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  • Birthday 08/31/1960

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  1. Crystal Mountain Avy Vid

    Thanks for the link, Great to hear that she survived and was found. Several lessons to learnm for any of us in the BC. Good discussion on TAY. Also strictly anacdotal evidence but after a little search of pepes and videos it is interesting to note that the ones with helmet cams wer the ones getting the apparent "random" readings. Definatley needs more study. One the flip side this is a great video to share as it is as real as it gets for a scenario in class.
  2. Fat skin recomends

    PS. Ryan, was that just a good guess that I am running Dynafits on my fat boards?
  3. Fat skin recomends

    Thanks all, It seems that the deal would be the G3 140's with some crampons. I have been a wall to wall fan for a long time but the splits kinda mess up that school of thought. I post up on how that seems to go after a few times out. Although Daves idea of goin with uncut 125's and returning em is kinda interesting. Can you say "shop the evil empire" lol
  4. Fat skin recomends

    I jumped up my fatties near the end of last season. Soon to be out where I want to do some full on earnin with em. The new boards are 158/127/148. The only skins I know at that size is the ascension splits. I love my other BD skins but I have heard mixed reviews of the splits. Anyone have experience or thoughts before I take of with I new set of ???
  5. Soloing with a Gri

    sorry all, been off for a bit after the post. I will get some pics up and explain. I also like Wallstein's deal. Carrying your rope to keep proper tension helps a lot and this a good way to do it. Pics and explain up in a day or so.
  6. Soloing with a Gri

    Even with the big biner there is still possible issues with loading. I solo most of the time with a gri. The biggest issue is that it can get out of alignment. In a fall either the biner is out of place and you risk breaking it or the gri is out of alignment and you risk damage to the clip point of the device. I have found that the "death mod" gri works very well and solves these issues. I have even taken a few whippers where I was out of place or inverted. A web search for the mod works or let me know and I can send you some pics or instructions.
  7. Rope Up or Solo?

    Blake is right, roping up is part of an overall strategy. If it is good conditions for an arrest with partners that are capable it is a good way to save each others bacon. Bad conditions. or limiting factors call for looking carefull at what works. sometimes roping up and placing pro in a running belay is viable others not. If not roping up is best option maybe one should not even be there. Best option is to actually climb with some skilled pepes until one can make there own calls. There are a vast number of variations that can get one up and back safely.
  8. Need Recommendations on Lighter Gear

    a couple quick thoughts. The new backcountry AT boots make a huge difference. The maestrele by Scarpa skins great with almost alpine boot descent. Another one for Dynafits. you can save a mess of weight on this part. For heavier types the new radicals have some benies but I don't think you need them unless you are skiing at a high Din level. As to ski's I know several gals who have been real happy with their new stuff from Fat-y-pus. Sweet backcountry and strong enough they are making a big showing in the freeride world. Keep in mind though you gotta go up. breaking trail with mine (161 tips) is a bit of a workout. I find I float over a lot more but I still have to make trail.
  9. coulda been a darwin award winner but...

    Hey still culd get it, but maybe not. Do get a Darwin you need to remove yourself from the gene pool. I personally worked on a Surviving winner who maaged to cook the family jewels in a stupid stunt. Living but no more toys = Darwin too
  10. Axe Length

    I mess with a wide variation of skill levels. Here's what I find find from helpin dem. 1)Use the conventional wisdom for fitting length. 2)If your fairly new or exploring new terrain a little longer add confidence. 3)If you actually have some skills and can walk off angle and maintain balance shorter is more versatile. 4)Curved ahaft works quite well at the same length. Although you need to use a different arm motion to plunge, wobbling out the hole by awkward motion does nobody any good. Bottom line is you need to be real about your own skills and where you are going to be going.
  11. Rope life

    You might walk away, but you will often be sore and it will often involve cleaning out your pants.
  12. Rope life

    What bkb0000 said. Note that the "fall rating" for a rope is the number of fall factor 2 drops at exactly the same place a rope will take to the failure point. As a quick newb deal the fall factor is a ratio of how long of a fall to how much rope. Ie a 10' fall caught with 5' of rope is a ff of 2, a 5' fall caught on 10' of rope is a ff of .5. I would be wiling to bet that your falls are all in the way small end of the list. What I do is track my falls, I only trad lead on stuff that is really new. If I take a fall that approaches ff of 1 (30 foot whipper caught with 30' rope ) I will swap my rope end for end. Another ff1 on the other end moves the line to sport lead only (probably more reliable anchors can take a bigger hit). Another couple ff1's move the rope to non lead use. That way I get more use and don[t risk the big falls to old rope.
  13. Touring packs

    It would be a little stretch of the series but I have been super happy with my Dakine Helipro. I think they have a 30L model. On the pro side it is quite low profile and keeps stuff centered for weight great, it has a real full suspension so it is comfy no matter what I jam in or on to it, the beavertail carries skis or a full snowboard with ease. On the con side it is heavier than the others even if the suspension hides hides that.
  14. R.I.P. Dallas

    Yes, Dallas's body was found and recovered Thursday. There are plans being made for a memorial service. There is also plans being laid for a climbers event. It will probably be at Mt Erie which he was fond of as we all know, time and date still to be determined. I do not know yet if the service is family only or if it is a public invited thing. I am sure it can be posted up when that call is made.
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