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  1. Integral Designs MK1 Lite $275

    I purchased this new. Used it 3-4 times. It's been sitting in my gear closet for way to long. Smells a little musty but a soak in Mirazyme should take care of that.


    Bibler Ahwahnee 1 $375

    I purchased this new. Used it 4-5 times. Selling for $375. This is an original Bibler before they sold to Black Diamond. It did suffer a crampon puncture on Mt. Rainer but was professionally patched by Rainy Pass Repair in Seattle. At that time, I also had them add two guy out points on the back wall. Some light mars in a couple spots from gear rubbing on the inside wall. Purely cosmetic (no punctures).


    Big Agnes Saddle Mountain SL 15 Double Bag $500

    This is a great doublewide down bag from Big Agnes. I purchased it new and only slept in it one night. Just downsizing the gear closet. Perfect condition. Zero signs of use. Stored unstuffed.


    The North Face Ama Dablam PacLite Jacket $60

    Men's size Large. Red. I purchased this new from TNF in Seattle many years ago. Cost then was around $400. I have way to many jackets in my closet so it's time to offload this one. Nothing wrong with it. Still in new condition.


    Hard to find info on this model, this was the best I could dig up:



    Brunton ADC Pro....SOLD


    All items come from a pet and smoke free home. Shipping is available at actual cost.

  2. I've used the aerogel insoles. They do seem warmer than anything else I've tried. But they also crush flat in the heel and balls of your feet in a matter of days. Based on the info about them, that shouldn't affect the warmth, but it does affect the comfort.


    They've since been moved to my work boots.

  3. I want A LOT of snow, but I don't want to blow my summit chances because of bad weather.


    1st.... learn the definition of "alpine climb".

    2nd.... wanting "A LOT" of snow but not wanting to deal with the weather that dumped said snow, well.... um, no comment.


    Why do you want A LOT of snow? Have you post holed up a mountain before? Its not as fluffy and cute as you'd think once your up to your knees in it.


    If you want lots of snow, its best to pick a time when the snow is well packed. Get some basic avalanche training and gain some experience climbing on a glacier. Then check for a good weather window (I like March) and go for it.


    Good luck and be safe.

  4. When climbing and melting snow, I use the MSR Superfly hanging stove.


    When backpacking and just heating up water for freeeze dried meals, I use a primus alpine micro on a folding plastic stand.


    If the weather is bad, I just slightly unzip the tent door for ventalation. Otherwise its mostly open.


    Have used both of these set-ups a number of times. Never had any problems.



  5. What about using it at 10,000 feet at Rainier basecamp? I've slept up there before a couple times but never with a halfbag. Is that asking for problems?


    The Vireo and Volant combo work like a charm on Rainier...... and anywhere else I go.

  6. I will be presenting a persuasive speech at GRCC in the next week or two (my time has not been scheduled yet) about the attempts to require the use of MLU's / and electronic signaling devices while climbing. I'd like to borrow someones PLB to use as a visual aid. It will not be used or powered on.


    If your in or near Tacoma / Auburn and have one you don't mind me hanging onto for a couple day's, please send me a PM.



  7. I don’t claim the have the expertise of all of you regarding most aspects of climbing but I do have expertise regarding PLBs......


    But the important thing is we’ll have an opportunity to get some factual information out there.....


    It’s in everybody’s best interest to figure out how to get accurate information regarding PLBs out to those climbers who are going to climb Mt. Hood in the winter because if someone doesn’t come up with a solution, there will likely be a solution imposed that nobody is happy with....


    I'm going to "unplug" from all of this. Everything has become so twisted and the facts misrepresented to the point where we're really not interested in fighting this battle. The only reason we attempted to get involved in the first place is to offer our resources to help prevent future deaths on Mt. Hood.



    You yourself have said that you are an expert in the area of PLB’s. But if you chose to leave the discussion, and stop your efforts of providing the equipment, how do you expect anybody to learn?


    I appreciate the time and effort you have put forth thus far. I, as well as many others here, am not against the use of electronic equipment in the wilderness. I am against mandating said equipment.


    Without a teacher, how can anyone learn?


  8. +1 for Cilogear.


    I tried the Andinista on at FF one time. Nothing they did to adjust it made it feel right.


    Sent Graham my measurements when I ordered my 60L worksack. He sent me a Medium. Fit was perfect. Tried it out on Granite then on Rainier. Carries better than any other pack I've owned, even my big packs that I used to use for lugging water jugs for training (Dana Designs Terraplane LTW and Gregory Denali Pro).


    Of course it all comes down to what fits you better.

  9. I'm also concerned with avy danger. No matter where I search, I can't find any info on whether you are completely safe in the trees. I'd assume the danger would be greatly decreased below tree line, is this true?

    You are never completley safe below tree line. An avalanche from above can still find you in the tress. The potential for an avalanche to trigger below the tree line is reduced.



  10. My Sony DCR-SR40 does well in outdoor settings but does not work at altitude (I think the manual say's 7,000ft, it crapped out on Rainier at about 12,000ft..... works fine once back at a lower elevation).


    Anybody have any experience with Flip or Kodak Zi8 at higher altitudes?


    Based on reviews I like the Kodak. Your thoughts?

  11. Well, we made contact with Jim Whittaker and are trying to get him on. If a crew can get to his cabin, he's up for talking.


    Trying to get in touch with Glenn Kessler as well...


    I would be very interested to hear what Glenn has to say. I would guess it would echo what Rocky Henderson of PMR said here: (assuming this is the same Rocky that assisted Glenn in teaching the avalanche course I took on Hood a few years ago)


  12. KOIN has new poll ...


    If Oregon adopted a law mandating Mountain Locator Units for climbers, what else should it contain?

    Training requirement for summit attempts

    Search & rescue reimbursement when MLU is not used

    State authority to close mountain to climbing, based on forecasts

    All of the above


    The cost to enforce the above would be more then the costs for the rescues.

  13. SAR: Do you have a PLB.

    Injured Climber: A what?

    SAR: Sorry sir, but we're gonna have to leave you here. We're not authorized to rescue you. Have a nice day


    Are you kidding me?


    Fire department: Did your mommy and daddy tell you not to play with matches

    Little kid: Yes sir

    Fire department: Sorry kid, we're going to have to leave you in the buring house. We're not authorized to resucue you. You should have listened to your mommy and daddy.


    Its called search and rescue. Not locate a signal and rescue.



    Thank you for providing some facts to the media.