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  1. Crampons for use with Ski Boots

    I'm currently looking for a pair of used crampons to use for the following: general mountaineering in Scarpa Invernos ski-mountaineering in Scarpa T2 tele boots, or an old pair of AT boots I don't do ice climbing yet Are there specific things to look for regarding using ski boots? All 3 pairs of boots have somewhat defined heel/toe notches, and the teles obviously have the big flat tele-toe which might not fit in some cases? Thanks Aaron
  2. Ideally, a decent pair of AT boots, doesn't need to be super top-of-the-line. If I can't find AT boots, I would also be interested in some cheaper downhill boots instead, for this season I'm a size US 10.5 and am in Eugene. Thanks Aaron
  3. I moved to Eugene this summer and am still learning the area. I want to plan an overnight back country snowshoe/ski trip for some friends and was hoping for some advice on specific areas/trails/shelters to look into. This would be for early January. We are all strong skiers, though most of us have little-to-no (real) back country ski experience. My main concern is avalanches, as I'm from the Northeast where they are not very common. Other back country and winter camping stuff I am familiar with. We won't necessarily be skiing - it could be just snowshoes to a shelter - we just want to get out before school starts. We won't have crampons or ropes - this isn't a climbing trip, though snowshoeing to the top of a hill (for a view or turns) would be sweet, if it is safe. I'm looking at the various shelters available for winter use around the local passes, and was hoping for some more specific direction or information to research farther. Thanks, Aaron
  4. favorite bumper stickers of all time?

    "Give Bush an inch, and he thinks he's a ruler"
  5. Geology Book for Climbers

    Thanks, I'll check those out. Funny you should mention difficulty finding Routes and Rocks... A quick search for it confirmed that online sellers do not have it, and don't expect to, however I was able to find this link to a PDF version (to anybody interested): http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/pacnw/pdf/routes_rocks.pdf Aaron
  6. Geology Book for Climbers

    I was wondering if anybody knows of any geology books that are relevant to climbing? Are there any specifically geared towards climbers? I have seen the "Hking XXX's Geology" which look interesting, but I want a more general geology-specific book (not a trail guide) Thanks Aaron
  7. Hi, for some reason I cannot send a PM. I am interested in the Gregory pack. I assume it is the larger size (medium/large 2100 cuin)? Would you pay shipping? Thanks Aaron
  8. Moving to Eugene in June - Mt Adams in Summer

