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About Chriznitch

  • Birthday 01/08/1978


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    engineer, soft rock drummer evenings/weekends
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    Susanville, CA

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  1. Bailey Traverse 2012 (12.5 min slideshow with photos and video clips) [video:youtube]QK85Gw0CDuk
  2. Matt at the crux. Lone Rock, northern Sierra Nevada, CA.
  3. Crossing Bear Pass Glacier, Olympic Mountains, WA.
  4. Wild light whips over Caesar Peak in the Trinity Alps, CA.
  5. Dave contacted me through this site back in November 2012, asking about my experience with the Polish Direct route. Sorry to hear the bad news...
  6. Trip: Mt Rearguard - SE Slopes via Hellroaring Plateau Date: 5/12/2012 Trip Report: I had to work in Montana in May, so I headed out a couple days early with a plan to do some exploring in the Beartooth Mountains. As the trip neared, my first day in the area was looking like rain, but it was followed by awesome weather. So I hung out in Red Lodge for a day, and the next morning headed out for Hellroaring Plateau. I took a low-standard Forest Service road up as far as I could travel before hitting impassable snow, and parked. It turned out this was near the Hellroaring Creek crossing, which is the main drainage for the many lakes in the center of the plateau. I scrambled up 1000'+ to the top of the plateau, and worked my way over towards Sliderock Lake and Mt Rearguard. I found a nice bivy site with an amazing view, and studied which route up Rearguard I should aim for the following morning. sunset over Mt Rearguard I settled on the tallus and snow slopes along the east side of Sliderock Lake and up the east side of the mountain. The night in the high teens was a little chilly, as I only had my 40 deg sleeping bag, all that would fit in my checked airplane luggage. But soon I awoke from a solid sleep to glaring sun - morning had come quick. My route was pretty easy up the peak, and in about 2.5 hrs from camp I was on top of the summit plateau. From here there were awesome views of Peak 11977', Spirit Mountain, and Beartooth Mountain - the namesake of the range. The actual Bears Tooth, the impressive pinnacle on the east ridge of Beartooth Mountain, was neat to see. Peak 11977' Beartooth Mtn & da Bears Tooth Pk 11977', Spirit Mtn, Beartooth Mtn I worked my way back to camp and then descended a different route back to the car. I ended up finding a high, snowed-in trailhead around 9800'; this would be a great and convenient late summer access point. Below this spot the road was a bit of an adventure to follow, and in a few sections I had to use my ice axe as the steep mountain road was totally snowed over. snowy road After a few miles I made it back to my car, completing a fun 14-mile solo loop tour of Hellroaring Plateau, a 12k peak, and a small piece of the Beartooth Mountains. wilderness sign found on the way down looking south at Beartooth Plateau Gear Notes: ice axe, crampons, bivy gear, camera Approach Notes: from US 212, drive Forest Road 421 to FR 3004 to Hellroaring Creek; scramble up Hellroaring Plateau & head west towards Mt Rearguard
  7. Scenic - camp on Mt Olympus Alpine - Mark on Robson's east ridge Bouldering - Randy on Mt Conness, East Ridge Ice - Nate on Kautz Glacier ice chute, Mt Rainier Humor - self portrait from North Sister summit
  8. I can't say with certainty, but I think I recognize the tent squatter:
  9. I have a CCW Chaos pack for sale. Size large. Gear racking loops, removable bivy pad, crampon pouch. With my long torso it never quite fit right, so it's still in good shape and a good deal: I'm looking for $150 obo It has only been on 3 trips. Here's some more info: http://www.coldcoldworldpacks.com/chaos.htm Here are a couple pics. Pm me if interested! [img:center]http://www.summitpost.org/images/medium/613532.JPG[/img] [img:center]http://www.summitpost.org/images/medium/613533.JPG[/img]
  10. hey Ryan, I thought I noticed a couple new S-turns near our tent when we got back down, but wasn't sure if I was hallucinating due to overheating. Yeah, that ice avalanche was pretty impressive. Make sure to grab that large photo from my gallery with you guys next to the 'lanche!
  11. Trip: Mt Rainier - Sunset Ampitheater Headwall Couloir Date: 5/22/09-5/25/09 Trip Report: It seems every Memorial Day weekend, my friend Nate (sweatinoutliquor) and I talk about heading to Rainier. The last time everything fell in place (weather, travel, work, etc) was in 2005. As the 2009 holiday neared, we began discussing route options. We eventually narrowed the research to the westside of the mountain, as the remoteness was an attraction. Reading Gauthier's book, the Sunset Theater couloir sounded great, and having been first climbed in 2000 made it sound even more interesting. I began monitoring the weather about a week before, and was impressed that the forecast continued to improve with each day. 0% chance of precip in MRNP? Awesome! This year was going to work out. I headed out of norCal on