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About Jim

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  • Birthday 10/01/2003

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    Seattle, Washington, USA
  1. [TR] Goode - NE Buttress 07/22/2018

    That one is a feather in your cap. Been on my list a long time - with two fails due to weather and needless wandering. I'm racing the clock on this one - good job
  2. RIP Fred Beckey

    Well, that guy had one good run of it. First time I ran into him was out at Peshatin in '89 or so. I'm leading and look down and he is hitting on my belayer - 25 yrs younger than him. Somehow he later found got her phone number and called her up asking her out a couple times. Then in the early 90's I was skinning up Mt Amebalis with others and was having equipment issues so stopped to doodle with it and my team kept moving upward. It's snowing pretty hard and up comes this lone craggy guy from below, pauses to nod to me from under his hood, and up he continues. The last time we chatted was at Vertical World last year when he came in to imitate a creaky spider. How many times did you look up at some vague "ascending traverse" and think - man, that was bold for 30 yrs ago - and still is? Peace bro' - and thanks for the memories. Just an icon.
  3. Nice photos - snuck one in before the snow flies. Man - multiple parties on a Thursday - too many friggin' folks out there. Those routes are seeing a lot of traffic.
  4. Cascade high routes

    http://www.blurb.com/b/2923822-north-cascades-traverses
  5. Via ferrata ethics

    Love the guys using two strands of webbing, which could snap like a carrot stick under the right conditions of a good static fall. Then they'll sue.
  6. i never wished a man dead...

    ...........you may have another fellow to muse about soon = http://fivethirtyeight.com/politics/elections/
  7. Lowering off sport anchors

    Appreciate the explanation - things I didn't consider. Thanks
  8. Lowering off sport anchors

    I still find this odd. Why would I use gear of unknown quality when it's easy to set up a top rope and then rap off without wear and tear on the anchor. It's a nice gesture but unnecessary. Don't folks know how to safely anchor, untie, set up rap and go??
  9. Lowering off sport anchors

    I also thought this was thr standard approach. It's quick if you know what you are doing, avoids leaving gear behind, and avoids wear on the anchor.
  10. faggoty book read'n

    In the Heart of the Sea Read this before going to see the overwrought screen version including an exploding ship that never happened. Really Oppie?
  11. Plus ça change...

    Hmmmmmmmmmm
  12. Plus ça change...

    You can't get a gun if you are a convicted felon, have a mental health history, have a domestic disturbance restriction order, and any number of other parameters. The second amendment, as SCOTUS has outline and just last week upheld by refusing to review a gun restriction law, is not universal. If Congress votes in a law that says if your on the No Fly list -- it IS just that simple. The logic that you are unsafe enough to jump on a SW flight to Vegas but ok to pickup the latest semi-automatic with a few hundred rounds of ammo is, well, astonishing.
  13. Plus ça change...

    Please, please, please let it be the Donald. I'd have to get the extra big popcorn to watch that GOP meltdown. Venturing a guess I'd say his freak show doesn't have the staying power through the traditional vetting process - but will his ego allow him NOT to enter the race as an independent?
  14. Plus ça change...

    Unfortunately, there are too few in the GOP to call it what it is, but there are a few with a spine: "He is a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. He doesn't represent my party. He does not represent the values that the men and women in uniform are fighting for... He is putting our soldiers and diplomats at risk. He is empowering the enemy...Tell Donald Trump to go to hell." — Sen. Lindsey Graham
  15. Plus ça change...

    Hitler was quite a bit brighter than Trump. The GOP has no one to blame but themselves for the rise of Trump - they birthed this creature by slowly bringing up the heat and rhetoric against public institutions, minorities, women, and immigrants for some time now, conducting a rather cynical appeal to the base of slowly running out old, angry, white voters. As far as the Syrian refugees - really? These are folks who are fleeing the terrorists. While the EU has less border control and has to depend on entry countries vetting these folks, and Greece is just overwhelmed, here in the US we have control of the process. But if the GOP wants to tighten things up a bit they could prohibit guns to folks on the No-Fly list to start. But alas, that doesn't fit the narrative.
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