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  1. That is the funniest TR I have ever seen, and sums up a lot of China perfectly, well done!
  2. climbing rime safer

    Hey Ian, I don't have a lot of experience with rime, but I have climbed on it when it would support body weight, like stemming between feathers, and obviously this is the most positive. Most of the time it won't support shit. The best method I have found in this case is to punch through the outer layer into the sugar under the rime, push my tools in horizontally grabbing the tool by the head, and rotate the shaft downward using my wrist. Then it is a manteling motion to make vertical gain. This obviously becomes difficult when steeper then 80 degrees, and can be off balance, so serious trenching may be required. For gear, not much works more than psychologically, but you can chop threads, scratch down to the rock if the rime isn't thick, or use screws in the few spots this may form. Creativity, and hard thickheaded work seem to be your best friend on this kind of climbing. These same techniques also work for flutings. Good luck with round 2 on your climb!
  3. [TR] Into the Mountains

    Nice TR! You are a good writer, all of the trip reports you do are very intriguing. Keep up the good work out there adventuring!
  4. Seoul???

    Hey, Its been a while good to see you traveling! There is a free public climbing wall on the river in downtown seoul, with easy access via one of the city rail lines. It has been a while since I was there, so can't comment on its exact location, but it was good for a outdoor climbing wall. I know you probably don't have time, but a hour or two from the city is a lot of really good limestone in and around Wan Ju Some of the cleanest granite I have ever climbed on is in Sorak San national park, with a few hour approaches through monestaries in the mountains up to the 3-5 pitch white granite spires...mythical. Hope this helps, have a great trip!
  5. Salmon River crags near Riggins

    There is granite in that area, but you will be taking out near the town of Riggins, and the real quality climbing there is limestone...It is excellent. The granite in that area is grainy/oatmeally as shit...IMHO...I lived there for the last 4 years and climbed a lot of the granite from Boise all the way up the crest to north of Mccall and Riggins. The Granite on the river is also pretty chossy, and wasn't even worth the climbing shoes I brought for bouldering. Obviously everyone has they're own opinion, many people rave about the "Secret" needles area, but I thought that place was sucky...probably a reason it is "secret". You could also go a bit early and hit the Sawtooths on the way to do the car shuttle. Have a great trip that river is amazing.
  6. Sweet looking route Wayne, way to keep after it year after year! Sticky, cool looking ice to boot. Cheers
  7. Trip: Baron Spire - North Buttress/North Ridge (The Destroying Angel) Date: 9/10/2009 Trip Report: Layton, Brit and I went into Baron Spire for the North Buttress to North Ridge. Billed as "comparable to the becky-chouinard in length and setting but substancially harder." You go find out, but be sure to wear your visors and super fancy wrist bands if you are gonna pull this one off. Layton, Brit and I aren't cool enough to own such items, and I hope to god we never are! Also be weary if you see Brit around, cause she is the cuttroat slayer....the most essential component of the trip, besides our visors which as I have already said...we aren't cool enough to own. Gear Notes: doubles 00 tcu-#3, 1 #4, 2 #5, 1 #6 Approach Notes: Baron Lakes, head through the v-notch on the ridge to drop into the cirque at the base of the north face
  8. Fifty (or more) Favorite Climbs in the PNW

    The North Face of Mt. Cramer was one of the most memorable climbs I have done in the PNW. The quality, difficulty, and adventure where very high. http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/828111/TR_Sawtooths_Mt_Cramer_North_F#Post828111
  9. [TR] Monument - Abraxas 10/24/2009

    Nice work. I used to work with a guy at Entreprise who got the FFA of this route. He said the first few pitches were scary as all hell, but the upper pitches were all worth it. Most people rap into the hand crack and send from there... good on ya for the adventure, smith is full of them.
  10. Hell yeah, that is sweet set of ticks in a short amount of time.
  11. My Book is FINALLY Published, Yay!

    I had the opportunity to look this book over recently, and it is a pretty amazing piece of work. It is very useful for rehabing injuries, or strenthening specific muscles for climbing, along with useful tricks of the trade. One thing you should add in the next edition Layton, is the management of the "Bivy Kit", and keeping sleeping pills seperated from pain killers....LOL
  12. WOW! Amazing photos and climb, thanks for the stoke. That looks like one hellova a fun day. Amazing looking setting there too with the broken up glaciers and such. How long are you there for? Cheers
  13. Bad ass photos and video Ian!!! Nice work epicing with the family, good to see things haven't changed in the last few years
  14. That sounds like a blast! Stout to solo that much ground in a day. I got lost in the Tokatie drainage area a few years trying to descend that way, and found the same thing you did. I ended up bivying in the snow creek drainage when i finally made it through those damn house sized boulders. Keep tearing it up!
  15. There is a good topo at the Elephants Perch in ketchum, and they are very helpful to talk with. There is a good two bolt anchor at the top of the 2nd pitch(crux), which is useful since the stance is kinda shitty, and the rock is a little questionable at the top there. All the rest of the belay stances have good cracks in sound rock.
  16. [TR] Baron Spire - SE Face 9/6/2009

