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  1. Volcano ski condition 'forecasting'

    No help for a specific answer to your question, but I think it can come down to quantity being greater than quality. I’ve lost count of the days I’ve expected terrible conditions and found great snow. Keep expectations low, go out there, poke around, see for yourself. With any luck you’ll find yourself ripping skins next to a caldera, with a wide open field of untouched fluff below you. lovely soft stuff days after the last real snowfall on the east side.
  2. Conditions Report: Static Point

    Thanks for the hard work! It is a magical place. I do feel a little bummed about the added bolts, that was the most memorable aspect of online for me. I hope the run out on American pie was preserved?
  3. review Suunto Customer Service Sucks

    All will be forgiven once it arrives and you begin living with the suunto boost, a bonus 20% vert (sometimes 200%!) on your runs!
  4. Ptarmigan Traverse Questions?

    Aluminum crampons and Trangos would be perfect, the traverse itself could and has been done in running shoes. Tent wise you want something that keeps the bugs out, most camps are quite delux. As far as choice of sleeping bag, whatever works. Check the weather obviously but I just line my stuffsack with a garbage bag and do my best to keep things dry. you shouldn’t have to melt snow at any of the normal camps. I heard about the fire at the southern end. I wonder how that’ll change the final bit of trail...
  5. Love your positive outlook and glad things ended up as well as they did. Aside from the hospital exit what a great looking trip. Next time the bushwhack will be that much sweeter!
  6. How are the bugs on the ptarmigan?

    I used to be tough. Exactly what I needed to know. We’ll be bringing the mesh!
  7. Going to do the PT in early August and wondering if I can get away without a full tent. Planning on staying at ying yang and cub lakes for what it’s worth. thanks!
  8. The pulse of really doesn’t tell you much about how acclimated you are unless you have a wealth of personal knowledge of how you’ve satted at a given altitude and how you’ve subsequently felt. there’s no hard and fast rule, and you can feel and be fine in the low 70s at 10k ft while someone else might be in the high 70s and feel like their brain is being smashed with a hammer. as an anecdote I satted in the high 60s at 14 after going to 20k. I felt fine. The other guys I was with were all around the same reading. They all felt fine, no one had ams symptoms. Listening to your body will likely tell you more than a little pulse ox, unless you’re unconscious and someone else finds you lying there with it on your finger and it’s reading in the 30s, at which point there are more pressing issues... edit: cool trip! Sweet to see what that mountain looks like up close!
  9. Here are some pics from an attempt in 2016. terrain typical of the first half of the route leading up to the aid pitch aid pitch runout chimney pitch
  10. for sale Dynafit TLT8 Carbonio size 29

    I love these boots and that’s a great deal. Someone scoop these up!
  11. review Denali - Ski Boot Help

    Being strong enough to climb/ski to the summit from 14k and going in June would lead you towards not needing overboots. If the weather is unsettled and especially cold they would be useful. Are you planning on climbing via the orient and skiing? If so i don't think it'd be reckless to not bring them. If things get grim and cold it doesn't take that long to ski back to camp. Have your feet ever swelled on long days before to the point where you'd want a half size bigger boot? Are your current boots too tight for 10k foot days? How many consecutive jump turns can you do with a ball gag in your mouth? These are the questions to ask yourself.
  12. Current Snow Levels?

    Did a couple runs out of the Fall creek trailhead in Capitol forest. One was in heinous rain that became grauple that became sleet and freezing wet nasty. I had fun, my buddy endured and had some fun too, I think. Didn't realize there was such good empty singletrack up there! Much shorter commute and the trees are big enough to be pretty, even though they don't compare to oldgrowth.
  13. Concerning snow pack

    If there's a layer that's a moisture barrier buried within the snowpack, such as a raincrust, and the weather is clear with big temp fluctuations between night and day facets can develop on the crust where the moisture gets stuck and can't move through the snowpack. That's generally an early spring continental snowpack thing though. Dry air draws moisture up out of the snow. Happened within 48 hours of some buddies skiing the skillet on Moran. Was not psyched to discover an extremely reactive death slab after skinning 8 flat miles across the lake in the dark, but the choice was clear. Made 1500 ft of lazy turns back to the lake, and turned our feet into hamburger slogging right back to the car while sledneckers ripped past us at 60 mph.
  14. Current Snow Levels?

    Can't wait to run on pavement to jump the fence and poach some track workouts, all in a torrential downpour. At least I won't have to wear microspikes. You have any chickenshit that needs rototilling, Off? I haven't asked, but I'm sure Eamon is game to join!
  15. Concerning snow pack

    To add to what Curt said, even slopes that have slid on the weak layer can be repeaters, in that the weak layer gets buried again after a slide, and continues to be dangerous. Hopefully thats less of an issue as the weak layer is so thin. Just make sure to check first and not get lulled into a false sense of security. Bummer that the snowpack sucks this year, but at least it's the first time it has happened in eons. Living in the rockies seems like every October we get a foot or so that becomes sugary garbage and hoses any chance for solid stability for the rest of the season. The old nothing is going to rip but if it does the entire snowpack slides and everyone dies scenario. Stay safe out there! Skiing is tight, dying is not.