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  1. I am the one who thermofit your boots. It was the first one I had ever done. I have only worked there now for about three weeks. I had watched several done before and thought I had it down, but I was wrong. I apologize sincerely for my mistake. I was only trying to do my job, but I overstepped my bounds with what I knew. The employees at Backpackers Supply are very knowledgable and extremely helpful. That is why I have been shopping there for over ten years (even before they were located on S. Tacoma Way). It is a great store and that is why I applied and now work there. I am sorry I made this mistake and made Backpackers Supply look bad. I just wasn't fully knowledgable with the process of thermofitting boots. Again, my apologies to Shaun.

  2. Climb: Mt. Sefrit-Attempt-Northeast Face


    Date of Climb: 10/29/2005


    Trip Report:

    Wanted to get a mountain in before the snows came, but they've already come. Followed one of the routes in the Beckey guide. Dropped down the creekbed fromthe Hannegan Trail, crossed Ruth Creek and began ascending a boulder field on the lower flanks of Sefrit. Aimed for the steep walled gully. The gully was easy, but sometimes we had to climb up next to the creek and a few times waterfalls had to be negotiated (which meant getting wet). We arrived at the class 4 chimney/gully. Seemed harder than class 4. Wore crampons to climb it. It was wet, muddy and awkward. continued ascending easy slopes. By now we were in about a foot or more of snow. It was snowing pretty hard on and off. Made it to the mini glacier just below the summit ridge. By now it was 3pm and we knew we still had a fair bit of ridge climbing to do. We turned around. We didn't descend the gully becouse we only had a 30m rope. We descended snow covered rock slabs, and steep forested hillsides. We were forced to do a few rappels as well. We then proceeded to down climb/rappel by hanging on to slide alder. It was muddy, brushy and wet. Crossed Ruth Ck. in the dark. Back in B'ham by 9.

  3. Climb: Wonderland Trail-One Push


    Date of Climb: 9/9/2005


    Trip Report:

    Myself, Masternate32 and two other friends hiked the Wonderland Trail on Sept. 7-8. We started at 4am from Sunrise on Wednesday and hiked counterclockwise. We carried only day packs. We took minimal breaks and one nap break. We made it to Longmire around 2:30am and "slept" 3 hours (which sucked, it was so cold). We marched forward. Our goal was 40 hours, but we slowed down a lot near Indian Bar. We picked up again afterward. We made it back to Sunrise a little after midnight. Time: 44:24. Fucking hard. I'll never do it again. I wanted a mental and physical challenge and to see if I could do it, which I did. I don't want to eat a GU or anything in bar form for a while. We engorged ourselves at the nearest Sheri's (Biscuits and gravy, 3 pancakes, and a skillet of eggs, meat and other goodness), the waitress was so impressed with our gluttony that we received free cinamon rolls. Now I'm going to go lay down for 2 days.


    Gear Notes:

    Not much


    Approach Notes:

    All bridges in

  4. Climb: Liberty Bell Group-Easy Routes


    Date of Climb: 9/1/2005


    Trip Report:

    Masternate32 and I went to WA Pass for 2 days. The weather forecast for the west side looked a bit unpredictable (though it turned out nice). I hadn't climbed in a while so I was in sore need of doing some climbing and lots of it. So we headed for where the weather was good. Nice weather (though damn cold in the shade). Climbed Liberty Bell, Concord and N. Early Winters on Wed. Thrusday left the parking lot at 10 (yeah we slept in). Climbed Lexington and to finish off the day soloed the S. Arete of S. Early Winters Spire. We started late in the day both days, but we moved pretty quick and were back at the car in he early evening. We met two dudes at the WA Pass overlook who gave us beers, whoever that was if you post on here, thanks a lot, that was fucking awesome. Overall good times. I cant wait to get on some more mountains before the snows come here in Fall


    Gear Notes:

    Rock gear, rock shoes


    Approach Notes:

    Those gulleys to access Liberty Bell/Concord and Lexington are so chossy it blows my mind, I ascended/descended too many trundle gullys for my liking, oh well.

