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  1. MT Hood Continued

    What is so complicated? Three guys went to climb the big snowy hill. One got hurt badly enough that the two others took a LOT of time to dig a cave and stash the injured one. They got soaked doing it. The weather caught up with them. The guy in the cave died. Then the two others probably fell at some point and died. Or they died in a snow cave/shrund/slot somewhere. Who cares about the specifics. Does it really f'ing matter? Jesus Christ everyone needs to STFU and have a moment of silence for these poor guys. Their families are reading this crap. Stop your inane bickering! Thank you
  2. Rainier area lodging

    Stone Creek Lodge is pretty good... Right at entrance of Nisq. side... Propane stove and fans for drying stuff. -Fear
  3. I was thinking the same thing.... "Man those guys can run up that snowy trench and choss pretty fast!" We took some videos this year of some hardish classic NE ice climbing and found out just how boring even that is to watch... Neat accomplishment though... Got to admit that... -Fear
  4. Another scout issue

    And another thing I've seen around here with youth groups is the need to rap off of huge shit when teaching. There's no need to have kids do 90 foot raps. Start with something small like 20' that just might not kill someone outright... -Fear
  5. Rita Macneil soon to climb everest...

    "I just think that its sad that the highest most untouchable locations on the earth are slowly becoming common place to everyone through technology" Yeah, Anyone with $50,000 and months of free time. It'll be awhile before you've got your standard fatties anywhere near these places. But realize that the "crowding" of so many of these peaks is BS. During a cloudless summer day on Rainier you can still find plenty of solitude on less traveled routes. And that's a tiny mountain near huge population centers. If someone chooses to be in the crowds near massive mountainous ranges like the Himilaya or in Alaska then it's because they made that decision.... -Fear
  6. Camping on the summit

    I still don't see how someone acclimatized to sea level can run up to the summit in two days, spend the entire night, and not be totally miserable.... I'd have to bring a bag of Advil and morphine to kill the headache I'd have... You guys must have Messner blood in ya.... -Fear
  7. Snow conditions on Emmons route

    No shoeshoes are needed. Unless you get dumped on for 36 hours like us. In which case you still don't really need them heading down. -Fear
  8. Death on Gib route

