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  1. Getting excited for the coming ski season, but need to do something with this new human in my family. Anybody ready to part with their KinderShuttle or another good baby sled or pulk? It would be used mostly for skiing in-track/on groomed XC trails, but also hopefully the occasional easy BC outing. Thank you!
  2. Edited to remove this post. Just found my puffy! Feel like an idiot, but a happy one. Sorry about that.
  3. What should one expect on the Kautz glacier route at the end of August / start of September? Hard ice?
  4. Wes, I'm so sorry about your friend's accident! We must have been already way down on the trail because we never heard anything. I had no idea you needed help up there until I read this report just now. I'm glad everybody is OK in the end and wishing him a full and speedy recovery. We'd met the 3 NEWS climbers on the trail on the way up. Kudos to them for helping, and to SAR of course. Thank you for the report. Cheers Paulina
  5. Trip: Liberty Bell, WA Pass - Beckey Route Date: 6/22/2013 Trip Report: RK and I went to Washington Pass on Saturday. The plan was to do the N Face of Concord and then maybe the Beckey Route on Liberty Bell. The N Face of Concord was really wet, so we roped up for Beckey. A very nice party of 4 from Monroe (hi fearless leader Wes!) let us climb next to them and then ahead of them. I had climbed the route a couple of years ago, but kept forgetting which way to go, and the ST route description somehow was very confusing. When in doubt (on p3), go the well-traveled way . Anyway, what I love about the Beckey Rte is how grippy the rock is on it. Always felt super-solid. Pictures here. Gear Notes: Ice axe and/or poles for the snow. We wore crampons in the morning on the way up, but the snow was soft and we could have bare-booted it. Others did. Approach Notes: Patchy snow higher on the trail, solid snow after awhile on the approach path, then loose rock, then steep-ish snow to ~100+ ft under the Liberty-Concord col. As always, beware loose rock in that gully.
  6. This doesn't seem to be used much, but I'll give it a shot: 1. Date - Fri 6/21 evening, back Sat 6/22 evening 2. Washington Pass 3. Seattle 4. 1 5. I can rent a car/zipcar and give rides or would prefer to share an existing ride and pay for gas. I'm meeting a partner there, so this is just for the ride. Thanks!
  7. Has anyone been to the WA Pass area recently, Liberty Bell or SEWS/NEWS? What's it like these days? Snow/ice on the ground, snow/ice on the routes? Thank you!
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    Mt Hood

    Thanks Water and Christoph!
  9. gavastik

    Mt Hood

    Hi all! New to Mt Hood and trying to go with a few fellow skiers on Mem day Monday. My question is how do people usually negotiate climbers vs. skiers on the Old Chute route? I saw the "clusterfuckery" picture and it doesn't look like a whole lot of room for everybody. Is there some sort of standard procedure? Somebody asked about lift-assisted summit attempt. Is that done? I know it's cheating, but is it too dangerous to start so late? From trip reports it seems like everybody gets an alpine start to avoid rockfall. But then the snow probably isn't soft enough to ski in the early morning. I'll keep searching for trip reports, but if anybody has advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Hi! I saw your post for partners earlier, but sorry I can only go on Mem day Monday, and we have a potential group of skiers already. Best of luck finding a partner! And sorry to hijack this thread, I will ask my question in the Oregon Cascades forum.
  11. What's the usual plan for skiing from the summit in terms of avoiding the climbers and getting reasonably pleasant snow conditions on the way down? I'm thinking of heading up on Memorial day. Thanks!
  12. Alpental/off Snow Lake trail ice conditions today: We didn't touch it.
  13. Short of a big-wall harness I for some reason find the BOD more comfortable than any of the fancy new harnesses. But that says nothing to address your GF's issue. I would second the idea of belaying off an anchor instead of the harness. On the rare occasion when I've had to belay and lower much bigger people, it was the only thing that didn't hurt.
  14. Thanks! I guess Valhalla Pure in Squamish is the closest one.
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