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HappyCamper

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  1. Beginning Alpine - Sleeping Bag options

    Piling on to the positive reviews for the Feathered Friends Vireo. Versatile.
  2. Workout music

    The workout mix is getting a bit stale, how about a little crowd sourcing? My semi-random contribution: - Misfits, "Hybrid Moments" - Metric, "Monster Hospital - Helmet, "Unsung" - Los Straightjackets, "Caveman" - NIN, "March of the Pigs" - Diamond Rings, "Runaway Love" - Dead Prez, "Hip-Hop" - Van Halen, "D.O.A." - Wolfmother, "White Unicorn" - Monster Magnet, "Powertrip" - Muse, "Hysteria" - Melvins, "Revolve" - QOTSA, "Regular John"
  3. neu music thread

    New fav: [video:youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08SmHntCQe4
  4. Splitboard questions

    Have you checked out splitboard.com yet? Great knowledge base on splitboarding and adapting systems to mountaineering. There are a number of mountaineering\snowboard hybrid boots now on the market - either Spark R&D has them (check Mountaingear.com - they carry a couple models). I'd ditch the Sims - find a board with a rockered nose - while the rocker's selling point is powder I think it also helps power through the mixed conditions that you might encounter. Go longer too IMHO - I started a bit short (161cm - 5'11") and am happier with a longer board: 164cm - Prior Spearhead Split, best board I have ever owned - though the Jones splits are pretty sweet looking. But regarding skiing...I have been snowboarding for 20 years, splitting for 6 years, but skiing for the last 2-3 years - though still split/board depending on the days. I think that most take up splitboarding because they are good boarders and want to access the BC. But if you aren't a ripping boarder - it does remove a reason for splitting - skiing is my preferred weapon when there is lots of sidehilling, traversing, etc. I tried skiing an AT set up years ago and absolutely hated it and bought a splitboard. My problem though was that I went straight to the BC without a good skiing base. Not saying this would work for all, but years later during a lame spell with no new snow I busted out that old AT set up in-bounds and kind of liked it on the bunny hills (humility is good once in a while), then moved up to the intermediates, then the diamond runs. It probably took 40-50 ski days to get comfortable, but with a ski pass and a commitment to go up after work night skiing made it happen. Now I feel I can take either the AT set up or the split depending on the mission\conditions. But either way, if you have time - grab a pass and hit up the local resort - especially on crappy days and log the hours. It'll help your boarding\skiing. For the amount of time and money invested in an alpine mission - its worth it in the long run to have the basic skills to make the descent more enjoyable. As someone cooler than me once said, "It's all about the down, yo."
  5. What are you listening to?

    Thumbs up on the Alt-j recommendation. Good chill stuff - check out "Something Good".
  6. What are you listening to?

    Two Gallants John Mayer (really - his new album is good and I wasn't a fan of him before - summery music).
  7. The Silence is Deafening Today

    Classic! Took me a bit to get the 4:33 reference. That guy sure can emote with the best of them.
  8. What's Up With Ft. Lewis?

    You can find the other ship with the Maddox during the incident, the USS Turner Joy berthed right in Bremerton as a tourist destination.
  9. I have patches of skin under my eyes that are sensitive to cold. I end up with dry, peeling skin usually the next day after exposure to even moderate cold temps. My dermatologist gave me a steroid cream that works well as a remedy for the dry skin, but I am really looking for something preventative. I use sunblock even on cloudy days in the hopes that it will help insulate the skin, but haven't found anything really effective yet. I was thinking about maybe trying the 70's era zink oxide topical (Zinka!), but wondered if anyone has similar issues and something that maybe works?
  10. Protecting dry skin during cold weather?