Thursday afternoon, and met up with Nate in Oregon. We took off the next day after an excellent breakfast that included lots of locally raised bacon. We arrived at the park after surprisingly efficient I-5 travel through Portland and south WA, checking in for permits at Longmire. Unfortunately, we were told that the Westside Road was closed, which meant that we would have another 3 miles of approach added to the trip. Starting at 2100', that also meant that we would have a hefty elevation gain of 12000' to make the top We gave ourselves 4 days for the route: 2 days for approach, 1 for summit day, and 1 for the descent back to the truck. This worked out well. The actual couloir was in great shape, with mostly good step kicking snow and alpine ice. Icefall and rockfall was minimal until the sun warmed the ampitheater, although I still took a couple hits to the helmet. Snow conditions on the Tahoma Glacier were good in the morning but POOR in the afternoon (unless skiing). On the descent from the summit plateau practically every step balled up in our crampons. This made the straightforward downclimb a bit tedious, all while baking in the sun. I postholed into a crevasse only a few feet from our tent through nearly 4 feet of snow, not ideal. So, here is a photo-journal of the trip. I must warn you: there are a lot of photos. It was hard to narrow down the selection. You can click on most photos to see a larger version. Half the photos courtesy of sweatinoutliquor. prepped and ready to hit the road (literally) Nate nearing the washed out portion of the Westside Road flood-killed trees along Tahoma Creek hiking trail sign @ Round Pass slowly getting closer to the route, with the Sunset Ampitheater couloir visible in between the trees on the left traversing along Emerald Ridge. The Ridge narrows significantly as you near the Tahoma Glacier. nearing the end of Emerald Ridge, looking up towards the route. The Tahoma Glacier provided us a direct route to high camp, so we opted to avoid Puyallup Cleaver (left skyline). Chris on the approach up the Tahoma Glacier. By this point it was starting to get warm on the glacier. Afternoon avalanche on the Tahoma Glacier, caused by an ice serac breaking off from the obvious ice cliff. In the large version of the photo, you can observe the 2 skiers ascending the Tahoma Glacier route, with the powderblast nearing them. Skiers descending the Tahoma Glacier towards Nate. They chose to ski down immediately after the avalanche. High camp on the Tahoma Glacier. The Tahoma Glacier and Tahoma Sickle routes are visible in the background. Nate dropping down a step in the Tahoma Glacier, after an alpine start @ 0215. Chris approaching the Sunset Ampitheater and the entrance to the couloir. Packing up the snowshoes and gearing up for the couloir climb. Nate entering the couloir. St Andrews Rock in the background. Nate climbing the steepening lower portion of the couloir. Chris nearing the right-hand turn in the gully. Nate finishing up the rockband section. Nate heading towards the top of the route and Sunset Ridge. a bomber Cascades belay anchor looking back at Chris and the Puyallup Glacier below topping out on Liberty Cap Nate getting ready to drop down onto the Tahoma Glacier, descent back to high camp. This ended up being the most brutal portion of the climb, as the afternoon sun made this section a true oven. The previous day, we watched a group climb this route in the heat of late afternoon with full packs. The tent is one of the specks below. Tahoma Glacier ice cliff Descending the Tahoma Glacier from high camp, early Memorial Day 2009. sunrise on Mt Adams, during the descent from high camp Wonderland Trail suspension bridge over Tahoma Creek Nate descending the Tahoma Creek trail Hiking the washed out portion of the Tahoma Creek trail, nearing the junction with Westside Road. Sunset Ampitheater. The couloir is the obvious weakness through the rocks. Thanks buddy for another great Rainier trip! Gear Notes: 5 pickets, couple pieces of rock pro, 60m halfrope, ice axe, ice tool, running belays & munter hitches (frozen rope was not working with our belay devices), glacier rescue gear, snowshoes, tennies for the 3 miles of clear road beyond the gate, wicked homemade trail mix with beer nuts Approach Notes: We used the Emerald Ridge approach, and then took a pretty direct line up the Tahoma Glacier to high camp and the St Andrews saddle. From our viewpoint this was much easier and quicker than trying to ascend Puyallup Cleaver all the way to St Andrews rock. We used the Wonderland Trail and Tahoma Creek trail during the descent – in hindsight this was much more efficient. Tahoma Ck trail is in pretty good shape except for the 1/2 mile washed out at the junction with the Westside Road.
  12. nice pics. I remember seeing you guys. We heard about the missing lady on Sunday from some snowmobilers, funny how common sense seems to evade some folks. Greg, with this heat I wouldn't expect Casaval to be in good shape by Memorial Day. But some are saying that this will be a cooler summer...
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