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  1. Basic altimeter watch recommendation

    High Gear gets the from me. I like the clip on style. No band to break and no need to shove the sleeves up or take the gloves off to see it. K
  2. I have a few things I am looking to sell. If you are interested in something send me a PM. Charlet Moser Pulsar Ice Axe- includes 4 picks(2 new recurve, 1 used but excellent cond, 1 tubular new) Comes with hammer and adze (new). Older Petzel Zoom Halogen headlamp. Lange Ski boots size 12 K2 clicker boots (used 10.5) and bindings (used 1x) Atomic Tourguide Rando skis (2000, 190cm, used but good bases) with XL Titanal II's (Used 1x on piste) TNF Mountain 25. Tent used maybe 2x, fly is brand new as is foot print. I bought the tent (tent only) for like $150, then bought a new fly and footprint. I fabricated the poles from a set of brand new easton aluminum poles (rei garage sale, bad tents new poles). Although the pole sections are longer than the original, they match the original length and curve. I bought a new tent took out the poles, measured and bent my poles to match, then returned the new tent. It is still very bombproof and could easily handle anything that the PNW could throw at you. I also have a mountain bike frame for sale. It started out as a Costco Mongoose D-50i. The components were crap but the frame is great. If you are looking to make a little jump up from your hard tail you can swap all of you parts on to this guy and be ready to roll. It has the rear shock and includes a Rock Shox Judy C fork. Front and rear travel are about 3". More to come I am sure, this is just all I could think of from my desk. I know that there are no prices but if you are interested in something shoot me a PM and we will talk. Peace Kyle
  3. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    New Item to add: Switch Special C strap bindings. Switch Special C They are in great shape (only used 4-5 times). $75 For $25 more I will throw in a pair of size 10.5-11 mens Airwalk Freeride boots. (Used 1X) mmmmmmm snow
  4. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    Axe Gone Thanks Dan.
  5. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    Tent is gone, Thanks Pat/Rob
  6. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    Sure do.
  7. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    Yeah well.....I am insane. So I don't count.
  8. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    No, I dont think so. The rest of the tent is not very useful without it. Sorry. Kyle
  9. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    REPOST: All still available Board boots are "sonics" bindings are "plasmas"? Rando set-up is $200 but now includes skins.
  10. New REI Bitch Thread

    Yeah Scott...I sew Like a retarded monkey. I mean I can make a balaklava (sp?) out of a leg of my spare poly-pro, and it will do the job. But on an expensive (relatively) jacket I would rather the pros handle it. But like I said...I kinda like the big pocket peace Kyle
  11. The great deals thread

    I picked up a Black Diamond Fusion Axe for $12 (twelve) back when they still had the REI garage sale. RIP garage sale deals
  12. New REI Bitch Thread

    ...fyi, they have gotten alot better and guarantee their products for life. They have a shop in S. Seattle and replace or repair any OR thing you have.... Yeah except the last time I went in (a seam blew on one of my fleece/schoeller jackets) I was told I could pick a new one, which was a new style I did not like and only in bright red. When I said I would just like the old one fixed they said it would be 3-4 MONTHS because they only had one guy sewing stuff for the entire U.S. I thought that was weak. I just took my old jacket home with me. Now I have one side that has a breast and hand pocket and the other has one big ass long pocket. Whatever. Still good stuff. Kyle
  13. Mid sized pack recommendations

    At 4200 it may be a bit bigger than you want, but the Mountainsmith Auspex is a great pack. Very basic, light, comfortable, carries a lot of weight, and very durable. Two thumbs up fo sho! Good luck Kyle
  14. Wanted KEXP BBQ ticket

    I know it is not gear or anything, But I wanted to see if anyone here has or knew of anyone who has an extra ticket to the KEXP BBQ this sunday. Thanks all K
  15. Chef Boy R Doh!

