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  1. Anyone know what the Glissading conditions are on Mount Saint Helens? Is there still some to be had from the summit?
  2. MSH Glissading conditions?

    *chuckle* y'all dont fall over yourselves to answer, ya hear? There is a little over 1000' glissading (elevation loss) to be had, straight from the summit. Not much to speak of anywhere else. I recall last year around this time we could drop all the way from the summit to treeline.
  3. Thanks! heading up this weekend. We usually start early, like 5 AM-ish. I always bring my snowshoes and need them like never. Maybe I'll ditch them this time.
  4. Any recent experiences on Mt St Helens wormflows? Did you need snowshoes?
  5. Tent for Adams in July/Aug?

    You can get away with the 3 season tent. I've climbed it twice with my Black Diamond Betamid on the Lunch Counter. Worked well - first time had high winds, thought it was going to launch, but it held OK.
  6. Optimal height for stepups?

    Hi guys - I've just started doing the Peakbagger programming from Mountain Athlete. There are thousands of stepups that you do in this schedule. I've never really done step ups seriously before ('cuz squats are alpha, so I thought). What is the optimal height for doing step ups? I read 90 degrees hip angle, but when I do them, I do them with an 18" step bench and I'm pretty sure I'm over 90 degrees - I'm a short guy! Am I setting up myself for a lifetime handicapped parking pass by going greater than 90? Thanks!
  7. Optimal height for stepups?

    Yeah, if only I could! I don't think I could manage more than once a week. Have to juggle kids and career like all the other sheep. 10 years ago I once had a brief stint where I was unemployed and I was able to get out several times a week, and gas was cheap back then. What an awesome time that was! Anyways, this program looks promising - here is a sample (Day 11) 1) 600x step ups @ 25#, Moderate Pace 2) Run 1.5 miles, Threshold Pace 3) 600x step ups @ 25#, Moderate Pace 4) Run 1.5 miles, Threshold Pace 5) 200x step ups @ 25#, Moderate Pace 6) Run 1.0 miles, Threshold Pace
  8. Looks like the weather folks are predicting 40% chance of showers at Mount St Helens area on Saturday ( Mount St Helens 7 Day Weather Forecasts ) Would you still go for a summit attempt on Wormflows? Not sure what to expect above alpine...
  9. Crap, now it's 80%! Guess we're gonna bail.
  10. Equipment for MSH in one week?

    Bumped up a couple weeks ago. I brought trekking poles with snow baskets, snowshoes, ice axes, crampons, gaiters. We started early, like 3 AM, so surface was still hard. On the way up we were able to boot it to about 6500' - 7000' using just boots and poles. At that point we switched to crampons. From the summit down to about 7500', we used crampons and poles. By the time we hit 7500' the snow was just right and we took off the crampons and used ice axe for the glissade down. On the way back after all the glissade fun, we were sinking 3 to 5 inches in soft snow. Probably could have used snowshoes but didn't miss them.
  11. Was it snowing? I think the forecast called for snow that day...I think rain would be even worse!
  12. Hrmm, I see snow levels are above 8000'. Could be crappy if we get caught up there in the rain with all the current snow..
  13. Your photos rock! May I ask what sensor size/lenses you used?
  14. mt adams accident

    I wonder what route?
  15. I finished my 2 year contract with T Mobile and looking for another carrier. T-Mobile is non-existent on Mount Hood and forget about Adams but it was really good in the Gorge though. Any recommendations on cell service for Hood/Adams/St Helens? Thanks!
  16. Best Cell Carrier for OR and WA Cascades?

