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  1. Can anyone recommend a good Spanish

    You could contact the Spanish Dept of your local high school. Often times they have students that will tutor for cheap and they know the curriculum your kids will be using. Tutors that are not involved in the school district will often teach them more region-specific vocab and structures which are great for communicating, but not so great for testing and grades. PM me if you want more ideas of things to ask/look for.
  2. This is interesting...

    How about if we consider ourselves multidimensional climbers that don't have to be pigeon-holed into "a particular-level climber"? How cool would that be. No disrespect to John Long, but come on. Climbing is fun whatever you're climbing. I'm all for pushing the limits of my ability and ratcheting up the levels as I can handle it but if I climbed so that I could be called "a 5.11 climber" I would be a much unhappier climber. It's just freakin' fun!
  3. Real Question

    One of the most costly parts of US education are legal fees/costs. Our legal system facilitates (encourages?) lawsuits over just about anything that a parent thinks is wrong. While some things are reasonable, often they are not. Even simple legal issues like the FOIA become huge expenses. I worked in a district which had to spend thousands of dollars on a simple request for email records regarding their student... just because the parent wanted to exercise their right to see the documents.
  4. Real Question

    Actually, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria usually spend more than us. Plus, really that's a misleading stat. It's like comparing minimum wage in the US to what we pay the kids in china to make all our shit. Best to look at education spending as a percentage of GDP. There we came in 37th for 2011. How you figure "the ROI blows" baffles me. For most of modern civilization education has been considered a privilege. Since mandatory education laws came into effect we have seen the development of most of our modern comforts. For as much time as you spend on CC, you should show a little more respect for the education system. The internet wouldn't exist were it not for the investment made into education.
  5. [TR] Minaret - Ridge of Gargoyles 7/14/2012

    I'm inspired! That sounds like a blast. Need a love of choss no doubt. That's what keeps the Olympics free of snob-riff-raff!
  6. [TR] Olympics - Bailey Range 7/6/2012

    Awesome. I was gazing at the range from Olympus all weekend. Camped on the false summit and dreamt of doing the Bailey range again. It has been 11 years.
  7. How far will you push it if you have family?

    Since my first son was born, I don't think I've scaled anything back, but I have been much more careful about planning and learning about methods to keep me alive longer. Learning about new techniques and gear. Opening up your options when it comes to decision making time. Instead of cowboying myself up rock or across glaciers, I am thinking more. You're asking a very personal question and you're going to have to put all the pieces together for your own situation. As usual, there's no right answer and someone will always think your approach is irresponsible or extreme. No matter how sweet and juicy the peach, there's always going to be someone who doesn't like your peaches.
  8. Olympus Conditions?

    Has anyone been up on Olympus in the last couple of weeks? Any word on the Bergschrund/snow conditions?
  9. Outer Space Traverse 5.9?

    Am I the only one that thinks the 3rd pitch traverse on Outer Space is 5.9d/10a or am I just that much of a sissy? Bring it...
  10. Anyone who has any interest in the Olympics should get on it this week! Weather window doesn't get any better out there! Conditions on Olympus are prime.
  11. Is this for real?

    That is some scary shit. Where are the bolts when you need em?
  12. Outer Space Traverse 5.9?

    Only if you suck wind on 5.9 like me...
  13. New Trip Report Tool - It's Beta

    Great tool. I like the partial word search. Can you set it up so that when you hit the back button on your browser, it returns to the search results instead of refreshed search page?
  14. Outer Space Traverse 5.9?

    Well said. I'm right there with you. The big flexing flakes agreed with me about as much as the spicy burrito I ate after the climb.
  15. Outer Space Traverse 5.9?

    Yeah... did orbit a couple weeks ago. Much more sustained (though easier)... and much more fun in my opinion.
  16. Outer Space Traverse 5.9?

    Word. I am being a sissy... I blame it on the ominous clouds that threatened to piss on us... plus I just need to man up and quit pulling on pints.
  17. Anyone have any intelligent info on the Texans on the Emmons?
  18. CC History

    Isn't it about time for someone to write a short history of cascadeclimbers.com? There are enough funny behind-the-scenes stories to hold someone's attention for a page or two.
  19. Good News...

    ... during a thoroughly depressing week in NW outdoors: Olympic Wilderness
  20. vantage toilet (at least as of June 20th..)

    ... Oh Ty... you're making me wet!... oh wait that's the rain. Just make sure you grow your hemp sustainably and weave by hand. I'll come over and we can make a party of it!
  21. wtf is is going on with the weather?

    We could work on a new form of climbing. Slymering? Slippering? Slipslidering? Kinda like canyoneering, except on cold, wet rock that is potentially great. We'd all get famous as pioneers and start whining on July 15 every year when shit dries out!
  22. vantage toilet (at least as of June 20th..)

    Bring on the bolting wars! WOOHOO! If we're going to talk about which is worse, we should make sure to include in the mix the excessive square footage of paving. I mean, holy crap, talk about an environmental disaster. If you want to climb, you should have to hike in from the nearest river after having paddled in your cedar canoe made from a wind-felled tree and stone tools! Recreation is all or nothing in my book.
  23. Topo Maps?

    Cerro Torre is in Chile! .... Unless you ask an Argentine. The Chileans have the best maps of it though. I believe you have to through the Chilean Military to get it. If you go through Santiago, there's a huge store/museum. Ask for El Instituto Geográfico Militar de Chile. It's a few blocks South of the financial district.
  24. Ranger Dies during Rescue on Rainier

    Seattle Times For a start, it would help if our local news would stop calling Rainier a "hike."