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Everything posted by mkporwit

  1. Very cool, and great pictures as usual.
  2. Trip: South Early Winter Spire - SW Couloir Date: 5/11/2014 Trip Report: I've been wanting to climb this couloir for years. Unfortunately, the last three years have seen me greatly curtail my climbing -- partially due to a motorcycle habit, and partially due to me tearing my ACL and MCL three years ago and never getting back into the swing of things. There were four of us on this climb -- myself, RH, SG, and JG. We left the trailhead at about 8am, having decided to leave the slowshoes in the car. There was a bunch of postholing through the snow in the trees, but once we got out into the open, the snow firmed up. It was a leisurely approach, and we got to the base of the climb maybe around 10:30, having stopped a few times to enjoy the views: The lower portion of the route, and the (difficult) left couloir: Lots of skiers in the basin: We put on harnesses at the base, but forewent roping up 'cause the climb looked to be in very good shape: This, despite the fact that JG had crampon issues, and as a result was climbing with just one. Fortunately, JG has impeccable single crampon technique. When we got to the narrow, iced over section, I decided I was going to climb that and put in a fixed line for the others to prusik on. Another party was rapping down as we were at the crux, so we hammed it up for a group photo: Above the crux was again easy cruising. We topped out around 1pm, and enjoyed the summit for a while: We rapped down part-way, past the crux of the ascent, and then downclimbed. I was the last one coming down, and decided that I didn't like downclimbing this one bit, so JG climbed back up with a rope and we rapped down over that. Two double-rope rappels will get you down the entire steep portion of the couloir. The route will likely be out of shape in a week or two. On the way down, many of the rocks that were frozen in place in the morning had melted out, and some were firing down the couloir. We had some nice glissades on the way out, and headed home. A great day in the mountains. Gear Notes: Picket Second tool Brought rock gear but did not place it Approach Notes: Snowshoes were not necessary, but would have been nice for the hike in the trees, and for the hike out.
  3. Conditions on SW colouir SEWS

    There's a TR from yesterday in the North Cascades section of the forum... Hit it soon, and hit it early in the day. It was quite soft in the afternoon, and the loose rocks are thawing out.
  4. End of Golden Era

    Czesc ich pamieci.
  5. WTB: Canadian Waterfall Ice by Joe Josephson

    Holy shit, $150 on amazon
  6. [TR] Observation Rock - North Face 9/30/2012

    Nice job, KK and JP. I love the views of Rainier from that climb, and you had a stellar weather window for it
  7. Sobo's Updates...

    I'll raise a pint or two to you this evening, Sobo Stay safe out there

    Don't forget a tauntaun
  9. [TR] Mount Hood - Reid Headwall 1/8/2012

    Fixt Nice one, KK
  10. Meet the new Spray Master

    Hmmm, 5 years, a little over 800 posts. Say 200 posts a year. At this rate, I will make Spray Master in, oh, another 46 years? Damn, better get crackin'

    I thought we need at least 10 pages before we can start discussing climate change?
  12. Before you ask me "HEY SOBO, WHAT TIME IS IT??"...

    Trust me... I understand this feeling too
  13. Before you ask me "HEY SOBO, WHAT TIME IS IT??"...

    I'm very sorry to hear that, Paul. You know I understand your frustration. Raising a glass of Oregon Pinot to you and yours
  14. Before you ask me "HEY SOBO, WHAT TIME IS IT??"...

    Oh, also, Happy Birthday, sobo!
  15. Before you ask me "HEY SOBO, WHAT TIME IS IT??"...

    It's always beer:thirty somewhere
  16. Before you ask me "HEY SOBO, WHAT TIME IS IT??"...

    Time to raise a glass, sobo. Or are you well into it? I've got a growler of the Black Raven Trickster that needs drinking. Need space in the fridge. For another growler.
  17. Before you ask me "HEY SOBO, WHAT TIME IS IT??"...

    I'm drinking homemade moonshine I brought back from Poland. I'll raise a glass to Phideaux
  18. Yesterday

    I was smoking crack and worshipping Satan. You're gonna judge my weekend entertainment choices now? Awww, you didn't invite me, sobo?
  19. Looking for models for a Hiking Photoshoot

    Hey, hands off my titanium shaft. Get your own... perverts
  20. [TR] Redoubt - South Face 8/7/2011

    Nice one, Stephen. One day my gimp leg will be healed and I'll be able to climb again.
  21. Double Dip

    More than a handful is wasted...
  22. Nice job, Anastasia and Wayne. Nice to see a FA bagged on a big volcano
  23. I tore my MCL and ACL skiing last Friday, and am now facing surgery. I have the doctor picked out (I think), but am looking for thoughts on particularly good physical therapists, preferably on the Eastside. So, anyone have a PT they want to recommend? Or should I just be going with whoever my surgeon recommends?
  24. ACL surgery rehab recommendations

    @archenemy -- I will do that. Thanks for the tip.