    Thanks, Yeah, I did search, but only in the Gear Critic, SW and Oregon cascades boards. They seemed to indicate that AT&T was the better, i.e., the "5 climbers lost on hood" thread..if only I had the cash to get both verizon and at&t/cingular and test them. Now that would be a cool gear test!
  17. Kids Ski Pulk (Sled)

    Came across this thread while bored at work... The Chariot ski is expensive for the amount of use it would get from us. I have not seen one close up, but (since you own one) does it look like it would be "doable" to DIY mod a Chariot into a sled?
  18. Gas prices possibly heading soon to $6-$7 a gallon

    Geez - high gas prices has already modulated our lifestyle somewhat. We don't range as far as often as we used to. I don't head out to the Gorge for my training hikes as often as I used to (used to go twice a week). I think of everything now as "How much will it cost me to go on this hike?". From my house in Vancouver to Angel's Rest trailhead, it is about 60 miles round trip. In terms of gas, it is about 2 gallons in my Honda, which is about 8 bucks. In our Jeep brick, it is about 3.75 gallons, which is about 15 dollars for the outing. Thats just to Angel's Rest, which is a better than nothing hike. If we want something that is alot more fun, like Mount Defiance, then that would cost about 14.67 in the Honda and 27.50 in the Jeep. I guess its not that bad, but if you hit it weekly like I used to, a Nordictrack x10 starts looking mighty attractive...
  19. public staircase?

    Well, I just checked out McKenzie Field - that place is locked up REAL tight, barbed wire and everything! There's also a sign that specifically says "No Backpacks" amongst other things, like large purses, etc. Oh well...it looked very promising...
  20. public staircase?

    Yes, that is indeed Columbia River HS. The stadium is "Chieftain Stadium". I'll have to check that one out too. It is closer to me than USBancorp and Mt Tabor :-)
  21. public staircase?

    Thanks for the beta on the high school stadiums. Have you looked at the McKenzie Field stadium? Off of NE 138th? I wonder if this is locked up tight too...
  22. Stair training in PDX

    I'm looking for a good set of publically accessible stairs to train on in PDX. At least 200-400 steps. Are there any such out here? Comparable to the "Death Steps" in Seattle? Is this even the right group to ask this question?
  23. Stair training in PDX

    Thanks guys! Totally appreciate it. Looks like the Mount Tabor steps are what I'm looking for. USBancorp sounds good, but, will security snarf me up? I guess I'll check it out. I used to do the Lloyd Center Tower when I worked there, it was awesome. I'd rather be hoofin it up Ruckle Creek or even Angel's Rest but, the cost of gas ain't so hot nowadays. P.S., I found a useful little book - The Little Red Book of Stairs "Portland's ultimate guide to more than 150 curious and colorful outdoor stairways". Multocolib.org has bunch!
  24. Real time GPS tracker?

    Is there a gps tracking unit that has been tested on Mount Hood? I was considering the S-911 , but it uses GPRS - I have a T-Mobile Razr w/ quad band gprs and it sucks the Big Beaulah on Mount Hood - at least voice is not so good. I think I sent a text msg once and it went though, while voice did not! Basically its for my wife's peace of mind, so she knows where I am when I'm out climbing. Thanks!
  25. Indoor cardio workout ideas

    Bike stands are great for indoor workouts, but are pretty noisy and the neighbors may complain if you live in an apartment. To keep from getting too bored turn on some funny 30 minute tv show (like South Park) and do intervals to the commercials. I've heard good things about jump rope - I'd do it but I'm so durn uncoordinated I too would recommend a cycling trainer - fluid trainers tend to be quieter, but I have a Tacx Swing mag trainer , which can get quite noisy (sounds like a jet plane at higher tension levels). I bought it off of craigslist for like $75.00. This issue doesn't really matter anyways, since I train almost entirely below my anaerobic threshold during the winter and I keep it at an L1 or L2 tension. I use Cardio Coach audio workouts and I modify the intensity levels on my Spinervals videos to get me through the workout. These are really great workouts, esp. the Spinervals. Elliptical machines are great if you have the budget and the room. The Alpine Ascents Cascades fitness program particularly recommends these. Just my .02, whatever that is worth. Not that I'm in awesome shape or anything...
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