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  1. Ptarmigan Traverse skiable yet?

    Snow line was about 4500-5500 depending on aspect, terrain feature, winter avi accumulation, etc. last weekend (June 28-29) on the Forbidden tour (Boston Basin, Moraine Lake, Eldorado approach, etc). How are you planning on getting out? Isn't the Suiattle River road blocked 20+ miles from the Downey Creek exit?
  2. for rumr

    Great collection of photos! Thanks for the link.
  3. Lake Byrne to Red Pass Info Request

    There is a route description in Routes and Rocks, if you can find a copy if it. We hiked the first half of this a few summers ago but were scared away from finishing the second half by a large electrical storm. We made it to the basin just north of Black. The north east side of Black has some reminent ice (at least it did a few summers ago) that you would probably want crampons for. It might be possible to avoid but crossing over looks to be the easiest way. You can do a nice two day loop in along Lost Creek Ridge and out the Sauk River. If you want more info I can check Routes and Rocks and let you know.
  4. cloud level weather forecasts

    The MM5 run at UW has some web accessible cloud fields available: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/ These are forecasts. MM5-GFS is usually the best, 12 km. Use at your own risk as they are often inaccurate, especially at this level of detail.
  5. the best digital camera for the mountains

    I think Glazers (big professional camera store in Seattle) also has pelican and otter cases. Might want to call first though before treking down. http://www.glazerscamera.com/
  6. New Volkl Mountain AT skis

    I almost asked for his manager, but was already sick of the whole thing after going through it with two stores that I said screw it. The election was pissing me off and I feared I might take it out on some helpless Gart Sports sales clerk. I plan on calling again.
  7. New Volkl Mountain AT skis

    I got the same story as drC. "Nope, we don't have those" I called both the Auburn store and Spokane store, same deal. I asked the guy to look up the SKU and he basically said he didn't want to, he didn't know how and he'd need to ask his manager, ect.. Anyway, if you have the SKU, it'd be much appreciated.
  8. Ullr is cheating us!

    We drove around in our SUVs by ourselves too much. This contributed to global warming; global warming gave our foe el nino a kick; el nino in turn got amped and is sending all our storms down to California.
  9. Rainier Avalanche

    I wanted to avoid speculation and only say what I knew to be true, but since you asked: that's the way it seems from my office in Seattle. I was surprised to hear someone died in an avalanche yesterday because there didn't seem to be enough snow. A collapsing snow bridge is more likely. I wouldn't rule it out an avalanche completely - if I've learned one thing about the Cascades and Rainier it is that they are unpredictable. Enough of the wind loading we saw on a big enough slope could potentially bury someone, but it doesn't seem likely.
  10. Rainier Avalanche

    Telemetry shows some snow Thursday-Friday, then a few inches Saturday night (4"). We skied up to Muir yesterday and there wasn't a lot of new snow at all, a few inches. The mountain was sunny above about 9K yesterday with very light winds at Muir. The upper mountain had some new snow, hard to tell how much; climbing conditions looked good. Below the Muir snowfield we were consistently fracturing 5-6" deep wind packed slabs with ski cuts, but these were very isolated and of little concern. My condolences to the friends and family.
  11. Why does the mt baker web site suck so badly?

