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  1. WTB: Exped Down Jacket & Pants

    I have a Feathered Friends Icefall parka size L. I am 5'10" 170lbs and it fits well. I took the parka to AK and it worked very well. I also have pants, 2 different types of overboots, and a sweet sled if interested. PM me for more info.
  2. No longer WTB: 6000+ cu.in. Pack- medium

    I've got a medium Arcteryx Bora 90. I'll sell it cheap. It is in very good shape. Send me a PM.
  3. Any thoughts? Anybody have a bad experience with Grivel Air Tech crampons?
  4. Denali Tips and Tricks (Updated Thread)

    I bought an MEC union suit in the quest for a one-piece base layer. The zippers are too large and they will grind your taint to a bloody mess. The suit is made of low quality materials. The metal zipper is in direct contact with your nether regions, where it conducts cold remarkably well. In short it is useless. I bought a Gamma Salopette from Arcteryx and have given up finding a piece base layer to go under it. The Arceryx wool base layer bottoms are great, but no suit is available. The OR quadratic suit does not fit my body type. My torso is too long. If it fits you, some are available on the web. I think I sam some at Moose Jaw mountaineering. However, for the price you could have a custom garment made.
  5. Denali Tips and Tricks (Updated Thread)

    The down air mat is one of the highest R-value sleeping pads available. Its R-value to weight ratio is difficult to beat. The disadvantages are as followes. 1 down sucks when moist, thus you must inflate it with the required inflation sac rather than your mouth. This represents another item to puncture or lose. 2 if you puncture it on a Denali trip and it is your only pad you are looking at a survival situation. 3 Cost I am not a Denali veteran, but I would recommend bringing two pads. Our group is leaving for the West Buttress in May and I'm bringing an MEC foam pad (the thickest yellow foam) and a Big Agnes primaloft inflatable mat. The Big Agnes Primaloft mat does not require a special sack to inflate and it is a bit lighter than the various down air mats available. I has nearly the R value of a down mat.
  6. Naked women, tents and 195mph winds?

    I've got a Stephensons 3R and I use it for everything around here. It weighs less than 4 pounds and it is a palace. It sleeps three with packs in the tent, no problem. Some people think that not being free standing is a disadvantage. When was the last time you pitched your tent in the mountians without anchors? The tent does seem somewhat fragile. I've had two problems with it in three years of heavy use. First, a zipper on the door jammed closed, luckily it has two doors (the zippers are tiny) Second, a pole broke when a partner was attempting to take the tent down in 45mph winds by himself. The poles are also very thin walled. I would definitely buy this tent again in spite of the two problems I've had. The above comments about the tendancy of the tent to collapse when cross loaded are accurate. This can be minimized by using a third pole (the tent comes with a sleeve) or pitching it very tight. If I do ever need to buy another tent from them I would have stephenson's add external guy points halfway up the pole sleeves. One other drawback is the flammability of the Sil fabric. I am afraid to cook in the tent with anything more powerful than a jetboil. One flareup and you would be shrinkwrapped. Also the tent has no vestibules. For these reasons I am taking a Bibler Bombshelter to AK this year. For routine Cascade use the Stephensons remains my tent of choice.
  7. Rossi Bandit XX 177cm Ski with Fritschi bindings and Lowa Structura Boots with original and G-fit liners. Boots fit my 10.5-11 foot I am unsure of the mondopoint size.
  8. WTB size 11US AT boots.

    check your PM.
  9. recomendation on tents and boots?

    Check out the stephensons warmlite 2R or 2X tent. The URL is www.warmlite.com. The makers of these tents are freaks, but hey are awesome.
  10. Climbing Skins

    I have had both the purple BD ascension skins and the G3. The BD skins climb slightly better, but I prefer the G3 because they absorb dramatically less water. I agree that the tail atachment on the G3 is better.
  11. My new Giro Fuse ski helmet weighs in at 14oz. Anyone know of a disadvantage to using this as a climbing helmet in cooler conditions? What are the differences in the standards that this helemet meets vs. my old Petzl Ecrin?
  12. Giro ski helmet as climbing helmet?

    Many climbing helmets appear to use the same contruction. An example would be the Petzl Elios (?sp)
  13. IMHO the best lower combo is Light weight synthetic long johns (no lycra) Midweight shoeller pants (marmot atv or similar) Precip pants as a backup
  14. coats

    $50 for an old north face mountain jacket.
  15. yet another AT setup Q's

    The Norbert's are awesome. I ski them with dynafit bindings. They are supremely light, saving you pounds on the ascent. This weight savings gives you more energy to have fun and stay safe on the descent. I think some backcountry skiers who haul 8lb alpine skis to "handle extreme terrain" would be amazed how much different your legs feel after a long ascent on a light setup. I used to use Rosi Bandit XX skis with Fritchi's and I am amazed how much more terrain I can cover with less weight on my feet. I went through the same list of skis when searching and bought the Norbert's. I find they offer an excellent weight/ski performance balance. They are less damp and more flexible than the Bandit XX setup I had before. Interestingly they have an almost identical sidecut - my skins are interchangable. The ski performance difference is noticeable, but not enough to make me feel unsafe. I have used this setup last year on some of the challenging inbounds runs at Jackson Hole with good results.
  16. Expedition Shell?

    If you want a bomber shell. I've got a Arcteryx Alpha SV that I'll sell you. It's so bomber I never use it anymore. 90% of the time I wear a dryclime jacket. If I need a shell I use precip.
  17. Anyone have experience with snowboard plate bindings? How about the Catek or Bomber products? I'd be using them with my Dynafit TLT4s
  18. I want a pair of nylon or EPIC pants with full side zips. I do not need gortex or any fancy laminate. Anyone know of such a thing? Anybody else think that $300 pants are pointless when you need a new pair every year?
  19. WTB: AT Skis, bindings, skins

    I've got some Rosi Bandit XX with fritchi's. They are about 180cm. I also have a pair of Lowa Struktura boots size 11.
  20. Cycling vs Running

    Cycling is far superior to running. Your joints have a finite life span. Know many runners in their 50's? If you do ask them when they started - most will have started later in life. Cycling allows you to train for 4 hours - try that running.
  21. Best Tx for herniated disk?

    What are your symptoms? Many people have back pain and a finding on MRI that are incorrectly associated. If you look at studies where people with no symptoms have MRI of the lumbar spine many of them have disc herniations and other findings. Furthermore, many people have surgery for lesions on MRI that result in litte or no improvement in the symptoms. Surgery may be successful if the majority of your symptoms are leg pain, but in general it is not helpful for back pain. This is all compicated by the fact that the only person who can evaluate you for surgery likely makes his or her living doing it. If your predominate symptom is back pain the first things i'd ask are how is your flexibility? and is you hamstring/quad strength balanced?
  22. Need Alpine AT Boot Recommendation

    Dynafit TLT 4 is the best. I have tried the Lowa Structura and the Scarpa Laser. The dynafits are softer plastic, they hike as well as my Asolo double boots. They don't offer the ski performance of other boots, but for climbing they are hard to beat. Not to mention they use a binding system that shaves pounds of weight from your gear.
  23. Dynafit MLT4 ?

    I have a pair which I burned thermoflex liners into. They are great on my splitboard. They are also good for use with light skis, but the TLT skis better. They are great for general mountaineering as they are feather light with the burned liners. Much lighter than previous plastic setups I have used.