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  1. [TR] Mount Stuart - North Ridge 6/3/2016

    I think we saw your headlamps from our camp by Ingalls pass.
  2. We were on snow from just before Ingalls pass to the base of the route. The lake was just starting to show some blue around the edges.
  3. [TR] Lane Peak - The Zipper 11/21/2015

    The squeeze with ice tools was unique, and kind of fun.
  4. [TR] Lane Peak - The Zipper 11/21/2015

    Top of Lovers Lane involves a rappel down into the Zipper to finish up.
  5. Trip: Lane Peak - The Zipper Date: 11/21/2015 Trip Report: Lina and I headed down to Rainier park with ice gear and touring gear with the intention to decide on what we would do when we got there based on how things looked. From the parking lot at Narada Falls it looked like there was snow and ice in The Zipper, so we headed that way. The snow on the approach in was thin, so there was a lot of exposed boulders and brush. Hiking in. Bushwhacking to the base of the route. Once we were in The Zipper we found a few short pitches of ice, which were great for getting Lina her first leads with ice tools. Further up we got to a point where I've usually climbed around a big chock stone to its right. There wasn't any ice and my dry tooling skills are limited, so we had to get creative. I was able to climb a short bit of ice then squeeze through behind the chock stone. I then hauled up our packs and belayed Lina through the hole. It was kind of a fun way to get past that obstacle. Rope going up through the hole. After that it was just nice steep snow to the top of The Zipper. We wanted to make sure we made the gate closing and to try beat the rush of people from Paradise down the road, so we headed out rather than going for the summit. The hike out was interesting, as the normal descent gully is a stream and frozen rocks right now. Descending the frozen stream. The rest of the hike out was uneventful and the day was capped off with burgers at Bruno's. This was the thinnest conditions I've ever climbed this route in, and it added some unique challenges on the approach, descent, and on the route. Overall a lot of fun and a great day in the mountains getting Lina her first ice leading. Gear Notes: Brought a couple short screws, and some rock gear. No screw placements, maybe could have found a couple spots for a picket if we brought one. Approach Notes: Bushwhacking and barely covered boulder fields.
  6. Yeah, South Brother is stupid without snow.
  7. Water Below Burgundy Col

    Sweet, thanks.
  8. Water Below Burgundy Col

    Anyone know if there's water at the bench camp part way up to Burgundy Col? I've found it there in October on normal years, but this year isn't normal. Thanks
  9. [TR] Vesper Peak - The Ragged Edge 6/5/2015

    Climbed this on Saturday, and it is really a lot of fun. We were mostly able to stay below the snow on the traverse to the start of the route, except for one spot. It won't be too long until you won't have to be on the snow at all. If you're comfortable at the grade, I'd recommend simul-climbing for a bit and combining the first two pitches to get to the nice bolted anchor. I have no idea what those blocks are attached to on the fourth pitch, but they sure are fun to pull up on. Also, the belay before the last pitch is pretty wild to hang at for a while. We also saw a helicopter land at the beach on Copper Lake for a while, then leave. Its always weird to be above things that are flying.
  10. Hip Surgery

    My dad had a hip resurfacing when he was in his early 50's. Climbed Rainier a little over a year after that. Coming down was rougher on it than going up. He lost some hip mobility, which is challenging with rock climbing sometimes. But overall he's much more mobile and happier than before he had it done.
  11. BD Cobra ice tool on descent from Lane

    I was through both of those spots yesterday and didn't see anything.
  12. Beginner snow/snice/couloir climbs

    I asked this exact question a few years ago here.
  13. Question about stitched eye strength.

    I can't speak to this specific piece of gear, but can give you some insight from a previous job designing and testing parachutes. Stitching is usually designed to be stronger than what is being stitched. The failure point during testing is almost always the point where the material goes from double to single thickness. On this piece of gear, that would be just toward the center from the stitching. That, combined with knowing that knots are weak points, would lead me to believe that the stitching should be the strongest of the three you have listed.
  14. Trip: Mount Baker - North Ridge Date: 7/27/2014 Trip Report: Three of us headed out to climb the North Ridge of Mt Baker on Saturday. We made short work of the hike up to the 6,500 foot camp with great views the whole way up. Hiking up. After having some lunch and setting up camp we decided to scout the route across the glacier. We crossed the glacier, investigated a few different start options, and then headed back to camp. Glacier scouting. Back at camp we decided to go with the hourglass feature as our approach if we could get bast the bergshcrund. We were up early the next morning and ready to go back across our scouted route. We made good time to the bergschrund, passing a few groups along the way. Morning climbing. We got through the bergschrund by entering it on the climbers right side and using a ramp to get into the hourglass. We wet up a belay at the bottom of the ice ridge, opting to climb the lowest angle route possible. Andrew led up the 2 pitches of ice, his second time leading ice. The angle backed off not far into the second pitch and was perfect for pickets and moving quickly. Andrew leading the first pitch. Above the ice pitches Ilia led us up two long running belays before transitioning back to standard glacier travel. Steep snow above the ice. Based on a recommendation from the team behind us we decided to traverse out left toward the top to get to the summit. This involved a traverse across a steeper slope, and then a little crevasse navigation. Traverse. We reached the summit and relaxed a bit before heading down to pack up camp and get back to the car. Took 3.5 hours from the summit to the car. The Coleman-Deming route was in great shape, and there were quite a few people skiing down. Me, Ilia, and Andrew on the summit. Descending the trail. *All photos taken by Ilia. Gear Notes: 8 screws - would need less if more comfortable ice climbing 3 pickets - nice for the steep snow above the ice Approach Notes: Trail is in great shape. Glacier crossing is pretty direct at 6,500 feet.
  15. Climbing and Camping Gear

    Pack is sold. Only a couple things left.
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