    OK Whats your favorite alpine meal. I cant decide what to take up tommorrow for din din. And no...Snaffles are NOT on the menu.
  16. Climb: Cashmere Mountain-North Ridge Date of Climb: 7/3/2005 Trip Report: Started out from Seattle around 5am in order to get to the Leavenworth Ranger Station by 7:30. There were about 6-8 spots open for 8-Mile. A few groups were turned away. We had 6 people in our group, and on the way up were broken up into pairs. I was bringing up the rear with my GF who is new to hiking. We were a little slower so I wont quote any times as anything you do will be a bit faster. Beautiful sunny day, and some clouds which gave some nice shade every once and a while. Lower trail to Little 8-mile was in excellent condition, a little overgrown in spots with few bugs. Caught up with the group 2.5 miles in at Little 8-Mile. Snaffles-a-plenty. Easy going to that point. The next 2.5 is where almost all of the elevation is gained. Switch backs take you up from Little 8-Mile though the old fire areas. It was a little muddy in spots but dry otherwise. There are a few stream crossings along the way. Lots of places to fill up if needed. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Lake Caroline had a few spots left but the bugs seemed a bit thick so we moved on to Little Lake Caroline. Bugs were worse there. Camped near the lake on the South side. It was a large site but was next to a marsh area (hence the skeeters). There were a few smaller sites on the north side of the lake. One nice one next to a large rock formation. Water was moving well through the lake and was a good source for filtering water. We hung our food from a tree because we saw a few fearless blacktail deer around the lake, and we could sense the food stealing marmots and chipmunks just waiting for their opportunity to strike. In the evening it was pretty chilly (clear skies) and at night the temp dipped down to the upper 30's. Woke up at 6 or so and made some breakfast then headed up around 7:30 or 8 (sans my GF who got stuck in the tent the whole day because we took all the bug spray on accident). We followed the standard route as described in the Falcon Guide "Climbing Washingtons Mountains" to Windy Pass, and then along the ridge line to Cashmere Mountain. The ridgeline offered amazing views of Stewart, Rainier, Baker, Glacier, Colchuck, Dragin Tail, And well... everything. As you make your way toward Cashmere along the ridge there is some scrambling (minor) over large boulders and across a few small snowfields (one gave a nice little 30ft glissage. On the north side of the ridge there are still many large Snowfields, but nothing you will come into contact with. After dropping down in elevation from about 8100ft to the saddle below the summit at about 7900 there is a trail that leads up towards the peak. This is an obvious trail. This is the route described by most books that leads around the west side of the peak. From talking to others at the summit, it did not involve crossing any snow but involved some more difficult scrambling that left 4 of their group behind. We opted for a traverse around the North side. There were some boot tracks leading across some small snow covered gullys. We had axes but crampons would have made me feel a little more warm and fuzzy. I had a 50cm axe and wished I had brought my longer glacier axe for stability reasons (soft snow). We crossed about three of these snow fields before scrambling up one of the more northern rock ribs. The rib we took lead us directly to the summit block. Along this route we noticed a lower route a few hundred feet below. There was some ice still remaining in spots along the scramble, but should be gone soon. The summit was vacant except for two others (from a party of 6) that were just leaving as we arrived. We spent about 1/2 hour at the summit all taking turns standing on the peak. We followed our tracks back down however opted to take the lower boot track back. The snow was plenty soft by now and at 200+ lbs I was postholing a little. But nothing that went past my over the calf gaiters. This route was a bit quicker and less exposed than our higher approach. From there we headed back across the saddle, across the small snowfields and boulders, but did not continue to the ridgeline that lead to Windy Pass. Instead we headed across a large meadow that lead directly to the visible trail just bout 1/2 hour out of Little Lake Caroline (Just before the switchbacks leading to Windy Pass). This route could also be taken on the approach, but it would not save too much time and definitely not enough to justify sacraficing the views from Windy pass and along the ridgeline. This did however shave off an hour or so on the decent. There was a faint trail that we followed most of the way. From there we headed back to camp and quickly packed (to avoid the waiting masses of mosquitos). We then follwed the same route out to the trailhead. The weather was great the whole time. I forgot my trekking poles so my knees took a bit of a beating, but they were not necessary. There was enough water along the trail that you could get by with just a few nalgenes (if you are not a camel). Crampons would have been nice. I would have taken my Aluminium pair, but the steel pair would not have been worth the weight. Just step carefully and place you axe well. We took Helmets (we were the only ones up there that did). I would recommend it, even if solo. There was lots of loose rock. I cant really think of anything else I would take or not take. Make sure you bring some T.P. and lots of bug repellant. Leaving as soon as you get your permit in the AM will get you the choice camping spots. Hope that helps. Peace Kyle I will try to throw in some pics soon.
  17. [TR] Cashmere Mountain- North Ridge 7/3/2005

    gyselinck This is a shot toward that area. I think Dragontail Peak is on the right side of the pic. Then Maybe Colchuck in center? feel free to correct me if I am wrong, anyone. and PVD The permit thing was kind of a suprise to me too. Luckily my brother knew what was going on. When we got to the Ranger station She asked who was going into the 8-mile area and let us go into the station to register/pay ($3 per person per day). While I was in there a ranger said that there were two "spots" left for 8 mile then shut the door Everyone else outside was waiting for a 5 person spot in the enchantments. Not sure if they take reservations. I would say as long as you get there by 7:15 or so you will be fine for the 7:45 cattle call. You may want to give em a call though. Take care and good luck!
  18. [TR] Cashmere Mountain- North Ridge 7/3/2005

    Ok here are some pics. flowers along the way 8-mile gang member old burn area snowfields rib to summit View from top our shortcut home.
  19. Cashmere?

    if anyone is still interested I just went up on the saturday and sunday. I have a crap load of pics. I dont know if it is a TR worthy peak or not. But I would be more than willing to post one if requested. Kyle
  20. Chef Boy R Doh!

    thats what I get for only doing a 1 year search. Missed it by 2 days!!
  21. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    I might want to sell it to you.
  22. Cleaning house, gear for sale

    How about $175 for the tent $100 for the axe with the hammer, leash, 2 new picks and the tube pick. I cant find the adze and the used pick right now. $65 for the bike frame and shock $75 for the snowboard boots and bindings
  23. New REI Bitch Thread

    AW crap!!! that was two simpsons quotes in the same thread. OK....I'll say it. I am a frigging nerd. There. Sorry Kyle
  24. New REI Bitch Thread

    Yeah. Like the guy/gal whos dog dumped on the stairs did not know it happened. reminds me of Willy [bart's looking for his dog.] Groundskeeper Willy: Yeah, I bought your mutt - and I 'ate 'im! [bart gasps.] I 'ate 'is little face, I 'ate 'is guts, and I 'ate the way 'e's always barkin'! So I gave 'im to the church. Bart: Ohhh, I see... you HATE him, so you gave him to the church. Groundskeeper Willy: Aye. I also 'ate the mess he left on me rug. [bart stares.] Ya heard me!
  25. New REI Bitch Thread

    Dogs are great and I am an advocate of dog rights, BUT last time I was in the flagship there was pile-o-dog-terd on the staircase. I dont want my new Extreme Yoga shoes getting dirty.