    you mean this one? http://www.mtbaker.us/ I think it looks pretty nice. I'm not gung ho about the drop down menus, but all the important info is only a click or two from the main page. Granted I haven't actually used it to find anything I needed, but first impressions are good. What do you think sucks about it? Added: ah, now I see.. many of the links in the navigation bar don't work
  12. Here you go slothrop You don't have OpenOffice either? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Coming from PDX a night rest at Seattle feels always good. Next morning drove to Rainy Pass on N. Cascades Hwy. Started hiking on PCT and it just got better as we went up to Cutthroat Pass with all the larches and great weather. PCT switched back down to Granite Pass with great views of our goals Tower mtn and Golden Horn. I guess too much stopping and admiring the views took us a long time to get to Snowy lakes at the base of Tower. As the sun was setting scouted out a bit the talus and scree ahead. After a chilly night with a bright moon got up and headed for the SW ridge first over heather then talus. Kept going up on the ridge staying high, where the rock was more solid. Once high up we could see three broad gullies, the farthest south was our route SW gully upper W ridge. To get to it had to side hill high the other gullies which are filled with ball bearings waiting to send you down. Once in the gully the rock got 4th class but clean and fun to climb, some more fun scrambling we got to the 60 feet high nice slab next to a wide crack rated 5.6. The climbing was fun and I was glad to have carried my rock shoes. There is a nice handhold in the block which is described as the awkward move in Beckey’s CAG, so not bad. Shortly after that enjoyed the summit just to see we were the first ones here so far this year. Unfortunately one of us could not go up the pitch with stiff boots. So as we came down, a brilliant idea how about doing the West gully, cannot give up so easily. So entered the first gully marked with a pillar and a rock sitting on top of it, filled with lots of loose stuff up to the notch. From there the route is straight up to the headwall marked by a white V, which can be seen from way below. There turn right over ledges and back left to the NW ridge, huge exposure there ok back on the black blocky rock and after few moves came up right underneath the huge summit cairn. Sun was setting so quick pics and down the same way arrived at camp at dark but satisfied, everybody made it! Next morning off to Golden Horn, stayed in the trees until the ridge crest to avoid the scree, then skirted bunch of gullies until we got to the west side of the summit pinnacle. There took the left gully once again filled with loose stuff once over and up the summit block is solid. Couple hard 4th class moves, a rope is good to have here, brought us to the top. Still long ways back to home, quickly surfed the scree down to Snowy lakes, packed up hiked out the 10 miles and drove back home to PDX after midnight, a looong day but worth it.
  13. FOUND: Wedding ring, Mowich Lake TH

    My girlfriend found what appears to be a wedding ring at the Mowich Lake trailhead Labor Day weekend. A brain malfunction meant I didn't think to post it here until now. If it's yours, send me a pm or e-mail ski_photomatt at yahoo com
  14. South Cascade Glacier - Gone in a century?

    What j_b said. It's also worth pointing out that the MSU satellites don't measure the surface temperature, they indirectly measure the temperature in the low-mid troposphere (and even this is somewhat dubious, as it is masked by the upper atmosphere). Comparing it to the surface temperature record is like comparing apples to oranges. The surface temperature record isn't just land based measurements either, ship and ocean buoy data is also used. This is the reference: Fu, Q., C.M. Johanson, S.G. Warren, and D.J. Seidel, 2004: Contribution of stratospheric cooling to satellite-inferred tropospheric temperature trends. Nature, 429, 55-58.
  15. South Cascade Glacier - Gone in a century?

    Bushwacker - please think a bit before posting. Go read some of the linked references on what "proof" is currently available concerning the connection between humans and climate change. I can sum up the several flaws in your argument quite simply. 1. Science, and all human knowledge for that matter, is cumulative. Modern climate science stands on the shoulders of all the work done previously - the mathematics developed progressively since the dawn of time, the physics developed over the last 300 years, the technology needed to power a modern computer. The equations governing fluid motion were written down in the 1800's. You get the point. Climate science does not exist in a vacuum. 2. There are climate records extending back many thousands of years (110,000 years or more). Aside - JayB, it's more convoluted than measuring the thickness of each layer in the ice core. The concentration of O18 is measured, then this is correlated to temperature, see this: info on GISP2 ice core 3. This is all somewhat irrelevant anyway. If one can understand how the climate system works, then build a model or otherwise translate this understanding into something that can be used to predict the future, then it doesn't matter how long that takes, whether it be 40 seconds or 40 years or 40 centuries. If you understand the system, then you can understand how it will react to a forcing. This is the problem though, as JayB rightly pointed out. We don't completely understand the climate system. Understanding what CO2 does is easy - this problem was solved 40 years ago - but understanding how that feedbacks on Earth is very hard. Given a concentration of CO2, no one can answer how much warming will occur. A range of answers is more appropriate. Couple this with the value question we as a society must answer: How much warming is OK? How much is too much? This is where it gets sticky. If society could answer that question - a big if - scientists still couldn't tell them what CO2 concentration to shoot for. They could give a lower and upper bound, but uncertain answers like this don't fly so well in DC. The great tragedy of all this is that this uncertainty - about how much warming will occur, not about whether it will, or what the cause is - gets taken and spun around and fed to the American public as a bunch of scientists bickering among themselves. In the end the real message gets lost.
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