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Everything posted by blue_morph

  1. New REI Bitch Thread

    I am bored and though I'd start a new REI bitch thread. I think its only a matter of a few years and this store will become the next Eddie Bauer. The other day I went in there to buy a basic hat, thin one that fits under a helmet. I was told that it was not hat season and that all the winter gear had been on sale, etc... I tried to explain that this is not "winter" gear but to no avail. I hate their so-called retail "seasons". Ever try to buy a bike tire in November? Sorry, its not bike "season". With a store the size that it is in Seattle, there is no excuse to be out of stock on something.
  2. Exit 38 Graces Northwest Weekend today

    Lots of pretty pictures of "expert" climbers climbing w/o helmets. That sets a great example.
  3. [TR] Chiwawa Mtn- North Face 9/5/2005

    Congrats! Glad you made it. That was us you talked to on the way up. Doing it in Aluminum crampons sucked but the white out was the main reason we bailed. Just couldn't see more than 100ft and it was snowing intermittently. When I got home and pulled in the GPS points onto my computer it turned out we were only 100ft from the top. Oh well.
  4. [TR] Glacier Peak- Cool/Disappointment 7/24/2005

    I too have the same camera and have not seen colors like that since I used Velvia. Would you mind please detailing some of the above mumbo jumbo for us? Is all that possible with just the s410 or do you need after-market stuff? Thanks!
  5. What Fuels the Psyche of a Climber?

    I think that should serve as a reasonable justification for the government actually sponsoring my climbing need. Much like a methadone clinic, there could be a government store where Icould display my certified adrenaline junky card and have fresh gear issued to me whenever I want. Yeah, I like that idea
  6. Letter to P-I blames climbers for rescue costs

    Shouldn't Ken Schram come on TV and have something stupid to say right about now? He's the ultimate ass. Against everything, for nothing.
  7. Pro Mountain Sports

    I would definitely like to thank PMS for having such restrictive business hours. It has surely saved me thousands!
  8. Rescue on Rainier over holiday weekend?

    I heard this too. Someone must have some information.
  9. Hey dude, I was the slow as hell guy you so enthusiastically chased down in the scree on South Gardner before we made it up that one. I was kind of beat after already doing the North peak but I guess I had it easy compared to you since we had camped the night before! Good seeing you out there buddy! That is a cool area to go out and check out, not really on the way to any other objectives for sure. How was the deli? The burgers at the Duck Brand are massive!
  10. [TR] Mt. Maude- N. Face 6/26/2005

    Your wife's name is Erik?
  11. Mt. Hood Accident?

    You guys should take this crap to a different thread.
  12. Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks

    Sorry my bad. Yes, I was talking about Goldman's book. So far I like Stephenson and Bongiovanni's book much better.
  13. Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks

    I just ordered my copy (Goldman) mostly because I pretty much buy every guide book for around here. I got it this week and so far I am a bit disappointed. The pictures are of a poor quality and as was pointed out, flipping the images is unacceptable in a guidebook. The route maps are really good though, very clear and you should be able to recreate these with Topo quite nicely. I have yet to test out some of the routes described however so maybe time will tell. At first glance though it does not look like it will come off the shelf very often. I am disappointed because I liked her 75 Scrambles book very much.
  14. New REI Bitch Thread

    It is obviously not insulated jacket season.
  15. New REI Bitch Thread

    Yeah, its like you want to get mad but there's no one to get mad at. Its not like its the fault of the person on the floor. I say we nominate a CC.com member for the COOP board. I think you can do it with enough signatures.
  16. Stupid rescue

    Its called the Washington State Lottery. The dumber you are, the more you pay.
  17. Stupid rescue

    Well I usually agree that they get it wrong but in this case I think everyone would agree that what they were doing may not have been an example of trained climbing, it was most certainly not an example of hiking either. It was an example of climbing by non-climbers.
  18. Viesturs climbs all 14 8000s

    Yeah, the dog route on Annapurna is not worthy.
  19. What experiences have y'all had with digital cameras at and above 19,000 ft? I have a little Canon EOS digital and it has the rechargeable lithium batteries.
  20. bivy sacks?

    I got one of the nice and light gore-tex sleeping bag covers. No zippers or poles but at something like 14oz you won't ever leave it behind either. Just buy one of those mesh bug things that goes over your head for bug country. I used to have the OR advanced bivy and though nice, I found it to be a bit much and slightly complicated.
  21. Climbing knife?

    Gotta like the new ones from Petzl. You clip it securely into a biner. I have the smaller orange one, its all you need.
  22. Dome Peak - Access?

    There is no "easy" way into Dome Peak. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.
  23. Immunizations

    OK, after telling you not to take the advice of anyone on a bulletin board I will now give you advice. UW medical center used to have a travel meds clinic. When I was in Ecuador a number of years ago I was cheap as well and waited until I got there to buy the malaria medicine. As you know, drugs are cheaper just about anywhere but USA. They sell them at the pharmacy down there. The drawback to this is I think it takes a week for the pills to become effective, leaving you vulnerable for that first week. I had the yellow fever shot in the USA as well as all the Hep shots. When I flew into the Amazon portion of Colombia everyone had to either get a shot, or show documentation. I was cheap but will not take that risk again. Just go to the clinic. I'll be going down there again this year but will not be going anywhere there is malaria. Good luck!
  24. Immunizations

    No offense but trolling a message board for immunization / medical advice is pretty stupid. Recommended shots and malaria meds change from year to year. $65 + $15 per shot sounds like a bargain considering what could be the alternative. You probably spend that much on beer on a good weekend. You don't want to get hepatitus.
  25. Digital Cameras at High Elevation?

    Thanks for the answers. Yeah, I realize there are a bunch of digital camera threads but I specifically wanted to know how they handle cold and specifically 19,000ft + elevation.