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  1. Ok, I too have MH Dragon and love it. I was looking for something less bulky when packed, weights a little less and lighter weight. But then again, if I'm wearing it most of the time I won't be carrying it around. I was looking at the difference between a Patagonia Houdini and a Black Diamond Alpine Start. I'm thinking if I need something more substantial I will use my hard shell (Arcteryx Beta AR).


    I love my MH Torch/Dragon, but it hasn't left my closet after buying a deadbird Squamish hoody. Used my Torch on WestButt and was very happy with it + Mammut Champ pants with an UL hardshell top/bottom in the bottom of my pack the whole trip.

  2. Have 3 packs, all can carry both A-frame and vertical when solid.


    Deuter Freeride Pro 30, Deuter Glide 35+, and Deuter Guide 45+. The Guide is an older model, I'm not sure the new design allows for vertical carry. But looks like the Deuter Rise series are analogous to my older Guide and Glide packs.


    At some point I'll pull the trigger on a Deuter On Top Tour airbag pack.

  3. Wondering how the Garmont Tower boot series perform with respect to durability? Not overly happy with the longevity of my most recent pair of Scarpa Triolet, and considering trying something new vs. having them resoled. Have been very happy thus far with their Dragontail approach shoes, they've handled volcano choss like a champ.


    Specifically looking at Tower Plus LX GTX.



  4. Our strategy was to be early... ...but not first. The beauty of Denali is that early is still 10 am when the sun hits your tent!


    Based on the advice of a very experienced friend we choose to travel in the evening/early AM hours. Far less people, cooler temps (we started 6/1). Less slop/mush on the lower glacier. To each their own, but if I go back, I'd follow that approach again.

  5. After back surgery, I'm forced to off load some packs that have hip belts with padding in areas that put pressure on my incision area. I've been very happy with both packs, just find myself forced to opt for a design that has a channel rather than padding in the lumbosacral area.


    Buyer pays shipping from Sacramento area, or pickup in Northern California is a possibility depending on area/timing. Shoot me a PM if interested


    Gregory Alpinisto 50L, gold, size Medium, in good shape, some char stains from the Pole Creek area near North Sister, one small hole puncture on the bottom repaired. $90 OBO


    Alpinisto 1


    Alpinisto 2


    Alpinisto repair


    Mountainsmith Phoenix 70L, green, good condition with no stains, hauls monster loads with ease, A-frame carry or vertical snow/splitboard carry, huge expansion collar, two abrasion areas on lid repaired, great expedition pack or for extended backpacking or humping the little ones gear. $70 OBO




    Phoenix repair



  6. I didn't think it was excessive. When I became symptomatic with HACE on summit day, while we had our own meds and got down without assistance, I was quite happy to have the expertise and consultation of the rangers and medical team. Do I wish it was cheaper, sure, but the cost won't be what would prevent another trip. YMMV

  7. Anyone been up Jefferson or North Sister recently? Wondering on conditions. Currently looking at the South Ridge on Jefferson and the South/Southeast Ridge on North Sister. Would love first-hand info on the traverses. Any info you can pass along is greatly appreciated!