    He wasn't soloing (had a partner), but was not roped up? Is that typical for this route - at least for the Gib Chute? I don't believe they were climbing the Gib Chute. It sounds like he lost his footing for whatever reason at the top of the chute while ascending the Gib Ledges route.... Not much pro there so it's probably better they weren't roped. They both would have gone... One of my pet peeves is suicide packs of people on steep terrain, roped, and without pro. Creepy... -Fear
  9. Tahoma Glacier via westside road / Puyallup Cleaver ****Extremely boring****** Arrived Saturday (6/4) only to discover the forecast had gone to shit for the next couple days. Surprise. 6/5 Black skies and pissing rain and blowing snow all the way to Paradise. Pushed climb a day and stayed at Stone Creek Cabins... Nice place. 6/6 - Monday Also forecast to be pissing rain and snow but some blue in the AM so we headed out. My theory was with the rain/snow line at 4500' we could push hard and get above it and just get snow. Snagged a ride on the Westside road with some USFS trucks (thanks guys!) and got dumped off near Round Pass. The ground is snow-free until around 6000' on the WT where it is very deep and wet. No need for snowshoes though. Cut up the cleaver around 6,000' in 100-200 yard visibility and light blowing snow. The skies were nuts going from blue patches to black. Our altimeters were also crazy reading a steady descent as we went up.... The GPS worked great though. This was good as we never did see the mountain or more than a few hundred yards. Awesome bench at 6300' with a huge pool of snowmelt on a grassy plain. With the forecast supposed to get better(yeah right) we decided to get as high as we could rather than camp here. Pushed on via map and compass in perfect step-kicking snow until 6800' where a TOTAL whiteout and heavy blowing snowstorm started up and wasn't showing any signs of breaking. There was a steep drop to our left and huge cornices formed by the blowing snow from the west. Not a place to stumble in a whiteout. And it sure would be nice to see where we are.... So we tossed up some stout slush/snow walls and pitched the tiny Eldo for what we figured would just be a few hours or maybe the night. There was a brief 30 minute break around 5PM that let us see Tokaloo(sp) spire (~7500) in the distant snow/fog. So we were on course at least. We could also see the bottom of the Tahoma glacier which looks in VERY good shape. I'd speculate that you could still find a pretty easy path from the toe of the glacier on up(leaving Emerald Ridge). That night it snowed hard and blew hard from the west non-stop. We actually had Thunder-snow. We didn't see any lightning but several loud booms rocked the area. My little hanging stove setup came in handy. 6/7 - Tuesday Woke up to blowing snow/rain/snow/freezing-rain/snow etc... Visibility worse than yesterday. Usually hovered around 50 yards. Called for a forecast. Verizon-analog cell worked great. Forecast had gotten worse and the only decent day now looked like Thursday. A collective "Shit". I figured it usually gets better higher up. So we went out on a lightweight scouting mission into the dense fog and snow. Through compass headings and sticking to the ridge we were able to scramble up to Tokaloo spire. We couldn't see it until we were under it and then not even the top. Funny how whiteouts screw with your head. Climbed up past the spire on the ridge. Super-wet snow had filled in a lot of the voids in the rock-scrambling which made things difficult. Plus in areas without rocks it was impossible to tell the sky from the ground or even what angle the surface you were on was which made route-finding a little hairy in the gusting winds. We hiked up until Tokaloo disappeared. Things got worse up here. It didn't seem to get any lighter and we still couldn't see the sun at all through the black clouds. Better to wait we figured and headed back to camp. The snow was piling up now and several rain episodes had done funky things to the snowpack. A few steep snowfields that we had to cross were unpleasant at best. One had the classic "whooompf" noise as layers underneath collapsed. No visible cracking but things definitely weren't getting better. The top new wet layers were just shearing right off the old snowpack surface. I worked on the snow walls a bit until it started pouring. (Note to self: Two 6'+ 200 pound guys don't belong in a Bibler Eldorado for extended periods.) The rain/snow/ice mix continued all night with the occasional wind pounding but nothing too bad. We got a 20 minute break today from the precip. around 6PM and ran outside to at least stretch a bit. Big BLACK billowing clouds rolling in from the west were ominous indeed. They looked to top out pretty high. I estimated well over 14,000 but really hard to tell. At this point we were more concerned with the foot of new wet snow and what that had done to the upper mountain since the entire upper Tahoma looked like a perfect slide zone. The cornices on the western side of the cleaver had grown HUGE. Kinda neat but not a good sign for us. Most of the exposed rocks were now all under snow. I dug a few pits on the western side and didn't like what I saw. The rain percolating down through the new snow was all sitting on top of several very weak layers. We were already seeing a lot of natural pin-wheels on steeper slopes. I'm not an avy expert at all but it didn't look good. Slept here another night with the snow and wind pounding all night. The temps dropped probably 20 degrees too... Very odd. 6/8 - Wednesday The precip seemed to abate around 8AM. Peering out though we still only had 50 yards visibility at most. We crawled out and put on our now sopping wet/frozen boots. The sun looked like it was making a play to burn off some of the clouds but no dice. We called for another forecast. More precip for today with a slight break on Thursday and back into the shit on Friday. We gave it until around 10AM to improve. If we at least got visibility we could try to slog up to high-camp on the cleaver around 9600'. I didn't like the avy conditions. But with no visibility AND a foot or more of unstable new snow I didn't feel like I liked that combo. Skunked at 6,800 fucking feet???? COULD IT BE????? WTF????? etc.... etc... etc.... We bailed at 10:30AM and figured it'd be an easy run back down.... HAHAHAHA. The new snow had obliterated any sense of terrain. Thankfully I had waypointed a few spots on the GPS which were very nice and saved us many hours of stumbling around I'm sure.... 6/9 - Thursday Sunny day at Ocean Shores. 6/10 - Friday Pouring rain at the beach. Another day for dropping cash in Seattle. Sigh..... We'll get it next year..... -Fear "Now downgraded to 3 out of 6 Rainier summits"
  10. Alien Repair

    Use copper-coated Steel Mig wire... .030" if I recall... Works great.. -Fear
  11. Pickets You Recommend

