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  1. So today was my last day of work before starting school next Friday. I was planning on heading to Squamish, but the weather is looking pretty iffy for the rest of this week. So I think I'll just go to Leavenworth until Friday/Saturday and then head up to Squamish from Saturday to Wednesday. Not ideal, but still pretty sweet. Anyway, my dad's volunteered to be belay slave/camp cook, but he doesn't climb (yeah, I know - he's so nice!). So if anyone is interested in multipitch, I'll be there with a rack and rope. I'd be down for something on Snow Creek Wall or pretty much whatever. I'm coming off some injuries and I haven't climbed in a while, so I'm leading like 5.8 - 5.9. Dunno how hard I can follow, since I mostly lead. Probably like 5.10. I just lost my phone, and I'm a little hesitant about giving out my dad's number on the internet. So just respond or PM me with you number and I'll call you. Cheers, Zak
  2. Tim's a strong climber, a safe partner, and a great guy. We did my first alpine climb together last summer because he couldn't find anyone with alpine experience to take a real trip with. Though I'm sure he was disappointed at not finding an experienced partner, he was pretty chill about it. Hope you find someone experienced to get out to the Bugs or the Winds this summer, Tim.
  3. Midweek/ Afterwork Index

    Well, I'm more or less in the same position. I'm still at school in NY, but I'm coming home Tuesday for the summer, and start work the following Monday. I'll be working in Mukilteo, so 4:45 is fine. I was planning on trying to get out to Index mid-week pretty regularly...there's a catch, though. I had hip surgery in March and haven't been climbing yet. My doc said I could start transitioning back into climbing at the end of June. So I won't actually know what I'll be capable of until I get home in a few days and try it out. That said, I can belay just fine regardless of how well I can climb. And anything beats sitting in front of the TV. Let me know if you're interested. Zak
  4. Hoodys for climbing?

    Personally, I've been very impressed with my Westcomb Skeena Hoody. It's comparable to the Gamma MX in price and weight, but (from what I can tell) superior in performance. So yeah, much pricier than the REI Wind Pro, but much more weather-resistant. (It's rather like comparing apples and oranges, IMO. They both have their uses.) As it was explained to me (by a salesman at Feathered Friends - judge how you will), Westcomb figured out the stretch of the eVent softshell fabric and designed a waterproofing with the same stretch. So it's supposedly a "waterproof" softshell (though the seems aren't taped). I haven't been able to climb (injuries and schedule), but I've used it resort skiing (over a Patagonia R1) and it worked great. The only place wind penetrated the jacket was the underarm panels, which are Schoeller Dryskin. It kept me from overheating when digging through deep powder for lost skis, and I can't say I was ever cold either, even on the chair. Just my two cents. Out of curiousity, does anybody have the old Ibex Hooded Shak? I've been beating myself up for not buying one before quit making them like two years ago.