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  1. I borrowed a friend's 2 person both for a while a couple winters ago to just try it out. I wouldn't want to sleep in one but it was a decent option for breaks/lunch when it was nuking out. They are really intended for situations above treeline where you just can't get out of the wind/rain/snow anywhere. It's actually quite impressive how warm they feel when you are in one, also impressive how fast the condensation starts, don't even think of wearing glasses in one and I would imagine it starts to get wet after a little while and less warm. A 2 person one takes a little coordination with your partner, you have to sit down at the same time and it is quite cozy but works to have lunch or look at the map. I meant to sew one myself but never got around to it and the useful situations are relatively rare (mostly winter above treeline). For summer climbing emergencies I would think a space blanket bivy bag and maybe just a simple ultralight tarp would be more versatile AND lighter. But maybe you get one and try it out and tell us? It was quite nice to get out of the wind on a couple trips and made a lunch stop a much more pleasant affair.
  2. Help! Anyone in the Seattle area (eastside is easiest) have a pair of snowshoes I could borrow Fri-Mon? I need one more pair for a family outing. We are going RV camping for the holidays and want to play in the snow. My mother will probably only use them for about 30 minutes so I don't want to rent them for 4 days but I also don't want her to feel left out. I can also trade for beer. Anyone? PM me or email matthiesen at googlemailthingy.
  3. Looking to borrow SNOWSHOES this wknd for my Mom!

    Haha, yet no one did! Thanks to DPS my mom is set for the weekend! I appreciate both him and tstory coming to my aid. Not G-spotter though, he's of no use. ;-)
  4. My wife wants one for Christmas, and then she will stop borrowing mine all the time. I can't seem to find much out there right now though, am I using the internets wrong? I have an OR synthetic puffy with a light goretex shell that I got on clearance a few years ago but they don't seem to make it anymore. WildThings no longer makes their belay parka, neither does NW Alpine, technically those were water resistant though. Aside from dropping $500 on patagucci or arteryx are there any other options for a reasonable waterproof/highly water resistant and warm synthetic jacket? I'm not talking midlayer weight, there is an explosion of those. She needs something for belaying me ice climbing in our drippy weather and for throwing on at ski touring rest breaks. Both of those happen in very wet conditions around here sometimes.
  5. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    Skookum Falls was in on Saturday. There is an easy log crossing just downstream from the viewpoint on highway 410. We climbed three pitches and deemed the last one too thin for our early season confidence. Two double rope raps off v-threads got us down. There were multiple lines possible as well as some other ice a gully left and right. My apologies to the father-son team, hopefully we didn't totally scoop you after passing on the approach. https://goo.gl/photos/wudPzVXqUaCgie4F8 Here are some pics. Google took away my ability to embed photos in the forum. :-/ Also I drove by again today and things were getting wet and there were a couple holes. Hopefully there is enough ice to stick around till the next cold snap, but it is WA.
  6. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    Wandered around Deception Crags and up to Amazonia at Exit 38 this afternoon with my dog. Here are some pics. Stuff looked pretty thin but some of it is climbable. Short approaches. https://goo.gl/photos/egGMNRfzmWB1r4tVA https://goo.gl/photos/egGMNRfzmWB1r4tVA
  7. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    I'm also looking for a partner for Saturday! Who wants to find some ice?
  8. Nice job, making rime climbing look fun! Chopped pickets? Can't you just tie em off with another hole?
  9. Silverton access issues?

    I'd be interested in this too, the first time I went up there there were not any such signs. It's been one of the more reliable ice destinations some years.
  10. Good deal on that tent if someone needs one, not the lightest option anymore but those were solid.
  11. question Women's Weather/waterproof Belay Jacket?

    Thanks for the input guys! I looked more at RAB stuff and they have the Inferno Shield that might be what I need, around $220 on sale which isn't horrible. You are right, I checked my OR Havoc that she likes and it's Gore Windstopper. I'm note sure how this compares to some of the common Pertex options but i know it has a membrane laminate. While not touted as truly waterproof, I have bivied in it in the rain and been dry. I just know she is more likely to also grab something to walk the dog in the rain and not layer up (or belay me on an ice pitch in the drips). The OR Perch looks sweet, but too bad they don't make a womens version. My wife is on the petite yet slightly busty side and mens XS can be tough, at least for a gift without having her try stuff on. I still don't trust down and icy rain.
  12. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    No beta, lots o new snow, but I like the idea of this thread! Go ice!
  13. idea Survey for product idea of mine

