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  1. Knee pain on descent

    3 likely possibilities: patellofemoral syndrome, torn meniscus, or arthritis. (Medial pain doesn't fit with IT band ). Quad strengthening can help with patellifemoral- which is probably most likely. Need to be careful with the exercises though because some can make it worse. Generally quad exercises that don't stress the knee are best. You need a PT. it will get better. Cheers!
  2. flexor tendinitis

    The issues here are inflammation and over-use of an injured tendon. The NSAIDS and/or cortisone might help but your issues will keep coming back if you don't let the connective tissue heal. I'm guessing you will have to be very careful with how much you do with these fingers until the problem is resolved. Glucosamine/chonroitin is thought to be useful for type II cartilage lubrication which is probably not the issue here. Also, "mixed results" is a little more positive than I would give the evidence on that supplement. There may be a surgical option which can remove a pulley that that inflammation is "catching" on. I generally view surgery as a last resort, but if it is seriously affecting your lifestyle... Basically, I think you should really scale back using that finger for a while and see if you get any improvement.
  3. Tele skis/skins/bindings

    Selling these 181 Atomic Tacora skis. They are in good shape and just had a tune and wax. They are great skis with BD 01 bindings and the skins are BD ascension- very good condition, only used a few times. $275 OBO
  4. Tele skis/skins/bindings

    Make me an offer, need to get rid of these. I would be willing to split the bindings/skis as well. The 01's are a really sweet binding and these are standard size/midstiff cartrages. I know skis are not much for resale value but they have inserts for tele bindings and have nice BD skins that come with so would be a great start for someone wanting to get into backcountry.
  5. Oregon Ice 2013

    Can anyone comment on the snow levels around Mt. Bachelor?
  6. Early ice

    So I am new to Seattle and was wondering if some of you veterans out there could tell me where the ice usually forms up first. I have 2 days off coming this weekend and am really looking forward to scouting some ice with the recent cold temps (usually have 1-2 days off a month so you can imagine my excitement!). Am I jumping the gun or are there some possibilities?
  7. Early ice

    Pretty good climbing around Alpental today. Many of the slabby WI2-3 look climbable.12cm screws were the ticket. Saw some guys headed for source lake climbs. Not sure how fat those routes were. From across the lake the conditions looked a little stiffer than my crew of beginners was ready for. Great time had by all.
  8. I 522 Breaking News

    Sadly misunderstanding science again... Just pick a topic and you can always find "brave maverick scientists" that disagree with the consensus. To believe them over the evidence is proof of a bias that you desperately want confirmed.
  9. I522 - Pros and Cons

    I keep hearing the argument the people just want to be informed about their food choices. This strikes me as the most ridiculous argument for 522. What choice has one made when they understand nothing about it? I don't mean this to be derogatory- just that if you look at a label with saturated fat content in one column and daily value in the next, most people can come up with an idea of the implications of that content. Show me someone that can discuss transgenic mutations! Clearly that is not a common consumer and a GMO sticker on the food informs almost no one.
  10. Shoulder Posterier Labral Tear

    Considering the pain is affecting her ability to swim I think you have made the right choice about surgery. You get a really good look at the labrum once the scope is in and you can usually identify any problems that may have been more mysterious looking at MRI. Also, if there is minimal damage, the labrum can be "cleaned up" or even left alone entirely if the doc deems it to be unnecessary. Further, if there is truly a large tear, it will need to be fixed or no amount of PT will help.
  11. Shoulder Posterier Labral Tear

    Just follow your docs advice. It's good to tell them upfront that she is an athlete, because a lot of those orthos understand that and will tell you straight up what you can and can't get away with when trying to push a sports return. Labral repair can go different ways depending on where and how bad the tear was. She's young so hopefully the site of injury has good blood supply (the main factor with this issue) and keep your fingers crossed. I think she can come back faster if she can keep in shape and strengthen everything else while she's waiting for shoulder to heal. Good luck to her!
  12. Mixed/dry tooling area recommendations

