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  1. Found Helmet

    I picked up a white black diamond helmet on the trail to Peggy's Pond this morning. I'm assuming it fell off someone's pack as they were heading out on Sunday. Anyone claim it?
  2. Found Helmet

    I picked up a white black diamond helmet on the trail to Peggy's Pond this morning. I'm assuming it fell off someone's pack as they were heading out on Sunday. Anyone claim it?
  3. I just got back from 12 days on Denali and treated like crap by Doug Geeting Aviation. We waited for 6 hours the day we got into Talkeetna as we "waited for the glacier to warm-up." Meanwhile, tourists were coming and going. The girl working there even admitted we were being kept there until they ran out of tourists to take. While this was annoying, it was nothing near the anger I experienced when waiting to fly out. We waited for 8 hours on the glacier as about 30 other climbers (including 3 Alpine Ascents teams) were flown off the mountain by other air services. All but 4 had arrived at the airstrip after us but were quickly flown off. The only DGA plane to arrive had tourists who had payed the extra money for a "glacier walk," only to find they were picking up smelly climbers. Two other climbers waiting with us confirmed our assumption told us that DGA hates climbers. Anyways, I left a note for Doug when I finally flew in and just recieved a response: Dear Joel, I'm very sorry that you were not happy with the service we provided you. It has been a tough year for us. WE lost an airplane on the tokositna river sandbar a few days prior to your pick up date. AS you may try to understand the difficulty in re-arranging a schedule that is already full to max capacity for three planes now having only two. AS much as we try to get other air to help us out on those busy days, they too are booked heavy with charters previously booked from last winters bookings. TAT had the same thing last month. The lost an airplane on the Kahiltna base camp. As much as they tried, they too had pissed off climbers waiting at the base camp. Something's just cant be helped Joel. Not even for you. I know that non of what I'm saying makes any difference to you when your waiting on the Kahiltna for an airplane. For 27 years I have flown climbers. I have never treated climbers as anything but "equal" citizens with the rest of humanity. They mom and pop that books a flight tour has just the same priority as the climber who has to wait a while for glacier pick up. Why should I cancel the mom and pop who have been planning on their flight around the mountain for months? First off, climbers do not schedule a pick up time with us in advance. On a busy day Joel, how would you suggest we handle it? Cancel the days flights for the day when the climber shows up at base camp? Id appreciate any suggestions. I've tried it all, been there done that. Do you have any idea where I make my money? It an't from climbers. Its from the flight seeing. Just so you know, if it weren't for the flight tourist coming up here, the price to the Kahiltna glacier would be more like $700 per person. Who do you think pays for all this equipment? Climbers? Not.... Ask the other the other guys too if you think I'm a liar. My 27 years in this biz tells me that. So to end this letter, you can say what you will about me and my company. My reputation in this business is good enough to pull me through any mud slinging from you. I'll just shake it off like a bad case of the flees and keep on going. Cuz after servicing and survived the Denali flying for 27 years. I guess I must be doing something right, but I'm not perfect. I have room for improvement, but in this case Joel, no learning is required. I do appreciate your agony of having to wait a few hours on the Kahiltna glacier with all that awful scenery. maybe you should give up the mountain wilderness thing if it bothers you to wait for a few hours longer in such a wonderfull setting. or, you might try a little patients and understanding of certain events that led up to your anger. WE didnt plane on making you wait. It wasnt deliberate. It was a schedualing thing that was beyound our reasonable meens to do anything about that. WE didnt go out of our way to make your trip a bad one. WE simply try to provide transport service to the glaciers and do the very best that we can with what we have. for as little cost to you as possible. I dont appologise for that. DG In response, all these "months in advance" bookings seem like nonsense to me. As I was writing my note to Doug tourists were constantly streaming in setting up flights for the day. There is no way they get totally booked months in advance. DGA says they treat climbers equally, but it's pretty obvious that since climbers "don't pay for any of this equipment" we're unimportant to his business. If this is the case, he has no need for any of our business. Talkeetna Air, K2 and Hudson all seemed to treat their climbers well so use one of them and let Doug Geeting take care of the tourists like he wants.
  4. While perhaps I "suck," am a "lame-ass" and an "ass hole fuck up," those are pretty quick responses to someone who you only know through a response letter I recieved from Geeting. Per everyone elses messages, I can see Geeting is quite popular and other climbers have had great experiences with him. I've not. As for the accusations of being impatient, those are probably a true to a degree. However, I'm probably far less impatient than the average person and if you met me you'd probably see I'm actually quite laid back. My hurry was only that I was excited for that "cheesburger and beer" and was surprised to find everyone else flying out except us. I never meant to say that 8 hours is some long time to wait - I ran into people who said they'd waited for days before - but in this instance it was far and away the longest anyone that day waited. I love the scenary too, but it didn't make me any less excited to leave. Jedi, I climbed the West Buttress (this should welcome some more spray ) with hopes of climbing the upper West Rib. The weather wasn't too great so we left with just a whiteout summit from the butt. I'm only 18 so I've got plenty of years to return, and I'd like to try the full West Rib and hopefully Cassin Ridge sometime in the future. p.s. I trad climb too.
  5. Okay, okay, looks like I'm the one getting screwed Perhaps I should get a little patience, but it was rather annoying when you're excited to fly out and you find that everyone is leaving except for yourself. Sorry guys, looks like I was in the wrong on this one.
  6. Denali gear for sale.