    Yates 24" pickets with the little steel reinforcements drilled off are the lightest pickets I've found. As has been posted, strength of the material is pretty much a moot point in this case. A girth-hitch through two center holes with a spectra shoe-string (as you'd have in a T-placement) held in excess of 1300 pounds (static) according to my highly scientific winch experiments before it collapsed in spectacular fashion. This is with the V section facing towards you and the very ends (6inches or so) braced with trees. So it'd be probably be stronger in solid snow since the whole length would be supported.... But good luck finding snow that strong. As with any anchor, especially snow, redundancy is the key.... The Cayotes are quite a bit heavier and didn't fail the same test up to 1500 pounds. Their shape lends me to believe they might be better designed for T-placements too.... I carry two Yates 24" FWIW in a two-man team.... -Fear
  12. Well... getting pinned down in a collapsing tent at 13,500' in a 5-day storm is worse.... But yeah... it just sucked... Small chance we might be back later this summer to bag something... We just can't get enough misery. -Fear
  13. Big fall on little gear

    I'm 195-205 pounds racked up for trad cragging. I took a 20' fall onto a textbook blue alien placement with a screamer. Blew half the screamer. I had 70' of rope out on doubles though and only 1 strand clipped to the alien. So fairly low impact forces. Smacked my heel really hard on a tiny ledge on the way down. Piece held fine though. The tinier the piece the more critical the placement. Esp. tiny cams IMO.... -Fear
  14. You can smoke in the hut? WTF? I think the summit should be handicap accessible. The gondola is a good idea but maybe some kind of paved road or trail with a handrail. It'd be keeping with more of the experience. -Fear
  15. We're heading up to try the Tahoma G. on Sunday if the crappy weather holds. I'll take a bunch of pics of the headwall for you.... If we can see it that is.... -Fear
  16. truck topper security

    A local locksmith might be able to do something. I've found ones around here to be pretty cheap too... I also taught myself to weld which enabled me to customize all kinds of racks and brackets for my own truck. A simple MIG welder is fairly cheap and pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it... -Fear
  17. After getting blown back down Lib Ridge last year at Thumb, we're back for more. Since you've had a low snow season I'm going to try something a little easier. I'm heading for the Nisqually entrance June 4th and want to try something different than the DC/Kautz variants. I've tried Success Cleaver a few years before but turned back do to lack of snowcover at 9k in mid July. It sucked big time. But I like that side of the mountain and the relative solitude of Westside road approaches. What are the current snowcover/crevasse conditions like for Success Cleaver and/or Tahoma glacier? What would be the recommended approach for Tahoma Glacier be in early June? Snowshoes needed? Thanks. -Fear
  18. We're heading up this Sunday for the Tahoma Glacier if it looks like we'll get a weather window... Anyone been up to Tahoma or any of the Westside road approaches recently? We're wondering about snowshoes.... Thanks -Fear
  19. Helicopter lands on Mt. Everest Summit

    The summit of Everest hasn't been "sacred" for a long time.... Anything strewn with tons of garbage, fixed lines, and frozen bodies usually doesn't qualify.... Just wait for the $250,000.00 helicopter rides to start up.... -Fear
  20. Two dead on Rainier?

    What? And what would 'lanch Muir? Something huge off the Cowlitz? How could we not have heard anything else by now about this? Seems like every year right before I go a bunch of folks go and get killed... Wife doesn't like that.... -Fear
  21. Another Clusterf*ck on OS Sunday

    Where else are you going to stash the beer? -Fear
  22. Booty ethics test

    Looks like a yellow or red alien would protect that crack...... BTW Jesus has been dead for 2000 years so he wouldn't do anything.... -Fear
  23. Ingraham Direct

    I doubt it. There's no way 7 RMI goats on a rope could get up, let alone downclimb that......... Gorgeous weather this week eh? Of course by the time we're out there on June 4th it'll be raining and snowing of course... -Fear
  24. You couldn't get around the vertical section on either side? Also did you need/use snowshoes for any parts of the trip? Nice pics. -Fear
  25. Travelling with your rack

    No way they'd let you on board with a rack nowadays.... Hell if they're scared of a nail clipper just think of what you could do with a nut tool. The horror. In the US just pack it deep in a tough duffel like the North Face ones or Gregory's Long Haul bags. Always zip tie your zippers with two ties. The TSB can cut them off if they want to and it'll make a common thief more likely to just look through an "unlocked" bag. I used to use those bright orange Bio-Hazard stickers all over everything. They're less amused these days.... -Fear
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