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  1. Maps

    Thanks. I played with this site and it is great. I then learned from other blogs that I can save the PDF to my computer, upload it to a local Fed Ex Office Center, and have an 11 x 17 printed for $1.50! Sure beats using my crappy ink-jet printer at home. Quality map for under two bucks. My next question is regarding Caltopo. Is there a way to grid north-south lines to allow for a bearing to be taken from the map without having to orient the map to north (using the north-south lines on the compass aligning with north-south lines on the map.) The site makes adding an UTM grid very easy, but not for adding north-south lines. I can do it by hand, but it would be faster and cleaner if the software could do it. Also, I read that painting the map with Thompson's Water Seal creates a very water-resistant map that can still be folded. I'm going to try that and will report back how well it works. Technology has come along ways from lugging around half a dozen giant USGS 7.5 maps.
  2. Looking for climbing families.

    My wife and I climb, ski, hike, backpack and alpine climb. We have a three year old girl and five year old boy. I have found that kids enjoy hiking/climbing, etc so much more when there is someone else their age with them. I am looking for outdoorsy families to get out and play. If interested, shoot me an e-mail at kevin@tcd.org
  3. Looking for climbing families.

    We found another great climbing family using this site and often get out with them, but our plans and weekends don't always line up so my plan is to get a handful of climbing/hiking families and make an informal group where any of us can contact anyone else to set something up.
  4. Looking for climbing families.

    I live in Everett. Shoot me a PM or e-mail. We often go to Exit 38, hike anywhere, and ski Stevens. My view of hiking is to make it fun for the kids, so in a couple more years they want to hike, and we can do week-long hikes as a family. If I can get one of my kids to really get into climbing, I'll have a rope gun as I get older! Backpacking trips are short (2-3 miles) to a lake or river. Wife and I carry monster packs, kids carry a water bladder pack. Its about getting them interested into the outdoors.
  5. Mt Erie with children

    I am getting back into climbing now that my kids, ages 2 and 4, are old enough to play outside all day, require no diaper changes and enjoy getting dirty. I haven't climbed at Mr. Erie in ages and forget if it is kid friendly. By kid friendly, I mean there are no scrambles to get to the crag, the base of the crag is flat and not on a cliff, and a fairly reasonable approach. Exit 38 far side-Kid friendly Exit 38 trestles--not so much Vantage feathers-kid friendly (except for snakes) Vantage Sunshine wall-nope. Its all cliff Index Lower Town Wall-kid friendly. Exit 32--Yes, but a bit of hike in to get to the climbs Smith Rocks-Yes Any advice on kid-friendly crags at Mt. Erie?
  6. Mt Erie with children

    Bwahahaha! Hard sport, 12's. You must have missed the part about the small children. I'm happy to lead a .9 anymore. Thanks for all the advise. We ended up going to exit 38 Grit Stone. It was fun, though easy and very short routes. Squamish is on the list for end of summer, need to get our passports. New Millenium looks decent. I think we'll give that a go on the next outing. Oh, and if anyone else also has small kids and want to do some family climbing, drop me a PM. Both my wife and I climb. The adults don't get a lot of climbing in, but its as much about the climbing as it is getting the kids outside and exposed to the rock. If I can get my kids into a harness and on a rope once during the day, I consider it a successful day.
  7. I bought these about 5 years ago, worn them about 5 times. They are just too big for me. Time to clean out the excess stuff in gear room so I am selling them for $50 as I just don't want them and would rather see them put to use then in the garbage can. Nothing wrong with them other than normal wear and tear from 5 uses. $50 if you pick up, $65 shipped to your place. I live in Everett, work in Seattle so possible to meet somewhere along the way. They were $250 new, can find them for about $150 now on the internet: http://www.gravityfed.com/outdoorgear/outlet/Kayland-MXT-Mountaineering-Boot---Mens.html
  8. Backpack carrier

    Looking for more advice. My son is now 3 months old, with very good head control. We bought the Ergo front carrier, he hated it. He likes to look forward, and enjoys the moby and baby bjorn. However, I only enjoy those for a couple of miles before they become uncomfortable. 3 months is probably a little young for the back pack, but hey, I can start my research now. Any suggestions? I would love to be able to do an overnighter backpacking trip this summer when he is a bit older, so I am looking for a back that is light, carries the child comfortable, and has options for storage so I can carry some of the gear. thanks
  9. Backpack carrier

