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  1. I still have a chalk bag I bought from Dick about that same time at the Snow Creek TH . He had a mannequin riding shotgun in his van and told stories of being hassled by The Man about vagabonding and being, well, eccentric. I learned later of his substantial contributions to Leavenworth climbing.
  2. I first saw this excellent movie in Seattle with about 10 people and then saw it again in Bishop with about 100. It is on TV on March 3 on the National Geographic channel. Mikey's contribution behind and in front of the camera is superb.
  3. 7 summits and 0 overnight permits needed! I love big days- traveling light and fast with minimum muss and fuss. This site has a few more climbing oriented day trips in the area- check for a recent thead on endurance climbing days and earlier ones including Peter Croft's big traverse of classic climbs. My best was a through hike Snow TH to Stuart TH like you with just a couple of peaks but still a great day in the mountains.
  4. There is a recent article about super enduroathlete Kilian Jornet in Outside mag. The article mentions doubts about his Everest trip expressed by the one and only DH, of interest to those who recall the epic discussions about Rainier, etc. on this site years ago. It never hurts to have another turd in the punchbowl.
  5. The old timers or history buffs may recall that Hayden's father Michael nearly died in a rock climbing accident at Granite Mountain in Arizona a few decades ago.
  6. Sarcasm is one of the attributes G-spotter brings to this site, especially for all things Canadian. Thanks for the TR.
  7. Leavenworth granite (e.g. Icicle Canyon) is good for beginners: solid rock, less intimidating slabby terrain, good toproping, and many opportunities for beginners like Playground Point, etc. Stop in at the shop in Leavenworth and get the scoop.
  8. I saw this and had to reread the whole thread. My additional offerings are as observer and scribe as while I have aspired to endurance hiking/scrambling, my climbing has never been much faster than snail pace. -Leor's many offerings are inspiring and mind-boggling but much done in the Sierras or with good trails and without the unique approach/deproach "opportunities" located in much of the Cascades. -I spoke with Croft about his effort in the Enchantments. I don't believe he ended with Snow Creek Wall but did start FROM ICICLE CREEK and not the Stuart Lake TH so tack that on to his one day traverse starting with the complete N. Ridge. As a side note, he said he nearly got arrested by The Man on the 8 mile road since they were trolling for parking lot vandals and couldn't believe a lunatic would be out hiking fast on the road at midnight. -I was doing Outer Space in the 90s when Miles Smart came soloing by with a partner going fast. Another party asked if I was concerned that a ropeless climber was just above me. I said I had zero concerns.
  9. I had to chuckle about your ring issue. Many years ago I dragged my first wife on a 2 week climbing adventure on our honeymoon and clearly remember the many issues of climbing with them: scratches, constant clinking on holds, eternal fear of finger locks and other jams, dealing with swelling/shrinking of fingers, etc. I decided then and there to ditch rings when climbing. I stand by that decision and it has stood the test of time through 4 marriages. I have finally decided to ditch the ring at ALL OTHER TIMES as well. :kisss:
  10. By "adventure" I mean run out especially in higher grades. Nothing like lots of rope above the last bolt to make you rethink your likes and dislikes.
  11. For moderate sport climbing I wold also recommend "Chek" which is a conglomeration of crags just north of Squamish. Squamish thrives on traditional but also has sport but plenty are adventurous slab climbs, an acquired taste. Check with a climbing shop or gym in Vancouver, Squamish, or Whistler to get the straight scoop from local experts. Also, this site is declining in popularity so you might check some other internet sources for further info. Gene and I are old school and stubborn so still log on now and then.
  12. Thanks, will put on my aging bucket list: 50: AARP 60: me, yay so far 62: Discounted parks and forest pass 62: First opportunity at social security 65: Medicare 87: Life expectancy now reduced by years of doing what I want so will take what I get. 93: Live to Fred's current age if really lucky. ageless: ability to climb within my abilities and be happy.
  13. I dug into this around this original post because of the preposterous notion in early books that it hadn't had a 2nd ascent despite strong climbers like Croft, Herr, Skinner, etc. in the area following Timson's ascent. I found claims of locals such as Yoder and Wilson and perhaps others doing it but as often happens, there remains much mystery.
  14. Hoping for a fast recovery for you ivan, although in my experience the list of failing body parts due to aging and (mis)use seems to get longer faster than the list of ones repaired either naturally or through the gifted hands or prescriptions of doctors. Hopefully you can continue blessing these ever diminishing annals with your posts. I have still never climbed at Beacon, but come back to this thread for the unmatched tales and climbing lore....
  15. And as an addendum to gene, nothing wild about finding the remaining gear/tat from "traditional" rappel anchors. Concentrate on the wealth of knowledge from soulreaper and leave bolt ethics to the "experts", or maybe since it is election season do a poll.
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