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  1. We found a close-fitting black cap/hat in a gully next to the lower part of Monitor Ridge on 11/13/19. Would be nice to return it to the owner. leora
  2. A climbing buddy is offering a $100 reward for anyone who finds the runaway Salomon ski that got away from him on the summit of Mt. St. Helens this winter. Last seen heading straight down the ravine below Dryer glacier, going about 20 mph. He went looking for it a couple days ago and didn't find it. Coordinates are: 46.185, -122.195. leora
  3. Oh, I’m so sorry, not at all. It has those quoted phrases on it - from 2015. I sure hope that someone finds yours and posts it!!!
  4. Members 0 83 posts Report post Posted just now I found a water bottle with what looks like someone's special experience label on it, which is why I'm bothering to post it at all, in case it had sentimental value. It looks as though it says "Collides" and then "Summer Dream '15". I found it on 5/2 in the gully that leads on down to Chocolate Falls. (Seems to have been a fairly big "bootie" day. . .) leora
  5. I found a helmet with a little Mountaineer's decal on it in the gully that leads on down to Chocolate Falls. I found it on 5/2, and based on how little it had melted into the snow was probably dropped that day, or possibly the day before. leora
  6. Thanks for the great laugh. I did something similar on that side of the mountain, and was incredibly embarrassed that I mucked up a climb I'd done several times, before. I did NOT write about mine. . . I applaud you for putting it out there.
  7. Another ice axe was found on 1/10 somewhere on the south side of Mt. Hood. Missing one? It seems as though people are a bit shy of using the new climber's lost and found box in the Climber's Register room. . . leora
  8. Where can I find good mountain weather history?

    I've been using: http://www.nwac.us/weatherdata/timberlinebase/10day/ all month long. The timberlineupper isn't working, unfortunately, so, I've been looking at what Meadows reports, as well. This data is available all year round, as far as I can tell. leora
  9. Oh, and the way we went, we needed a 60meter rope (could have used a longer one, but we made the 60 meters work).
  10. Finally getting around to thanking you for your trip report, and for the follow-on updates. We had a fantastic climb on 8/1/2015 thanks to all of the pictures, above.
  11. If you have, could you give a quick run down of the conditions (and when they were like that?). We're expecting to go in via Mystic Lake and Froze to Death plateau. Any snow, anywhere, anymore? leora
  12. Thanks for doing the trip report that I was too busy to do. We and another group made the summit the day before you, and saw that a team had been to the summit the day before. Since we'd heard the same info as you from the rangers, I stopped in to let them know that it was quite doable, but the person we talked to was quite uninterested, which annoyed me. I let him know that we and others had called and couldn't get any climbing conditions information (one team cancelled due to that lack of info), so that I thought that they would actually appreciate the info. He showed slightly more interest, after that, to coddle me, I'm sure. . . One thing that I'll add is that many water sources had dried up, specifically the one at Lewis Meadows Campground, so that the only source was the silty Hoh River, which was fine if the water filter used is a Sawyer which is easily back-flusable, but sucks if all you have is a steripen or another type of filter. The water source at the Olympus Ranger Station/Campground is right behind the Ranger Station.
  13. Anyone been up Granite Peak, lately?

    Thanks - I did contact a couple of ranger stations, and finally got the following information from the ranger station in Red Lodge (and I wound up calling the Beartooth Mountain Guides, and the fellow I talked to was most helpful. Furthermore, our bid for the summit was successful): Because we don’t generally have rangers up that high, I rely on two of our outfitters for up-to-date info. Both outfitters have agreed to answer questions from the public, regardless of if people hire their services or not. They are probably the best people to ask because they are up on the mountain more often than we are and have the professional expertise to say if conditions are safe or not. I’d recommend calling them for current conditions. Beartooth Mountain Guides; Red Lodge: 406-446-1407 Jackson Hole Mountain Guides; Jackson, WY: 307-733-4979 --------------- leora
  14. Anyone know if the gate to the road up to Cold Springs is open?
  15. Mt Whitney Mountaineer's Route 11/23/14

