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  1. I'm a semi-experienced climber who is also in the film business. I'm beginning to put together a small documentary about climbers and climbing and issues related to climbing. I am trying to get some good climbing stories. Good can mean anything. Any climbing experience that is interesting and entertaining to listen to.


    Please email me at thatcherk1@gmail.com if you have a story or if you know someone that has a story and might be willing to share it.


    This is for people in western Washington. For good enough of a story, I'd drive to Portland or Bend to interview.



  2. If I died tomorrow, if I died any time in the next 35 years, I'd feel I left work undone, I'd feel like I let people down who were counting on me for support, friendship, guidance, wisdom. I'd also feel cheated.


    you wouldn't feel anything. you would be dead. I talked to my dead uncle and he said that people don't feel anything after they die.

  3. that story sounds a lot like a fall that I had last April. I fell 1600 vertical feet down a 50 degree slope of rock and ice mix. Same deal with the injuries. I have a plate in my leg now, and I have lots of cuts on the stomach from the ice and rock. I lost my footing while descending, and the ax wouldnt grab the solid ice. I was soloing, and the first person to find me was the head of search and rescue for the area who was out hiking that day. And they flew me off the mountain just in time in high winds and bad weather. However a week later some famous climber/sierra guidebook writer fell in the exact spot that I did and came out a lot worse. I think it was because he wasn't wearing a helmet.


    thats all, just wanted to give my input.

  4. im climbing with some new guys, and I tried to convince them to do emmons, but they didn't want to. I've been up the mountain 3 times and every time has been DC route. As hard as I try I can't seem to get anyone else to want to try another route. Oh well. about emmons, I hear it's tricky to get down to the glacier from the rock on the approach to shurman. is that true only late in the season, or is it even true at all?

  5. anyone been up DC lately? does it still have some snow on it? Is the route pretty good above the cleaver? Hows the gap between Ingraham and the cleaver?


    Any information would be helpful. I hate climbing rainier in August. I sure do like the Ingraham direct route much better than the stupid cleaver.



  6. Me and a friend are driving up to Seattle from LA leaving the 5th. We want to stop by Shasta and climb it on the way up. I was stuck in a whiteout at 12k ft last november, and I am now determined to finish it off. We are planning on doing the avy gulch route. I have a stove. Right now I don't have a tent, but I might be able to borrow one. PM, email or call me if you are interested.

    email: thatcher@biola.edu

    phone: 323-219-9913

  7. yeah two days is better than one for sure. Would you consider doing it the following weekend, aka the 1st,2nd or 3rd? This weekend I am busy. I'm a little out of shape now, but will be more in shape by that weekend...and im determined to summit that dang mountain after being caught in a storm last thanksgiving on the mountain. So I won't be defeated this time.


    Anyways, let me know if you are up to it for like the 2nd and 3rd or something like that.

  8. mark,

    just do it in a day. wake up at like 11pm in the parking lot, and start hiking. pack light. it's only 6,000ft elevation gain. Then just glissade down the whole mountain. well after lake helen it isn't very steep. So you could bring the skiis.


    P.S. I am pretty sure I'll be driving up to seattle from LA in early or mid august and will be up for a shasta climb with you. I'll send you an email when I know for sure when I'm heading up there.

  9. Hey out there. I was thinking of either getting the la sportiva trango S evo GTX or going for a plastic boot (like koflach degre). Any suggestions?


    what happened to your glaciers?

    i finally got a pair. they sure do beat my old degrees

  10. Is there anyone here or does anyone here know someone who has climbed for years and years, but is now shall we say "well aged", yet isn't letting their physical limitations actually limit them, even if it means slower summits.


    My point is that I want to find some old school guy who is still climbing (because old people climbing are much much more interesting than us yougins) and I would like to shoot a documentary about that person if they have maybe another rainier climb left in them this summer.


    Let me know if y'all have anyone in mind.

  11. I am thinking of doing a traverse around Rainier this summer. Not the wonderland trail, but up hight at about 8-11,000 ft on the glaciers and rocks. I have been around the East side climbing both DC and Emmons to the top.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on routes or where to find good routes. I am thinking of going couterclockwise from camp Muir, then across to the Ingraham, etc. Any ideas? are there any unpassable sections?