    Any drytooling closer to Seattle? I know 38 is pretty close but I have near zero free time and want to stay in some kind of shape. May just have to put a board up in the back yard...
  13. excess leg muscle speculation thread

    Long rides shouldn't add too much bulk so I would say keep at it! Also, the endurance training is way better for your health than climbing and will help get you fit for the mountains. Bike riding will not keep you from 5.10 or 11 or 12...
  14. Need a good vitamin/herbal supplement

    Maybe some vitamin D in the winter if you are not seeing enough sun but I seriously doubt you need any kind of supplements. Save your dough!
  15. Wind River ideas

    I agree with Matt here. A traverse of the range will be sweet but you would spend most of your time walking. Going in on the glacier trail would be fun but no real climbing or good fishing until you hit Gannett. Though I have never fished the Downs Fork drainage, Dinwoody lakes are average fishing. You could get to Gannett cross country by way of Ross Lakes which I have pulled some big rainbows but I will warn you that it is slow going on the North end of that valley. A southern trek is probably better. Not sure what you are comfortable soloing but the N ridge of Haystack is a nice 5.6 but I only remember a couple moves at that grade and the Overhanging tower in the cirque has a fun 5.4ish route. You could go in Big Sandy to hit those and fish Black Joe on the way and I've heard people hit Deep lake for Goldens but I haven't fished it personally. You could drop into Shadow Lake after Overhang tower and head north. East fork Valley looks amazing but I've never walked through it- plenty of lakes and moderate climbs on the dome though. If you head out Scab Creek, Rainbow lake has some good sized brook trout. Most of the lower lakes around Scab will give up a few big brookies on wooly buggers. I have also heard there is good fishing on the other side of photo pass but it is on the rez and you need to get a special permit ahead of time (not too much hassle actually). I don't know that there is much climbing up that way but the hike is beautiful. Keep in mind it is a long ass drive to big Sandy trailhead if you do point to point. I've seen people riding it on bikes, but they are usually covered in dust and don't look super happy. plenty popular though so you might be able to hitch a ride. Also feel free to ask me more as I am the side-kick of the dynamic...delinquent? duo with Matt. Erik (I can feel the Wyomingites rattling the pitchforks after all that fishing beta so good thing I'm heading out of here soon)
  16. Any woodworkers out there?

    For woods that look cool but are a pain in the ass to work with, have stability issues, etc, I prefer to use them as a veneer. save yourself some headaches. Haven't ever used Laurel though.
  17. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    Yep. Generic. Because it's basic info that anyone in the medical field could jot down in a few minutes to answer your vax study question. I could tell you didn't have knowledge of how that worked- sorry I tried to take a few extra min to explain something so "generic". I cut it up into bite sized pieces for you but I guess you just don't like the way logic tastes...
  18. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    are you a "scientist"? for reals? if it would take you a year to dissect "all the misinformation", i'm sure you could dissect just a little in, say, 5 minutes? as long as it took you to post your assertions above? Yeah I could, I didn't read the whole thread but I think I remember you proposing a vaccinated vs unvaccinated study. This is a common trope of anti-vaccinationists and easy to refute so- a lesson in human subjects research... First off, there are studies of vax vs. unvax that have not bolstered the claim that vaccines cause autism, overwhelm a child's immune system, or make them more susceptible to disease in any way. One problem with these studies is that youre looking at a small sample because the thousands of unvax children needed to determine a difference simply don't exist. Also, it's not the best comparison as your control(unvax) is very likely to be different (and possibly homogenous) in many ways to the experimental. This leads to problems with confounders and statistical inference of the results. The best study (and usually what antivaxers are clamoring for) would randomize subjects into a vax and unvax group. Why not? Two main reasons: One, the epidemiological studies up to this point show no reason to suspect vaccines cause autism. Even though there is no randomized study, there is a mountain of good evidence showing the theory to be implausible. Good luck finding the massive funding needed to do the study you want. Secondly, and more important, it would be highly unethical. For the control group, there is a very real personal risk(possible severe illness, permanent injury, or death from vaccine preventable diseases) as well as risk to the population (possible lowered herd immunity). Meanwhile, the experimental group is conferred a known benefit (an undeniable advantage of protection from vaccine-preventable illnesses). This would never pass a human subjects IRB. Regardless, these studies aren't warranted since research generally tries to build upon the evidence we already have and the evidence is overwhelmingly against a causal relationship between vaccines and autism. So, that took me more like 20 min cause I'm a slow at typing, but now any of the antivaxers here won't have to embarrass themselves in public forums anymore by dragging out the 'ol vax vs unvax study.
  19. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    Shoot, it took me 8 pages to figure out Rob is ridiculously sarcastic and hilarious (I hope I have drawn the correct conclusion here) and that it would take me a year to dissect all the misinformation that Kimmo has posted here. Needless to say this thread is as funny as it is scary when read by a scientist. Go get your flu vaccines folks.
  20. New to training

