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  1. Thanks to everyone for sharing their love and friendship of Ryan. This thread has meant a lot to his friends and family. I am also compiling photos for a slide show at the memorial so if you have others please send them to "jillita at gmail dot com". Jen has made a special request to those who can join us at Ryan's memorial: "Last night we talked about Ryan's service that will be held Sunday at 4pm in Volunteer Park amphitheater on Capital Hill. Rather than be gloomy and super sad - we sat around the table laughing about Ryan's funny quirks about showing up to formal events in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. So we decided - that's the required attire. Points go to those who have the most original t-shirt. Feel free to come in leprechaun attire too - Ryan would be so proud." So dig up your favorite t-shirt and bring your memories and smiles to share with all who love this guy and know how much he means to our wonderful friend, Jen. -Jill
  2. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH what news to wake up in the morning. At least my favorite dj John Richards was there to break the news so gently. KEXP is playing tributes all day. Many drinks to follow tonight. I knew when June died last spring he wouldn't be far behind. Hard life, hard man, true songs. He's the man. They don't make them like him anymore. Why the hell pieces of shit like Mick Jagger are still running around on this earth while the Man in Black who sang from the soul has gone to the Grand Ole Opry in the sky....I'll never understand. C'est la vie. We'll meet again. Don't know where, don't know when, some sunny day. Thanks for being there Johnny.
  3. Had a great weekend up in the sun. Took three easy dayz and camped at the spots below the Chimneys (had to suckle water out of a few remaining snow patches). You can follow cairns along the tallus field to some yellow spray painted arrows (albeit faint) marking the entrance gully to the Chimneys, then just scramble up where it's most well worn. Snow was great for cramponing in the a.m., but got a bit rotten in the afternoon sun. Upper Curtis and Hell's are pretty broken up with two crevasses that may be impassable in a few weeks. (Running leaps of faith may work.) Definately a fun route with lots of variety. Much more rewarding than the slog up the Sulphide. Oh yeah - no toolies needed.
  4. That's what I wuz thinking but wuz looking for additional input. I think we're going to check it out and bring our toolies (more official terminology) to play with so I'll letcha know how it goes.
  5. Yeah I'm sure it's always do-able. Just wondering if it's ice climby (that's my official terminology) up Hell's Highway.
  6. Has anyone done this route recently? What shape are the Upper Curtis and Hell's Highway in? Still pretty do-able or melted out? Was interested in going up there this weekend but have never done it so I'm not sure what to expect this time o' year. Thanks!
  7. My intention with this thread was not to discuss how to lose weight with the latest fad. If you want to flame the Jennifer Anniston Flat Ass Starvation diet then start another thread. The intention was about how diet (re: food type - not food volume/moderation) and blood type may or may not effect health issues (re: thyroid, migraines, high blood pressure, allergies, et. al.). Some of you made valid points about the difficulty in linking divergent blood types to ancestral eating patterns. Hmmmmm good point. BUT I think that many of you are like most practitioners of Western medicine in that they debunk alternative ways of thinking in favor of shoving the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry down our systems. Pharmaceutical researchers do their own type of bogus research on the human lab rats in America - that's anyone who's ever walked into a drug store pharmacy - and then shove our own money up our ass with the price of prescription medicine. If Western docs and the public would look more at the root of ailments rather than covering them up with an exponential number of drugs there would be a decrease in the American dependency on prescription meds. Oh but wait, the pharmaceutical and insurance companies might lose some money. Can't let that happen. I'm not saying we need to do away with Western medicine. Believe me I'll be in line for the cure for cancer. I'm not some hippy freak and am skeptical of a lot of foofoo natural medicine, but believe there should be an open mind for balance. In the past year that I've seen a naturopath she's helped stave off two ailments of mine that I thought were ending my active outdoor lifestyle, ones that my Western doc blindly wrote prescriptions for and left me even more frustrated and depressed. And don't you dare call it a placebo effect cuz I'm living proof that it wasn't. So if I try this blood type diet and it helps me some more, great. If not, I got back to eating ketchup. But don't sit on your high horse and call it hooey or baloney or bogus or quack until you've done it yourself.
  8. Yeah there are supposed to be specific beneficial foods for each type. My doc gave me a 5-page handout for Type A. I did a quick google for O's and it seems that you're meat eaters/high protein, but didn't list specifics. But my doc didn't categorize people like that. I could be a meat eater, too, but have to avoid bacon (mmmmm), beef (mmmmmm), and liver (fine by me). I think if you look at the book "Eat Right 4 Your Type" it lists all the specific foods. But again....I'm not totally endorsing this program cuz I don't know anyone who's done it.....hence this thread......
  9. Does anyone have experience with altering your diet depending on your specific blood type? The theory is that people with certain blood types should stick with certain "beneficial" foods and avoid others that may influence any number of health issues. A naturopath I've gone to highly recommends this kind of diet. We're doing some tests to see if my thyroid is f-ed up, and she believes this will help. Need some support to believe it's worth giving up my beloved tomatos, potatoes, mangos, oranges and.......ketchup. Hey but vino is still a-ok!!
  10. Looks like a rubber one of the X-Men would wear.....
  11. aHA! I knew it wasn't the Mounties. They wouldn't be caught dead with yellow gaiters and balloons.
  12. Jim you crazy Irishman. I happen to know that you are one kick ass dude that would make shorts over polypro look sweet. I'm glad that you've had such an awesome experience with the course, but there are as many opinions of the course as there are students. My friends and I happen to be on the sour end of the scale due to frustrating experiences with leaders. And they wonder why their graduation rate (basic or int) isn't closer to 100%?? Do I want to wade through all the climbing styles until I find a leader I feel comfortable with? I've tried, it hasn't worked well, it's not worth it to me. Perhaps some of us are just better suited to do things with small groups of friends whose climbing styles we know intimately, rather than waste more weekends with the herd. As long as we're out doing our thing and facing our own challenges, that's all that matters.
  13. You're right Chuck, we've all done our share of dumb stuff , but I'm talking trips where leaders do not listen to other people on the trip when things begin to go haywire. When you're out with 12 people it's dangerous to think so myopically. To be a real leader means to know when to ask for help, admit when you've fucked up, and to deligate accordingly to alleviate the situation. That has not been my experience in 2 years with the Mounties and many people I know share this viewpoint.
  14. Oh buddy are you naive. The tales of leaders getting lost and climbing the wrong route or peak (yes I'm serious) are ENDLESS.
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