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  1. AT ski gear suggestions?

    I demo'd Shuksans but ended up buying World Piste with Dynafit boots and bindings. A year ago I found some new dynafit bindings with wide brakes on Ebay for $200 and so I looked for skis. I bought BD Verdicts. They were last years version. The people that I ski with commented that it seemed like I skied better this year. I took credit, but I suspect it is the Verdicts. I am really liking them.
  2. mt adams in winter

    If this is your first volcano, do St. Helens. You can leave the rope, harness and helmet at home unless you want the practice climbing with them. You can snowshoe right to the top. Well, I haven't done that, but I have skinned right to the top, and have seen people on them at the top. The Adams trailhead will open around July 4 in a normal year. Just some piles of snow in the road for a month or so before that.
  3. mt adams in winter

    I have been up there at this time of year before. If you are actually from SW Washington, you will remember that we had snow down low just last week. We had 8.5" here at 1200 feet. So, you will hit snow right out of Trout Lake. I would say a two day summit will not be possible without skis. On skis you can get to timberline or so (7000 feet) in a day. From there it depends on the snow. Sometimes it is scoured ice with big areas of deep snow that you flounder in even with skis. It will be a lot of work.
  4. I am looking for another set of AT skis. Right now I am using Dynafit boots and bindings with K2 World Piste skis. I really like the setup, but have come across another set of dynafit bindings. These bindings have the wide brakes. I am thinking of even wider skis than my World Piste since the wide brakes are really wide. Do dynafit bindings handle really wide skis? It seems that since they make the brakes that wide that they must. Anyway, what wide skis have you been happy with with light bindings and cascade snow? I am about 185lbs (no pack) but many times am carrying between 20-50 lbs in a pack.
  5. Another accident on Hood

    dmuja...you beat me to it. The next time I climb Mt. Doom after the MLU law passes, I am going to push the button and see if I can get Cluck to carry my pack down for me because I "might" have "kind of twisted" my ankle. Maybe I could get a ride in one of those cool sleds. Cluck...you wouldn't roll one of those sleds and give a guy a nose burn if you thought he might be faking it would you???
  6. On the route out of Marble Mountain Snow Park, after you get to timberline there are a few intervisible poles up to the trail around the mountain (4800ft). From there you keep going up the ridge that you are on. Any nice sunny day will find 10-20 people on the mountain. Later in the spring there will be 100-150 on some nice weekend days. Just show up at the snow park and you can find someone to climb with or just follow them up the mountain. In summer, you can see the trail all of the way to the top of South Sister. I think that there may be even more people on that mountain than St. Helens. You don't need a guide in good weather on either mountain unless you get lost in the mall. Oh, and you pick up your permit at Jack's. It is a few miles before you get to Cougar. You will sign into the register outside of the store and then sign again when you get out.
  7. wider boots

    I agree with Beecher. Scarpas are (or at least used to be) pretty narrow. I had demo'd a pair of Lasers, but when I went into the Mountain Shop to buy a pair, they measured by feet and said "No Way!". It was true. I could wear a full US size smaller Dyanfit than Scarpa just because they are wider and I didn't need the large boot to get my foot into it. I love the boots to climb in.
  8. You park at Marble Mt. snow park. When you get there, there is a lot for vehicles without trailers. It is to the right before turning into the smokey lot with lots of noisy machines. They ask you to park there if you are not pulling a trailer. A lot of climbers don't but it always cracks me up that people going to climb Mt St. Helens, can't walk 100 yds to the trailhead. I would much rather park where there is fresh(er) air. Then walk through the smokey lot past the bathrooms and warming cabin to the trailhead in about the middle of the parking lot on the far side.
  9. mt adams questions

    In July, the route from Cold Springs will be very easy to follow. You can pick a permit up at the ranger station in Trout Lake on the way. They are outside, so you don't need to worry about it being open. If you are bringing enough gear with you to backpack, camping at the Lunch Counter is unforgettable your first time. Bring everything you can think of to purify water though. Even in July it will be windy and cool by morning. Great views though. I usually just do it as a day hike now. So if you don't want to bring all of the camping gear, you can still do the climb. I get to the trailhead at 5:00am, leave at 5:30 and get to the Lunch Counter at 8:30. False summit at 10:30 and the summit at 11:30. Of course all of this depends on weather, snow, etc. With a 14 year old, the camping would probably be nicer, just have to haul your stuff up there.
  10. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    Wishbone shape: When you dig a snowcave, you have to put the snow somewhere that you take out of the cave. You normally start piling it on each side of the opening and, because of the effort to heft heavy shovels of snow too high, keep piling it down the hill from the entrance. From the air this would sometimes look like a wishbone.
  11. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    In a properly constructed snow cave (with the entrance at the lowest point),and not too big for the number of people in there, it can be around 40 degrees. It can remarkably comfortable, but quite humid. Snow is a good insulator to the outside air and noise, so it is also very quiet. It takes a bunch of work to build one. It is easy to get wet from the snow or sweat. Either one is not good, since the humidity on the inside of the cave makes it difficult to dry anything out.
  12. GPS

    In general, there are more satellites south of us than to the north. We do land surveying. If we need to obtain coordinates on a point in a field near the edge of a tree line, if the trees are north, it will probably work, but if the trees are to the south it won't. The geometry of the satellites will not be good in either case for survey grade accuracy, but in general is true.
  13. 3 Lost on Mount Hood

    LHwildcats76: In hard pack snow, any hole will work for a snow cave. In fresher snow, I round the roof to an arch. In warm weather you will still have to do some minor maintenance after a day or two because the ceiling may start to sag. In snowing conditions this is fine. In warm conditions you may have to build another cave in a few days. In snowing conditions, if the roof will glaze over, it will last for a while. A rounded roof will keep water from dripping on you when the cave warms.
  14. [TR] Mount St. Helens - Worm FLows 12/2/2006

    That was us. We met the FS as she turned off of the main road, but decided with all of the trailers starting to line us at the gate, that Sunday might work out better. Still no guarantee that she would have let us head up there. Nice to have met you.
  15. [TR] Mount St. Helens - Worm FLows 12/2/2006

    I suppose that we saw all of you guys at the gate. We were in the gray Yukon with a Vancouver address on the side windows. Since we live close, we just headed home for the day not sure when the gate would open. I could see by the ski tracks that you must have got in before afternoon. We went back yesterday and had the benefit of your trailbreaking services. The skiing wasn't any better then. The upper part was okay, but the thin crust lower down was really tiring. I think that there were 10-12 climbers Sunday.