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  1. Thanks! I took along one lens: 18-105mm. The lens is very versatile. This is my first dSLR and I am VERY happy with it. I am packing it with the Lowepro Topload Zoom 50 holster (perfect fit and it allows for me to keep the lens hood on) bag with the Lowepro chest harness. Wasn't quite sure how it would work out carrying it on my chest (especially mountaineering) but it worked great! I could hardly notice it and had no trouble seeing my feet...even on the descent. Only difficulty I ran into was messing with my harness, but I managed. Best of all, I had quick access to it for fast shots :cool:


    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!

  2. with the advent of pre-holed jeans and paying top dollar for a 'distressed' look, my friends and I have often joked we would start a line of outdoor climbing gear and outer-wear to hit this demographic. Now you can have the look of a dirt-bag hardman climber without having to do the work:


    I sometimes judge people with bright, shiny gear...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Patagonia makes a pretty sweet 26L pack. I have the current version but have only got to use it a little. I've used the previous version while climbing down in patagonia a few times and liked it.


    here's a link: http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/patagonia-lightweight-travel-pack?p=48817-0-247&pcc=1128





    I've been thinking about cutting off the lid, as the pack is plenty big enough for a leaders pack and it doesn't rest well unless the pack is full.


    +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.

  6. 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

  7. 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...

  8. A Hood forum would be sweet. I volunteer to be an admin.


    It should contain a shitty SS TR thread that we can just add to so that everyone stays current with the EXACT conditions, and at least one sticky covering all the basics such as how many stoves to bring and when to secure yourself to the rope with quickdraws.


    Yeah...that would be sweet.


    BTW...does anyone know how many ice screws I should bring for the gates, given their current condition? So stoked!




    When do they fix the lines to the summit?

  9. Sling for gear, which I keep short/tight under my arm to reduce the swinging. I also set the runners up as alpine draws and sling them on an old runner on the opposite side. Maybe if I had enough hips to keep a heavy harness from falling off...


    +1 for slings on opposite side and pencil hips

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Most definetly will layer the clothing for sure. I appriciate everyones input I think I am going to go for those NWalpine pants as see what they can do for me. Thanks everyone


    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.

  13. 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.

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