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  1. [TR] Mazama - Rockfest 6/26/2011

    Fun Rock and more in the Mazama Rock guidebook. Sometimes I found the photos and the text were different (photo topo says 5.8, text says 5.7). We ran into Burdo last time we were there and he said a new edition is coming out next year sometime, updates and more routes.
  2. [TR] Mt Rainer - Gib Ledges 6/17/2011

    Awesome. I usually take my 18-55 and call it good. I'm eventually wanting a 35mm prime, had actually ordered one, but it was backordered for so long I bought more climbing gear with the money. I have a Lowepro single bag with all weather cover, and I think next time I'll rig it like a chest harness... Always curious about other people's rigs!
  3. [TR] Mt Rainer - Gib Ledges 6/17/2011

    First, awesome job! Second, what lens(es) did you use? I have a D90 myself...
  4. The bear sign thread

    This pic was taken in '06 in SE Alaska, near my hometown. Out on a work trip and we ended up chasing along with young black bear. Found some scat, and you could tell what it had been gorging itself on...
  5. You spent how much on that?!?!

    I sometimes judge people with bright, shiny gear...
  6. Mountaineering Pants

    I currently use the Stoic Overhang Pants that I got on sale for $60 on Steep and Cheap (just up again today). Freakin love them. Next pants on my list: NW Alpine's Fast/Light Pants. Has a grommet on the bottom to through some cord in so you don't need gaiters. Both are softshell. I've never even pulled out my hardshells. I think i'll sell them.
  7. Alps Mountaineering packs?

    Graham's thing is that we have one spine, so there's one stiff framesheet, one aluminum stay. Marmot helped mold that crap to my back. I've had 45lbs in my 45L and it carried fantastically. I'm always surprised at how comfortable it is. There are tons of straps to adjust the load to the supports. It's ultimately customizable. I'd say, if you're interested, give Graham a call and talk to him about it. He posts here under crackers, as well. But he's fantastic and could answer all your questions.
  8. Alps Mountaineering packs?

    I have a Cilo pack and Marmot helped me fit it. Got a 45L I regularly use for cragging a couple nights out. I'm in the market for a big dumb pack (BDP), been looking at Osprey. Feathered Friends is having a huge sale right now, and by the looks of things, have some nice discounts on some of those packs. I'm swinging by this week to take a peek.
  9. REI appeals Monika Johnson's case

    Big time x 10! REI can kiss my ass....after I use my 20% off thinggy of course. Shit http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014151086_skier07m.html One in the same? Damn
  10. Which companies have the best customer service?

    We'll see how CAMP comes in. Just ordered a wind shirt from them, got the wrong one. Still a perfectly good item, but I'd prefer what I ordered... Anyone had experience with them?
  11. Leader Packs

    +1. I have the Flash and it's ok, but last time I was out, my trad partner whipped this sucker out (it folds down into a small pouch in itself) and put me to shame. He got it at Second Ascent for a descent price.
  12. Looking for mainly mountaineering/some alpine partners this season, but really game for anything. Located in Seattle area Am a n00b, really. Been on a few climbs, all resulted in turning around due to weather/snow conditions. Have all gear, and read all requisite reading. Worked on basic skills (Arrests, z-pulley, prusik, etc) on the ground. Spent a ton of time outdoors, but have no glacier experience (The Palmer on Hood doesn't count, really). Interested in anything, volcano or not! Have a small sedan, willing to drive, buy gas/beer. Job is very flexible May through mid-August. As for any alpine, I'm a middling climber. Just started leading late last year. Since weather has started to cooperate, sport has been up to 5.8. Did my first few trad leads a few weekends ago, 5.6. Don't own a rack (draws/alpine draws, yes). 5.10- climber, pretty much all around. Willing to do anything though. Looking to learn. PM me! Thanks
  13. Best synthetic 20 deg sleeping bag

    I got myself a MH Ultralamina 15, weighing in at just under 3lbs. But, I haven't had a chance to test it. By all reviews, both comments and sites like SuperTopo, it's highly regarded. I'd say this comment only is worth 1 cent, for lack of testing. Someone help me get out in the mountains...
  14. Diet Article by Will Gadd

    A friend of mine does Iron Man's and while training, he just goes for calories and eats whatever he wants. Race day, he focuses up a bit.
  15. When do they fix the lines to the summit?
  16. Gear slings?

    +1 for slings on opposite side and pencil hips
  17. Gear slings?

    Every time I pass gear/rack I remember the story of Kelly Cordes and Josh Wharton on the Azeem Ridge of Great Trango and how they dropped half their rack on the third pitch and had to keep going. I think they also later had to hack their rap line cause it got caught... but yea. Just this last weekend my second found an extra nut that had fallen out of the biner in my fumbling. Oh, +1 for gear slings. For some reason I like them for everything. Even when I sport climb, my draws are on a sling.
  18. honesty at Vantage

    Er, I would've put your camera on a rock and left a beer too!
  19. honesty at Vantage

    Walgreens has a beer called Big Flats. $2.50 for a six pack (cans). Cans are awesome cause you can crush them and put them in your pack. But at that price, I don't care if my partner or the party next to us bums one off me.
  20. Statistic survey: good fitting Mt. boots.

    I have an extremely small sample size for mountain boots, but I'm currently 1 for 1 (Sportiva Trango S). I only even post because I almost returned them on a few occasions, but after screwing with the lacing over a season, they are actually quite comfortable. I also have narrow-assed girl feet. Currently saving for some Nepals, hoping it'll run similar to most people's experience.
  21. I'll never forget hearing about this storying, and after returning from climbing at Vantage, scouring the boards for the tale: http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/817824/Re_Biggest_surprise_on_a_route#Post817824 And this one goes to show even a TR of the "dog route" can be great: http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=953285
  22. Alpine Climbing Pants

    If you think about it, let us know what you think. I'm pretty interested in them, especially after seeing Dane's clever grommet-in-the-pant-gator that could easily be custom made.
  23. Alpine Climbing Pants

    I wear a pair of Stoic Overhang pants from Backcountry. Got them on Steep and Cheap for like $50. They're labeled "highly water resistant" and I'll vouch for that. I used them on mountains, rainy hikes, rock, you name it. Pretty darn water resistant. When it really gets wet, I usually have a layer on underneath, so any dampness isn't noticed. I always pack pant shells, but in my short climbing career, haven't used them. If it is raining, unless it's pissing rain, I don't care. They're a softshell material. Drawbeck is the side pockets are mesh and don't zip. So when you get snow in them... So something water resistant, durable (DWR?!) is good for almost anything. In other news, those NWAlpine pants look sweet... I might have to check into that.
  24. This is awesome. Just got added to my ticklist! Way to go.
  25. Book help needed

    It's the pack or my pack has a really think foam pad that surrounds the frame sheet. I've used that numerous times to sit on. And always get the puffy out. Get cold quick.