    The Sherpani has treated me real well. Two years ago my wife and I took the baby for an overnight back pack. The Sherpani had enough room (with the additional daypack attached) for kid and light gear, and the wife carried the rest. The Sherpani has a lot of room in it. I now have a 10 month old. So I needed another pack. I purchased the new Osprey Poco back. (the middle version. It has a couple more accessories, but not the attachable day pack.) It is very comfortable and very well made. Osprey knows packs and they developed it with the hiker in mind. It doesn't have as much overall bulky storage, but does have several pockets for stuffing the water bottle, gloves, etc without having to take off the pack everytime you need something. The really nice thing about the Osprey is the integrated sunshade. The Sherpani's is separate, and there have been many times I have forgotten it and wished I had it. The downside is that you need to purchase a separate rain fly for the Osprey. (Truth be told, if it is raining hard enough to use it, I'm not taking my baby out into the elements. Though I am jealous of that skiing picture.) I highly recommend it. If cost is an issue, there are quite a few Sherpani's on craigslist. Both are good packs. I prefer the Osprey, but you won't go wrong with the Sherpani. I have never used the Deuter, so can't compare it. Any questions, shoot me a PM.
  10. What would you like to see most in a climbing gym?

    Going from an avid climber to a father of a one year old, I am all about the kids play area. That would get me back in the climbing gym.
  11. [TR] Dorothy Lake

    Trip: Dorothy Lake Date: 9/8/2011 Trip Report: This isn't a climbing TR, but with a 7-month old boy, this is about as adventurous as I can get for a little while. My wife and I haven't been backpacking for over a year, and it was time. We convinced my sister and her husband to join us with their 1-year old girl. We chose Dorothy Lake near Skykomish. It is an easy 2.5 mile approach which meant we could quickly bail if something happened. My sister on the left, my wife and boy on the right. Very easy trail. Group break time, complete with huckleberries. Down at the lake. Time for bed. Babies naturally wake up for an alpine start, but us parents wanted to sleep in. It was a fun trip. My wife and I are looking for more like-minded parents to do more trips. If you don't climb much anymore due to an addition to the family, but still wish to get out, drop me a PM. We want to do some more hikes and get back into the mountains. And perhaps trade babysitting so the parents can go do a real climb again?
  12. Looking for fellow parents to get outside

    My wife and I have a 7 month old boy, and after 7 months of inactivity, we are ready to get back outside. We are looking for other families to go climbing/camping/hiking, etc. We are going to attempt Lake Serene (at the base of Mt Index) hike this Thurs, Sept 1st. Anyone interested in getting out? Kevin. send me a PM with ur phone number, and I will give you a ring.
  13. Backpack carrier

    I ended up going with the Sherpani Rhumba. I tried the Sherpani Superlight, but its not adjustable and doesn't fit a 6=foot tall frame. I tried the Deuter II and III, and just found that the Sherpani fit me better. Kid loves it, so I love it.
  14. baby front carrier

    I have a two-week old, and looking for a comfortable front carrier for short hikes. Anyone have any suggestions? The Snugli carrier I have now is not real comfortable with no hip belt, so it kills my lower back and the baby flops like a fish in it. I am a 6'0 male weighing 190 lbs. Anyone have any suggestions?
  15. Want to summit Mt. Hood or Mt. Adams.. Questions

    I agree that Adams in July is your best bet. Hood in March can be nice, or fatal, and if you don't have a ton of mountain experience, you can quickly get in over your head if weather rolls in. You should have great weather in July, or if anything, just some drizzle. If we had a heavy snow-pack like last year, I would recommend Hood in July, but with the rather pathetic snow so far this year, it might be fairly sloppy by then, and the lower part might be a lot of ash. It is still very doable though, so either peak would work, but Adams would be my suggestion. Take two days. Spend the night at Lunch Counter. I think this would really expand your knowledge and experience by spending the night on the mountain. Also, it doesn't require the midnight start that a 1-day ascent would. (and a 1 day ascent of Adams without skis is a very very long day.) REI, Marmot Mountain works, Outdoor Research are all places in Seattle where you can rent gear. As the previous posters stated, bring ice axe and crampons. Strap-on crampons that will fit with decent leather boots will be fine. Here is the forest service website for climbing Adams: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/mount-adams/ You are interested in the "South Climb."
  16. Frozen toes

    Superfeet inserts might also help. A bit more spendy than the wool inserts, but they give good arch support along with an added layer of insulation between the ground and your foot. http://www.superfeet.com/ Never heard of aerogel insoles. I agree with kinnikinnick advice. Do you have room to wiggle your toes? If you cannot wiggle your toes with 2-3 socks on, you are decreasing blood flow and movement, thus colder feet. You need to have enough room to move your toes a little.
  17. camera question

