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Everything posted by DanO

  1. Alpine solo tent selection help?

    I am a little dubious that wet fabric can breath? I think it could be waterproof, and not breath with wet fabric. Will check on it some more, seems to be a popular choice. Thanks
  2. Alpine solo tent selection help?

    http://www.rab.uk.com/products_shelter_summitex.html * Mountaineering shelter, specifically designed and featured for cold and snowy mountain environments. * Internally pitched Easton poles * Two sealed 'donut link' tie in points * Rear snow collection drawcord porthole * Two internal pockets, glow in the dark zip pullers * Shock quencher guys * 10000mm laminated nylon waterproof bathtub base * This shelter is not designed for UK backpacking in wet conditions Thanks for the help, but I don't think Event tents are really that great for the pacific northwest unless in dead of winter and or always above snow line. I most likely will be long times of rain or wet snow. Also I really want to get below 3 pounds if at all possible. Any have experience with the Hubba HP? http://www.msrgear.com/tents/hubbahp.asp
  3. Boot Recommendations

    Well, I said lots of accidents could be traced to worn out or non appropriate shoes. I do know of two incidents by hearsay where someone fell while using either worn out and/or regular sneakers rather than shoes made for scrambling. As you can imagine it would be a sensitive subject to say the subject got hurt etc because they fell using not using the best footware possible. In any case I brought the subject up, this is my opinion and if one decides to save money on shoes to buy the cool jacket etc I personally think that is a bad choice. Finally this is something stated more for the new person out there. Not for the old hand who makes his choices and takes his or her chances etc with their experience. Lastly this whole thing is really more for hikers where these incidents mostly happen(to my indirect knowledge, no proof).
  4. Boot Recommendations

    I would caution anyone new out there that there is a big difference between regular tennis shoes and shoes made for climbing. The tennis like shoes which are made for climbing have a different construction and usually have a much more sticky rubber on the soles, especially the 5.10 brand of approach hiking/climbing shoe. Don't go cheap on your approach/hiking tennis shoe, go cheap other places if you need to. Personally I think the 5.10 approach shoes have the most sticky rubber. In any case find a shoe made for scrambling, approach, and low 5th class. Don't buy a regular tennis shoe of any type or make. This is my opinion. Lot of accidents could be traced to cheap shoes or worn out shoes.
  5. Alpine solo tent selection help?

    Would consider the one shot but a little concerned about the epic fabric, I most likely can be in a long cold hard rain. I found this tent and it may be the ticket? Not many reviews out there. msr hubba Hp http://www.trailspace.com/gear/msr/hubba-hp/review/13763/ It seems to be made for moderate alpine use because of the fabric body. The weight is down also, will do more searching. Thanks
  6. Hello, I did Excelsior peak this weekend, thought I was in sorta shape but it is kicking my calves like crazy. I have been doing flatland hiking since this is what close to home and it didn't prepare me for uphill at all. I wish I had Excelsior close to home, would be one heck of a regular workout. I remember Anatolia Boukreev writing that he trained for climbing by doing two 4000 meter peaks a week when he lived in central Asia. So I wonder what kind of workouts being done out there? It seems to me that to really train you need a steep uphill for several thousand feet and carry a pack? I am not interested in running. Thanks Dan
  7. Overtraining

    Just a short note, Over training should be avoided, but a hard training athlete needs more nutrition as well as more calores. Sadly common American food has poor nutrition, I do juicing, eat organic and do supplements. Be careful with supplements you can over do them, watch your kidneys when using protein powders. Be careful with Herbals as well. One example, common non organic Produce has pesticides, the soil is long used and often depleted of nutrients. It is common sense that a hard working athlete needs more of everything to recover. But at the same time don't overwork your organs, such as kidneys and liver. Hope this helps, there is a world of alternative information out there. Dan
  8. Campmor has a good deal on down jackets, I had one, but found when wet no good, so don't use it, should work fine in dry areas-as you know.
  9. Ultralight shelters

    Recently ran across these tarptents. Check them out. http://www.tarptent.com/products.html
  10. Ultralight shelters

    Here is the rainbow tarp with a alpine setup. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/reviews/display_reviews?forum_thread_id=2368&cat=Shelters%20%2D%20Single%20Wall%20Tents&cid=16
  11. boots, boots, boots?

