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  1. Joshua Tree climbing management plan

    Today (3/13/22) is the last day to submit comments to the NPS about their restrictive climbing plan for J-Tree, including a very dangerous sounding proposal to let old bolts "age in place." https://www.accessfund.org/take-action/campaigns/speak-up-now-joshua-tree-attempting-to-prohibit-bolts-in-wilderness
  2. The NPS is soliciting comments on a climbing management plan for Joshua Tree. The core issues they appear to want comments on have to do with preservation of petroglyphs/Native American sites; formalizing trails and reducing environmental damage; and bolting. Even though this plan is specifically for Joshua Tree, it seems worth commenting as it's likely at least some components of whatever plan they end up with will probably spill over into climbing management in other parks. NPS link
  3. for sale Misc closet cleaning

    Helping someone clean out some stuff in the gear closet. All items pick-up-able in Portland, cash only. Still available if it's still posted. 1) Black Diamond Raven ice axe w BD leash SOLD 2) Five.Ten Hueco trad shoes, US 9. Well used, still some life left. $10 3) Chacos (I think ZX2 model), women's US 8. Excellent like-new shape, barely worn. $60 4) La Sportiva Akyra trail runners, women's US 9.5 / EU 41. Like new, almost out of the box condition. $70 5) La Sportiva Ultra Raptor trail runners, women's US 9.5 / EU 41. Used but still in good shape, $30 6) Asolo leather hiking boots, women's US 9 / EU 41.5 (proof that Sportiva's numerical sizing is all screwed up!). Not sure of the model, maybe an older TPS 520. Leather is somewhat worn from snowshoes but soles are in excellent shape with tons of life left. $100 7) Stanley food thermos ~ 1L size. $5 8) Gregory women's Maven backpack. Not sure of exact size, maybe 65L? Heavy old beater and well used. $10 to a good home 9) REI Venus 75 women's backpack. Also a heavy old beater but a little lighter and in better shape with medium use. $30 10) misc guidebooks/maps - open to offers 11) Next Adventure flask, 5oz, stainless. Never used. $5 12) MSR snowshoe tails for Lightning Ascent snowshoes. Only used a few times, excellent shape. $40
  4. Some mountaineers say the Valley of the Silent Men is the most beautiful in all of the Olympics.
  5. Trying to reduce the gear hoard of stuff that's not being used. Everything available for pickup in Portland. Shipping might be possible, we can discuss. Note on sewn goods: ropes were stored inside a duffel bag, so no direct light, not near chemicals, but caveat emptor, read descriptions below. All items were stored in a dry basement in a nonsmoking house. Offers or trade for beer will be considered. Ropes (L- R): 1) yellow gym rope (don't remember brand) - SOLD 2) blue Edelweiss 9.2mm x 70m dry treated - SOLD 3) purple Beal Rando 8mm x 30m glacier line - SOLD Shoes (clockwise from top left): 1) Boreal Diabolo, US 8.5. Used in the gym, fair bit of life left. $10 2) Scarpa Origin Euro 41. Got tested out once and then life happened and they were forgotten, so basically new. $40 3) Evolv Pontas lace US 8.5 - well used, toes still intact but one is starting to blow, so could use a resole. Free 4) Sportiva Tarantulace Eur 39.5 - both toes blown but only the very outer rubber, would be fine with a resole. Free 5) Evolv Shaman (1st version) US 9 - well used, right toe blown with small hole into underlying leather. Free Gear (clockwise from top left): 1) CAMP Carvex #9 dyneema hex. SOLD 2) CAMP nuts, #3-5. SOLD 3) blue Mammut 120cm dyneema Contact sling. SOLD 4) green Edelweiss 60cm sling SOLD 5) yellow BD 60cm nylon slings x 4 - SOLD 6) Metolius PA, mfg 2011. Well used but in good condition (no damage). At the end of its life, so could be good for racking or hauling or house projects or something. Free 7) BD Neutrino x 2 (red tape bands). These were left outside for 1 yr after being left behind rapping off a project in the forest. No visible rust, and seem fine. Free 8) BD Neutrino x 4. SOLD 9) Omega Pacific 20kn aluminum rap rings x 3. Never used. $5 for all
  6. for sale FS: Petzl Aztarex pair with leashes

    Edit: Raven Pro is sold!
  7. Pickup in Portland preferred, otherwise can ship for cost. Petzl Aztarex - hammer and adze pair with BD leashes and shafts wrapped with grip tape. Petzl Blue Ice picks are sharp. Great tools and lots of life left. I picked them up used years ago but need something with a real spike. Trade for pair of Petzl Sum'tecs, otherwise $250 for the set.
  8. [TR] Summit Chief - Standard 09/21/2019