    Need a new camera for climbing/mountaineering/skiing, etc. Any suggestions? The Olympus Stylus Tough looks nice and rugged, as well as small and light. Anyone use one who can give me real feedback? Thanks
  18. [TR] Enchantments Tour - Various Walk-Ups, C2C 7/

    what cameras do you two own? I am looking for a new one, and those pics are amazing.
  19. Wow, that was June of last year? What a difference a year makes. It is all still snow.
  20. Trip: Mt Baker--North Ridge--June 14-15 - North Ridge Date: 6/19/2010 Trip Report: Having to scrap our original weekend to climb the North Ridge, my brother and I pushed our climb back a few days after the avalanche danger subsidised. However, this meant we would be running into weather issues. But I would rather be kicked off a mountain by weather than buried by snow. A quick hike in on Tuesday and we were at a melted out ridge at about the 6300 foot level. Our camp is the right arrow. A better camp is the left arrow on the ridge, about 6000 feet. Not sure exactly how to cross the Coleman, we roped-up and walked uphill to the flats around 6500 then headed towards the Coleman to attempt to scope a route through. We could see a bootpath crossing the Coleman and heading to the North Ridge, but we didn't know where it started. The coleman at 6500 became too crevassed with soft snow bridges, and we headed back to camp. We went down to camp and saw a tent below us at the 6000 foot camp. We went down and talked to the pair, who were also doing the North Ridge. They stated it looked like a path started right from their camp, and it did. From the 6000 foot ridge, head out towards the coleman to pick the best path through. Looking down at the lower camp. Kirt and I crashed for a few hours with a some clouds moving in, but woke around 8:00pm to clear skies and beautiful alpine glow. A large group had moved down below us, and the weather looked like it would hold for our climb. Kirt and I woke at 0130, and were hiking by 0230, which included losing 300 feet of elevation to the Coleman. We crossed the glacier easily, with many small crevasses that could be stepped across and a couple of large ones with snow bridges. We took a steep gully up to the ridge and were soon on it. This gully is not the steep, long one shown in most guides, but is left of it and appears to melt out by mid summer. Right now it is in and easy to ascend. No pics of it. Kirt and I started up the ice step with lots of time and high hopes. The clouds would move in and out, giving good visibility, but also showing that a storm was moving in far off to the west. Ice shelf above us. Unfortunately, here is where we let emotions control better judgement. All the beta said go left at the shelf. However, we wanted to check out another option; what looked like a snow ramp with an easy walk to it. Stealing a picture from Mitochondria, here is what we saw: the right arrow appeared to be an low-angle snow ramp over the ice lip. From lower down, it looked like an easy traverse from the left arrow rocks to the ramp. Boy, were we mistaken. We hiked up the steep snow to the rocks shown by the left arrow and took a break. Looking down from our break spot. The traverse was steeper than this. The traverse was very steep, requiring two tools and front pointing. The snow was styrofoam, but it was a long traverse, and about three-quarters over the snow turned from solid to snow cone ice. At one point I felt some small crystals hitting me from above, and hung tight as I was quickly barraged with ice marbles. I got within sight of this "snow ramp" and realized it was a couple inches of dinner plate ice covered by loose snow. Now I know why no one has gone this way. I went from First Ascentionist to moron in a heartbeat. I told Kirt this was unattainable, and the long traverse back to the rocks seemed..well..long. We instead tooled and frontpointed down about 400 feet until the slope levelled off and we could walk again. This little detour ate up over an hour, and the clouds were moving in. The clouds were rising quickly, and we made the decision to bale. We knew the route down, while up was an unknown in the approaching storm. A little after 0900, we were hiking down, and the storm caught up to us, dropping visibility to a few hundred feet. We crossed the glacier easily, and could now look down into the crevasses while it started snowing. We hit camp to find about an inch of new snow on the tent. We quickly packed, left camp at noon and reached the car at 1:20pm. We had the weather window to make the climb, but tried an unknown "easier" way than the right way. Moral of the story? at the ice step, go LEFT LEFT LEFT LEFT LEFT!!!!! p.s. The north ridge is in excellent condition right now. good bridges, kicked steps, good ice and snow. Other commitments keep me from trying until next year. Go get on it now!!!
  21. extending a rappel device...

    what is this video you refer to?
  22. Baker

    I was just up there. No snow shoes needed, but expect to punch through a little later in the day. With an early start from camp, you can be back on the summit and back to camp on hard snow, and have just a little slogging (or glissading) down to the trail. Going up, lots of decent, punched steps to hike up.
  23. Baker North Ridge beta

    Heading up there next weekend, and looking for beta whether two ice tools are needed, or a tool and an ice axe. Right now I am taking two tools, but wouldn't mind saving the weight, and bringing the longer ax to use while traversing glacier. Anyone been up there this time of year and know?
  24. [TR] Fee Demo Wall - Middle Fork - 6/13/2010

    Nice TR. I've wanted to go check that out too, but have always thought the same thing; better destinations. I'll have to go now.
  25. New Index Climbing Video

    0400 and no one called.