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  1. Sweaty/Wet Feet

    I deal with this exact issue as well. I have found the boot is not much of a factor, unless you are grossly over-insulated for the objective or conditions. For reference, I wear Batura Evos for all my ice and winter stuff now. Yes, they are on the warm side, but I have had good results with the below practices: Anti-perspirant on the feet is a great trick. My go-to is Mitchum Gel Unscented: powerful active ingredients, easy to apply to feet, dries reasonably fast. Just be careful when packing, as it can ooze from the tube under certain temps/orientations. Double bag. I have tried various combos of liner socks, vapor barriers, etc. Just results in more sweating or more sweaty socks to pack out. I stick to one pair of mid-to-heavy weight, high quality wool sock (Darn Tough or Smartwool). I don't do much mountaineering anymore, so I am mostly dealing with this on all-day ice climbing outings. My practice is to apply anti-perspirant in the AM and change into dry socks after the approach.
  2. Larger-volume backpack recommendations

    I too have found the 70-75L size to be perfect for what you describe. My pick is the Gregory Baltoro 75. Outstanding load hauler, some sweet features, and extremely comfortable.
  3. Selling my Yakima FatCat 6 ski racks. Excellent condition, used for a season. Comes with mounting hardware for factory aero racks or aftermarket round/square bars. Also comes with two keys for the locks. Asking $150. Local meet-up preferred. PM if interested.
  4. Bump! Still available. Any taller guys looking for great all-around skis? Make me an offer...
  5. Bump for price drop! Any takers at $500?
  6. Skis: K2 Coombacks, 188cm, 135-102-121mm dimensions. 4 years old, good condition. Were mounted with Fritschi bindings the first season, and were plugged when removed. Bindings: Dynafit TLT Vertical ST with brakes. Mounted for 331mm boot sole lengths (I was using 29.5 Scarpas) or thereabouts. Skins: K2 custom cut skins for the Coombacks. The skis and skins have less than 15 days use and the bindings less than 10. Asking $500 obo., prefer local deal with cash and meet-up. I'm in North Bend, and am willing to come as far west as Mercer Island and north-south between Renton and Bothell. Contact via PM.
  7. BD Mission 50L pack

    Bump. Pack is still available. Any takers at $75 shipped?
  8. BD Mission 50L pack

    Bivy sold, pack still available. Make me an offer if you think $90 is too high. It is in near-new condition
  9. BD Mission 50L pack

    Cash and local pickup preferred (east King County or Seattle), but also happy to do Paypal and shipping at your expense. PM if interested. Bibler Big Wall bivy, very lightly used (3-5 nights?). No holes or defects of any kind. Includes stuff sack. $150 (add $10 for shipping) SOLD Black Diamond Mission 50 pack. Couple years old, maybe 20 days of use total. Excellent condition, no defects. $90 (add $15 for shipping)
  10. One for the memory books. This was one of my favorite ice trips ever, due in large part to our stay at Double Diamond X Ranch. Matt and Jenine are some of the best people you'll ever meet, and they have truly developed a special place to stay. A few things: - Matt is a better cook than you. Go for his meals in the lodge, you won't regret it. You'd be hard pressed to find better food in town, plus you skip the 45 minute Wyoming stand-off with wildlife known as the South Fork Road - You're a five minute drive from any climb in the valley. Big days are easier to pull off, as are slow relaxing ones. Enjoy - Ask if there are other climbers staying there. Go find them when the day is done and meet-up in the saloon. Swap tall tales, play pool on the antique table, and order a double of Wyoming Whiskey. We ran into another party of 3 from WA. Good times! As we were packing we were already discussing next year's trip to the South Fork and Double Diamond X Ranch. Go there, and tell your friends! Let's help Matt spread the word in the climbing community.
  11. FS: SOLD sleeping bag; glacier glasses

    sleeping bag sold, sale pending on glasses
  12. Integral Designs Renaissance 20 degree Primaloft sleeping bag plus Granite Gear silnylon compression sack to fit. Lightly used, good condition, clean. Long (up to 6'4"), standard width, right zip. $75 Integral Designs is still making this model, but they only market sleeping bags in their tactical/government line now: Renaissance sleeping bag Julbo Dolgan glacier glasses. Scratch free front and back, lenses in excellent condition, frames show light wear around earpieces. Includes Julbo hard case and freshly cleaned. I've been using these occasionally since 2007, but have finally decided they are too narrow for my face. $15 Prefer to deal locally (Greater Seattle/Eastside area), but can ship if desired. Plan on an additional $10 for the glasses and $15 for the bag if that's you. PM if interested
  13. How durable is Primaloft?

    Good responses above already, but thought I'd add one more thumbs up... I've been wearing an LL Bean puffy with original Primaloft for roughly a decade, and for the last few years it has spent most of the year stuffed in a dry bag in my trunk. Who knows how many times I've washed it. It is still performing great and keeping me warm, with no noticeable loss in loft. I have since purchased other Primaloft pieces and been equally impressed. Good stuff for temperate environments. My thought process has always been use a down sleeping bag but always carry a synthetic puffy for insurance.
  14. We had that photo with us (albeit not blown up very big, so limiting its use), and that's pretty much the line we took. I think we accessed the ledge from a little further left, but it is actually a series of small ledges in the middle of the face. Pitch 3 was a bit "choose your own adventure," with most lines seeming probable for routes to the ledge system.
  15. Trip: Prusik Peak - South Face Beckey Route Date: 7/21/2013 Trip Report: On July 21, 2013, Kevino and I climbed the Beckey Route on the South Face in a car-to-car push. Left the Stuart Lake trailhead at 4am, roped up at the base at 10am, summited at 4:30 pm, back to the car at 11pm. Glorious weather, a beautiful walk through the upper Enchantments, and some fantastic climbing! We found this route to contain very diverse and physical climbing. Multiple chimneys, blocky ground, slabs, cracks of all shapes and sizes, chicken heads, traverses, and mantels galore. Route finding was not too difficult, and was mostly based off the written descriptions out of the guidebook and summitpost, since we didn't find any useful overlay photos on the web. We found this route to be pretty sustained, with each pitch earning its grade for the entire length. Pitch 1: obvious man-sized chimney at center. Beckey says unprotectable, but I found ample pro no problem. Kevin at the belay atop pitch 1 looking up the start of pitch 3 pitch 3 from its top. Can you spot Kevin? traversing right off "Snafflehound Ledge" to the base of the crux. Shoot for the pillar that has a snag at its base and a small tree at its top. Belay from the small tree at the start of this crack: Kevin hiking the business. Beckey 5.9 is no gimme Belaying from the notch on the ridge. The last pitch to the summit has two options. If you're a 5.10 climber, take the beautiful crack straight up for about 15 feet from this notch. The rest of us: "step down" from the notch to the north. It's actually a fairly delicate move down to the ramp, which is narrow and off-balance. The descriptions make this pitch sound 5.8 due to the jamb crack at the end, but it's likely due to the sketchy ramp. On top. Gear Notes: doubles from blue Metolious to #3 BD, one #4 BD, set of nuts, 10 alpine draws and two doubles, 8.9mm 60m rope. We placed the #4 on all but one pitch I believe. Approach Notes: Should've brought more deet