    What kind of gloves do you have? size?
  7. I'd like to do a long day or two day alpine climb this weekend and am looking for a partner(s). I've been climbing for about a year, am 18 years old, lead 5.7-5.8 trad, follow up to low 5.10, and am in excellent shape. I'm happy with either a glacier or a rock climb, but am mostly interested in trying something in the North Cascades or a one day volcano climb. bealjoel@hotmail.com
  8. LONG SNOWY WINTER

    you guys are weak. 0.16s on third try.
  9. Glissading Mishaps

    After being repeatedly warned by the ranger to not glissade, I obviously glissaded anyways. We were coming down the Coleman/Demming on Baker and as we slid over a hump I found myself sailing over a small crevasse. Sure gets the adrenaline rushing.
  10. Conditions on Muir snowfield?

    I think it is always a good idea to bring crampons up there during the winter. When I was up there in January there was some bulletproof ice where crampons were a necessity. I'm sure a few groups got turned around because of it.
  11. Pass Closures-FYI

    The passes aren't all we have to worry about, now we have to worry about all the terrible SUV driving western washington drivers. WINTER STORM WATCH LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY FOR EVERETT AND VICINITY...SEATTLE METROPOLITAN AREA...AND THE HOOD CANAL-KITSAP PENINSULA AREA... TONIGHT...RAIN AT TIMES. RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW OVER THE NORTH PART LATE TONIGHT...THEN SPREADING SOUTH. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. LOWS 35 TO 40. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING NORTH AND RISING TO 10 TO 20 MPH OVERNIGHT. WEDNESDAY...LIGHT SNOW NORTH PART...SPREADING SOUTH DURING THE MORNING. RAIN OR MIXED RAIN AND SNOW SOUTH PART. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES TOTAL ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE. HIGHS NEAR 40. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
  12. Sleeping pads for cold weather

    quote: Originally posted by NoBolt: Pads are for Wimps! I sleep on my gear. I'm sure that would be incredibly comfortable for three weeks. Not to mention if you got stuck in your tent during a storm and were lying on all your stuff for a week straight.
  13. Alpine Pack

    I'm looking to buy a new pack around 3000 cubic inches. Anyone have any suggestions? I've looked a little at the Mountainsmith Zone, anyone tried that one?
  14. Actually, I think for the last two years we're probably about even now. I think last year was around 80% of average, while this year is running in excess of 120%. I read somewhere that the past few years have been a bit colder and significantly wetter than in the past. While we have had some dry years (El Nino & last year), the wet years have been real wet. Supposedly this has something to do with the Pacific Oscillation Effect or something of that matter and this is a 20-year cycle we've just entered.
  15. FS - Koflach Arctic Expedition Boots

    Why should I pay you $250 for used ones when I can get a nice, shiny new pair for $190 off barrabes?
  16. Barrabes Rocks!!!!

    It's a toughie... www.barrabes.com
  17. Packs??

    Check out the Khamsin 38 by arc'teryx. I got one for $80 on sale about a year ago and it's served me well. I think it's 2200 cubic inches or so, extremely lightweight, ice axe loops, etc.
  18. cracks in the windshield question

    If you have comprehensive coverage on your insurance company you can have repairs fixed for free. If you don't, you're probably going to back about $50 if you want to repair it. If you're just looking for something temporary, you can get "windshield band-aids" which will help prevent a chip from cracking out.
  19. Snow at Paradise?

    I was up there on saturday skiing and there was about of foot at paradise.
  20. Its Snowing At the Passes!

    According the the WSDOT Washington Pass now has three feet of snow.
  21. Three Fingers

    Yeah, there are definitely plenty of idiots running all over that mountain. I climbed it in August and we had to cross a few snowpatches that were hard as a rock. Fortunately, we had brought out crampons along and were able to continue. I think we were the only ones who made it up that day. It can be easily done in a day as long as you're in decent shape. Vertical is only 4000, it's just a slog - 18 miles or so.
  22. Snow? How much?

    I was ice climbing on the Coleman Glacier on Saturday and Sunday. When we arrived there was a dusting of snow and we recieved about an inch Saturday evening but it eventually turned to rain. Upon leaving on Sunday there were just patches left. It looked as though there was significantly more snow higher up however, as the true snow level looked to be around 5500-6000. I'd guess between a half foot to a foot.
  23. How to get into trad climbing

    Although I learned to trad lead just by doing it, I've been told that aid climbing is the best way to learn. You place tons of pro and get to test it all as well.
  24. Gear Hawk

    yeah, i'm still interested in some of the stuff especially the boots. Sorry I missed you at marymoor, i didn't get the message until 5 so I didn't get down there until 5:15. Must've missed you.
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