  5. Climb: MixUp Peak -East Ridge (Attempt)


    Date of Climb: 8/4/2005


    Trip Report:

    Again, no partner. Got up early. Set the alarm for 4:30am, but that never happened. I woke at 6 instead. HIked up the Cascade Pass trail in 1 hour 15 min, but wiht a delay when bambi wouldn't move off the trail. Hiked up mixup arm onto the Cache Glacier, whichi is showing a bit of glacial ice in places. Got up to Gunsight Notch to discover a gigantic fucking moat. I suppose I could of rappelled into it off of a bollard or something, but I'm lazy. So I just hiked back to the car. A good five hours in the mountains. Lots of helo traffic over the pass going to the Shady fire

  6. Climb: Black Peak-South Ridge


    Date of Climb: 8/3/2005


    Trip Report:

    Sunday saw the collapse of my Pickets climbing plans. So, being with only 2 days (instead of 4) days off, I had to make do. Due to lack of partners (i.e. none) my choices were limited, so I opted for Black Peak, which had been on my list for a while. The trip itself was cake. There's a bloody trail to the base of the "climb". I did it in 7.5 hours round trip (car-car). The mountain is a choss pile. The last 50 feet or so was good. Amazing views however. The views really were worth the effort. Overall a good day out in the mountains. As I descened Hwy 20 towards Diablo lake on the return drive I saw a ton of smoke. After I crossed the Diablo Bridge paralleling Gorge Lake this huge fucking helicopter skyrockets upwards in rock throwing distance from the road, wiht a bucket attatched. Then I round a corner and theres like 20 cars along the road with rangers and fire crews. Apparently there's a fire there. Then as I enter Marblemount I see a dual prop plane circling low overhead. Then parachuters start bailing out of the things. Tons of action in the foothills of "The American Alps" (or so the sign says in Marblemount)


    Gear Notes:

    Helmet (for gods sake that rock is loose)


    Approach Notes:


  7. Boston Basin route is not an official trail, it is just really heavily used, so they will not do any trail work there because its not a actual trail. it is in the wilderness, but that doesn't really matter, most of the trails in the park are in wilderness and they do trail work on them, but just the "official" trails

  8. Yeah, 2007 at the earliest. I personally don't like the idea. I don't know about the rest of you, but I generally don't plan ahead usually. More spur of the moment trips dependent on weather. I like the current system, though in some situations the reservations might be nice.

  9. Climb: S. Early Winters Spire-Southwest Buttress


    Date of Climb: 7/20/2005


    Trip Report:

    I have climbed S. Early Winters many times before, but never up this route. I really enjoyed it. The 5.8 crack was a bit awkward, but sweet. There were some runout easy slabby pitches that made me sweat a bit. Overall an excellent climb on good rock. It was a great day out. Saw some paragliders up there which was rad.

  10. Climb: Eldorado-East Ridge


    Date of Climb: 7/18/2005


    Trip Report:

    Climbed Eldorado in a day via the East Ridge. 9.5 hours round trip. The approach was steep, but not as bad as I had originally thought. We didn't rope up until the flat part of the Eldorado Glacier. There were only a few crevasses showing and the glacier travel was cake. The summit arete was everything I had hoped for. The views were amazing and that walk on the summit ridge will surely be remembered. I would not want to do this climb as an overnight, it would be a real bitch to have to haul overnight shit up that trail, but w/ day packs it was fine.


    Approach Notes:

    Steep, but not bad

  11. Climbed Prusik on Friday-Saturday (I think, or sometime that week anyway). Brought bivy gear all the way to the base of the w. ridge. Climbed the ridge, was my 2nd time, and it was more fun this time (first time I did it I had a sprained ankle). Saw a party doing the South Face. We didn't bring boots up, neither did the South Face team. Big mistake, crossiing that slope without an axe or boots sucks big time. We then went back down to snow lakes and camped, hiked out next morning. No snow until you get up to lake viviane, then plenty, but can be avoided gettting to the south face or west ridge, but definityly still plenty of snow on the back side of prusik. good times. I had never been to l'worth on a sunny wkend before, and it was ridiculous, too many tourons for my comfort.

  12. Climb: North Twin Sister-West Ridge


    Date of Climb: 5/26/2005


    Trip Report:

    Climbed the North Twin Sister on Thursday. Absolutely beatiful up there as always, I think this is like my 5th or so time summiting that one. No snow on the ridge except for the last few hundred feet near the summit, which was cake. Still plenty of snow on the north slope, but it was slushy, so we descended the w. ridge. Great climb. It was warm as hell up there too, probably between 50 and 60 on the summit.


    Gear Notes:


  13. Climb: Mt. Stuart-Attempt on Ice Cliff Glacier


    Date of Climb: 5/22/2005


    Trip Report:

    Hiked in on Saturday evening. Rained the entire time, got soaking wet. Bivied at 5,400 in the trees. Woke up at 4:30am to partially clear skies. Started up towards the ice cliff glacier. Started snowing. Couldn't see the upper part of the mountain. Up to our waist in places in fresh snow. There was maybe a foot of snow in places. All rock was plastered with snow, looked like winter up there. Got to base of Ice Cliff Glacier and turned around. Some a group of some dudes from Seattle up there who also turned around. Shitty.


    Approach Notes:

    Mostly snow free to the bivy sites, there are few patches here and there but easily bypassed.