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About grandpa

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  • Birthday 08/04/1951


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    North Dakota
  1. I'll take the pulleys, 2 quick links and the Smith rock book. PM you shortly.
  2. Spot vs Inreach vs ???

    OK, I can see that. Maybe a loose definition of "below Camp Muir", but valid. I don't take the kids there, and I may go take a look myself one day. Thanks.
  3. FS (price drop) Never used OR Alpine Bivy

    Check PM, please.
  4. Intro to alpine climbing - noobs wanna do Hood?

    Howdy yerself ;-) Check PM.
  5. Spot vs Inreach vs ???

  6. Random question re electrical networks

    This is done in Northfield, Mass. I toured the facility about 20 years ago, quite interesting.
  7. Spot vs Inreach vs ???

    Yes, that's essentially all I want. I'll look into the one you suggested. Thanks....
  8. Spot vs Inreach vs ???

    I've decided it's getting time to consider a locator device, and would like a comparison from experienced users, not just the advertising by the device companies. Anyone care to share the +/- of their devices? Thanks in advance...
  9. Eldorado Peak

    Thanks, I've been looking at this one for a while. I do hope it is good weather, I like the views on top as much as the hike up.
  10. Eldorado Peak

    Sandy, just saw your post re: El Dorado... check your PM.
  11. Absolute newbie; where do I start?

    Not true, Mazamas basic course registration starts next Tuesday... www.mazamas.org Further, the Mazamas have some *very* good online instruction sessions on Youtube. However (and this is important!), these videos are not suitable for use "in lieu of" competent personal instruction, but they are useful to give you an idea of what some aspects of mountaineering are all about.
  12. Paradise Questions

    Ha! I've been wondering if you were still around. Haven't seen a post from you in a while. I did another summit this summer, Shuksan. A most excellent climb, and in some ways I liked it more than Rainier, even though its summit elevation is a mile lower. I used the same folks as when I climbed Rainier (IMG, highly recommended). A very good place to eat is the Copper Creek Inn. Another is the Wild Berry. Both have good food.
  13. South Sister Inquiry

    Thumbs up on each of these.
  14. Looking to join a summit of Rainier group.

    I agree, my take on this is that a guided trip will cost *far* less than say, a broken leg or the like, if things go wrong, even if you have good insurance. Things might go well, they might not. I first saw, and started watching that mountain when I was about your age, and finally summited it on my 61st birthday, using International Mountaing Guides in Ashford for the guide service. That was money VERY well spent. And even though it was a most perfect day, weather wise, had I tried it on my own with some "online climbing buddies" of unknown capabilities, I can think of a few times things might not have gone well at all. I learned a lot that I didn't know that I didn't know by going with guides. Prior to making the decision to go, I read a LOT; (Freedom of the Hills, various other books, nwhikers.net, Cascadeclimbers.com, Summitpost.org), and took a few trips up the trail to Camp Muir prior to making the decision that yes, I can do this, but with someone who knows HOW to do it. I have no doubt whatever that you can do it. I did and I'm not in the same conditioning category as you appear to be, but there is more than physical conditioning and good weather to make it up and (more importantly), back down Rainier. That is a serious undertaking.
  15. Used Ice tools?

    Good idea, and thanks (to all) for the various opinions and ideas.