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Everything posted by jstluise

  1. St. Helens & Adams Travel Recommendations

    Thanks for the info. This won't be until the beginning of July so I'm sure we'll have a little more road to work with.
  2. I have a Columbia 3-in-1 (interchangeable) Ice Dragon jacket for sale. Size Large, color blue. I bought this jacket years ago but barely used it because it ended up being a bit too big for me. I have: -Ice Dragon Shell. Omni tech waterproof, seam sealed, water proof zippers. Removable hood, powder skirt. Like new. -Fleece vest. Like new. Bought this as an add-on for warmer weather skiing, but never used it. -Fleece full-zip jacket 1. I wore this by itself a lot more. Signs of wear, but in great shape. -Fleece full-zip jacket 2. Same as the other fleece. Signs of wear...good shape. A really nice jacket and interchangeable fleece insulating layers...I would totally keep it if it fit me better. Photo Album Looking for $150 for everything. I am located in Renton but travel up the east side every day...but I will consider shipping. Let me know if you are interested.
  3. I have a BRAND NEW Neoair Xtherm up for sale. I ordered two, one for me and one for a friend, but then he decided he didn't want it. Too late to return, so here it is! Brand new, still in the plastic. Size regular. Retails for $189+tax. Yours for $165 + Free 2-day shipping! Paypal preferred...PM me if you are interested! http://www.rei.com/product/829850/therm-a-rest-neoair-xtherm-sleeping-pad
  4. I have an extra NeoAir Xtherm that my buddy ended up not wanting. Brand new still in original packaging. Size: Regular. Missed my return window to the store so my loss is your gain. I would keep it but I already have one! http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/spo/4266912165.html Let me know if you are interested. Looking for $180 OBO. If you are interested in me shipping it, let me know and we can work something out. Thanks!
  5. Brand new, never used. $80 http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/spo/3999844924.html
  6. FS: Julbo Explorer Glacier Glasses

    Bump! Free shipping!
  7. Trip: Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier Date: 8/18/2013 Trip Report: After some car-2-car suggestions from you guys here at CC (thanks!), the two of us decided to head up Shuksan. Planned on Saturday, but the weather forecast pegged Sunday as the better day so we postponed a day. Left Seattle on Saturday and made it to the Shannon Ridge trail head at around 8p. Almost full parking lot. Partly cloudy, but soon turned clear with the moon bright in the sky. Organized some gear and were in the tent by the car at around 9p. Woke up at 2:30a and took our time getting ready. Overcast now. After some hot breakfast and coffee, we were on the trail by 3:45a. Shortly into the approach, it began to sprinkle on us. Great. The already dewy vegetation made for a soggy approach to the notch. Visibility was also low. The approach from the car up to the notch was easy, with no problems following the route. We made good time, getting onto the glacier at about 6:00a. Filtered some water and strapped on the crampons. Since the visibility was low, we relied on the GPS and following along the west side of the glacier. Wasn't too bad. A few crevasses but nothing we couldn't navigate. Still drizzly and a light wind. We went unroped the entire glacier. We made it to the base of the Summit Pyramid at around 9:00a. It was finally getting light out and the rain was letting up. Still foggy, though a couple times the fog gave us a window to the snow-free gully and the scramble up the top. Two other parties were on their way up (roped), and one party was just getting back down. We stashed our crampons and trekking poles and started the scramble. We put our harness on, just in case we needed them. Didn't anticipate it, though. Our route up the gully was basically just find the path of least resistance and avoiding being underneath the parties above. Didn't want to get in their way either. They stayed mostly to the climber's left, and we managed to stay to the right. The scramble up the gully was a blast! Holds were plentiful and solid. Not a lot of exposure; I'd rate it a class 3 (some people maybe a low class 4). We hit the summit at 10:00a. Nothing to see up there, unfortunately. After a quick bite, we made our way back down. We planned to rappel since we brought a rope. Why not? Started down-climbing and found it to be fast and easy, so we didn't stop at any of the rappel stations. The scramble down was just as fun as going up! Back on the glacier, we made our way back down. A couple of breaks in the fog gave us a view of the glacier, so we could see a more direct line down. Still some navigating through. We made it back to the car at 2:15p. 10hrs 30min car2car. Probably could have shaved an hour off if it wasn't for the low visibility and having to navigate the glacier. Still, I was happy with our time. Total mileage according to the GPS data was 15 miles round trip. Even with the crappy weather and low visibility, we had a great time! We will definitely be back when we can actually get a look at the scenery! Sorry, no pictures, but here is some GPS data: Download .gpx data! Gear Notes: We brought along a minimal glacier rack and a 30 meter glacier rope. Neither were used. The ice axes stayed on the packs all day, too. -Crampons -Helmet -Trekking Poles Approach Notes: Soggy. But no route finding issues.
  8. Was planning on heading up to Sahale this Saturday, but road closures changed that plan. Can anyone recommend something similar to Sahale (class 3-4 at the most) that can be done in a full day? We were planning on getting the drive out of the way on Friday after work so we would have a good start and pretty much all day to complete the climb. We haven't ventured up into the N. Cascades except for Baker, so here I am
  9. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Great! Thanks for the beta...Should be a good time!
  10. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Isn't a backcountry permit only required for camping within the nat'l park? Or is it some sort of day use wilderness permit? So many passes/permits...all I have is my NW forest pass and figured that would be good for me at the parking lot.
  11. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Yeah you're right, better safe than sorry.
  12. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Well, with all this talk about the summit pyramid, I think we'll just leave the rope and glacier gear at home and go super-light. I'm not really concerned about running the glacier unroped this time of year.
  13. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    As opposed to going up the central gully? I think I would feel more comfortable staying in the gully, but I guess we can take a look when we get up there. How did you finish the pyramid, DPS? And did you bring a rope to rap off, or just downclimb? Thanks everyone, good beta here.
  14. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Sounds like we shouldn't have any problems. We'll have some daylight by the time we get up to that point, like you say. Do you recall how many hours your climb was?
  15. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Well that is good to know, thanks. I mapped it out best I could and it seems like it would only be about 12-13 miles roundtrip, but a trip report over at summit posts mentioned it was 15 miles and took them 16 hours...maybe they were just slow. (http://www.summitpost.org/shuksan-in-a-day/734236)
  16. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I think we are going to shoot for Shuksan (Sulphide Glacier) on Saturday, with Eldorado being our second choice. One thing I am concerned about is the approach to Sulphide, as it seems like there may be some route-finding issues, especially when we take off from the car in the dark. Any beta on this? From the most recent Cascade River Road report, you can get to the Eldorado trailhead. We'll save Sahale for when the road opens back up, since there are many other options for us. And I'm adding all the other suggestions to my list!
  17. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Awesome! Thanks! Maybe I'll give them a call in a couple days for another report (if the website doesn't change). But, now you have me looking at Eldorado as an option.
  18. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    Black Peak would be out, too, because of the Highway 20 closure...but I'll add it to the list! I'll check out Sulphide Glacier! Thanks!
  19. Plan for Sahale is out...what else?

