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  1. -Omega Ice Axe 60cm $30

    -Black Diamond X15 Ice Tool 45cm $50

    -Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampons $50 - used with Koflach's and La Sportiva Makalu's


    -(7) Rock Pro Micro Stoppers - $30 for the set


    Rock Pro has never been used. Other items used and in good condition - nothing bent/rusted


    Pics in the mtnear gallery. PM with interest or questions. Not super interested in bartering, it's either a deal or it's not. For logistics I live & work in Issaquah, WA...

    thx for looking


  2. This was a sad event. I have a few details and will share the following as the news was not entirely correct.


    Two skiers skied off the back side of high campbell leaving the Crystal boundary and entering Mt Rainier Natl Park into an area known as Park Place that skis down to hwy 410. This is out of Crystal's boundary and into an uncontrolled area. Crystal has an open boundary into MNRP and surrounding forest lands with the exception of the Kempers area. Kempers is a permanently closed area at all times and marked with numerous signs and a double-ropeline.


    These two skiers were NOT in the Kempers area as has been reported. Both wore transceivers.


    Crystal strongly recommends BC gear for any backcountry travel at Crystal including the North and South BC where the patrol does perform avy control. Always travel smart and safely in the BC.

  3. Maybe "Goo Gone" - awesome product, found at any safeway or drug store. Smells better than alcohol or gas. Citrus based solvent addresses any "sticky" issue you might encounter. shocked.gif


    Also works well for cleaning and de-gumming ski/board bases prior to self-tuning and waxing. thumbs_up.gif

  4. I had surgery for torn posterior miniscus in late April. I'm still recovering/rehabing. Surgery was screw down the flap, not snip-snip removal like other miniscus repairs. (removal would have removed too much in my case)


    I was in extreme pain for 3 days and didn't walk until the 4th (one crutch by the 5th, no crutch by the 6th day). I was in a foam walking brace for 6 weeks - too keep from twisting. Doctor says he will cut me loose completely end of July... meaning total time from surgery day back to climbing is 3 months.


    I'm 7 weeks out now and I can stationary and road bike, I can walk and do honey-do chores and crap around the house. Can't jump or run but I did build new back stairs and completed a 4-mile round trip hike (with toddler in Kelty pack) Memorial weekend.


    So yeah you will spend some time out of the saddle and yeah it sucks considering the great weather we've had the past few weeks... but be patient and don't rush it.

  5. It appears that the Fee Demo for BLM and Forest Service land will expire in October 2004.

    If this is true, it will be interesting to see just how much enforcement there is of, say, the Forest Pass at trailheads. I would expect fairly widespread noncompliance long before the actual expiration.


    I NONCOMPLY every trip I take!!! grin.gif

  6. My letter to larry donavan at USFS... and his response. I'll save my opinion.



    Lots of information and misinformation being spread among the climbing and backcountry community about the closure of Alpental parking lot and access to Source Lake / Snow Lake for winter recreational users. Whatever the truth is, it seems that decisions have been made in a vaccuum without any public forum or hearing. What is the USFS statement on this issue? What

    are the proposed solutions and compromises offered by USFS and/or the Alpental ski area? Has a web site or other forum been dedicated to FAQ's regarding this issue? Will rumored enforcement begin before information is disseminated? Who will be enforcing the rules and what are the consequences?


    The community needs answers, please advise.




    below you will find an explanation as what will be happening at Alpental and why. This is a ski area closure that we are approving and as such the ski area will be enforcing it.


    Alpental has a return trail at the upper end of the Alpental Parking lots that is used by Alpental skiers that they use to return to the base area.

    Over the past few years, more and more people (snowshoers, cross-country skiers and back-country skiers have been using the return trail at the

    upper end of the Alpental Parking lots as a means of access to a variety of areas outside the permit boundary. With the increased use by snowshoers,

    cross-country skiers and backcountry skiers, a safety concern has developed as the people accessing the backcountry from the parking lot encounter alpine skiers returning to the base area.


    As result of the near misses, the ski area, through their Rules of Use in their annual operating plan, will be closing the trail to up hill traffic (i.e. snowshoers, cross-country skiers and back-country skiers).


    This closure will not affect the parking on National Forest land at Alpental or access to National Forest land. People will be able to access areas they have traditionally used, but they will not be able to use the

    routes that they have in the past.

    Larry Donovan

    Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

    21905 64th Ave W

    Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

    (425) 744-3403

    E-Mail ldonovan@fs.fed.us


  7. Own a Yakima ski rack... Powderhound 6. Purchased late 2000. Put it on for a trip last week... had some trouble with it as the clasping mechanism (specifically the red piece that encases the locks) had cracked on one of the units. Turns out it was beginning to crack on the other unit as well. thumbs_down.gif


    Fairly pissed, madgo_ron.gif I called up Yakima warranty... not expecting much. (I never registered the product, and long since discarded the receipt.) The rep took my information, informed me that no replacement parts existed for this model, but that she was sending me out a new one from stock immediately. Supposedely there was a "defective" batch produced in the past. (Personally I think it's poor design rolleyes.gif - but whatever, I'm getting replaced free of charge.) rockband.gif


    I was impressed. They stood by their products, no questions asked. No hassle, no receipt. thumbs_up.gif

  8. Anything goes, first come-first serve. cool.gif


    But also consider this... if you have to worry about poaching a line... you may be skiing in the wrong place. Get away from the parade routes and find something more remote. wazzup.gif

  9. read the article as well today.... found the following excerpt interesting... perhaps Guenther was in way over his head. Lil' bros do that from time to time. A tragedy nonetheless.


    Late that morning, sensing he wasn't alone, Reinhold turned to find Guenther following him up the face. Guenther knew Reinhold would make the summit in the clear weather and grew frustrated that he wouldn't share the summit with his older brother, according to a climber who was with Guenther when he set out after his brother.

  10. Two I have to share


    January 1, 2000. Blackcomb. First person into Spanky's Ladder (behind 6 Patrollers) - 10" new. 6 patrollers all in a line, looking at me as I enter through the gate. I look at them with disappointement-as I figured they would hold me up or poach first lines. Then, almost surreal, the first patrol says to me in a cool Australian accent - "Hey brah - it's all you!"


    Alta Feb 1998. Storm brought 3 feet of new. I had to take gaping breaths between unweighted turns to keep from choking. cool.gif

  11. Map, compass, knowledge, and good sense are far superior to a GPS. A partner with a good memory or one that knows the area can also be helpful.


    I have both the Vista and a Suunto altimeter watch. The former seldom makes it into may pack for trips but the latter always comes with me (with my map and compass.) For example-I'd take the GPS on a volcano but not into anything off Cascade River Road.


    The GPS mapping function (topo detail) is basically worthless when you're in the mountains, but it can be a very valuable tool for route marking/way finding if you get stuck in poor weather or darkness.


    I find the altimeter watch to be a far more accurate reading of altitude. (The watch reads barometric pressure while the GPS unit bases altitude from sattelite triangulation - this can produce errors in the backcountry.)


    If choosing between one or the other pick up the altimeter watch and make some wands.



  12. Crystal sucks. Low return on investment. Is it $60 a ticket yet? Management aspires to be Vail. Poor parking system. Lift ops are a--holes. Minimal good terrain... what is good is only accessible about a third of the year. Make your day worthwhile by earning your turns somewhere else - or get up a little earlier and head to a real destination ski resort (Whistler.)