    I would check out, La sportiva, NEPAL EVO GTX, TRANGO EXTREME EVO GTX , ETC in fact the whole La sportiva line of boots. For double boots I would look at http://www.sportiva.com/products/prod/232 http://www.summitpostgear.com/gear/921/nuptse-mountaineering-boot.html I have no experience with these double boots but they look like the boot for me. I like La sportiva because they fit my foot like a tennis shoe, of course this is foot dependent, I do use a arch support with them, this takes up some room inside the boot so if you need to do the same bring arch supports with you when trying them on. As good as my boots are they have no built in arch support. Dan
  12. boots, boots, boots?

    I think if you can only get one pair now, get good leather boots or fabric boots. They are the best for overall climbing, winter and summer. If you going winter climbing get the insulated type. I went on a 35 mile hike/climb with La sportiva, NEPAL EVO GTX, came out with a small blister on one toe. Believe me I save money when I can but not with boots. As for plastics, only for extreem cold would I use them, why? I prefer nimble feet to clumsy feet, your life is in your feet literly. I have climbed in really cold conditions and yes your feet can get cold, I have climbed with these boots down to -20F , keep moving and use chemical toe warmers. With all that said, new gear is coming out all the time so who knows what wonder boot they may have next? Try on everything you can for a good amount of time, go to several stores (new boots cost too much to make a goof), find a boot that feels like a tennis shoe with weights. Don't look at the price tag. Save money elsewhere. Dan
  13. Ice axe recommendation

    I like the old school style of axes of the newer short length. Go for steel head type. Light is nice on the trail, though you may crap your pants on steep ice, frenching with a nasty drop below you. I look at the lighter axes but the above situation in mind keeps my old trusty steel axe, guide weight on my pack. The old school axes have the straight point on the bottom end, I prefer it to the newer style for frenching. Dan
  14. Stealth Training Suggestions

    Get a stepper machine at home or a membership at the gym, the least to do is 30 minutes a day, working up using a pack while on the stepper. Do this at least 3 days a week up to 5 days a week, then hiking and climbing on the weekends. There is no covert way to get him to train unless you tell him you want to train for some type of hiking or climbing trip together. You could train with him and both have fun, 30 minutes a day at a hard pace will help you both get in shape, lose weight.
  15. Design input on new sleeping bag

    Market? Here is what me and my wife would strongly consider to buy real soon if it was on the market. I have a stephenson's she the big agnes. If they made a modular system so that we could take the down tops off of both and put on a single top we would buy it. Currently only my stephenson's has the correct design to do this. The only pause is the cost of the stephenson's system, well worth the money but hard to scrape up the cash. Buy another stephenson's and put on a single top over both bottom pads. That would be a nice system. Also still have two single bags. How much market for such a modular bag system? Don't know. Dan
  16. Looking for one to two day moderate snow climbs good for this time of the year until summer, in the north cascades. Any ideas? Thanks Dan
  17. Design input on new sleeping bag

    Hello, After a little more thought, people like light weight, comfort, and features and of course low cost. As a matter of the real world something has to give, rarely can have it all. If you must shell out the cash then you want at least low weight, features and a little comfort. What would I want? I am of a rare few I bet but I find it really hard to give up my air mattress neither my wife, of course we are not of the hard woman or hard man type, doing the hard routes, but in reality of all the hikers or climbers how many fit this mold? Once you go to a insulated air matt it can be difficult to go back. We talked about either getting another big agnes or another stephenson's and zipping them together, not the lightest but practical. I can imagine a possible modular system where components can be bought and fit together as needed. How? buy a single bag with matt, air or foam. Later on get a oposite sex partner or hard person partner add to your system. buy another pad with down cloth and surround material. Buy a single top for both pads. Also can buy single "bags" for both pads. could be so modular to have two tops. So on, so on. I can see it my mind but hard to discribe I think you can get it. Lots of features, mabey not the lightest but fairly light. Dan
  18. Design input on new sleeping bag

