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  1. Awesome! Super cool video. The flight looked beautiful but I wanted to see some footage of untangling your gear! Hah, I can’t tell if you undersold the difficulty of the hike or oversold it. Probably a little of both. If you think it’s going to be easy, it definitely won’t be. But if you think it will be hard, it *might* be easier than you think.
  2. question Rab Latok Mountain 2 - Loops - purpose?

    The inside ones are for S&M with your partner! For real though, they are hollow tubes so you can wear a harness and be clipped into an anchor outside the tent. Ie if you’re camped on an exposed ledge, run a sling through the tube and anchor it to the ledge. Then when you’re inside the tent clip off to the sling that’s now hidden in the tube. If the tent disintegrates, you’re still tied off to an anchor.
  3. Can you identify this mountain?

    I may be a Gen X-er but I have the google-fu of a millennial.
  4. Can you identify this mountain?

    I might be ruining the fun of speculating, but it's from Cowboy Ridge on Justice Mountain outside of Selkirk Lodge. Photo credit Andrew Councell during 2018 Ski Guide exam.
  5. [TR] Little Tahoma - Lawless 03/03/2020

    Very cool! I’d love to see pics. Did the experience reinforce this thought?
  6. Post it on reddit r/whatisthisthing if you’re curious for a positive identification. Regardless, seeing random unidentified metal in an area with land mines has gotta be scary no matter what.
  7. Cool trip report. Nice read on a lazy morning. Was that a land mine remnant? It looks kinda like a gas cap or radiator cap from a truck.
  8. Super cool pictures of the Brocken spectre! Those are special and I think fairly rare. I've only seen one once, on Mt Deception a couple years ago. Thanks for the write up.
  9. Hopefully! Buckner and Sherpa left, both relatively easy compared to CR.
  10. If you list it, they will peakbag it. There's been at least 3 other ascents in the past week since my trip. 21 ascents in a year seems crazy, but its prominent position on the Snoqualmie Crest begs for it to be climbed. And despite Potterfield's recount of the mountain, the rock is fairly good where you need it to be. I'm guilty of Smooting as well. Chimney Rock was 98/100 for me.
  11. Trip: Chimney Rock - East Face (U-Gap) Trip Date: 08/24/2020 Trip Report: Are blue collar classic climbs becoming in vogue this year? I was the 18th person of 2020 to sign the Chimney Rock summit register this past Monday! I was inspired by solo trip reports from Jon Parker and Eric Eames (nwhikers) earlier this summer. I always thought I’d need a partner for Chimney Rock, but I enjoy traveling solo and their reports planted the seed that maybe I could do this one alone. Late Sunday afternoon I left the Pete Lake trailhead with a bit of anxiety about what lay ahead. It took just under 4 hours to get to the bivy boulder at 4800’. I was moving quick and racing daylight so I didn’t have to bushwhack in the dark, but I needn’t have worried, the climbers trail is pretty beaten in and was relatively easy to follow. Monday morning I was moving shortly after first light. I accessed the Chimney Glacier at the flat spot @ 6400’ immediately below the imposing North Peak. An easy traverse of the glacier and then up the U-Gap couloir and gully which was heavily moated and a took a lot of weaving back and forth to get through. At the top of the U-Gap came the section I was most anxious about. Super exposed class 3/4 ledges that look quite improbable from far and from near. The ledges had my complete attention. Early on there are a couple blind corners that seem to lead to nowhere but 1000+ feet of air. Once you commit the traverse is quite easy, but the exposure is quite heady. After the exposed traverse the white rocks and hidden ramps went quickly. The three rock pitches felt easy with rock shoes and the benefit of a self belay taking away the exposure anxiety. Views from the top were sublime. The hike out was long but it felt good to reflect on a climb well executed. Gear Notes: 60m rope, light rack Approach Notes: leave PCT at the second switchback to minimize brush
  12. Hey Kyle, thanks again for sharing this. You did a wonderful job of capturing the pure joy of “cruising and floating“ in the mountains. Peace my friend.
  13. Dang, that looks like a lot of quality scrambling. Nice trip, thanks for sharing!