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  1. twin ropes

    Thumbs up for half ropes. Though a set of twins would be nice to have too, for waterfall and alpine ice.
  2. Fuel Ration for White Gas Stoves

    Your message doesn't indicate what you want to use the stove for (cooking or melting snow for drinking water). On trips where we melt snow for drinking water, and assuming no cooking (boiling), we can easily get by with about 3 oz of fuel per person, per day. If it is cold and windy, then the stove will run less efficiently and we'll use more like 4 oz per person, per day. Boiling a couple of liters will increase the usage, maybe up to 5 oz per person, per day? Just a guesstimate. Also, the type of stove will make a difference. My Simmerlite seems to have better "gas mileage" than my XGK, by almost an ounce per person, per day.
  3. [TR] Cannon Mountain Couloir 5/23/2004

    Nice trip report. Did you do the hike over to the summit of Cannon Mountain? (right hand side of your picture).
  4. [TR] Colchuck Peak- N. E. Couloir 5/22/2004

    Hi Bronco, Nice trip report! Credit goes to Paul Kelnke for the photo. Cheers, Steve
  5. Rappelling as a sport?

    In a Climbing magazine a while back, they had an article about people in New York City who rappel down elevator shafts in abandoned buildings, for fun. I guess it's kind of an underground sport/activity, since it is illegal.
  6. i'm lazy - here's a question

    I called the NPS to ask about this on Friday... I was told that the road from Longmire to Paradise is now open 24/7 (obviously, weather permitting). I don't know if the Paradise Ranger station is staffed, though. Cheers, Steve
  7. [TR] Baker- North Ridge 5/13/2004

    Thanks for the Trip Report and route info. I'm curious as to why you felt the route was really committing... do you feel it would simply not be possible to retreat from the ice cliff using a V-thread and some double-rope rappels? Would appreciate hearing your thoughts, as I'm contemplating heading up there. I had naively assumed the level of commitment was not too high. Also, do you feel it can be done with fewer screws? We were thinking about bringing 5-6 screws, and hoping to simul-climb through the ice cliff section using a reverso on a screw, in lieu of a belay. Is this a bad idea? Thanks.
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  9. [TR] Shuksan- North Face 5/17/2004

    Hey Jon, Nice trip report! That was probably the pin that I left on the way down, about a month ago. I'm surprised nobody has bootied it yet! Cheers, Steve Ramsey
  10. Looking for a Summit Pack

    I have the Exocet, and have used it for years. It is OK. My only real complaint is that it has only one ice axe loop, which is inconvenient when you have two ice tools (or two tools and a shovel, in winter). In my opinion, it is not really light enough to carry along in addition to your overnight pack, as a summit assault pack. But it is fine for day climbs and cragging. The buckle on the sternum strap tends to come loose, so you'll want to use tape or something to make sure it doesn't eventually fall off.
  11. Whats in your rack?

    BD ice screws (various sizes) Camp Tricams 0.5 - 3.0 assorted KBs, bugaboos, and a #1 angle BD stoppers 1-13 BD hexes #6, #8 Forged Friends 2.0 - 4.0 want to add: small cams, Ushba ice piton
  12. [TR] Mt Rainier- Kautz Glacier 5/9/2004

    Thanks, Alex & Alex. That clears up my confusion. Great pictures!
  13. [TR] Mt Rainier- Kautz Glacier 5/9/2004

    Hi Alex, Nice trip report. Thanks for posting. Does the Kautz Glacier route go straight up the ice cliff? Or is it possible to skirt around the ice cliff and climb a chute off to the side? Thanks for any information. Cheers, Steve P.S., I don't know if you remember me, but I think we met on McClellan Butte.
  14. Heat Exchanger

    Lemme see, an extra 160g of weight, just to save "up to 25%" on fuel efficiency (from MSR web page). When MSR claims "up to 25%", they probably mean under ideal conditions. In the real world it is probably quite a bit less. In terms of fuel, 160g of white gas is about 6.7 fluid ounces of volume. Assuming 20% efficiency gain from the heat exchanger (this is generous), you'd have to burn 33 fluid ounces worth of white gas, in order to save an amount of white gas equal to the weight of the heat exchanger. Since 33 ounces is enough fuel to melt snow for two climbers for a 4 day trip, it only seems worth it if you are going on a trip longer than 4 days (and you need to be melting snow all four of those days). Even at break-even, I'd favor just bringing more fuel because the heat exchanger is bulkier and (unlike fuel which you burn up) has to be carried out. I dunno, maybe it would be useful for long trips in the winter...
  15. Lost -- North Face "Roadrunner" Tent

    That place must be the Bermuda Triangle for gear. I don't suppose you happened to see two 22-cm ice screws out there, did you?
  16. FS: 2 Mountain HardWear sleeping bags

    I'm selling two Mountain HardWear synthetic sleeping bags. (1) 1st Dimension sleeping bag, size short (up to 5'7"). Weight 36 oz. Rated to 30F. Polarguard Delta. Has the "quantum expander" feature that allows you to adjust how much girth the bag has. Retails for $145. Asking $80. (2) 2nd Dimension sleeping bag, size short (up to 5'7"). Weight 42 oz. Rated to 15F. Polarguard 3D. Has the "quantum expander" feature that allows you to adjust how much girth the bag has. Retails for $165. Asking $90. The 2nd Dimension has been used only for a dozen trips, and is about one year old. It has worked well on alpine climbs year-around in the Cascdes (Rainier, Baker, Colchuck, Maude, Buckner, Shuksan, etc.) The 1st Dimension has been used only for half a dozen trips, and is about eight months old. It has worked well on spring/summer/autumn trips in the Cascades (Glacier Pk, Maude, Chiwawa, Shuksan, Cannon). These bags are sturdy and insulate well when damp. PM me if interested. Seattle metro area. No personal checks (cash or money order). Am pretty flexible about times and locations for a meeting to show the goods.
  17. FS: 2 Mountain HardWear sleeping bags

    Bumping this up one last time. Anyone under 5' 7" who is looking for a cheap sleeping bag-- $60 gets you a nice sleeping bag that is very good for 3-season camping and mountaineering...
  18. Straffed by a heli on the boston glacier

    Would heli-ski operators be allowed to fly in NCNP?
  19. Twight and Boots

    While stomping a belay platform on Horsetail Falls in Colordao, I accidentally punched a 1 cm hole in the top of my boot with a crampon tine. However, with a bit of sandpaper and seam grip, it was easy to repair. I never did try Dru's suggestion of using a soldering iron.
  20. Mountain Hardwear gear

    25 oz for a 20-deg bag is pretty darn light. Second the endorsement of Bibler.
  21. Bail Biners?

    Hmmm... To get a result of "99% passing", they must have scooped at least a hundred biners (99% = 99 out of a hundred passed). I guess I'm going to have to make a booty-hunting expedition down to Yosemite...
  22. [TR] Mt. Baker- Coleman-Deming [April 17-18] 4/17/2004

    Yes, that was me and my wife Elain. Hopefully the weather will be better next time.
  23. [TR] Mt. Baker- Coleman-Deming [April 17-18] 4/17/2004

    My wife and I were hoping to climb the North Ridge. But Mount Baker said, "Not". Cheers, Steve
  24. [TR] Mt. Baker- Coleman-Deming [April 17-18] 4/17/2004

    RodChester, Were you the party we saw at the Hogsback on Sunday, and followed back down to the trailhead? If so, hello. We were the party of two who were camped on the Roosevelt at about 7300'.