    If I understand correctly, it said it was closed at the park boundary. I'm assuming that means at the very beginning of the road? http://www.nps.gov/noca/parknews/cascade-river-road-wash-out.htm
  20. My climbing partner and I have been up DC and Emmons a handful of times, with a summit via Gib Ledges, too. I'm gathering beta for our next route choice, and was thinking Kautz Glacier or Kautz Cleaver. Maybe Fuhrer Finger/Thumb? We both just have axes, no tools (and no experience using tools). Haven't climbed anything that requires a second tool, yet. That's why I'm curious about if our next route selection will require them. But, we are efficient and very comfortable with our axes. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated! Just looking to get away from the crowds and try something new, and it seems like moving to the south side of the mountain is the logical choice. I'd really like to get up to camp Hazard Also, our busy summers won't permit us to get up on the mountain until the first half of August. By that time, these routes might not be feasible for us? Might have to save a new route for next year. Thanks!
  21. Advice on our next route selection...

    Wow! Thanks guys! Excellent advice here! After all your advice, I think my best plan of attack will be to get myself a pair of full tech tools...I'll be keeping an eye out on the used market. As it was said, using my piolet along with a hammer will get me going, and then I'll always have a full set of tools for more technical stuff when I get to that point. Then, if I find that I don't like my Raven Pro, I can always pick up a Sum'Tec or Venom adze at a later date.
  22. Advice on our next route selection...

    How well does the piolet do when in swinging mode? I haven't been in the situation where I've needed to swing my ice axe (raven pro), and obviously a reverse curve pick of an ice tool is preferred to the positive curve of a piolet tool when climbing ice, but I guess I won't know until I try it. So even though a technical tool is overkill, it's really the only option (not considering the hybrid)? From what I gather, either a piolet with a tech ice tool would be good, or even a hybrid paired with a tech ice tool might be an option (since the hybrid give you almost the same functionality as the piolet). At least if I want to give ice climbing a try in the future, I'll already have a set of tools if I forgo the hybrid. Hey Silly, in regards to a comment you made earlier in the thread: When you say one tool, are you meaning just that: one tool (a piolet)? Or do you mean your piolet with a tool? Seems like some people call a piolet a tool and some don't. Thanks guys for the words of wisdom! Been wanting to get out on more technical stuff for a while and you guys are getting me started in the right direction!
  23. Advice on our next route selection...

    Cool, thanks for the input. So, in a situation where you are carrying a traditional axe and a second tool, are you ever using them simultaneously, or do you stow the traditional axe and just use the tool by itself? I guess that is where I'm confused... And if that is the case (stowing the poilet), then I would think bringing a long a hybrid tool only would be a good compromise to bring a poilet and a second tool?
  24. Advice on our next route selection...

    Thanks for the info! Sounds like a good route for next year! So are you saying get a pair of fully technical tools (eg cobra/viper), or more of a hybrid axe (eg venom/sum'tec)? I'm leaning toward picking up a pair of the BD Venom tools, as I'm sure they will get me through mostly anything I tackle in the near future. Just not sure if a fully technical tool is overkill... Is it typical to use a traditional ice axe paired with a tool? It seems like if you in need of a tool, it would be better to have two tools rather than one tool and a traditional ice axe. Thanks for the advice!