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  1. I'd love to see an accident forum on here where people can report accidents and fill in a template re: common data points like points covered in Accident in NA Mountaineering. The template could have fields to prompt thought process, such as causes (drop-down, multi-select list i.e. exceeding abilities, hubris, gear broke, etc., and a freeform field for additional data), location, time of year, etc. It'd be a great bank of knowledge, much like Accidents in NA Mountaineering, but searchable.
  2. Ground Fall at Ozone

    Anyone have news on the climber who fell at Ozone today? Apparently she took a 50' ground fall and couldn't feel her legs at the time of the accident. http://www.kgw.com/mb/news/local/washington/portland-woman-injured-in-50-foot-fall/138986539
  3. More Fantastic News Reporting

    "...they fell near Hogsback, a popular route on the south side of the mountain…" Sigh. From this article on KGW's website: http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/01/31/three-climbers-fall-on-mount-hood/22653161/ Glad the two are ok…some friends were on the mountain and helped with the rescue. I'd like to know how one falls from the Hogsback…I'm thinking they probably fell coming down the Old Chute or something.
  4. Crater Lake Ski Conditions

    Hey, thanks for the info! Just saw your response today!
  5. Does anyone know the details around Dasan Marshall's fall on Mt Yukla? He went to school with my kids, and I'm saddened to hear of his death. He was a bright soul.
  6. Anyone know ski conditions at Crater Lake right now?
  7. Mt Hood Climber Fall

    Just saw this: http://www.kgw.com/news/Hiker-falls-on-Mt-Hood-rescue-begins-259091751.html Anyone have any info on the climber?
  8. Take it or leave it, but...Rainier's a big mountain. Not sure I would want to do that one for my first shot at mountaineering. You might be in great shape, but there are objective hazards inherent in mountaineering - especially on a heavily glaciated peak like Rainier. If something were to happen to your partner, you wouldn't have the skills to get down - or survive a night on your own up there. Just food for thought. If you do find a good partner, have a fun and safe climb! Rainier's a beauty!
  9. smith theif

    Lighten up, dude.
  10. Chi Running

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for posting. I'm training for Ironman now. This may help.
  11. memorize this face!!!

    Classy way to handle that! Nice going.
  12. Glacier National Park

    A few years ago, I did a ride around Glacier on my bike. Here's what I was told: Bear spray is a really good idea, but make sure it's a large can. They go for around $50 a pop. That said, you better be quick and have good aim, because if you surprise a grizzly, they're very fast. You get one shot with those things, from what I hear. There are also other precautions to take, such as make a lot of noise on trails; especially when going around a blind corner. You don't want to surprise them. If you make noise, most often they'll go away before you get to them. The tiny little bear bells they sell all over the place don't make nearly enough noise. I took to singing My Darling Clementine really loudly as I rode! It's obnoxious enough to make anyone leave you alone. Also, no slinking around...and don't run if you come across a grizzly. Back away slowly. No food in the tent or anywhere near you at night. Don't carry dead fish in your pack, etc.
  13. Cabo San Lucas??

    I'd be very careful if you're considering a guide in Mexico. I'm sure there are some good ones, but Mexico is very lax about enforcing safety (or any) guidelines. All it takes is a mordida (bribe) to get the authorities off your back down there.
  14. AT Setup Advice

    Actually, I've climbed in plastics for years, and am now switching to Randonee myself. The Rando boots are designed for flexibility in the heel. They have a switch you can flip to allow for easier leg bending etc., and they're literally pounds lighter. I just purchased Dynafit bindings and boots, and am really happy with them. I'm small and slower, but have good endurance. Weight means a lot to me, so I've made a point of going as light as possible. It not only allows me to move faster, but makes the trip more enjoyable in the long run.
  15. camping/ lodging in Joshua tree

    The pictures worked. I'm totally stoked...and I'm not even going.