    A few more beginner questions: Adams South Side Are helmets typically required/recommended/used on this route? A high mountain tent would be needed/recommended due to possibilities of high winds at exposed campsites above tree line? Are tarp-tents an option for high summer camps on volcanoes? I haven't skied in a few years, though am/was a solid tele-skier (easier lift-accessed double-blacks/yellow-gates w/o huge drop-ins or jumps in Rockies and Whistler). I'm not sure what to expect terrain/condition wise if I was to drag my skis up there. Would there be suitable terrain/conditions to work the rust off? Or would I be looking down a "wish I wasn't trying to ski for the first time in 3 years down this" kind of thing? Sure would make the descent nicer... I've been over the OP website too, and it looks awesome! I'll be out there in a few weeks, and can't wait.
  9. I'm moving to Eugene in a month and will be getting into climbing and mountaineering. I've got some stuff I'll need, but will need to get some more gear, and figured I'd start looking for used equipment now... I figured you-all probably have a lot of this sitting around, so I'll try posting a list and see what I can dig up. Things I'm looking for (in order): Crampons and Ax: basic/general mountaineering starting with climb of Mt. Adams from the south. I've got plastic double-boots, and medium-duty leather hiking boots, so crampons that can be used with both are desirable. I'm 6'1" so a longer ax is probably best (though I really don't know) A new pack: I've got a very old 4,500/5,000 cu-in internal frame pack which I'd like to upgrade to a nicer/better pack of about the same size, especially if I can find one moderately used at a reasonable price. Telemark Skins: I'll have to look at exactly what skis I have (haven't used them in a few years here in FL), I think ~180cm TUA Excaliburs w/ a hole in the tip for skins. Not sure how skins attach exactly... Mountain Bike: I know its not climbing related, but I figured a lot of you might have a bike you want to get rid of. Nothing 'special' since I'll be riding it to school and don't want it to get stolen. But something I can still use on the trails as well. Climbing Harness: so I can join people for rock climbing, and mountaineering use as well. Can I likely find one harness that will fit both uses? Helmet: don't know much about helmets, but figure I'll need my own eventually... Tent: My last backpacking tent is no longer with me (and wasn't for mountain camping anyway), so I'll need some type of tent/bivy that can stand up to high mountain winds, and possibly snow. Avalanche Probe & Tranciver: I've got a shovel already, but will need avalanche equipment eventually too... Is any of this equipment stuff that: -is so critical I should buy it new instead of used? -is needed infrequently enough that I'm better off renting (helmet, etc) I think thats it (for now). I hope to take some of your 'beginner' gear off your hands to get me started. Thanks Aaron
  10. I'm moving from Florida to Eugene in June to get a master's of architecture. A friend (and her friend) and I wanted to climb Mt Adams this summer, and I want to get involved with more serious mountaineering as well. I've done a fair amount of backpacking and modest climbing in NY, TN and NC mainly easy slab/scrambling, winter snowshoe ascents and limited top-roped rock. I also ski (alpine and tele). I have basic backpacking and winter gear, but have never used an ice axe or crampons. I have a pair of 30" snowshoes, long poles, plastic Scarpa boots, synthetic mid-weight hiking boots and lighter hiking sneakers. I also have a snow shovel, gaiters, a 0-deg down bag, lighter synthetic bag and a GPS. I have read most of Freedom of the Hills, and plan to finish/re-read/study it more. I am more experienced than my friend, and I am unsure of her friend's experience (hopefully he is more experienced than me - I expect so, as they were planning on going before I was invited). I am 26, tall and slender (not very strong at 6'1", 145lb), and haven't done any conditioning (yet). I don't have any 'active' interests here in FL so I'm a bit out of shape for a skinny young guy, but otherwise healthy. From what I gather about the S Mt Adams route, the biggest things will be conditioning/altitude and axe/crampons on some moderately steep/hard snow slopes (but no need for ropes). I should start conditioning now. I should also get an axe and crampons and find some self-arrest and crampon instruction/practice. Is this something I can just read/practice a lot, and have experienced people show me? What exactly is 'necessary' before we try Mt Adams in the summer? Is it more of a 'put the crampons on so you don't slip, take a couple of practice steps, and you'll figure it out?' After this climb, I plan to improve my technical skills further, take an avalanche class, get involved with a club, etc. I assume there are local clubs around Eugene, as well as a UOregon club. Will I be able to get most of the necessary instruction/experience from these clubs (for free/cheap), or will it still be necessary to invest more $ to take formal classes as well? I'm trying to plan my gear out, so I have what I need, without breaking the bank. I think a light-weight aluminum crampon would be suitable, I saw some recommendations in another post. I'm not sure if I should get the strap-on type to be able to use with my regular hiking boots/shoes, or the step-ins which would only work with my plastic boots. I'm also not sure if I need a sturdier pair of synthetic boots, or if I should just wear the plastic ones for most climbing (in summer?) where more support is needed? What about ice axes? What details should I look for? I didn't see any posts about this specifically (though I didn't really look yet). Reading about the climb, I realized I need a 'real' tent that will stand up to wind (and snow?). Should I just bite the bullet and get a 4-season tent? I probably need snow/rock anchors too for high-mountain camping? In past winter trips, I've used a 3-season backpacking tent (long gone now) and 2 sleeping bags, and been ok down to -30F. That was in the Adirondacks below 4,000' and I know the NW is a much harsher enviornment. Would I want goggles high on Adams in case it stormed? How about a helmet? I'll also (eventually) need a real insulating later (down parka), which I haven't needed in the past. I wouldn't need this to climb Adams though (I've got wind-block fleeces, gore-tex shell, etc). I'm guessing the next major expense will be avalanche gear (and class), and a harness/helmet? I can possibly use others' gear (rope/rack) for a while as I learn? Will that be enough to get me started, so I can start going out with people who might be kind enough to 'show me the ropes'? Am I missing anything major? I'm a pretty cautious person, so I'm not going to go running up Mt Rainer. I want to get to the point where I can safely learn from those who are more experienced than me, without being a hazard/liability. I'm really looking forward to moving out there, as I love the mountains, and really miss them since living in FL for 3 years now. I stumbled upon this group today, which has REALLY made me excited, reminding me of the many new things I'll get to do now! Hopefully I can find some used gear online in time for our planned climb this summer, and save a few $$. Aaron