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  1. Advice for First Timer to N Cascades

    If you don't mind camping on snow (since it'll be snowy as a MF around Wing Lake during your timeframe), then one of the ridge routes on Black Peak would have nice ambiance and views if weather allows. On paper this doesn't look like a huge / difficult mountain but I feel like it's a good "toe in the water" alpine environment in the way that Sahale is. Another pretty cool place is Gothic Basin. On paper not as ambitious or high altitude as a lot of the options described here, but there's aesthetic scrambling on Del Campo. This could be a good back pocket alternative if you want something that has less snow or a lower level of effort than some of the bigger alternatives.
  2. Gun Show?

    Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough reply.
  3. Gun Show?

    What is the scoop? I haven’t hiked in to see the aftermath of the rockfall incident from awhile back. Are people climbing there again? Categorically avoiding the area? Which route(s) were affected? I don’t know how to think about the risks beyond the generic quip about geologic time including now.
  4. There's faces and couloirs all over the range, some with easy access, some not. I've been on a lot of the standards, and want to hear from the experienced pros on this site about your favorites that aren't necessarily in the "Selected..." books/lists. I'm not a good skier so I'm asking more from the perspective of having a fun climb experience.
  5. I'm looking for a winter / spring outing in this neck of the woods that is sufficiently mellow enough to be done unroped, and done in a long day from the road. Probably not on skis. I know about hard routes around here, but other stuff not so much. Suggestions? Looks like Ruby Mountain across the way is mellow and may fit the bill.
  6. question Alpine, ice climbing pack

    The Black Diamond Speed 40 pack has a plastic sheet and stay. Their fabric is nylon; not the bombproof cordura of the CCW. They're about half the cost of Cilogear and HMG (usually can be found on sale for $130ish). It's a little smaller volume than the Chernobyl but probably adequate for winter daytrips. I see a lot of these in the hills, and think they fill the market niche you're in (threading the needle between affordability, durability, light weight). The older I get, the more convinced I am that I don't need a "cool kids" climbing pack for the majority of Cascade rambling where there's 0% chance of hauling a pack up a belayed pitch. If you're after some comfort, you may want to look at a Gregory Zulu 40 or Osprey Exos. The narcissistic elitist in me wants to carry a pack that signals that I'm more of a "cascadeclimber" than a "nwhiker", but it may be worth taking a look if you're seeking something that can give you some comfort / support (and maybe a pocket or three).
  7. Alpine 8/11-8/13

    I've got a hall pass this weekend with my wife and kids visiting the in-laws. I'm free from 9am-ish on Friday (after kids get dropped off at preschool), and would like to be back in Seattle Sunday evening at a reasonable hour. I've struck out on feelers with people I know, and am turning to climbing partner Tinder here. I'm interested in something alpine 5.8-5.9ish or under (harder if you wanna lead harder). It doesn't have to be technical rock necessarily, either. I don't have fingers of steel at the moment but have decent mountain / approach fitness. We'd be a good match if you're organized and experienced. I promise I don't suck and don't have any personality disorders. I'm interested in Pickets, Buckner, Triumph, but open minded as well. I'd prefer something not in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness just because it's unusual for me to get this much time and I'd like to take advantage of going a little farther away. Holla.
  8. Cascade high routes

    Ptarmigan Traverse unroped and speedy Leor's accomplishments are extraordinary, but I post as reference for a party that did the Ptarmigan Traverse (in its modern incarnation as a high route) sans rope. I think "weekend warrior" type folk could reasonably consider doing this route unroped in appropriate conditions.
  9. Icicle conditions?

    How's things looking in the Icicle? I'd like to go cragging soon with my neophyte brother, and was thinking of Icicle Buttress area, Barney's Rubble, or maybe Castle Rock sometime next week after this stretch of clear days. Is stuff all wet / dripping?
  10. Sisters Traverse?

    Anyone ever done this or something similar?
  11. Snow climbs (crooked/slot) on Snoqualmie?

    Two thoughts: 1. The top of Alpental cam shows some snow still, and taken at face value suggests possibility for good snow where you want it: http://www.summitatsnoqualmie.com/conditions 2. I've heard many tales of woe from folks who want to descend the Cave Ridge trail / climbers path down the west side who didn't come up that way (e.g. after having done Improbable Traverse on Guye). If you don't locate the path exactly, it's easy to wind up in really crappy steep treed terrain and do sketchy rapping / down scrambling on loose stuff. There's probably friendly footprints in the snow up high to help guide you down, but if not, I'd try and download some GPS tracks or something. Just dead reckoning down the slope figuring you'll hit the path is ill-advised.
  12. I don't want to pay for your climbing trip

    ITT: sour grapes over not getting pro deals
  13. PM me your email address for photos. Blank Slate Climbing Board: Kinda like the informercial removable doorframe-mount pull up bars, but with a board to which one can mount a hangboard or holds. Purchased in 2013 and doesn't exactly line up with any of their current project lineup, looks like their "Intensive 105" model in terms of dimensions. Screw holes where I mounted the Metolius, as well as t-nuts slots. $60. Metolius Project Hangboard: Used, but you can't tell. $20. $70 takes them both. For the dirtbags out there, I'm open to trading and seeking the following items: Ski goggles Womens S or XS insulated ski/snow pants La Sportiva Katana shoes Nice running hydration pack (e.g. Salomon skin hydro 12, Nathan Vapor air / cloud) Located in Magnolia near Vertical World Seattle.
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