    I like genepires suggestion to just have fun. You are still young and the best thing you could do is just get experience at all kinds of climbing. Get comfortable leading moderate ice and rock and you will feel comfortable and efficient in the mountains. Other than that, if you are interested in improving general strength and endurance, nothing is better than cross country skiing. I think Leavenworth has a junior club.
  21. FYI: GoPro vs Beacon Interference

    Also, keep in mind when using a compass, that any electrical device will create a magnetic field (eg. gopro, beacon, Mount Hood Locator, stupid metallic bracelet, etc...). If anyone liked to have GoPro mounted near your chest/beacon, perhaps they could use a bit of metal screen to make a mini Faraday cage (just wiki it) for the camera.
  22. Not sure where you live, but I second the idea of getting some good boot-fitting help. I have narrow heels and have had the best luck with Sportiva nepal evo extremes. not quite as much insulation as the boots you are looking at though. Also, my favorite setup for cascades mountaineering or ice climbs back in the mountains is a Dynafit TLT boot. Light, plenty of articulation, and a mold-able liner. They climb great, and if you have to ski in anyway...
  23. I second the Mountain Shop or Next Adventure. Every shop has its advantages. Along with new stuff, NA has lots of closeouts so you can find good deals and tons of inventory. Mountain Shop specializes in all the latest-greatest backcountry and mountaineering gear- so don't sell as many Dukes. However MS does have the best grinder in town and best wax knowledge. Neither store is specifically back country either and are local-independent shops. You'd be a fool to buy or mount backcountry gear anywhere else in Portland or Oregegon for that matter. Those shops sell and mount more BC gear in a week than other shops see in a month or even in a season. I am personally biased for Mountain shop because I know the staff there and the collective ski knowledge is insane, but I have met the guys from NA and they are pretty great too.
  24. Good non-insulated boot with a front welt???

    There may be others but LaSportiva Trango Extreme is the least insulated/light weight toe welt boot I know of. Mt. Blanc is insulated and about the same as Nepal.
  25. Need to pare down the gear inventory. Loc in Portland. You pay shipping if needed. (I have shipped skis before and is usually ~$50 +/- 10) For sale are: Atomic Tacora 181cm with BD 01 mid-stiff bindings and BD ascension skins. All in very good condition! $350 Ski bases are in great shape and I just gave the edges a tune and base waxed. SOLD Petzl M10 Crampons. Comes with 2 more front points (I have them set up as mono, but they can be changed back to dual), wrenches, and spacers. Great crampon- lots of life left. $75 La Sportiva Muira lace size 39. used once. basically new for $90 Scarpa T2 tele boots 25.5 (dark blue ca. 2000ish I think). Lightly used, good condition $50 Lowa AT Boots. Soles are still in great shape. size 26.5, $30