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  1. Looking to buy a pair of AT ski boots

    I have a pair of atomic tm22's with fritschi freeride at bindings. I have been using my plastic mountaineering boots and occasionally my downhill ski boots with this set up. I would like to get a pair of real at boots. I use the set up for winter climbing approaches, as well as for getting into the backcountry to find some fresh tracks. Size 9.5-10, mens boot Thanks
  2. I am an experienced backcountry skier, however my approaches are usually by snowshoe while carrying my heavy downhill gear. I would like to put together an AT/Randonee setup for a beginner-intermediate skier. I want some skis with alot of floatation, I am only about 160lbs and 5'8, but would want to be able to carry overnight gear for touring in deep snow. If anyone has some used gear for sale, please pm me. I need to go as cheap as possible since tuition is not getting any cheaper. Thanks
  3. FS: Atomic MX:7 w/ G3 Targa $200

    I am interested in the skis if you still have them. I am an experienced back country skier with alpine gear, but want to build a randonee AT setup. I don't need the bindings, but if they have to come with the skis, I can sell them seperately. pm me here at cascadeclimbers
  4. [TR] Whitehorse Mtn- Northwest Shoulder 9/17/2006

    Considering the quickly diminishing amount of daylight, how long did this climb take? How long on the trail, how long elsewhere? Thanks
  5. If I died tomorrow....

    ...sure, actually, on second thought, I want to be buried with it.
  6. Chillout Music

    Holy crap that was funny! chillin tunes with good guitar? David Gilmore's solo work, Pink Floyd's Wish you were here, and to lighten any mood in any environment....The Sean O'Neil Band's Irish Pub Songs!!! (It's pretty tough to be angry, irritated, or depressed when listening to an irish fiddle and a drunk guy singing about "O'Connor's daughter who don't know the taste of water," or some redhead named Molly Malone)
  7. YUCK! Now I know why I haven't gone down there to climb that thing.
  8. If I died tomorrow....

    I can't die tomorrow, I haven't figured out how to explain everything yet to St. Peter at those pearly gates! ...seems I have some planning to do. If I do die tomorrow, who is going to drink all of that Trout Slayer Ale in the fridge?
  9. Climb: Whitechuck Mountain-North Ridge, scramble route Date of Climb: 8/22/2006 Trip Report: It had been many years since I last wandered up the exposed terraces and benches of loose rock on Whitechuck Mountain, and a friend from out of town wanted some cascadian adventure. This has been at least the 5th time on this route, and certainly not the last time, as it is one of my favorite late season climbs. Blueberries, Huckleberries, expansive views, crumbly loose rock, and goat fur strewn throughout the heather covered benches are just some of the reasons I love this climb. The last time I visited this place I had to bushwack up that creek near FSR 2436. My sources at the Darrington Ranger Station said that the road to that approach is closed due to a washout, and suggested a fishermans trail off of the 2035 road. I looked at a map and thought we would give it a try. Not knowing what the definition of a fishermans trail really meant, I prepared for the worse. Map, compass, altimeter, and off we went. The road up there was in great shape, easy to follow, and plenty of parking and turn around space (I hate turning my rig around when the muffler is hanging over 1000' of air). The road ends in a clearcut. Who would've known that there was a very obvious trail at the end of this clearcut (where the best berries were located). This was a delightful surprise. It turns out that the trail is in fantastic shape all the way to the boulder/talus field below the approach gully. Expansive and beautiful views all the way there. No water though. Apparently three liters was not enough for myself, Jill, and our two dogs. Needless to say, we were feeling a bit crispy when we returned to the car. Up the gully, picking our way along the heather benches, until we found the goat trail and the goat-erected cairns. Around 2pm we reached the summit and were treated to some more magnificient views of the Whitechuck, Sauk, and Suiattle river valleys. Glacier peak decided to remain hidden behind the afternoon clouds, but Sloan, Pugh, the Monte Cristo peaks, Mount Baker, etc. remained cooperative for the photo opportunities. Digging in the register we saw that the last time I had been up there was October 2001!!! How time flies. I could have sworn I had been there just a couple of years ago! The journey back to the car was thirsty, but uneventful. A warm diet mountain dew awaited us in the car...apparently we weren't THAT thirsty. Total trip took 5.5 hours, car to car. The approach from the 2035 road is superior to the old approach I used to use. Less elevation gain, well maintained fisherman's trail (where do they fish? Thornton?), and plenty of snacks growing alongside the trail. Best of all, this was my friend Jill's first alpine experience, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a great climb for an introduction to the cascade alpine experience...just enough to get someone hooked before they have to endure the devils club, nettles, rain, snow, and swamps that we have all learned to love in the North Cascades. Gear Notes: Could have used more water. Approach Notes: 45mins from car to gully.

    Mr. Fox....You have labled Mt. Baker as being south of Whidbey Island, on the horizon. You seem to have made a SERIOUS navigational error. No wonder you didn't like the trail system there; you just labled Mt Rainier as Mt. Baker. Mt Baker can be seen in it's entire detailed volcanic self from Mt. Erie. It is located Northeast of Fidalgo Island. Addtionally, With the sun setting, as I imagine it is in your photograph since it is on the OTHER side of the Olys, Mt. Baker would be lit up like a firefly...not a silhouette. ...As for trash, the only trash I see is the NAS on Whidbey. Otherwise, great photo.
  11. WANTED: Randonee/Backcountry Ski gear

    Holy crap....thanks for the advice. Also, thanks for some of the laughs that are standard fare when discussing gear. Here is the "more information" as requested. I will be using the gear for lift serve and backcountry. I would prefer to have the option to do some multi-day tours (in the unlikely event I can have multiple days off of work once the snow starts to fly again). Most of my snowplay has been at the Baker ski area back country. Access has been post-hole booting and snowshoeing out on Shuksan Arm and out towards Table Mountain. I also snowshoe in with a snow board to Hidden Lake Lookout at least once every winter for a few hours of freshies. No tele here for me...no time to learn a new sport. I would use the gear for winter climbing approaches ...volcanoes, Sisters, Cascade Pass, etc. I weigh about 160 and stand about 5'8" Oh ya, did I mention I am a cheap bastard and want to spend next to nothing for this?
  12. WANTED: Randonee/Backcountry Ski gear

    Looking for a good set of used backcountry skis, bindings, and boots. I wear size 9.5-10 alpine ski boots, and ski 170's. I consider myself an expert level Alpine skier. Brand and model recommendations welcome as well. Thanks
  13. Bush Admin Selling off WA Forest

    I look forward to the day that he is in a six-foot deep hole...so I may walk by and spit on his grave.
  14. I was up at Shuksan Lake last week looking at the Blum, Hagan, Bacon peaks. Anyone have any current information/trip reports on these? Approach Beta is what I really need. Thanks