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  1. Uncut sleeping pad foam?

    Seattle fabrics if you are in Seattle. Also rainshed or outdoor wilderness fabrics would also have what you need in 60" widths. All do mail order. http://www.seattlefabrics.com/neoprene.html#Closed Cell Foam
  2. Ushba Ti Ice Axe - anyone have one?

    One of my partners has one. Didn't feel very substantial but I wouldn't go so far as to say it felt unsafe. He generally only took it on long multi-day trips where weight was more of a concern. I never found it to be worth the money for the weight savings but if I found a good deal on one I'd be willing to use it. As others have said, I don't think it would swing well or hold a great edge but for basic self belay and arrest it would probably be fine.
  3. Totally agree that the parks dept is pretty poorly run and leaves a lot to be desired but as for fleecing travelers for cash...not so sure about that. I'd say the opposite is true in that they make it difficult to even give them your money in the first place. I've spent about 75 days camping at parks in Kauai over 4 different trips since 1999 and I've paid them a total of about $25 to camp (other than for the Kalalau Trail). I haven't been there in about 5 years but historically the only way to even pay them is to drive to the city, find the government office, wait in line, fill out paperwork and then give them money. Then they won't even take more than 5 days worth of reservations for any campground even though most folks are there for weeks at a time. There is like only that one dude on the entire island I think that actually goes around to the campgrounds to check permits and collect money on-site and he comes around like once every two weeks. There isn't even a drop box to leave money. I've tried to pay them more money for an extended stay and they won't take it and I'll be damned if I'm going to drive or hitchhike halfway around the island to get another permit. If they made it easier to give them money they'd certainly have more. Basically it seems like the accepted status quo is to pay for a few nights and then stay for a month. I'd say $5 a night for beachside camping in Hawaii with running water, cold shower, and a flush toilet has been ridiculously cheap. yeah, it's run down a bit and they could do a better job but it's a steal for a tropical vacation.
  4. Anyone here ever been climbing or trekking the Caucasus; particularly within Georgia? If so I’d like to pm you with a few questions if you have the time… Thanks
  5. I'm contemplating a trip to the Winds the last week of Sept. Never been there and trying to determine the 'season'. Anyone have any input on typical weather that time of year? I would assume it's getting iffy in terms of possible snow, etc. but just curious what people have experienced. Rainy, snowy, pretty cold??
  6. Whole 30

    I don't know your source for that number and I certainly don't know the life expectancy of hunter gatherer types but I do know that reported lifespans for historic periods are often misinterpreted/misleading. They often seem very low because of significant infant mortality. If you remove all the folks that die before they reach the age of 5 or something like that, the lifespan numbers make a huge jump. Regardless of the true number, considering the lack of medicine of any sort ancient life spans are really a moot point. If you include modern medicine, remove all the environmental pollutants that gives everyone cancer, perhaps they would have longer average lifespans than we have now...who knows?
  7. Lightweight Shelter

    I've owned several Tarptents (with probably a couple hundred nights of use) and also have several partners who do as well. They are in use heavily by the long distance hiking crowd. Unless I'm on a volcano or expect extremely stormy/windy weather it's the shelter I use for most trips. It's not going to meet all your requirements 100% but when it comes to lightweight gear, somethings gotta give. I've tried a few models and for right now have settled on both a single and double Rainbow. In fact I just wore out my old Double Rainbow and got my new one in the mail a couple weeks ago. I haven't used a Moment so I can't speak to that model exactly. I like them, think they are well designed, and the listed weights are dead on. The Rainbow is awesome and you probably can’t find much else with room to sit up, full protection, 2 doors and 2 vestibules for 2.5 lbs. Particularly without spending $500. The cons: single wall in the PNT means you are going to get some condensation weather depending. I carry a tiny square of packtowel material to wipe off the inside before I pack it. Also, it’s made of lightweight material so it’s not going to last 10 years. I think they recently released a couple 4 season double wall designs that are still super light. Might be worth checking out. Also note that some of their 1 person designs definitely fit your criteria of fit 2 in a pinch. I think the floor on my single rainbow can fit 2 pads side by side if I recall correctly
  8. Tarp suggestions

    SilNylon is actually very strong in terms of tensile strength. Many high end tents use it now. The trick is that it is not as abrasion resistant as urethane coated nylon (which is typically heavier material). SilNylon works great in tarp or tent fly form but you need to be a bit more careful in products where it's used as floor material (which is pretty common these days). I've been using it for years and have had virtually no issues, though I'm careful about making sure things don't come in contact with the material.
  9. 2-man roped team w/novice on Rainier: good idea?

