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  1. [TR] The Lions Head - Lion Tamer 7/9/2011

    Yes the original summit record is still there in a small metal cylinder. I don't recall the names but I do believe they were from Bonners Ferry and it was dated 1930 something in old world cursive. Cool stuff!
  2. [TR] The Lions Head - Lion Tamer 7/9/2011

    What are you looking for specifically?
  3. Decent Gloves

    Sno-Seal+Kinco work gloves. Cheap, warm, durable and they work better than most over priced wiz-bang gloves. I work in a winter mountain environment and have been through many pairs of gloves and the Kincos are definitely the best. I have the aretes also and they are ok but not very warm or durable. http://www.gloves-online.com/proddetail.php?prod=WK-1927KW
  4. Is overnight parking allowed at the Snow Lake TH? Many thanks JZ
  5. Man arrested for Skiing Uphill

    It's motivating to hear about old guys still getting after it but, skinning lift accessed terrain is silly and negligent no matter who or how old you are. I work at a ski resort and had an encounter with a belligerent skinner (I too skin but in appropriate areas or at night ) sliding up our most popular run on a busy day creating a severe objective hazard for guests and a dangerous situation for himself. There would be HUGE liability issues for resorts if they allowed it. That's my two cents.
  6. I want to be a "new girl!" (need RN position!)

    Seattle is a beautiful part of the world. I lived there for a it but alas the rain, traffic congestion, rude people, and ridiculous commute time to travel a short distance compelled me to seek dryer pastures. I'm now In Spokane and totally digging it. The economy here is built on the medical industry with several major hospital and the Intercollegiate School of Nursing in the downtown core. If you want to climb ridiculous amounts of sport routes EVERY DAY this is the place to be (i.e. Deep Creek, China Bend, Post Falls, Dishman). And you don't have to take a number and get in line to climb a route! There is also gratuitous amounts of mountain biking, from casual single track to sphincter clenching huck lines, it's all here! Spokane is in the process of improving it's urban bicycle infrastructure with a newly adopted Bike Master Plan which has established several sharrows and dedicated bike lanes. There is a surprisingly sizable bike scene here. There are two decent ski resorts within an hours drive (Mt. Spokane, 49) and many more close enough for a day trip (Schwitzer, Silver, Red Mountain). The Selkirks in North Idaho offer decent backcountry ski opportunities and lots of unexplored granite for the summer months. My girlfriend and I (she's a nursing student and a Seattle transplant) have a little place on the "South Hill," a historic neighborhood with narrow Maple lined streets and bungalow homes and we love it! Close to down town, trails, work, coffee shops, grocery, parks and the folks here smile and say "hello" when passing by. We really like the four distinct seasons and the different recreational opportunities they provide. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing more beautiful than a sunny summer day at Alki Beach and the white trash factor is a bit higher here, but overall I definitely prefer the tempo of life in Spokane. Good Luck!
  7. Touring packs

    I'm in the market for a touring specific pack - I've realized over the last couple of seasons that the pack I've been using is completely inappropriate for this application. I'm trying to avert buyer's remorse from a poorly thought out purchase and would appreciate thoughts/advice. Here are my stats: Looking for something around 30L I appreciate simplicity - not attracted to gimmicks and unnecessary features I ride a splitboard Now PLEASE bestow upon me your infinite wisdom CC folks! Thanks in advance
  8. Touring packs

    Yep. It's magic! I used it this weekend for an overnighter in the hills and it worked really well. It's noticeably heavier than the pack I was using (54oz. vs. 26oz.) but the added features are worth the extra weight. The hydration system did not freeze all day in temps around 20 degrees F.
  9. Touring packs

    Got my new pack yesterday and conducted a packing test in my living room. This pack is deceiving at first glance. When unloaded it's sleek and fits tight to your body. The shape of the packing space is efficient and minimizes empty voids allowing you to use every cubic inch of space. I laid out a typical weekend's worth of gear and the Stash BC easily devoured it. Have a look: http://picasaweb.google.com/Zickler1981/BcaPack#5543644481970901362
  10. Touring packs