    Cool, I took it. I'd be interested to hear what your idea is. Your first question says check all that apply but only lets you select one. What type of cooking gear I take depends on a lot of things. Fast and light climbing with my bivy gear: jetboil and freezedried food Winter climbing where i need to melt snow: MSR xgk Backpacking where I want to cook more: MSR whisperlight plus pot, pan, mug ultralight backpacking solo: alcohol stove, ti pot, small plastic cup (whole thing with fuel is like 6 oz or less) I had a solid fuel esbit stove in scouts, haven't used it since.
  14. Torment-Forbidden in Winter

    I think Grivel made a similar product several years ago, a snowshoe that integrated with one of their crampons. Looked sweet and more refined than above but only meshed their crampons. I don't think it sold well, the real hardcore people ski the ice. Hehehe.
  15. [TR] Shasta - Casaval Ridge 11/13/2016

    I always forget about that mountain down that way! Looks fun!
  16. The Haireball used the word "cagoule", which means he's really old. ;-) Doesn't mean it's not good advice though (although the breathable stuff is much better now than it used to be).
  17. Wow, a lot of topics up there but I'll stab at a few. If it's going to be rainy and wet, I don't bother with down. It's too much of a pain and you won't get the temperature gradient required to really push moisture out of it. I don't have any experience with any of the new hydrophobic fancy down stuff so maybe someone else can chime in on that, but in really wet weather just leave down behind. Just like you still get sweaty and damp under your breathable goretex jacket in the rain, you face the same problem sleeping in one. I don't think any sort of liner is going to solve your problem. A vapor barrier is by definition not breathable, if it's breathable it's by definition not a vapor barrier. In my limited experimentation that doesn't help much unless you are talking about REALLY cold stuff and then you have a different set of issues instead of drying soaked clothing. If I am planning on camping wet I would go with your synthetic climashield or primaloft or whatever quilt. Take your clothes that are soaking wet and wring them out and wear them to bed over some dry long underwear or something. Your clothes will dry if you are warm enough, the outside of your quilt will get damp but probably only a little. If your clothe are totally soaked, maybe it's better just to get a good dry nights sleep in your quilt with your long underwear on drying only the necessary inner layers. When you get up in the morning put on your wet stuff and MOVE. Use your body heat to dry those clothes out without worrying about soaking the other stuff around you. Honestly other than falling in the creek, you shouldn't have anything soaking wet that isn't easily dried while wearing or put aside and back on wet (rain gear). Look at your clothing system during the day as well. If you are getting wet from inside, you are wearing too much clothing, if you are getting wet from outside, wear breathable rain gear. If you are getting wet from both sides wear only a light synthetic t-shirt under your rain gear and this will dry out later (you have a dry inner layer in your pack too). Does that help?
  18. Winter camping near Lillooet?

    Count me in if there ends up being some ice! I'm down to split gas/motel or bring along my semi-insulated camper if that's your style.
  19. Thanks Wayne! I need to get back there and do some of these! That's a nice looking bolt in your last pic of Eagles Dance too!
  20. WTB: Grivel alpine rock hammer (the red one)

    CAMP used to make a "Micro" third tool hammer that is also similar and what I use for the occasional piton in the alpine. As long as you aren't planning to drill with it, but the Grivel version is too light for that really as well. http://www.summittosea.co.uk/camp-3rd-tool-micro-1-ice-axe-with-hammer-42cm.ir
  21. Thanks, sounds like quite the experience! It must have been a big mental hit to find your cache gone on the summit push, way to keep heading up (and making it back down safely)! I love reading about these sort of big independent expeditions!
  22. [TR] Illumination Rock - Iron Maiden 10/22/2016

    Woohoo, nice to see these TRs inspiring my shoulder season thoughts! Thanks!
  23. We here at cascadeposers will be happy to sign on to a letter to the finance minister to support your project. Nice work (backcountry climbing and pics)!
  24. [TR] Ingalls Peak - First Alpine! - South Ridge 10/2/2016

    Looks like a beautiful time to be up there! That was one of my first alpine climbs as well, many years ago . . .
  25. Thanks Rad! Great to see this sort of stuff still so close to home. Reminds me i need to get out more in my own backyard! Thanks for suffering through (the TR posting, not the climb), hehe.