    Awesome! Great photos, as always.
  9. Old Everest Expedition Article

    Thanks for posting Kurt, that's neato. Has no one really climbed the full NE ridge yet? (I thought it finally went down in the late 90s, but maybe not the whole thing?) Really cool to see your old photos, I'm sure a lot has changed about how the "scene" is out there compared with when you were there. Side note re Chinese/Tibetans, I just discovered China has made some kind of Chinese version of Vertical Limit (called "The Climbers"), featuring amongst others Jackie Chan (??), which makes propagandistic references to how the 1960 Chinese climbers have to summit "their" mountain... Oy...
  10. Various closet cleaning. Available for pickup in Portland, or we can work out shipping for rough cost. 1) Sportiva Katanas - men's 39.5 - used a couple of times, a little too narrow for me. Edges like new. $60 2) Sportiva Tarantulas - men's 39.5 - tested once inside but fit was off. Basically new. $50 3) Julbo Explorer XL glacier glasses with case and cleaning cloth. Like new (too big for my face). $75 4) MSR Whisperlite stove, three 22oz fuel bottles with pump, 1.5L + 2L stainless pots with heat exchanger and lid, pot gripper, windscreen, storage bags, etc. Heavy by modern standards but basically indestructible. Well used but in good condition. $50 for all. 5) BD Ion 80 lumen ultralight headlamp. Never used cause I couldn't get into the "touch" button. $10 Petzl Zipka (with retractable band that you can use to hitch it to things). Original 3 LED version from over 15 years ago! Basically a candle compared to modern headlamps. Maybe fun for kids? Free to a good home. 6) old BD headlamp - takes 2x AAs in a battery pack, 2 proximity LEDs and a focused center spot LED. Free to a good home. 7) Two old style BD Hotwires. Minimal use as I apparently forgot about them in a box for years. Used lightly on bolts if that matters. $5 for both. 8) Julbo beater glacier glasses. $5, or free with any purchase above $10.
  11. Trad anchors

    HEY BROS, I AM HAVING A HARD TIME CHOOSING WHICH PREMADE TRAD ANCHOR TO BUY. MEDIUM ANCHOR HAS A WIRE FOR EQUALIZING THE PIECES, BUT THE SMALL ANCHOR IS CHEAPER AND HAS AN EXTRA WEIGHTED CHARM FOR MORE PLACEMENT OPTIONS. THOUGHTS???? ALSO ARE THESE INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS CLIMBING SAFE??? https://www.endclothing.com/us/off-white-medium-industrial-keychain-omnf006s182530089100.html https://www.endclothing.com/us/off-white-small-industrial-keychain-omnf005s182530089100.html
  12. Trad anchors

    The next stage of this saga has unfolded. Sez R&I: "You really will feel special when your friend Becky, who was the first to get endclothing.com’s silver $219 Kong Chocks keychain, can’t afford the Louis Vuitton chalk bag. Dreams really do come true." For the low low price of $1,590.00. They also make a $3,000.00 backpack version: "Inspired by mountain climber's bags, the Chalk backpack is a fashion-forward combination of practical detailing and House signatures." I'm still trying to unpack that sentence. Does "practical detailing" refer to the... ice axe loop?
  13. Anyone have a spare they don't need? If you're in Portland, I'm happy to swing by and swap you a beer for it.
  14. What hapened with the site?

    Thanks! Changed the bookmark to https and it loaded immediately.
  15. What hapened with the site?

    I have the same problem. Trying to go to the homepage on desktop Chrome, no dice. Go to a subpage and it loads.
  16. Suunto recommendations?

    I have a Core that's a few years old. For outdoor use I keep it in altimeter mode so I haven't tried the barometric storm warning alarms or whatever. The display seems easier to read than the older Vector model. Nothing fancy but it works well to gauge how high you are on a ridge, etc. The battery seems to last for about a year.
  17. Central Oregon Cascades - USFS comments due 5/21

    As the Deschutes NF decided to still take the nuclear option and plans to institute a massive paid permit and quota system for the Central Oregon Cascades from May - October, people who submitted comments on the original draft proposal have an opportunity to object or appeal the USFS's decision. Someone I know wrote out a guide on how to do this, which I am quoting below:
  18. The USFS has released a proposed management plan that would require prepaid permits with quotas even for day use in the Central Oregon Cascades. This would massively restrict access, and would affect climbing on all of the Central OR Cascades volcanoes. Comments are due to the USFS by 5/21/18. I just found out that the Access Fund has a page set up to help send in your comments. If you want to read the whole 188 pg USFS proposal, it is here.
  19. sold! Entry level ice tools and axes

    Pretty sure the 4th red one ("unknown brand") is an early/mid-90s Black Diamond X-15.
  20. NWAC weather graph

    If you customize the chart and then save it as a bookmark and then try to open the saved one in a new tab, it also just says "loading plots" and spins indefinitely without loading the graph. Lame.
  21. NWAC weather graph

    David Kantola's weather graphs interpolating NWAC data for the prior 7 days appear to have gone offline - the dkantola.nl URL now redirects to a .cn jewelry website. Not sure what's going on there, but those graphs were fantastic. Anyone know whether they were moved elsewhere, or if there's another source for telemetry weather graphs like that?
  22. NWAC weather graph

    Awesome, thanks!
  23. Vertical Limit guide to climbing

    It's too bad that his 2nd video - the Cliffhanger Guide to Climbing Gear (featuring the ice screw gun!) - appears to have been taken down via a Sony Pictures copyright claim... https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=seluTSIqoQ4 He must not have ever gotten around to doing the 3rd installment, which I believe was supposed to be called the Eiger Sanction Guide to Training. (Probably something about climbing in jeans with a six pack in your rucksack...)
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