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  1. I have had a lot of what I thought was pain in the arches of my feet while in the first hour of rigorous exercise for the last several years. I finally figured out that it's my plantar fascia, and they are cold and need warming up. It's tightness on the bottoms of both feet, from the back of the big toe to the front of the heel. I'd love to find a way to not have to be gentle on them for the first half hour or so of skiing, running, climbing, doing floor classes at the gym, etc. NOTE: this is not just first thing in the morning. Thoughts?
  2. Discuss. Be specific, and use examples if necessary.
  3. that's it, I've fucking had it!

    What is he talking about?
  4. will Muffy change her screen name?

    Oh, come on, it can't be that bad!
  5. LED headlights

    Sometimes I have to wear a headlamp all day at work. As a result, I have over 60 hours on my Princeton, on full bright, on the first set of batteries. Amazing. I have used both the Princeton and the Petzl extensively, and cast a big thumbs-up for the Princeton.
  6. chatter

    It's time for a little lunchtime chatter. http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/threadz/jchat.php
  7. Soft Shell Jackets

    Post deleted by Lambone
  8. Soft Shell Jackets

    ...and it fits like a garbage sack... The Women's One fits like a garbage sack? Well, that's amazing! It's looked great on everyone I've seen it on, even little old me.
  9. Soft Shell Jackets

    Dryskin and PS are totally different fabrics. I have the Ferratta and will be adding an REI One jacket to it in the fall. I think the One will be better for skiing and it's way more styling for wearing around town.
  10. WTB: Skis

    I think Tim is going to buy them (170 pleeze) and give them to me as a token of his friendship. He knows this pair of skis is to be the foundation of my new AT setup, slated for completion prior to late fall FRESHIEZZZZZ.
  11. Flying to Spain

    There be some rilly nice rock just outside of Lisbon, right next door in friendly Portugal, if you are interested.
  12. I just started learning to slackline last weekend. It is soo much fun. Now I want to put together a system of my own. I'm looking for a device that is cheap and easy to use (not a GriGri) that will grab the tensioning rope when the people tightening let go of it. It's okay with me if the grabbing device needs a couple of half hitches to keep it grabbing. Someone last night said a Tibloc would be the best thing. You agree? The system will always only be set up temporarily as I don't have a good place for it at home. Also looking for 2 rescue pulleys and a piece of static line in the 30' range to complete the kit, if anyone's got something they want to donate or sell cheep. The system will prob never be set up more than 3 or 4 feet off the ground, so old gear you maybe wouldn't climb on will be fine. Finally a good use for some of my own old or questionable gear!
  13. Good cheap device to grab the rope

    Yep, the Slackline Brothers were the cult hit of the Winter OR show. didn't see their booth flooded with retailers though!
  14. Good cheap device to grab the rope

    Nononono the slackline itself is webbing, but the tensioning line is a static rope. There are lots of ways to rig a slackline, from my very limited experience. And Fern thanks for your comments. Maybe it was just because we were tensioning the system with a dynamic rope last weekend, but the added drag of biners would have made it hella difficult to get the slackline tight enough if we'd been fighting the friction of the biners as well.
  15. Good cheap device to grab the rope

    So slackline ankle breakage can commonly occur when the slackline is just above the ground and the landing is soft? Ours this last weekend was rigged about 3' off the ground, and as tight as we could get it (with the tensioning line being unfortunately a dynamic--not recommended) so at the middle you were like 6 inches off the ground. I guess with the ferocity that the slackline can spit ya, anything's possible....hmmmm....more input please!
  16. Good cheap device to grab the rope

    Yes, I'm talking about plain little pulleys. Sorry, at my work we call the kind used in climbing applications "rescue pulleys" to distingush them from the myriad other kinds of pulleys and things we use. I prefer pulleys to the biner method because there is so much less drag. I know a prusik would work but a Tibloc or similar is a bit more elegant. And yes Erik, I do have horrible ankles. To wit, I don't plan on making it a daily activity, and the landing's got to be mighty soft. The actual activity of slacklining looks to be super good conditioning for the fu'ed up anklets too.
  17. Walmart.com

    Wal-Mart also has the distinction of having some of the most heinous business practices in America. There was even a neat book written about this, called In Sam We Trust .
  18. Stove Diagnostics

    or you can have MSR do an overhaul for......FREE.
  19. Thoughts on Precision vs. Comfort

    So I took my new-to-me Synchros out on a little bit of rock a few days ago. They are snug, as in my toes are crumpledf but my whole feets aren't smushed. I was a crappy climber before, and without the precision of a true slipper, and having my foot act as part of the shoe, I was skittering this way and that way, and climbing even worse than I usually do, if that is possible. Ugh, I hope I get used to them. 60 feet is a long way to climb with your feet paddling all over the place. On the other hand, if I have a better chance of being something less than crippled when I'm 60, it's all worth it!
  20. chatter

    Ok, let's go chat about how great we are! Last one in is a rotten sprayer!
  21. When my car got burgled the other day, I lost, along with my car stereo, 21 CDs. Fortunately most of them can be replaced at no cost, but there are two that I can't get my hands on to burn. One is The The's Mind Bomb and the other is Joe Jackson's Summer in the City: Live in New York . Anyone have either of these and feeling charitable enough to burn a copy for me? I don't want to hear any crap about copyright infringement, I bought all of the titles I lost, and replacing them in this manner is fair use. Also looking for a reputable (!) shop that sells used or reconditioned car CD players, just need something simple with a detatchable faceplate. None of this is being covered by insurance, and the window set me back a bit today. Thanks for help, if you can provide any!
  22. The The "Mind Bomb" and Joe Jackson "Summer"

    The renters insurance doesn't werk for Cds as I found out one time before, and anyway, there are some things it's better just not to contact your ins co about if you can avoid it. I'm seeing offers to burn and mail, feel free, my friends! PM me if you can make it so and I'll send you my addy. Funny thing: I re-bought Mind Bomb just last year at Tower Records (bought it the first time new in 86 I think) and this child that was working behind the counter was sooo impressed, and he goes "wow this is a great record, have you ever heard of the Smiths? They are rilly good too." Needless to say I demurred. And yes, it still sounds great Fern, drag it out of deep storage, you'll like it as much as you remember, it's a good one.
  23. The The "Mind Bomb" and Joe Jackson "Summer"

    Yeah I have those same feelings Kurt, though it doesn't feel right to burn things you haven't bought. Having said that, I can't say I've never burned a CD I didn't already own. Artists that are signed to the majors see almost none of that money, and new CDs are way too expensive. If the artists were getting, say 5 bucks a unit, it would make a pretty good argument for not burning CDs. Matt Johnson (The The) left his major label in a major storm of dust over some of these issues a couple of years ago. The guy's my hero. Sphinx, if you don't understand copyright laws, please MYOB. I was just expecting someone to jump all over my shizzy just for the sake of it.
  24. FS My favorite rock shoes

    FS: Boreal Stingers, sz 40. Good cond, about halfway through a resole from Ramuta. $30. Scarpa Gripper slippers, sz 39 (I think). Great gym shoe. Fresh resoles from Ramuta. $35.