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  1. Troy, or anyone who has been on the NR:


    Where on earth we were supposed to look for the Secret Passage in respect to this (Roosevelt Glacier at the bottom of the pics)?


    after the ice step we stayed on the ridge for a few hundred meters (of walking, not elev) until it backed off to ~35 degrees or less then broke climbers right. there was a small (5-10 meter) step of 50 degree snow that landed us on the plateau.

  2. thanks gentlemen. thats the info i'm looking for!


    plan is a first light start up the couloir. if it's a post hole mess we'll bag it and head up the arete. if solid enough, up, down, then the arete.


    mark - NWAC will do "special anouncements" as they see fit. there happens to be one up right now, but also just having general knowledge of past, present and future conditions goes a long way in making your own generalized assesment.


    Past - a fair amount of recent snow

    Present - consideraby high freezing level

    Future - the same


    that calls for a spring avy cycle especially on terrian that hasnt shed yet. ie, north facing aspects and higher elev's

  3. Deciding a no go on the Coleman Headwall due a lovely avy forcast for the weekend, I'm tossing around the idea of taking a buddy up SEWS (couloir and/or the arete) for an intro "alpine" outing as an alternative to cragging. Having never climbed at WA Pass yet, is the Blue Lake TH approach threatened by slide terrain like the hairpin side?


    Thanks in advance.



  4. newest GoPro solved many of the prev. gen nuances.


    - 16GB card gives you 4hrs, 32GB 8hrs (720p @ 30fps) so no worries about wasted memory.


    - external LCD coming soon, attaches to back. $50-$60 option.


    - yes, charges via USB but you can by a car or wall USB adapter for $10 and charge anywhere.


    - spare batteries (OEM)are $20. plus external extra batt pack available soon.


    - lost some batt life in the cold but still held up fine in -5 degree temps up the full 300M of Mean Grean in Cody. maybe 1.5hrs of vs. the advertised 2.25hrs.


    - fully usable under water.


    definately not for everybody but well worth looking at and I think is sweet. check it out at REI, if it sucks, take it back!

  5. GoPro HD Hero all the way.


    Full 1080p @ 30fps if you want it.

    Use mine in 720.


    Compact, light and bombproof. Also waterproof to 180ft.


    Spare parts, batts and accesories are very resonably priced. Numerable ways to mount it.


    Sample footage and more @ http://www.goprocamera.com/


    Cons: no zoom and since its wide angle you have some fisheye effect in close quarters.


    Other pro: Can be purchased at REI and Backcountry.com so you have their "Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee"

  6. I recently went back to 7 mm nylon after seeing the research that showed all the high tech cords lost significant strength very quickly due to flexing. Nylon is stronger in the medium and long term, knots and handles far better and is way cheaper.


    i'd like to read up on that...any links to some of the info D?

  7. agreed...i have the 50


    light, good features, carries heavy loads fanstastic and is comfy


    but everytime i look up and my helmet hits the back of the frame sticking up killing my field of view...i want to burn the fawking thing...other than that its great :D

  8. Yeah, I read that he took it to the face from an overhanging rock which would explain things...I just didn't know if the brain trauma was amplified from an impact that could have been lessened from some head gear.


    Not questioning his choice to wear or not. Just wondering if it was one of those instances where bad luck sticks it to ya despite your best efforts.


    Thank you for the insight.

  9. I never met Paul but hope his recovery continues to progress and progress quickly.


    Question for you Hannah (or anyone that might know), was he wearing a helmet when he fell?


    He seems to have sustained pretty severe trauma and am wondering if it happened despite using a helmet.


    Thanks and best wishes to Paul.

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