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About cascadesdj

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  • Birthday 09/07/1948


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    Roslyn, WA
  1. [TR] Amabilis - 1/3/2013

    Actually a very cool place. I first did the ski trip up Amabilis in Feb 1982. It has always had great open field skiing and tremendous views. I only ski Locally (Amabilis is local as I live in Roslyn)when conditions are good, i.e., cold. When not so it is terrible with slush, ice, bad crust, etc. We used to get a lot more good snow and it would last for much longer spells. The winter of 1981-2 is memorable for week after week of great skiing in the backcountry.
  2. Shuksan Summit Pyramid "YDS rating"

    It was my first climb in 1972 and I'd never rock climbed before. I think it must be fairly easy because I don't remember any issues at all--just scrambled up unroped in old high topped work/hiking boots. Seems like maybe class 3-4.
  3. Vantage Sketchiness?

    Hmm. I was at Vantage Saturday and we were at Riverview Park, Corn Wall, and Hen House. We saw a total of, at most 15 people there. We never waited for a route, walked up to every one we wanted to climb and set off. I've spent over 400 days at Vantage over the past 17 years. I've never waited for routes. Also, you don't have to move far for the next route--it's like an outdoor gym. Often you can climb there in mid-winter when everyone everywhere else is wet/cold. There are classics there, but you have to know the area because there are some crappy routes too. Wear a helmet, use a grigri, ask around and just climb the great routes, of which there are plenty. Or stay home and leave the place to me.
  4. Calling route free on-sight?

    I don't know if I'd call a Canadian dumb. Did they start the Iraq war on lies? Did they elect Bush TWICE? Don't they have universal health care? ETC
  5. vantage air quality

    Went there last Wednesday in similar conditions. I live in Roslyn and it looked bad here when we left. However, at Vantage it was not so bad and actually ended up ok as the day went on. It's hotter this week, though, and last week was barely tolerable in the sun. Because of the heat, I'm headed for X38 tomorrow.
  6. [TR] Cashmere Mountain - West Ridge 8/13/2012

    Great! Love to see parents taking kids outdoor for challenge and adventure. We raised out kids this way--no TV, no video games (after a brief intro in the pacman days) and lots of outdoor time, year around.They thank us now.
  7. [TR] Kaleetan Peak - South scramble 7/23/2012

    Wow! Congrats to your son. I soloed this route today and found it to be a long, hard day! (But maybe that's because I'm 63). I was able to get through that west side descent section w/o an ax, but I did a lot of "tree belays". It is a spectacular and worthwhile summit. One of my favorites in the area is Red Mtn, about half as much work as Kaleetan. I bet your kid would like it too.
  8. Beware of moving mountains

    There's no global warming, just ask a republican.
  9. Boise Rock

    I saw guys cragging (sport) just outside of town SE of town along a roadside. I don't know exactly where that was, but an internet search should bring up some possibilities.
  10. [TR] Snow Creek Wall - Orbit 4/30/2012

    Good approach method. Once I rode my bike 4 days to sport climb at Smith. Was a great trip, but I cheated and caught a ride home.
  11. Best place to live in WA?

    I've lived in Roslyn for 37 years and worked as a HS math teacher in Ellensburg. I now work a couple of days a week here and live part time in Seattle. Roslyn is great--1 hour to Vantage, X38, Lworth and a little over one hour to Tieton, half hour to Snoq Pass. Literally xcountry ski out the front door, hike the ridge that starts in town, mtn bike all over the place, etc. Now that I'm working much less, it's nice to go to Seattle where there's something to do when not working or climbing/hiking, etc. If you're not busy, small towns like this can be kinda boring.
  12. When'd you make your kid a climbing "partner?"

    When Dylan turned 12 and I was 45, I figured he was old enough. I had wanted to learn technical rock climbing for years, so we both started then. He belayed top ropes almost immediately (from above, on Slug Rock on Blewett Pass) and within a year he was belaying anything I tried. This was in the ATC era. Now he is the sherpa, rope gun, teacher, etc. He's 30 and I'm 63 and we still have a great time. A couple weeks ago I was belaying his 5.13d project and then he would belay me on my 5.11a project.
  13. Rudest damned thing ever

    NOt necessarily, considering my policy has a $500 deductible and after that will only pay a depreciated amount. Gawd, considering this and my very expensive yet crappy health insurance situation, I'm, about fed up with the whole "industry".
  14. Climbing with newbies this weekend

    There are plenty of easy routes in the riverview park area of Vantage that are not crowded.
  15. Great TR that proviced a vicarious adventure. When I first hiked all over this area in 1979 we sure didn't even think about doing it in winter! Thanks.