    Thanks for the reassurance dbcolin. I ended up ordering the Stash BC because of its ability to carry a board vertically. That feature was the tie breaker for me. I actually found the older model on sale for $80 on BC.com and nearly bought it. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful advice - I'll post a gear review after a few turns! On that note - we just got BURIED here in the 509 so I'm off to eat it up! Cheers!
  11. Touring packs

    Anyone have experience with BCA packs? The Alp 40 seems like a dialed, well thought out system. I really like the nalgene compatible hydration setup - and with 40L I could use it for long weekends or even a week if staying in a hut. I really like the dry-sack closure system when using it without the lid. Anyone have a compelling argument against BCA packs? They make a great beacon!
  12. Touring packs

    I would prefer a non-integrated avalung because I would like the flexibility to use it with an assortment of packs.
  13. Touring packs

    I'm in Spokane WA. Between Mountain Gear and Mountain Goat Outfitters I have access to every conceivable brand and model of pack. And the folks who work at both are legit skiers who seem to offer solid advice. I can recall very few times when I have carried my board put together. Usually when the terrain requires booting, it's not exactly conducive to fiddling with gear. Most of the time I carry my board split A frame style so the revelation may just work. It's nice to have options though. Jeez, sometimes I wish I could be more impulsive.
  14. Touring packs

    Word. I'll bring along my shovel. I have the BCA companion - not sure how it compares in size to the voile. How do you like the Kode? I've read mixed reviews one common complaint is that they used poor materials in the construction and that the compression system interferes with quick access to the wet room. Have you experienced this? Guess if I buy if from REI/BC failure as a result of poor construction is not an issue.
  15. Touring packs

    So true. My plan was to narrow it down to three or four and exploit the REI/Backcountry "rental" program, sending the ones back that I disqualify. I have been using the 30L Lowe Alpine summit attack - a great pack for its intended purpose which is not touring! I want something with a wet room for skins and avi gear so I'm not stuffing my skins in the main compartment on top of my puffy at every transition. Also need a system that carries a board well - both together and split. A hydration system would also be nice. Just had a quick look at the BD revelation. Seems to have all my desired features in a super clean design. Curious how well it would carry a board....
  16. For Sale: Petzl Vasak semi-auto crampons w/ bag used one season - $95 Grivel Air Tech Evolution axe w/ hammer 53cm like new - $100 Set of BD Android leashes used once - $60 Petzl Snowalker Glacier Axe 68cm lightly used - $55 Prices do not include shipping. Have a look: http://picasaweb.google.com/Zickler1981/Oct242010#
  17. Stuff For Sale

    pm sent
  18. [TR] Myrtles Turtle - North Face 8/7/2010

    Was just up climbing Harrison Peak and spotted that thing on the way in. One impressive piece of granite! Great report!
  19. August 7&8. I have a full single rack so someone with a rack so we can double on a few pieces would be preferable. Any takers?
  20. Serpentine Arete & Outer Space

    Bump. Any takers?
  21. My regular partner is off to Wyoming to send in the Tetons & Rockies and I'm in search of a replacement(s)! Looking for dependable climbing partners with good mountain sense and judgement to climb alpine, rock, ice, and mixed routes primarily in the North Cascades and occasionally in the Selkirks. I live in Spokane so a 509 resident would be ideal but not required. I have gear for nearly every type of climbing. I'm climbing 5.12b sport, 5.10a trad, AI/WI3, and have big lungs for long slogs. If anyone is interested let me know and we can do a shakedown climb in Leavenworth or WA Pass. Cheers!
  22. Looking for regular WA climbing partners

    Thanks for the reply Adam, I'm a gov. employee so I work a typical m-f 9-5 schedule. However, when the commissioners make the 2011 budget cuts I may be available 24/7 so stand by! JZ
  23. [TR] Mt. Stuart - Stuart Glacier Couloir 5/1/2010

    Those must have been your snowshoes parked next to ours! Those gust at times were pretty unnerving. As I walked out Sunday morning (my partners stuck around to climb Colchuck) I turned around to see Stuart under relatively clear skies. I guess we chose the wrong day to climb! Well done.
  24. Snowboarding in your mountaineering boots?

    I've made several runs on my board with my Baruntse this season and it kinda sucks. Have also tried to ride in my Trangos and failed miserably. It will definitely get you off the mountain faster than walking but if you're looking to make quality turns I recommend cutting your board in half and installing a voile split kit.