    It sounds like your husband is in good shape which can go a long way on a mountain like Rainier. That said, it sounds like he is a little unqualified from a technical perspective (in my opinion). Mountaineering, like other sports, typically involves progression. I’m an experienced climber but there is no way I’d personally ever take a fit but inexperienced buddy (who has never done actual rescue practice) on Rainier under those circumstances (one day climb and one a 2 person team). Adding the one day push and then adding the 2 person rope thing further adds to the risk. One day climbs of bigger peaks like that are not done as often and are typically carried out by people who have a pretty good understanding of how their bodies will react to 14k. If he’s never been that high, probably not the best idea. All that said, I tend to run conservative on these things. A guide service is a good option for people who are fit, but lack the technical skills and experience in those types of environments. I’m not sure why he doesn’t want to consider that option (could be money, could be ego) but that’s what those services are for. Rainier really isn’t that hard of a mountain, and the vast majority of people who might not have the technical skills or experienced come through just fine, but when something goes wrong, bad things can happen quickly. If he has never even practiced crevasse rescue and has not set up and used a 6:1 system to haul some actual weight, I think it’s a bad idea to head onto a mountain on a two person rope team. There just isn’t any room for error if his experienced buddy goes into a crevasse. It’s not very likely to happen and considering the number of people that climb each year, very few people have incidents like that. But again, if something does happen, it doesn’t sound like he has the skills or experience at this point to safely take care of the situation. Adding a third experienced person to the team would go a long way to making this much safer. Also, some people may point out that there is lots of traffic on the route which can add to the safety factor. They are right, and if I found myself in a bad situation I’d welcome the help, but relying on the presence of others to offset a known lack of skills on your part is super bad form, IMO. More specific answers to your questions 1. Is their option reasonably safe? No. 2. Is Option #3 reasonably safe? Much better (but still not ideal) 3. If Option #3 is okay, what are some good ways to find good climbers? post here, climb more to meet people 4. What should the team be doing in the next few weeks to prepare? Adams, Hood, practice 6:1 systems under real weight, in the snow in realistic conditions, climb Baker
  10. Thoughts on 30 degree sleeping bags?

    I've had a summerlite for about 4-5 seasons now and love it. It's my go to bag for summer season. I tried a WM highlight for a couple seasons but found I was just a touch too cool in it and decided to try out the summerlite as a slightly heavier (3 oz) and warmer option. It was just the ticket for me. That said, I'm not that big a guy so the narrow size works great for me. (5'8", 150 lbs)
  11. stolen gear, Corvallis, OR

    Small world. I'm just north of you on Dixon St as well, between Circle and Walnut.
  12. stolen gear, Corvallis, OR

    Sorry to hear about your gear. I live in Corvallis and will keep an eye out.
  13. Aconcagua 2012

    I think there is nothing wrong with using a guide service but having done a trip to this peak myself I'd say planning your own climb would cost a lot less than the 3,225 a guide service would cost. If you want them for route knowledge, safety, companionship it might be well worth your while but if you are hiring a guide service because you think 3225 is way cheaper than doing it yourself you are way off in your thinking. This is meant respectfully. I think the logistics of something like an 8000 meter peak could make the guide service a huge asset in terms of simplifying things but Aconcagua is really not that complicated from a logistics point of view. I don't know the exact current costs of things like permits, a mule and a few nights at the hotel nutibarra but I can't imagine a do it yourself would be more than 2000 each (sans airfare). We did ours for probably in the 1000-1500 each range but it was a few years back. This is for the basic trip items like (permit, mule, 4 nights hotel in Mendoza; 2 on either end, fuel, food (mostly purchased locally), and maybe 4 days of local meals in town) There are obviously some other odds and ends but these are the big items for on the ground costs that would be included in the guide service. Either way, best of luck to you
  14. Sleeping bag- FF vs WM

    I've been a long time user of the WM bags. I live in the PNW and through winter and still this time of year I reach for my wife's WM ultralight (20) or my WM Apache dryloft (15) (looks like new after 15 years and 100+ nights). I grab the summerlight late May through early Oct more or less. I have been to the FF shop many times and think highly of their stuff but still prefer the WM bags. If WM ever pushes production off shore I'll likely move to FF instead. If you want complete custom colors/materials/fill FF can't be beat.
  15. North Cascades Backcountry Tour

    According to the website they charge 225 per person per day so this is actually a retail value of $450 (and you got a good deal to begin with), no? "225/day/person for 2 skiers"
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