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About needtoclimb

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  • Birthday 11/30/1999


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    Seattle, WA
  1. Time to get rid of all the excess crampons that have been sitting around my gear room for years. If you are just getting into mountaineering and want some inexpensive gear before committing to high-end stuff, this is a great opportunity. I live in Mill Creek, work in the SODO district of Seattle, so can meet in either place. I am not willing to ship as it just isn't cost-feasible. Call or text to 425-659-5902. I take Venmo, Paypal or cash. Only have the sabertooth left. Black Diamond Sabertooth. Hybrid. No anti baling. $40.
  2. free Free snow shoes

    An older model Atals snow shoes. They do not have a heel lift and one of the rear straps is broken. They are free. I can leave them out front of my house for pickup. Text or call me at 425-659-5902. In a couple days they will go to Goodwill, but figured I'd give someone a chance to grab them first.
  3. sold! Entry level ice tools and axes

    I am selling off my old gear that has sat around for years. If you are just getting into mountaineering and want some inexpensive gear before committing to high-end stuff, this is a great opportunity. I live in Mill Creek, work in the SODO district of Seattle, so can meet in either place. I am not willing to ship as it just isn't cost-feasible. Each axe is $25. Call or text to 425-659-5902. I take Venmo, Paypal or cash. For Sale: Ande Kong Raid ice axe 65 cm Alien Ice Tool Lucky 007 Ice Tool Stubai Extreme Line ice tool Unknown brand Ice Tool
  4. Whitehorse Mountain in May

    After staring at the peak for years, i might as well try to climb it. Looking for a ski partner for a one-day ascent, with a possible bivuac at the trailhead to get an early start. Me: 44 year old weekend warrior with strong mountaineering/glacier/ski skills. You: Know how to ski. Know how to hike. Willing to openly cry when the pain becomes too much, but then just keep on climbing. Route-finding/Avy knowledge,/Glacier exp/Steep Snow exp/ is a bonus, but I just need someone who wants to do a epic 7k feet in a a day ski/climb. I have May 7th and May 19th currently available, but an flexible at work to take a day off mid-week. However, this weekend (May 7th) is looking pretty good and Whitehorse is better with snow on it. E-mail me at kevin@tcd.org with your phone number if interested. I don't twitter, instapound, facebook, myspace or other stuff, but I do text and call, so if you want to climb Whitehorse (and brag about it to all your friends later), give me a shout. Kevin
  5. Denali 2019

    At 44 I am not getting any younger, and next year is my year to climb Denali. Wife has agreed to give me a month sabbatical from the family, and saving vacation time from work. I have extensive Cascade climbs, glacier travel and general mountaineering experience. I have never been to Alaska however. I tried to find a team via CC.com about 5 years ago, and it fell apart early. Then kids came along and my Denali dream was put on hold. I am hoping to find or put together a team for next year. If you are like minded, give me a shout. Looking for people who truly want to do this and willing to commit. Kevin
  6. Ski Denali 2018

    It sounds awesome, and I want to ski it as well. 2018 is out for me though. If you are going in 2019, I will give you a call.
  7. Denali 2018?

    I am looking at going in 2019. Also want to avoid a guide service mainly due to the costs. If anyone is looking at 2019, send me a pm.
  8. Canmore climbing

