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  1. Looking for a Mentor

    I'm not qualified to be your mentor, and have never been a mountain guide. That's a pretty high bar from where I stand. However, I've been a backcountry ski guide so I do know about guiding and I can offer this comment... even if you become qualified from a skills standpoint, you won't succeed unless you are a people person. In this case, "doing what you love" needs to include mentoring, helping, and otherwise helping people have a good time. Yes, you have to keep them safe and know your stuff and be in super physical shape and all that, but if you don't enjoy figuring out what it takes to make someone comfortable and feel good about themselves and then work hard to do so, then this isn't the occupation for you. Also, under the best of circumstances, it's difficult to provide even the bare necessities to live for more than just yourself on a guide's income. I enjoyed my guiding experience probably more than any other job I've ever had, but I couldn't make a living out of it. I had to have a second job to pay the rent.
  2. What time of the year for Mt Adams?

    The most common south side route is not steep and has no exposed loose rock, so the main concern on that route is weather conditions. Aside from weather, you just need to be able to know how to travel safely if the snow is hard and icy, i.e. how to self-arrest, don't glissade with crampons on, etc. When is the best time of year? Depends on the weather, when the road to Cold Springs Campground opens, if you are a skier, and how you like long approaches, or not, on skis. If you are snow savy and don't mind a long approach then take note that some high pressure is coming in soon. There are avy slopes around Crescent Glacier and on SW Chutes. Staying on the traditional SS route is more benign.
  3. Grizzlies in the North Cascades?

    I think what's reasonable is to establish policies that protect them and their habitat and then let them self-restore on their own, or not. Who knows better than grizzlies what habitat is suitable for them. Seems more natural than shocking an ecosystem with a man-made abrupt fix. I would love to see grizzlies in the NC, but ones that peaceably wandered in and settled down on their own, not ones that were yanked out of their home and dropped into a new and strange and unfamiliar land. We just need to respect and protect the land and then otherwise leave it alone so it can return to its natural state. It's a bit presumptuous for us to assume we know what that is.
  4. Wow what a great day! Any comments on snow stability/structure that you noticed?
  5. Mt Adams for first AT trip

    I've never done this in July, but something no one has mentioned... I would plan on getting to Piker's Peak by noon. If it's too hard and icy to ski the SW chutes then sit down in the sun, have lunch, and wait for the corn to ripen. When your window arrives then drop in, knowing that it will be softer down below. This keeps you away from late afternoon sun when a wet avalanche is possible, as others have mentioned. If you are in good shape (not just aerobically but also used to hiking uphill a lot) you can manage this as a fun day trip from Cold Springs campground with an early start. I prefer to take comfy lightweight boots/crampons for the steep slog up and load my AT skis/boots on my back. It's a real workout. Edit: An altimeter is very useful for knowing when to start cutting back towards the trail you came up. I think you'll be sorry if you ski all the way straight down to the Round the Mountain trail that late in the year. This is NOT a trip to do if there is a chance of a whiteout, despite navigation skills, as the terrain cutting back over to the south side is fraught with obstacles.
  6. soloing vs free soloing

    Soloing is climbing by yourself. Free climbing is climbing w/o aid. Free soloing is free climbing without a belay. Rope soling is any kind of climbing (free or aid) by yourself, with a rope for self-belay. Grade has nothing to do with it.

    Late summer. I was solo skiing across lower Elliot Glacier to get on Snowdome. Conditions were 4” of melting neve over hard ice. I had a full pack and skis on my back and had just done an end run around an open flooded crevasse and was headed up a short moderately steep section directly above it. I had my axe leashed to one hand and was casually working my way straight up when my dull crampon points slipped and my feet went out from under me. I fell on my axe and was able to stop immediately, but only because I had yet to gain any speed. I could feel I didn’t have much purchase with either crampon points or my axe pick, so I gingerly traversed and retreated with my heart in my throat. I was so shaken I called it a day and went home, but only after taking a photo to remind me to never ever set foot on snow or ice again without making sure my gear (crampon points and ice axe pick) were in tip-top condition. This scared me so bad I initially vowed to never solo glaciers again, but am back at it because I feel I can do it safely when conditions warrant. I still occasionally look at this photo of where I almost ended up to remind me to be careful and have never shown it to my wife.
  8. Oregon

    I've been enjoying my guvernment-mandated luxury for so long that I didn't even realize I was missing freedom of choice! Hmm, there has to be some subtle political truth buried here somewhere...
  9. Oregon

    It's simple. I'd rather sit in my warm, dry car and let someone pump my gas for me. What's there not to like? Can you do that in Washington? Sure, if you can find a full-serve station when you want it. Good luck with that. That's why I, and other Oregonians, have twice voted down self-serve in the state. The legislators snuck this one by without a vote.
  10. Looks like a great deal for somebody. I'd post to another site that is more active like nwhikers.net or mountainproject.com.
  11. Bivi off I5 enroute to Yosemite?

    Depends on how "close off I-5" you want to be. I frequently sleep off the Mt. Shasta highway (road to Bunny Flats) just a few miles up the mountain out of Shasta. Every time I've been there (non-summer) the campgrounds are empty, quiet, and free. There are some side roads that lead a short distance into the woods as well. This is probably a 10 to 15 minute drive off I-5 for a quiet safe place to sleep.
  12. [TR] Four Days in Boston Basin 8/1/2017

    Thanks. Turns out mine is five years old and didn't make the cut.
  13. [TR] Four Days in Boston Basin 8/1/2017

    I can't find any details on the Internet re. this. How do I know if my two year old Ursack is approved? Perhaps a NCNP ranger can post some info...
  14. I'll have to admit, when I read your earlier post asking about hitching from Hannegan Pass trailhead, I though I was missing something, as the timeline you mentioned didn't make sense to me. Unbelievable audacity indeed! This is hard for me to comprehend. An incredible feat and thank you for the detailed report.
  15. Great TR and a wonderful adventure! I came down the same trail the same day (7/16), but didn't notice that camera going either direction, probably because I was too tired. I'm sure it's to monitor critters. You saw the big pile of bear poo a mile from the trailhead?