    Thanks a bunch for the TR and sweet pics, that route will definatly be on the list!
  17. Trip: Warbonnet - Southwest Rib Date: 9/7/2009 Trip Report: Another Great trip into the tooths. We went in Via Redfish, and made quick time getting back into Goat Creek Drainage, with light rain coming from the west. A spectacular night of camping at the feather lakes led to a leisurely sleep and a 7:00 coffee wake up. Finding the base of the route is rather tricky, but basically you traverse the lowest point facing goat creek drainage and start on this rib. The route is adventurous to be sure. The rock and gear is fairly solid, but many of the pitches are quite awkard and require serious route finding with a few blind committing traverses into the unknown. That being said if you are hiking all the way back in there this is an option to extend the regular route by about 1000 feet of climbing. Pitch 5 is a 200 foot 5.8 squeeze chimney, so pack accordingly. Gear Notes: Gear to #4, nuts not very useful, fishing pole Approach Notes: Redfish-Alpine lake-3rd swithcback to baron lakes-sidehill west to col-up to next col- into goat creek drainage
  18. Slesse pocket glacier conditions

    Almost completely gone as of a few days ago. Slesse creek road gated, crossover descent route finding sucks balls, but sure is scenic.
  19. Idaho Partners

    Hey Everyone, i am looking for partners in or around Mccall, Idaho. I will be here for the next 4 months, have rope, rack and lead 5.10 sport and trad. There are bountiful projects here in the alpine, or lots of sport climbing....whatever is clever, just want to climb!
  20. Mt. Redoubt Erupts

    That was us picked up by TAT in the tordrillo's....pretty intense, and props to paul for making the pick up. The ash up there is a nightmare, but the skiing and climbing is world class
  21. Rainier in 1 day

    We did the Emmons in spring, 2003 in a day. It was our first time on rainier. We left at 11:00p.m., got lost for an hour or so. Brewed up at Sherman as the sun rose....Amazing...and then continued up to the summit. We were back at sherman by about 1 p.m., and then back at the base by about 4-5p.m. Tried Gib. Ledges in jan/feb 2004 in a day..made it to 12,500 when storm came in. Descended ingrahm headwall in whiteout...interesting...lots of postholing. Rainier is very easily doable in a day with proper fitness, not minding suffering, brewing up occasionally/carrying lots of water, and going light. We were new to the whole mountaineering thing, and didn't fully know how to really cut weight. Doing rainier in a day is fine if you don't mind walking for 12 hours. That said, partying at camp Muir on 2 day ascents is some of the best camping ever. International feel close to home.
  22. You funny fuckers, nice line...did you just aim for the biggest roof crack on the wall, and try to make it go.... Balls
  23. Trip: Sawtooths - Mt. Cramer-North Face- 5.11a C2- Date: 8/13/2008 Trip Report: My friend Jimmy Watts and I sent this line. I have been eyeing it for a year now, and when I met Jimmy in the Bugaboo's this spring, I knew that the partner had finally arrived for this endeavor. Jimmy is from Boise, and I usually am around Idaho in the summers looking at timber, so plans were hatched. I knew the line was steep, and I knew the rock should be solid, but when we got to the face the roofs, and dihedrals were so big, I have to admit we were a little apprehensive. The line takes the obvious massive dihedral system for 3 long pitchs, and then works right through a roof out onto the face into another beautiful diheadral. From here blast straight up to the top. Pitch 1- 5.10 C1 65 meters Pitch 2- 5.10 C2- 59 meters Pitch 3- 5.10 C2- 30 meters pitch 4- 5.9 65 meters pitch 5- 5.11a 58 meters pitch 6- 5.7 ( a few moves) 55 meters We don't know if this has been done before, all my research and talking with locals has turned up nothing. This route is sustained at the grades, the rock is immaculate, and is a real canidate for being freed ( we aided about 25 feet of the 1,000 ft.). I couldn't have asked for a more headstrong, solid partner. A very memorable day in the hillz! Gear Notes: Doubles, with one #4 and #5 camelot....rp's very useful on crux free pitch Approach Notes: Take the boat across redfishake, and hike about 6-8 miles to cramer lake.