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  1. Beginner AT gear?

    Mmm... pro deal (couple of posts down)... Maybe I can afford a new AT setup this winter. I do need to get a job. How long must an REI employee wait before they can pro-deal? Or maybe even Big 5 Sporting Goods... Thankyou Marylou (for the idea)
  2. Beginner AT gear?

    Yeah, thanks all, this is a good thread . I was wondering some of the very things addressed here. I tried unsuccessfully to do a search on Tua skis, seems someone's screen name is Tua. I grew up on Colorado snow and literally got my ass handed to me up at Baker when I moved here. I would like to try the AT setup though. Good luck to the beginner learning to ski in this liquid cement "Cascade glop". Maybe those curved skis help. Apparently Tua skis went out of business so Bent Gate Mountaineering and a couple other online stores have them for sale ~ $330, fyi. Those are the super-light skis, I think the Hydrogens weighed in at 1260g/ski at 178cm. Wildsnow.com has some good reading on the Dynafit system.
  3. FS: Denali gear

    So are you saying the boots and pants were not used for your W Butt trip?
  4. best of cc.com Mounties Pics

    I think the ability to be humble sometimes and laugh at yourself is a good attribute. We're all sorta isolated and anonymous here in internet la-la land, so being a "hardcore" keyboard-typer on cc.com doesn't really mean much. I can relate to those pics from the laugh-at-mounties thread. I like going back to help new people learn about climbing because I can really relate to what some of them go through. Well, funny photo but I can't get it to display.
  5. Second Ascent

    I went there today and got one of those golite packs. They had these Trek ones on sale for practically half-price, turns out they were either sample or "pre-production" models. I don't really know what the difference is except $70 which sounded good to me. The guy helping me out, Michael, was real nice and informative. Turns out they're getting rid of the Gust pack for some reason or other, so that price is now $70 too. Even the small ones were $35... Anyhow, thumbs up to 2nd Ascent and their friendly service. Of the packs, the Gust is a laundry bag with two shoulder straps. I like simple, but that was a little too. I'm not sure how this big of pack will work without a frame though I have religiously used a smaller frameless pack for a while. I repaired it using dental floss to sew with, which has held up quite nicely over time...
  6. Which cellular company to choose?

    Hey all, I'm thinking of upgrading to whatever century we're living in and getting a cell phone. There are a few providers to choose from, I was wondering what y'all thought of the various ones and their coverage? All those schnazzy extras don't mean much to me (games/text msg/photos). I just want one to talk on while I weave slowly in the left lane. Thanks mucho.
  7. Music for Rope Up

    When cbs and I were at Vantage, we met some guys from MT, one of whom played some sort of funk-rock on his guitar, intermittently stopping his singing and playing to spit some of his chew before continuing. Incidentally, that same weekend I said howdy to Figger8 whom always seems to climb with some fine chiquitas, both times I've seen him. As for music at this ropeup, I recall getting the late-hour lecture from the local deputy about how 8-mile should be quiet after 10pm. Maybe Gustavs? Just read the sticky on needed items for rope-up. Sheeit, y'all better bring a few boxes of ammo or some sweet talking ladies to bribe senor deputy!
  8. Abdominal Muscle Pull??

    I had this wacky dream last night that I was doing situps for some kind of test. Granted my abs/belly sure looked better in the dream than real life, but still I got to 38 situps and pooped out. Even though I had tons of time, this stupid machine said I was in the 11th percentile and the longer I rested, the lower the number went. Bastard machine, even if it was just a dream. Heaven forbid I actually start working out or doing situps. Inevitably I will wind up doing some situps because I can't get this stupid dream/nightmare out of my head
  9. I Wanna Be a Lean, Explosive, Taj Mahal of Muscle

    Go on some expedition climb and epic. Take off 20 pounds in three weeks and come back one lean machine.
  10. Grip Trainer

    Is that ball hard or soft and why the hell is a nail in it?
  11. Wonderland Trail in 48hrs?

    How is the Wonderland in comparison, as far as the vertical gain/loss? Radon stated 24k of gain/loss but how much is gain?
  12. Wonderland Trail in 48hrs?

    I spoke to an ultra-marathon dude I met on the trail who had done the western states 100. He made it sound like doing the Wonderland in under 24 would be a walk in the park (relatively speaking), even self-supported. He said something about a "Plain 100" here in WA that is self-supported and a bit harder.
  13. Which cellular company to choose?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I guess Verizon it is. I too have heard good things about them. That does sound like a grand idea, calling MRNP greenies if I get lost. "Hi, I'm lost, can you tell me where I am? Yes, I'm on snow and I see a rock over there. Does that help?"
  14. The Mountaineers?

