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  1. word.

    Good try Timm@y but no cigar... I will give you an A for effort though...
  2. Smith

    I'll be in Sunriver from tomorrow until Friday. Friday evening I will be pulling into the grasslands. Look for a dark Blue Subaru Ouback, with Oregon plates and a Yakima Rocketbox full of stickers. Personally, I think it's too early to make a call on the weather (however, if I had a chance to go ice climbing, I'd be there instead of Smith). It probably won't be too bad. See ya there JK, SK, Timm@y, and Ryland.
  3. Smith

    quote: Originally posted by Dru: That forecast is the suckiest EVER for Smith. This forecast does not sound bad at all - it is very typical for the Fall and Winter months. One Christmas a friend and I decided to camp out at the grasslands and climb at Smith. Well, we picked to go at the worst time. One of the famous Central Oregon inversions was going on at the time. The ceiling was very low, and most everything was socked in. It managed only to get to 20 or 21 that day. We were miserable. We drove back to Eugene to find sunny skies, and the highs were in the 40's. So we ended up climbing at the columns the next day!
  4. I've been humbled

    when you lower someone, in effect the carabiner (ring, etc) connected to the anchor essentially becomes a pully of sorts. So, it is possible that any force placed on that anchor could be magnified by x2. Am I correct, or am I truly off base, anyone, anyone?? I would say that if the anchor is sketchy, I would rap. However, that kinda depends. That's where technical knowledge, solid judgement, wisdon, and experience come into play. Just like Erik says - there are no hard and fast rules - different situations call for different techniques. If you had rapped off, you probably would have decked and would not be here right now Since he lowered you off from the ground, the rope was still running through pieces of pro (like the piton) and that caught ya.
  5. I've been humbled

    This is a lesson for all the tradsters out there. Make sure you bring along plenty of horsecock on your rack.
  6. Altimeter watches

    Yepper, those flux gate compasses on the Vector and other similar watches are nearly worthless - you should still bring along and use your Silva. Buying the Altimax (sans compass) isn't a bad idea! The people with the Casio watches must be lucky. I had (2) different Casio altimeter/barometer models (the lower priced ones) when I was younger and both failed over a fairly short period of time (a few years). Plus friends had problems with their Casio's too. Rather than wearing my Vector with its watch band, I set it up as a neck lanyard so I can wear it around my neck or clip it to my jacket or pack and keep it in a pocket. This works very well for me.
  7. pub club in eugene 10-31

    So, what's the word... High Street at 8 PM tonight???
  8. Stevie Haston Epic In Nepal

    Whoa, I'm glad to hear they managed to escape. Now if they can all make it out... Stevie Haston is definitely not someone you would want to take hostage - if it came down to hand - to - hand combat, Stevie would totally kick their ass. What a badass...
  9. Altimeter watches

    I still think the Thommen analog altimeter/barometers are the best, but they are VERY VERY VERY pricey. I could not afford a Thommen, so I ended up getting a Suunto Vector on sale at REI. I haven't heard anything really bad about them. I believe the Suunto even won the AAI Guides Choice award. The biggest problem with altimeters is that many people do not know how to use them. People will set them once (if at all) then days later wonder why the readings are so off. It is very important to set your altitude before you set off and then periodically reset it at know points during your trip - especially when there is a significant change in barometric pressure (a storm, low/high pressure front). [ 10-30-2002, 08:40 PM: Message edited by: bellemontagne ]
  10. pub club in eugene 10-31

    How about just meeting at High Street at 7PM??? T
  11. pub club in eugene 10-31

    I'm down wit dat. Name a time and place and I am there. I'm kinda sick right now, but hopefully I'll be better by tomorrow.
  12. shells

    Gear (especially outerwear) can be very subjective. Arc Teryx makes great harnesses, but some of their packs REALLY suck IMHO (although others I know LOVE theirs). I ended up selling my Arc Teryx pack and buying a Gregory that was much less and fit me better. Arc Teryx makes great stuff, but somtimes I think they're raping the American consumer (just like some other foreign gear companies).
  13. Smith trip?

    quote: Originally posted by Muffy The Wanker Sprayer: ISO belay slave for supper easy bummper belay sport climbs for the weekend of nov. 9th - 11th If interested please post here or pm. Lable to "gumby girl" thanks sk Easy sport routes - that's right up my alley!!! I'd be down for climbing with you then. I doubt I will do any leading, but if I have my mojo, I will need to find someone to belay my fat ass up the second pitch of bunny face or that 5.Easy crack over on Spiderman Buttress I'll be in Sunriver for work stuff from Nov 6-8th, but I will be pulling into the Grasslands Friday evening.
  14. A muted cry for help

    Not a bad idea... Although personal EPIRB's have been available for quite a while. Because there are consequences of misuse, this may prevent yuppies from activating their beacons when they forget their lunches in their car.
  15. Book recommendations for first aid?

    If you are VERY serious about wilderness first aid, study Warren Bowman's Outdoor Emergency Care. It's published by the National Ski Patrol and it is the manual for the NSP's OEC course.
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