    Thanks for the trip report, Dhamma (I love the way you report on sad circumstances - the dead battery, the crows). Can anyone give a more recent report on the conditions? We're planning on going up there in a couple of weeks, and are interested in doing the Mountaineer's route.
  16. Mt St Helen's Conditions

    Yes, went up Wednesday and yesterday. Snow starts pretty much at the weather station. We were able to glissade from the top, so one should be able to ski from there. Just a bummer that you can't ski any farther down than about 5000. leora
  17. Thanks for the added info! I am hoping that we'll get to try that out, soonish.
  18. Yup, love that route. I'd written a trip report back in 2011. Not sure why it doesn't pop up with a search (it didn't pop up when I tried to search for it, at least!): http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1023692/TR_Mount_Hood_Steel_Cliff_s_6_#Post1023692 leora
  19. There was a distressed domestic dog way up around 7800ft or so - about 1/2 mile east off the Worm Flows ridge. We followed him/her down to about 6700, and saw the dog continue on down to about 6500ft before we headed back to Worm Flows to get ourselves down. I was wondering if anyone had ideas about where to report this, other than the Skamania County Sheriff (did that)? We're hoping that the dog is just lost, and maybe found his way down after our encounter. He didn't want us to touch him. Was some sort of Shepard/sheep dog - mostly white and some black fur. And, if you're out around there, and hear a dog barking, and have time - maybe can help him out. leora
  20. Just in case any of you Cascade Climbers happen to be climbing Denali, and happen to find my iPhone, I figured that I'd advertise the fact that I lost it. On the summit. I was just going to take a picture with it, when I discovered that I didn't have it, anymore, having had it moments before to get the time. . . I looked around at all of the obvious little landing spots around, but couldn't see it. I notified the National Park Service about the loss, and, yes, I tried the little FindMyiPhone application, but it failed to find the now frozen little electrical heap. I had also brought a camera, but many of the quick photos that I took enroute were on the iphone, so it would be really nice to get it back, even if it's in pieces. . . leora
  21. Lost treking pole

    Oh, no!
  22. [TR] Mt Hood - Reid Headwall 1/27/2014

    Did I forget to mention how much I would like it to snow?
  23. [TR] Mt Hood - Reid Headwall 1/27/2014

    you look like the guy we saw coming up the 14a variation as described in Jeff Thomas' Oregon High, which means that you were farther south than what you are showing, here. Good job in starting that from the Lodge. Somehow, I'd suspected that you'd done a quick ascent. Steve, I can't fault him for going unroped on the Reid. It was very wide open. It felt like a late summer climb. We specifically did NOT rope up while on the Reid because we didn't want to put in pro on the glacier crossing, and wouldn't have been able to stop each other had one of us fallen. leora
  24. Dog on Mt. St. Helens

