anyone know who that company is, or the link to their website?
  6. Iodine Tablets Going Bad?

    quote: Originally posted by allison: Everything I have read about chlorine would suggest that it's not going to get the business done... Aqua Mira and other products with the same chemical makeup (chlorine dioxide??) have not been proven yet (to my satisfaction) to be both safe and effective. Anyone know someone that lives in Seattle and drinks the water there? Well, guess what! All of Seattle and their purveyor accounts (most surrounding municipalities) drink water treated with none other than CHLORINE... plain old simple bleach (just in powdered or gas form). And guess where all that water originally comes from? The same Cascade mountains we all love. Sure it's fenced off to keep humans out, but the same critters still live there (in and out of the water). And as far as chlorine dioxide, just as effective - works by the same mechanisms only safer and easier work with/transport. Many municipalities in the U.S. also use this as the primary/only means of treatment. Both are approved by the EPA (which is NOT an easy thing to come by when it involves the health and safety of thousands, even millions, of people in major cities). The only drawback to either of these methods is contact time and the proper ratio of chemical to particles in the water needing disinfecting. For a major treatment plant - no problem, that's their job, they have all the time needed and fancy equipment to monitor solution percentages. But for us in the mountains, we're ususally thirsty right now and don't want to wait the minimum 20 minutes (or longer depending on the temperature), and really have no idea how "dirty" the water is and hence how much chlorine is the ideal amount. [ 06-15-2002, 10:28 AM: Message edited by: Jman ]
  7. best of cc.com Muir on Saturday

    Wondered how long that would take to get editted.
  8. best of cc.com Muir on Saturday

    Just thought I'd spice things up a bit around here. [ 05-08-2002, 03:03 PM: Message edited by: gapertimmy ]
  9. Routefinding

    quote: Originally posted by willstrickland: "Ain't found a way to kill me yet Eyes burn with stinging sweat Seems every path leads me to nowhere..." -AIC Will, I feel your pain. "Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death My buddy's breathin' his dying breath Oh God please won't you help me make it through..." But, remember: "You know he ain't gonna die No, no, no, ya know he ain't gonna die" We all big bad roosters here!
  10. Arc'Teryx Rolltop Packs

    quote: Originally posted by jon: Anybody got one of these? Thoughts? I recently checked 'em out on their website. They look really cool, but (as Dru noted about probably being heavy) I found it interesting that they didn't publish their weight.
  11. eiger boots/ice axes

    quote: Originally posted by cj001f: Uh Goretex doesn't change the leather getting soaked through at all. It may change your feet getting wet. The Goretex layer is inside the outer layer of leather - if you don't want the leather wetting through apply Biwell, Nikwax, or the like to it. I keep my boots well waterproofed - have never had a problem. The main reason Gore came up with using it in footwear is to boost there sales volume(see Wall Street Journal)Carl This is very true. If you think your boots leak or the leather is not waterproof - put them on with a clean/dry pair of socks and stand in a deep puddle or bucket of water. If they leak, you'll know immediately.Otherwise, if your feet are getting wet over a period of time (with treated leather and no seam leaks) it's due to foot perspiration. Either your boots and/or socks have too much insulation and are causing your feet to overheat AND/OR your footwear has no ventilation (i.e. Gore-tex. Contrary to what most people believe, it does not 'breathe' as much as what they claim). There is no way that a 'waterproof/beathable' membrane can keep up with the moisture produced by an over-insulated (overheated) foot. As stated before: Gore-tex in footwear is a joke!
  12. the quest for perfect alpine boots

    Forgot to mention why I like them. Very light in comparison to other boots with similar feature/functions. Step-in compatable. The only boot I didn't get blisters with. Did a 2-day climb of Glacier Peak and, as other could probably attest to, the approach is long and it sucks - but my feet were comfy. And I got 'em on sale. Barrabes.com has pretty good pricing for LaSportivas. I also like the fact that it has no hardware (metal eyelets/hooks) to hang up on rocks, twigs, whatever.
  13. the quest for perfect alpine boots

    LaSportiva Trango Extreme. But as David Parker mentioned, it's all about FIT. No boot will work if it doesn't fit properly, regardless of design, gadget, or claim-to-fame. here's a link to their latest equivalent. http://www.lasportiva.com/Inglese/Catalogo/TrangoIceComp.htm#
  14. best of cc.com Muir on Saturday

    quote: Originally posted by climberbro16: hmmm..I wonder if anyone has read this whole post..... Well, being that your post is only 10 words long... yes. And it only took me 1.358 seconds! (still far slower than the shadow )
  15. best of cc.com Muir on Saturday

    quote: Originally posted by AlpineK: Dude the whole thing got going when me and 007 and our other buddy sparked up at muir. true, true. if only you knew then, huh?
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