    Hello, Me and my wife are probally of the few partners who could actually use such a system. We have in the past used a single 20 degree down (campmor brand sleeping bag) single square sleeping bag for summer mountaineering. We used it as a blanket and ware all of our clothes. Worked well for us as long not too cold. Used it with single foam pads. Now we both have air matts, mine from stephenson's her's from big agnes-we use these now under the single square sleeping bag. The future is air matts with insulation in them, or use a foam pad of some sort in the bottom of the sleeping bag. The down under you in a sleeping bag is a waste, of weight, money etc. I much prefer a air matt over a foam pad. Here is how I would make the system your talking about. I would make a square bag so that one person could use it. Of course it would zip together as a normal sleeping bag. Then I would make special sleeping pads most likly foam, that could zip together and to the outside edges of the square sleeping bag. This way you have min weight and max benifit. I would design it for summer mountaineering and mild fall and spring useage. Of course a second "top" or "bag" could be used for colder conditions. Under colder conditions so far me and my wife use two single 0 degree bags, a stephenson's and a big agnes both with air matts. I have a down filled air matt, she has a sinthetic filled air matt, so we use our sit pads under her air matt for more winter insulation under her. Dan
  19. Blowing up my knee and back

    Hello, Why are you straining yourself so hard? No sport is worth destroying your health. I have a shoulder injury since high school days that has stayed with me for 21 years. Find another way to train, swimming will do wonders for your recovery. I suggest you find a pool and a hot tub and swim and gently use your sore limbs. There are suppliments in health food stores that also will help.
  20. photo your ice climb

    Hello, After watching the shows on Discover Channel , survivor man and so on. I think the time is right to do a how to show, something on the lines of learning channel and discovery channel stuff. How to rock climb, how to ice climb, how to get gear, low buck dirt bag gear collection or big buck expedition gear collection and so on, the number of shows and settings could be endless, sea kayaking to rock climbing wherever. If can't get a discover to air it you could put it on the web with sponsers. I think it would go. It would be filming not stills. The people who run these channels are gumbys, I think the response would be huge on such a show, why hasn't it been done yet?
  21. Help -- I smoked a cigarette

    Nicotine is probably the most addictive drug on the market. First look at the cause of you smoking, the cause was stress, the stress allowed you to break your healthy regimen. It is not the end of the world, it is a time to reflect and become more aware as you have indicated by this thread. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. To be healthy there are three keys as I see it. First, healthy diet and environment. 2nd, exercise on a regular basis. 3rd low stress, happy in personal life and work. In life you always can improve on any of these three. How to do so? by study, learning and self reflection. Your way will not be my way and our way won't be someone else's way but we all can learn from other people wanting to be more happy and healthy. Why to train, to exercise? If it is just a chore and hard work it will be hard to keep up, you will quit someday and be fat and out of shape, smoking and hitting the big macks. For me, I like to vari my workouts, not the same thing week after week, year after year. It is good to have goals, a big trip to Rainer for example. I like to have a goal, it helps to motivate you to be in shape. I am thinking about joining a SAR group, great motivator to be in shape, and of course try to have fun doing it. This is for the long haul, a person's whole lifestyle has to be involved to stay healthy. Holistic, this term helps.
  22. Lighter pack weight.

    I used a alloy head ice axe, not good on hard ice to say the least(bounces off like a rubber ball). Alloy crampons will dull very fast on rock. Keep to summer ice with this gear, & keep fingers crossed. I use steel gear. I have a go light pack that I only used for bigger trips, save a lot of weight, I took a long foam pad and cut it up to fit the back of my pack I then took duck tape to make my own "Z" rest that fits my pack. I reduced the size of my home made Z rest to two sections. This gives you a short sit pad or bivy pad fitted to your pack to double as padding for your light weight backpack. The go-light pack is very light and can be floppy at times, but it works. I have the largest one made for mountaineering. It is hard to keep weight down, seems like you always need to be lighter. Go on a diet and use the stepper machine 5 days a week, this is my plan. Hardmen need less stuff
  23. I have been thinking about buying one, Pros they are light weight and made in the USA. Cons, I wonder how warmlite tents do in mountaineering conditions, and they are expensive.
  24. Snow Cave question

    Hello, I am not really a newbee, but never had to actually use a snowcave. Can one use a down sleeping bag without a cover sack? Will the bag get soaking wet and how long it will take? Thanks Dan
  25. Any one been on any Leavenworth ice recently?

    Hello, Didn't need the snowshoes as much this weekend. Ice is still to be found but you have to work to find it, at least I did find it. Some harder stuff I seen to hard for me to lead yet, harder to find top rop ice. I did find a couple of easy leads, took a short fall to near the ground. The top out was pure snow and puting the axes in bottom shaft down into it doesn't hold much, feet popped off and so did I. This flow was only about 8 feet tall. Found a interesting and easy ice gully on sunday, nice. It was cold around 5 to 10 degrees on sunday a little warmer Sat.