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  • Birthday 11/13/1972


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    Hood River, Oregon
  1. I want to be a "new girl!" (need RN position!)

    Keep in mind that the areas you are applying to are primo places that TONS of outdoorsy folks want to live in. Competition will be tough and in a down economy there is not much moving around. You may have to settle for something in the Big City (aka: Seattle or Portland) to build up your experience and become more competitive, then move into your dream gig down the road a ways. Think of it like climbing mountains...we all know you shouldn't try to summit K2 for your first climb. Gotta work up to it.
  2. Access update for SS Mt. Adams

    Well.....I was there yesterday. Are we maybe talking about two different access points? Steve
  3. Access update for SS Mt. Adams

    Took a little drive up the road today...made it to mile post 47, which is just past the intersection with FS 8031. There are a few trees down along the road, some chainsaw work is evident, one small tree had to drive over. Got nowhere close to the BFT that fell late fall last year, so can't comment on that. Snow blocked further access as I don't have extra ground clearance, only have AWD instead of full 4WD, and no chains. Someone with a larger truck may make it further, but still not close to trail head. Steve
  4. best of cc.com [TR] Mt. Hood - South Sizzle 4/18/2010

    your tauntaun had better be at least avy 1 certified. We don't need no damn alien ice planet dwelling critter tripping off slides. For the love of all south side climbers on all mountains, in all countries, please leash your tauntaun.
  5. Carry that cell phone - in case of an avalanche

    Did an avy I course a couple of months ago...turns out the Iphone sets off digital receivers like the Tracker II. Cool if you're buried and the search party is running digital receivers...pisser if you're a searcher, switched over to "search" mode and your team mates keeping "finding" you instead of the victim. Moral? Turn off your cell phone when in search mode..just one more thing to remember and do when things really go sideways steve
  6. [TR] Mt. Hood - Cooper Spur 3/6/2010

    perhaps a tail rope and a buddy would make that sled pulling a little easier but that last long side hill on the final approach would suck ass.
  7. Mt Hood - South Side/Hogsback

    Assuming weather and avy conditions are within your comfort range, there will be a well established boot pack trail up the hogsback, then continuing up to the left will be the Mazama's route and such. Cruise around the trip report link on this website and you'll find plenty of info Steve
  8. Mt Hood Beta

    sledneck - redneck on a snowmobile
  9. Mt Hood Beta

    Hood River County Sheriff is a member of the Hood River Crag Rats, the north side search/rescue team. They were called on to help look for the guys before Xmas and the other HIGH profile case was with Jerry Cook's crew back in 2006, who were lost on the North side. I don't know if a local search has been going on, or just taking advantage of the clear weather and low snow pack to go for a looksee...bit of training, bit of looking around for lost souls, and a bit of team building. If the Tilly Jane Lot was full, probably a good bet that a bunch of Crag Rats were out and about. The Cooper Spur ski area is well marked from Hwy 35...the turn off is called Cloud Cap Road. Drive to the gate, park in the obvious parking area. The trail is obvious, expecially since it hasn't snowed for years. (it seems). Hike up to the cabin, just keep working up hill. You will get above tree line and all is obvious. Have fun.
  10. Another rockfall story...

    I remember climbing Seneca Rocks in West By God back in the day. We were a pitch up Solar Direct and I was just hanging out belaying, looking over at another pair running up some hardman route. The belayer was looking at me, I was looking at them...then their 2 foot wide, 10 foot long ledge cut loose off the side of the wall and left them hanging off their own belay tie ins. It's pretty crazy watching things go geological. I recall pulling a microwave size block loose at the Gunks in the late 90's as well. My sister in law was on belay below me...somehow the balance point was just right and I was able to keep it on the ledge. Would have made a really red stain when it crushed her into the dirt
  11. Alpine climbing clothing

    Another vote for convertible pants. I wear gaitors, zip off pants, carry synthetic long johns and a pair of hard shell pants in case things go sideways. Not too expensive and chances are you already have the set up buried in your dresser somewhere.
  12. Why climb?

    Because the biting wind, cold exposure, endless vistas remind me that I am not some sheep in the pasture being fed at the whim of The Man.
  13. Anyone climbed the Hog's Back route lately?

    Was skiing Timberline yesterday (1-28) and the boot pack up to the Hogsback and around to the left of Hogs was visible from the parking lot of the lodge. Blind guy with no guide could have found his way yesterday
  14. Anyone climbed the Hog's Back route lately?

    When is the last time you climbed the Hogsback? For the past few years the Hogsback hasn't lead straight up the gates and people have reported a semi technical ice ledge in The Gates...last time I climbed it was late May 2009 and almost all folks were avoiding The Gates and headed up the Old Mazama Route
  15. Some newb ?'s

    I didn't know what to expect on my first Hood climb last spring. I learned a couple of things... Next time I climb I will try everything in my power to take up my skis as walking down that mountain is pretty silly. It's very skiable terrain assuming snow conditions aren't heinous. You going with a group may prevent you from such a luxury but if it's an option and you have the skills...the terrain from Hogsback down is pretty chill. Take music...it's a long walk. Something to distract you from your breathing will be good. If you are in decent cardiovascular shape and can just put one foot in front of the other, you're already 96.73% of the way there. Getting some beta on ice ax/crampon use is good, including practicing self arrest. Tons more to ramble about but you have a bit of time before you climb. I'm sure you'll ask more questions as you go along. Steve