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About mccallboater

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  • Birthday 11/30/1999

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  1. Falling with skis A-framed

    It's much easier to just set up your pack to carry skis skimo style. Then one only has to worry about banging the tails on rocks when traversing in one direction, not two. Also , much quicker to attach/detach the skis to your pack without removing it. Safer on exposed terrain, say, after a rappel into a couloir.
  2. What bindings are people rocking right now?

    ATK race bindings rebranded as Movement bindings. Almost perfectly happy with their performance. Only bit I don't like is the release tab in front is not cup shaped, so it's difficult to depress it with a ski pole tip. $275 at Telemark Pyrenees right now! I have never prereleased from these. But I have come out of them when I needed to. When you buy them you pick your DIN setting. 145 grams.
  3. Can't wait for the Alpental Skimo race? Come to McCall in December! The Northwest Passage will be Idaho's first USSMA sanctioned ski mountaineering race, one of two early season races that will determine the US world cup team. It will be held December 16 and 17 at Brundage Resort. I'm looking for volunteers, and they can contact me to help. This is the our first year of the Northwest Passage race, so we will need all the help we can get. Yes, we will riff off the 1940 Spencer Tracy movie of the same name, filmed in McCall. Participants in the Friday evening vert event are encouraged to race in Roger's Rangers costume. Sign up soon! After the race Saturday evening, racers, families and friends can enjoy BBQ, podium awards and shwag, plus a showing of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival.
  4. What fantastic photos! I want to show these to my kids and friends. See? It's beautiful and fun up there! What slide alder and rain?
  5. la sportiva vs scarpa vs lowa

    Can't add any info about the Scarpas, but you might be interested in these comparison pics of LS Trango S and Lowa Cevedale boots. I've also included my Trango Primes and Dynafit EVOs for comparison. Sizing, I wear a 45 Trango, and 44.5 in both the Prime and Cevedale. The EVOs are mondo point 28. All fit well. The Trango Cube looks like a great boot, hopefully longer lasting and drier than the Trangos. Even lighter too. But $$$!!! The Cevedales were $150 on sale at Sierra Trading post with one of those "extra 40% off" emails.
  6. Long Moderate Routes in Central ID?

    What do you consider moderate? There are tons of routes in the Sawtooths and Pioneers under 5.10 and up to 13 or so pitches (especially in the Pioneers). This time of year access is still an issue, but with the marginal snow a lot of the trailheads are opening up two months ahead of schedule. Check out some of the older threads in this section.
  7. Middle Fork Salmon River rock climbing?

    There would be fantastic multi pitch climbing in the lower gorge, but no boat can stay more than one night below Big Creek, making taking the time to do any route impossible. Unless.....you could catch a ride with another trip a day or two later. Rumor has it that river guides have been using this trick to tick off first ascents for decades. Max Bechdel probably has done a few choice pitches on the splitter granite down there. My dream is to get a packer to haul gear into Ship Island Lake, then canyoneer down to the river, climbing the mega walls along the way, then thumb a ride downstream to the road.
  8. Slick Rock

    I'd like to see you ski it. 70 degrees, more or less. http://cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/505/medium/IMG_05472.JPG
  9. Pat McGrane's Pioneer climbing guide

    It's about time somebody reported from Idaho. My friend Pat has compiled the first comprehensive guide to alpine climbing in Idaho's Pioneer range, and posted it courtesy of Tom Lopez's Idaho climbing guide web site. Several of these routes are worthy of AAJ entries, but knowing Pat he will never bother. Enjoy, and please read the intro about keeping this area pristine. http://www.idahoaclimbingguide.com/pat-mcgranes-wildhorse-classics-guide/
  10. Carrying your water on alpine objectives?

    I like the sock idea. I do something similar with beer cozies. Also pictured is my Japanese thermos with the flip top. The Cascade 1 liter bottles are about 79 cents at Winco, filled with tonic water! I've given up on bladders and hoses for any trip below freezing. Insulated, not, it doesn't seem to matter. Sooner or later I'm thirsty and my hose is frozen.
  11. May use this technology. "Human climbing with efficiently scaled gecko-inspired dry adhesives" http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/102/20140675 Yes, it would be aid. How long do you think it will be before Vibram, 5.10 or another rubber company utilizes this line of science? Or has it happened already?
  12. best of cc.com I made an amazing geologic discovery!

    I bet he saw Stein's pillar.
  13. Strategic Shoveling

    All the level 1 courses here in SW Idaho cover it extensively.
  14. North Idaho/E. Washington Ice

    Copper Creek Falls is fun. IV two pitches. Sometimes the upper pitch is dicey, like when it was a bubble lens like a P-51 canopy over a dark abyss with water running down it. I don't think I've ever been as wigged out as that 4 or 5 steps up and across
  15. Mike Adams and I climbed Stein's in 1984, my first real summer of rock climbing under Mike's tutelage. A great ending to a great summer before heading off to the Army. At the time, there were about a half dozen entries in the summit register, including some rather famous names. I felt like I'd really done something. Your pictures bring back many great memories. Thanks!
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