    I didn't have any funky cold medina, so I figured the next best way to get more chicks would be to join the Mountaineers. Unfortunately, I never did a single thing with that club in the one year I was a member. Anyhow, the hardest part about the equivalency test was keeping my mouth shut while getting the encyclopedia lecture on whatever/nothing. "Self, you want to get this equivalency so stay quiet." "But this is a crock of shit!" "Be quiet, get the equivalency." Be quiet, nod and agree and it's a cakewalk. I've heard good things of the Mounties Intermediate course too. My preference is boealps, but that's not an objective opinion. Boealps population: 300, Seattle Mounties: 9000... that was my math reasoning for single women odds. For this thread, yeah, hire a guide. It may cost more but it's quick and you can do it now versus waiting for whenever these classes start through the various clubs. Whichever guide you hire, make sure she has pretty eyes
  15. Ditto with Castle Rock and Icycle Creek wall in Leavenworth. You could lead Castle Rock's Saber (5.5) to the ledge then your ropegun could tackle Canary (5.8) for the next pitch. R&D (5.6) on Icycle followed by that Cocaine Crack(I think that's the name, ~5.10) for ropegun.
  16. Rainier, Olympus and Goode in three consecutive days is not impossible. I assume the time would start at the first trailhead and end at the third summit. Assuming the trips are self-supported, folks could still have a driver with a van (bed/crash pad equipped). Still sound crazy/impossible? How about adding an alpinist paraglide rig? Self-supported, baby, and one fast-ass descent.
  17. The helmet's "suspension system"??? Is that the same as a box of grid squares? For going light, what everyone said about losing that flab on your body as being the easiest way to go light. Take a crap before you hit the trail too. Of fast, how do we know what 'fast' is without a reference (time)?
  18. So the Mt Rainier feds agreed to keep the annual rate for a climbing pass at $30, however they are now on the CALENDAR year. Better yet, everyone must buy an annual pass, there is no $15 fee option anymore. Well my pass is blank, neither they nor I filled it in so it's $10 for whichever hard(man/woman) that wants to climb with this lovely 2003 Individual Annual Climbing Pass.
  19. Labor day TR: 0 climbs, 1 fiance

    Ditto ehmic, though this thread was a hilarious read!
  20. Olympus questions....

    Good job you two, that's the way to kick ass and take names!
  21. Not really knowing where else this'd go, I'll put it in this shiny new forum. I got rained out of climbing at the Gunks so went to Niagara Falls instead. Get there before 8am and you can avoid paying the parking fee! Hold on tight to the kids and pets because there's no last-chance safety wire to grab onto and the current is swift. Only about 150ft with a river pounding on top of you, if you take the plunge. Nice ice climbing in the winter though. The name "Bridal Veil Falls" stumped me as I thought I'd heard that here before too. Is there such a falls here??? But back on topic. Being a bit stumped at hauling all my climbing shit in a check-in bag and then getting rained out of the Gunks, I was all too happy to jump on this "rock" right off the interstate. There sure was a lot of beach sand all over the dang place and I thought maybe that was a way to keep climbers from climbing this thing. Little did I know the whole thing was made out of beach sand. So I made my first go at solo roped climbing. Probably the biggest problem I had was not taking the rope with me and thereby having to figure out which was the free end and which to clip the pro to. Nevermind about the pro holding in such "rock". That's just a minor technicality I found myself not commiting to moves unless I was sure I could reverse them and I didn't much like the consistent fall-distance potential due to lack of a soloist device. Instead it was two clove hitches on two lockers although the way I used them, I should've used figure eights on a bite instead. I used a chest harness for all but the last part, when I needed a long sling. The anchor was a tree and I did manage to traverse a ledge with other trees, so there was some solid protection. I didn't stand on the summit because it was a bit exposed and the sand/rock was a bit more crumbly up there. The whole thing was almost exactly a rope length long. No real route, I just picked an easy one and meandered my way up. Others had been up there many a time, it looked like with the etched graffiti. Without a rope no doubt, but that's not me. I left a green sling on a tree to clean the hard part on rappel. Someone that doesn't mind the exposure nor sometimes crumbly hold, could free solo up this no problem. Had I planned ahead, I would've asked Carolyn to go climbing as I passed through her state. From the western edge of North Dakota and all the way to Spokane there was nary a blue sky to be found. The whole way across Montana, on the interstate, there was smoke in the sky and all over the place. Another motorist said South Dakota was the same way... wow. That's a butt-load of smoke considering the I-90/94 distance was around 700 miles through Montana. I stopped by the EMS shop in Lebanon, VT, looking for any info on local climbing areas. Two employees said "Rumney" although neither of them had a clue where that was. A cool thing I saw there were those Mammut butt-floss runners that make the spectra ones seem big. Mo' money, mo' money.
  22. Partner needed on Mt Adams 9/13-14

    Partners may be good for company on the south spur (I think I'm thinking about the same south route everyone takes) but not much else. I have literally seen a dog on the summit, that ascended via the south route. Even have a photo, but no scanner nor knowledge of how to post the photo...
  23. Lift To Leavenworth Rope Up

    Had I been more tech savy or internet friendly (or just plain planned ahead a little bit) I would've asked Carolyn to go climbing as I just drove through Minne-SO-ta this week.
  24. Load Limiters--Does anyone use these?

    I don't know either, I've only used them under the same theory. I've put them on rusty pitons I've come across and a couple of times on a picket or screw. I think Craig Lueben used them as part of his testing of screws and such for that Falcon Press "How to Ice Climb" book. It's all theory I guess. Hearing about that Goran accident at Vantage isn't too reassuring for the trust in gear, I think. That he was "a big guy" means nothing for those of us tipping over 200 pounds as well. If I actually did ice climb, I'd use those screamers for sure.