    These are a tad bit old, but I thought that I'd post the photos that were on the latest flier and the verbiage that went along with it, just in case someone sees the dog and can give an update.
  25. Trip: Middle Sister - Hayden Glacier Date: 12/28/2013 Trip Report: At the urging of a fellow Cascade Climber reader, I'm writing this short trip report of our absolutely fabulous Middle Sister climb. If you like Animoto Videos, one of my partners created this wonderful "story" of our climb: Middle Sister Animoto video As everyone has moaned about - this has been a low snow year, and in the case of Middle Sister, this means that we were able to drive all of the way to the Pole Creek Trailhead on Friday, 12/27/2013. The road had *some* ice over the last 2 to at most 3 miles before the trailhead. It appeared to me that a sedan might be able to get in, but I don't know for sure because we had a 4 wheel drive truck that we had in 4 wheel drive, because we didn't want to take any chances (and since we had it, we used it. . .). The trail was clear the first little bit - maybe 1/2 mile, and then turned slick - we didn't have microspikes, so we just walked on the very edges of the trail, or around icy spots onto the crunchy snow. Sometimes, we had to walk gingerly. Plenty of people had been there before us, so there were plenty of tracks to follow, and through to the edge of the burn, they all mostly went to the same place, namely, the edge of the burn. . . This image gives an indication of the state of the trail: We followed the trail until the wide opening just before Squaw creek. I'd been there in August, so I recognized this hill as the start of the climbers trail that leads to the base of the Hayden Glacier. We had to leave the packed down trail, and this was the first moment of doubt that we had that perhaps we should have brought our snowshoes? This consternation was short-lived, as soon as we topped the very little hill and continued up. Pretty easy going, even if we did sink down 6 inches or so. Here is a photo of where we diverged: The continuation of trail #4074 is to the extreme left of this picture. We followed the ridge the whole way up to about 6745ft, with no sign of the creek that had been there in August. There was the expected strong wind from the southwest that night, so we camped in the trees, with no water in sight. We made our little platform for our tent, and a wall on the southern side, and melted water for dinner and drinks. We were due east of North Sister. Here's a photo of our view of North Sister: In the morning we started out at 9am, with crampons on, and headed southwest. We headed for the 2nd ridge south of the east ridge of North Sister. We could have just headed for the big valley, but the ridge was fine. We continued to head for 3 saddles that were in line with the saddle between Prouty Point and the North Ridge of Middle Sister, and noticed that there appeared to have been a pair of climbers perhaps the day before. This picture has our first view of the route: At the final saddle that we came to that signaled that we were stepping onto the glacier, there was a beautiful gentle slope up. Here's the photo of that: We all noticed that we needed to don more clothing, so stopped next to a broken up crevasse lip for shelter, donned our extra apparel, and continued up. I managed to choose the most difficult way up, which was solid ice, but we saw that there was a snow ramp that I could have taken, and noted that for our trip back down. The glacier was solid, and we just walked up it, unroped, to the saddle between Prouty Point and the North Ridge. The North Ridge was mostly snow on the east side, rock in the middle (with snow), and ice barnacles and gargoyles to the west. The whole way up the ridge, I could hear (and see) one or another of the gargoyles tipping over and sending down an avalanche of ice onto the snowfield to the west of the ridge. We did rope up, here, and put in minimal protection. There was one place that was quite steep that we had to traverse to the west, just before the final approach to the summit. Here's a photo of that traverse: Again, the unstable ice gargoyles were the biggest potential danger. Here are two photos that attempt to show the texture of the slope: and: (And yes, that is the shadow of the mountain that you see.) The rest of the trip to the summit was pretty easy and uneventful. The views at the top were stunning. We could see the beautiful array of Cascade mountains all around and spent some time enjoying the views. Here is the view that we saw: And here it is, again, with everything labeled: (Names are to the right of the mountain, unless there is a little arrow, and then the name is to the left of the mountain and the little arrow points at the mountain.) On the way down, we again put in protection around the steep traverse. One of my partners' crampon broke, so we paid a little more attention to safety. We were able to go down on grippier snow covered areas, and he was able to stop the cramponless foot from sliding by nudging it up against a trekking pole planted on the ice. As soon as we were off of the glacier, we felt a little more "in control" but were still vigilant, and eventually made it back to the tent with no injuries, and at dusk. The hike out was uneventful, except that we met a skier, who, after chatting with us for a couple of moments, realized that he'd taken a picture of two of us with Illumination Rock on Mount Hood, and let us know. We got his contact info and he sent us the link. I have to show off this photo, as I think that it's brilliant: November 23rd, 2013 photo of Illumination Rock Gear Notes: We carried 1 picket, each, ostensibly for Crevasse Rescue (we didn't know what the glacier would be like), but we wound up using the pickets for pseudo-protecting the North Ridge. Approach Notes: Some amount of ice and snow on the last 2 or 3 miles to Pole Creek Trailhead. We had a 4 wheel drive truck and used the 4 wheel drive, but it *appeared* to me that a sedan maybe could have gotten in. Sorry that I didn't take a photo of the road conditions at all so that you could judge for yourself.
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