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Le Piston

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  • Birthday 02/27/1959


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  1. For $100 I'll provide you with an unused rope (Beal Stinger III still in the bag), Black Diamond Half Dome helmet, and eight Petzl quickdraws. See attatched photos. Plenty of life left in this gear. Let me know if you're interested.
  2. I myself shoot Nikon DSLR, but I have friends who shoot Canon who have gotten great pictures with the 50 mm f/1.8 "nifty fifty" for a cost a little over $100. The choice of lens depends on so many factors...but for me I often choose based on weight (use an "all-in-one" type of lens like an 18-200mm) and terrain (technical climb) vs. primary photographic trip where I'll take multiple lenses (wide angle prime, mid-range zoom, telephoto and tripod etc. You can often go to a camera store and try lenses out. Hope that helps.
  3. Gaiters, Black Prophet, Viper ice tools have been sold.
  4. Nice work and great pictures. Too bad you didn't have better weather, but it seems to be fairly common up there. When I was there last summer it rained 5 days out of 7...one of the reasons I only did the scramble route on Temple.
  5. Sammamish isn't really out of the way for me. I mostly wanted you to look the tent over first and make sure it's what you want. I want both sides to be satisfied!
  6. Would these do the trick or too new for you? BD Vipers never used. $300 for the pair including leashes
  7. Mountain Hardwear Subzero Parka Size XL never used $100. Black Diamond Viper Ice Tools (hammer) never used. New cost $239 each. $300 for the pair including two Android leashes and Spinner leash.Black Diamond X-15 curved shaft ice hammer $20.Black Diamond Black Prophet Ice Hammer $20Sierra Designs Summit 4 Season Single Wall 2 Person Tent with vestibule $125.Mountain Hardwear Ascent Gaiters Size L $15.Koflach Viva Soft Climbing Boots Size 11 US $40.Scarpa Inverno Climbing Boots Size 9 US $30. Seattle Tacoma area only please. I'm happy to meet and let you look at the gear if you're interested.
  8. I was very sad to hear this news. I had climbed with Pat a couple of times (most recently Mt. Cruiser). I feel so bad for his partner and long-time friend who was with him. He was a great guy...he'll be missed!
  9. For those that like the Firstlight, but want more room, consider the Skylight. It's more room, more stable, and still in the budget range. It's around 4 lbs. I've gotten good service from mine. My climbing partner with the Eldorado always wants me to bring it instead of his tent.
  10. Not hard to do, but fun and great scenery...Southwest couloir of South Early Winters Spire, Sahale Peak, Magic, and Pinnacle all come to mind.
  11. Very cool Steph. Thanks for setting this up. I didn't know if people here were also aware of the mountain-forecast.com site which gives forecasts at various elevations of 11200 mountains around the world. It's not comprehensive, but a helpful complement to NOAA and this site.
  12. Great pictures. I hope you attempt it in the future with better snow conditions...it's a cool climb. Jason G is right, the summit isn't the best bivy spot. There is a ledge at the base of the west ridge that is pretty nice though.
  13. Much appreciated. I love it up there! I hope you can get to do more up there...it's so beautiful and not too far away.
  14. Thanks Jason. We saw a couple coming from the SE slope route when we were on the summit. It looks like it would have been easier coming down and taken us right to camp.
  15. Trip: Clark Mountain - Walrus Glacier Date: 9/1/2013 Trip Report: I had been smitten with Clark last summer when climbing Fortress and Chiwawa, and had no trouble talking my friend Rod into giving it a go even with his partially healed broken ribs. The weather forecast was favorable for the weekend, so off we went. We chowed down at our favorite breakfast spot on Highway 2, the 59er Café and headed for the White River Trailhead. The trail is the nicest, flattest approach trail I've ever been on. If someone would brush it out, it would also be the driest. At about 4 miles and a whopping 400 feet elevation gain, we turned off on the Boulder Creek trail. Rod, who hates icy river/creek fords, was happy that the water was low and Boulder Creek could be crossed without a ford. The ford though was infested with biting flies, so I didn't appreciate it as much. We found a nice camp in a basin below Boulder Pass, about 5000 feet elevation. Sunday morning we headed up over the pass to a basin on the east side of Clark. We scrambled up a heather and scree ridge to about 7000 feet and got our first sight of the Walrus Glacier. It looked pretty chopped up, so we roped up and started looking for a way through. Fortunately, we found tracks from one of the other three parties (that we know of) that were climbing Clark this weekend. The route in early summer is supposed to stay left on the lower glacier, but we had to weave quite a bit to avoid the bigger crevasses. There were a couple snow bridges that were getting pretty thin and my guess is won't last another week. One spot was a bit of a knife edge that we belayed on the way out. Once out of the lower glacier, it was smooth sailing to the col at 8000 feet. We scrambled down some class 3 rock to a snowfield and headed for a ridge on the south face, where easy scree (class 2) took us to the summit. The views were fabulous, with Glacier Peak dominant. We enjoyed our traditional summit chocolate bar and thought about heading over to climb Luahna. If we had been familiar with the Southeast Slope approach route, we might have continued on, but we were the only party silly enough to go back down the Walrus glacier. It was a little stressful in a couple of spots, but at least we got to see some interesting seracs. We were glad to get off the glacier and begin the walk back to camp. Besides the gorgeous scenery, one bonus was the delicious wild blueberries along the trail. This was a fun climb, but a bit more work than we expected with the Walrus glacier so broken up. Gear Notes: Glacier gear. We were glad to have a picket. Bring rain pants...the dew on the vegetation will soak you in the morning. Flies and mosquitos still out and hungry! Approach Notes: Very straight forward as described. Super nice trail, just needs some brushing out.
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