    We (myself, wife, 5 year old daughter and 6 year old son) are doing a week in Banff for basic camping. A quick internet search shows there is very good rock climbing in Canmore. However, the same search showed 8 different locations and hundreds of routes. I lead up to mid 5.10 (trad and sport.) Looking for a decent place for a one-day excursion with the family. Due to the kids, it can't be to long of an approach or dangerous location. Any suggestions?
  9. Trip: Gunn Peak - Barclay Creek route Date: 7/15/2017 Trip Report: Ten years ago my wife and I attempted this peak. She was new to the Cascades and new to climbing. She was also new to any type of off-trail travel, route-finding and bushwhacking. Needless to say, Gunn is not a very good first peak. After numerous wrong turns, eye-level slide alder and miles of bushwacking, she sat down, took off her pack and exclaimed "I'm done with this shit!" She then took off her pack and through it on the ground. Well, we were still on very steep terrain and gravity took over. Her pack rolled several hundred yards down the mountain, only to be stopped by a stream. We fished her soaked pack out the the stream and descended. It didn't make for a very good trip. Ten years later and numerous peaks under her belt, she was game to try it again. The challenge this year is the unknown snow pack on the hidden gully and narrow north ledge. I wasn't going to be deterred by snow or any other conditions. Prepared for the worst, we packed a rope, pickets, ice axe, crampons and some rock gear and set out at 0730. The lower portion from the road was a lot easier to follow this time. Ten years of climbers have rendered a passable trail, though there are the abundance of nettles, pricker bushes and blowdowns. But there was a trail. Lower waterfall crossing. No water, but it is steep down to this crossing and up the other side. After a tremendously steep forest ascent on very clear trail, we reach tree-line and left the forest for the fern and heather meadows. Here, the growth became thick and the trail a bit harder to follow. The trail is below all the ferns, just have to move the ferns to see it. While overgrown, the occasional cairn and ribbon lead the way. Where we lost the trail, we either kept hiking up until finding it again, or backtracked and looked around until we came back upon the trail. It is about a thousand feet of ferns/slide alder bushwacking before reaching the open heather meadows, where the trail again became very easy to follow. My wife was a super-star this time, charging right through the growth and never once complaining about it. The more overgrown it was, the stronger she became. I think i have created a monster! Upper meadows Gunn came into view and we saw there was very little snow. Still not sure about the gully or backside though, so we continued to carry our gear. Gunn is the rocky crag with the clouds behind it. Take note of the snow field below the summit. We reached the hidden gully and found it was snow free! The class 3 scramble, while only about 30 feet long, was almost vertical. We climbed up no problem, and later downclimbed it, but there are rappel options if downclimbing vertical, dirty rock isn't your thing. Class 3 scramble in hidden gully. We reached the upper snow patch and crossed it with ease. It was soft enough where no crampons were needed. Just for kicks, we entered the moat behind the snow field, where the snow was up to 12 feet deep! Now for the moment of truth: the north narrow ledge. Snow-covered or clear? It was clear! Turns out we brought a rope, pickets and protection for no reason. We easily crossed the narrow ledge and scrabmled to the top. The picture doesn't give the narrow ledge justice. It is about an 18" wide grassy ledge with several hundred feet of exposure. A fall would be fatal. Luckily, the ledge is only about 20' long, and there are options of cracks and trees for pro if one desires. We had no issues and walked right across. I can see, though, how snow can make this an impassable problem (unless one carried a rope, pickets and protection!) Five hours from car to summit. Now time to head down. It took us five hours to get down, same time as going up. With such a vertical trail, going down was slower than going up. Using trees to slow our descent, essentially a controlled fall, we worked our way down the mountain and reached the car. Gunn is done!
  10. Vesper conditions

    Is the north face of Vesper melted out? I'd like to get up there this weekend and do Ragged Edge.
  11. My kids have outgrown the Osprey Poco child carrier. I highly recommend this brand as I was able to carry a 40lb kid and gear with ease. Rather than recreating the wheel, here is the link to my craigslist ad: https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bab/6190176219.html I am also selling a 12" Trek bike: https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/bik/6190144459.html Osprey backpack: $120 12" Trek Bike: $100 I live just north of Mill Creek but work in the SODO district of Seattle, so I am meet you at either place. Please contact me via e-mail at kevin@tcd.org.
  12. As the title says. No scratches or blemishes. Comes with a case, cleaning cloth and strap. I can ship them for 10$ more. I live just north of Mill Creek. Please e-mail me at kevin.tcd.org as I don't check this site very often anymore.
  13. Early August Hood routes

    Thanks all. This is exactly the beta I was looking for. Firsthand knowledge of the late-season route. I appreciate it. We will go look for something else. Now, any recommendations fun technical (or semi-technical) route near the Hood area for a party of three. I don't get down to that area often (Except to climb at Smith), so it would be fun to bag a peak while I am down there.
  14. Early August Hood routes

    Thanks. I have never climbed it this late in the season. I'll bring my tools and screws. Worst that can happen is its too icy, and we hike back down, still getting out on a mountain and some good exercise.
  15. Early August Hood routes

    I'll be taking the family camping around the Mt. Hood area the second week of August and am looking for recommendations for a one-day ascent of Hood. It will be my wife and I doing the climb (while the grandparents watch our kids.) I have done the south chute and Leuthold Coulour, both much earlier in the season. Is the south chute still doable? Does it turn into an ice climb: screws, tools and rope? (that's not a big deal, I am just asking so I know what gear to bring down on the camping trip.) Any other routes that I should consider? thanks