    Thanks a lot for the reply. I hadn't really looked at the side effects before and just spent 20 minutes researching the prescription. I was only using it on semi-rare ocassion, but it sure does seem like my mild issues don't warrant something so strong - especially with some fairly negative side effects.
  11. CC equivalent for Rafting

    The only group I know is this one (no forum, but they might have a yahoo group): http://wrrr.org/ For local kayaking there is professorpaddle.com, but there are some rafters on there as well. You can also try the gearswap page on the NRS website, fair amount of rafting gear on there.
  12. CC.com Dance Party!

    Mesmerizing. Raquel certainly makes it to the top 10 on the "All time hotties" list.
  13. Mt Adams

    iclimb - if you have an extra day, try and add a trip up to St. Helens. Its similar to Adams in terms of technical challenges (or lack thereof), but a much shorter day and its a reasonably close trip from Portland. As mentioned before - Adams (and Helens) can be pretty fun on skis\snowboard - especially if its sunny and the snow corns up. I don't know if it was mentioned elsewhere, but either have a flexible ticket in case the weather sucks (Adams isn't a lot of fun in bad weather) or a lower elevation back-up plan.
  14. Favorite female vocalist?

    Great KEXP video. Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde. Sort of an off-beat choice for me. I wandered into a Concrete Blonde show at Bumbershoot years ago and didn't realize what an amazing voice she has - she can belt it out. [video:youtube]
  15. Handling an ass**#@e

    That was awesome!
  16. Scientology - Seattle Times article

    Fascinating, in a train-wreck kind of way. The Seattle Times did an article on a Scientology church opening. The comments to the article made for an entertaining read (if you are a little bored on a Sunday morning like I was): Seattle Times article
  17. CC.com Splitboard Thread

    Been a nice option when the lift-served hasn't been serving.
  18. Skis: Tua Mega Plus---187cm Bindings: Silveretta Easy Go 555---size large Skins: Coll-Tex Combi Extreme $150 Located in Seattle.
  19. AT skis\bindings; Tua\Silveretta -$150

    Bump Now $100
  20. BD Black Prophet Ice Tool - $40

    Selling Black Diamond Black Prophet ice tool (bent shaft, not carbon fiber) - $40 Preference to local sales - in Seattle.
  21. sold

    171cm Voile Mt Gun - $400 Big mountain splitboard - seemed pretty good at cutting through the crud that we call powder around here. Base is in good shape other than a pretty superficial scratch (see pic). Top sheet reflects the customary scratches and dings that seem pretty commonplace with splitters - well, at least Voile splitters. Edges good too. Bought this then ended up buying a different style after a couple years and this one has just sat forlornly in the corner. Comes with hardward pictured and skins. Located in Seattle - would prefer not to deal with shipping and such.
  22. sold

    Pardon, if you already know all this and were just asking about the bindings being included, but if not: All you need in addition to what you see above is the Voile slider tracks, which you then mount ordinary snowboard bindings to. Here is a link to a picture of the slider tracks ($20) and where to order them - you should also order the slider track gaskets ($8) to mount the board to keep it more secure: http://www.mammothgear.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=14944 They do have new binding systems out there that are $$, but don't require the slider tracks and create a tighter connection to the board - check out Voile's website for them (the Light Rail bindings), or Spark R&D's website (Fuse bindings). Its a question of spending $300+ for the new-style bindings v. the $28 slider tracks\gaskets + ordinary strap bindings. You can also use AT boots and mount toe and heel bails (order at Voile.com) to the slider tracks for a hard boot binding. I went hard boot for a season before switching to the Spark R&D set-up. If you split, or intend on splitting, much at all, I'd spend the dough for the pricier bindings - they make the split feel like an in-bound board. Phew - how's about that for a Monday morning dissertation. But, in the interest of wheeling and dealing, I'd probably throw my slider tracks in with board. They are used, but not abused.
  23. I didn't really use the set-up more than a handful of times, the same for the person I bought them from: Skis: Tua Mega Plus---187cm Bindings: Silveretta Easy Go 555---size large Skins: Coll-Tex Combi Extreme $200 Located in Seattle.
  24. AT set-up; Tua \Silveretta 555\skins - $200

    Sale pending.
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