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  1. I was by FF for the first time a few weeks ago. I'll usually buy from REI cause it's like leasing gear. Return something for something else. They didn't have the crampons I wanted (Sabertooth Pros) and I knew FF would. Sure enough. I ask a few questions, got great service, walked out with some 'pons.


    I also bought a BD nut tool and asked at the register if I could go pound it into a crack at Index. That got a laugh.


    My brother ordered a bag and got excellent service. Props to FF. If I had more money, I would've been browsing the sale a bit more...

  2. Mountain Hardware Alchemy Jacket size L. Great jacket, wore it for a year, never in the mountains. Eventually decided that for this area, I need a shell with a hood 3.5 seasons out of the year. In really great condition! Sheds water really well. WINDSTOPPER softshell material.


    More info: http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Alchemy™-Jacket/OM2478,default,pd.html

    Questions, feel free to post up or PM. MSRP is around $140. Selling for $65, located in Seattle area. Would prefer local sell, but will ship.



  3. Actually, I found reliable natural protection on garfield[for the difficulty of the climbing]


    I've heard, and seen from topos, that it isn't just a straight bolt ladder sport climb and needs some extra gear. Yes? No?

  4. Our boy Colin Haley posted up over on his blog: http://colinhaley.blogspot.com/. Has photos from when Garibotti chopped bolts, and then we he and Garibotti went back and did some more. And Colin has had some coversations with Lama.


    Best line of the blog:

    So this, apparently, is the much-anticipated courage and vision of gym climbers applying their skills to the mountains.

  5. My first time climbing at Vantage, my brother goes, "You know sobo, on CC?" My reply, "Yea." He says, "Read up on why he doesn't climb here anymore."


    Suffice to say, I have the utmost respect for sobo and dwell on that story each time I'm out there.


    In other news, it's awesome that you want to get your facts straight on this story!

  6. Dust, dryness and wind primarily, also very problematic if one is working in any kind of construction or industrial application.


    I got caught in a crazy sandstorm in China one time and I found out real quick that this is true. Definitely cursed having contacts, which I normally don't.


    I dream of getting LASIK done someday.

  7. Nice pics all. Looks like a great day out! Xhen, that first pic with you approaching is looking directly at "Kiddie Cliff", looking not worth it in it's current shape.


    The second pick is a close up of the first, once we got up there. Glad it's familiar to someone :)

  8. Was also up in the area on Saturday. We were the only morons wandering around without flotation. Saw some good sign. We went up to check out this section. Looked better than most! Wasn't long by any means. Never got higher than my axe as the trees above us starting raining snow on us pretty regularly. Then we realized we had one helmet between us. Another day.


    And next time we'll bring snowshoes.



  9. non local guide book authors suck


    I know prezwood pretty well and have climbed with him before. Great guy, great climber.


    Not saying retro bolting is cool, and some of his friends even call him out in the thread.

  10. I'm originally from AK and used to ship a pallet of stuff to and from college. It's not too bad.


    Boyer Barge Lines (Northland Services) or Alaska Marine Lines (AML) are your ticket. They both have offices in Seattle.

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