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  1. Wooden training ice tools - not thei Dryice ones!

    Many thanksmthorman, those are the puppies. Thansk for the effort ...also thanks Gene, appreciate the effort. I do think those look like you'd put them in yer open wine bottle to stop it going off. Ha Rock on.
  2. Wooden training ice tools - not thei Dryice ones!

    ...thanks for your thoghful & considered reply. I have been outside once or twice before, I was struck by how diuffernt it looked from GoogleEarth.
  3. ...I saw a guy in Vertical World last year with some wooden ice tools, not the Dryice ones with the big rubber bands. I think the copany name was Helix, these tool-things had wooden pick shapes with a rubber pad at the end so you can drytool in the gym. Anyway, I can't find anything on the interweb, so if anyone has a lead on these things, I'd be happy to get some info. And before the howls of derision begin...I've trashed my fingers so I reckon trytooling may be the way to go for a while. Thanks in advance. Jake
  4. Clost cleaning...priced to sell, there is nothing worng with these units, they just sit in the closet & so they should go to some one who will use them. #1.5 tech friend, #2 Helium, #2.5 Tech friend, #3 tech friend, #3 Original solid bar friend, #3.5 tech friend, #4 tech friend, +trango max cam The tech friends are not much used, I am the original owner, no abuse. The trango, and the solid bar I inheritted from a careful friend, so nothing to worry about there. $120 cash, firm, in NE Seattle email me, please don't pm thru this site: jakeevans100 at hotmail.com
  5. [TR] Plummer Peak - Standard 12/21/2017

    Great TR & excellent landscapes. Your buddy in the mid-gound, Mt R in the background & stumps in foreground is a classic composition you just don't see that aften. Nice.
  6. [TR] Mt Thompson - West Ridge 12/09/2017

    It's probably worth knowing that inside thatr enormous pack are...snowshoes! Yeah baby... better than skis on this gig, or I'm a lying pilgrim!
  7. Posting for a fiend who can't get into his cc account. Reply to his email below. The photo gallery won't let me post the photo, email Ari if you want pics, they all look new to me.: All gear is in excellent condition. Before we really stopped climbing, we bought a few new pieces with the intention of cragging more, which is why some pieces are listed as "new". Preference would be to sell the rack as a whole, or groups of pieces rather than individuals, hence the discount for purchases of 4+ pieces. All cams include a BD hoodwire biner, and the nuts include a racking biner and BD nut tool. Here is what we've got: Item Condition - Single Price - for 4+ WC Friend #2 new 50 45 WC Friend #2.5 new 50 45 Metolius Master Cam #0 lightly used 40 35 Metolius Master Cam #1 lightly used 40 35 Metolius Master Cam #2 lightly used 40 35 Metolius Master Cam #3 lightly used 40 35 BD Stoppr Set #4-13 used 60 55 hoodwire quickdraw (3X) used 10/ea 8/ea email: akarchin at gmail dot com
  8. Good day out. Hopefully conditions persist and/ or repeat since there is potential there for cascades-style (scary & variable ice) alpine cragging. Really, a couple of routes up the headwall to the summit seem do-able & would be groovy. Just gotta stay out of the neighborhood & approach via the beacon park. Jake
  9. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    Chockstone falls looks FAT, lots of snow up there so it may be slow going low down. The 1st pitch looks very, very hollow, we went around it on the left side. Rock on. Jake
  10. Cascade River Road

    Good question. I do not have an answer/ But from past experience, you may be able to drive up to somewhere around the HIddenLake turn off, if you have all these things you might not use; saw, patience & maybe chains but definitely high clearance. I don't reckon anyone can get past the 1700' bit a few miles down the road at this time of year without a snow machine. But then again, what do I know? not so much. If you can, then you'll gain quite a few miles on the downhill. Go, if you don't go, you won't know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. WTB Full Tilt/Raichle/Koflach ski boot tongues

    I have what you need. I ran a boot r&d project for years & I have full tilt tongues, homemade carbon tongues, tongues made from hdpe, spam, you name it... Email me, I'd be pleased to help out. In Seattle jakeevans100athotmail.com
  12. Those shite phone pics rock. All photos are always better than no photos. Bummer you blanked on the rope. Rock on, towards the sun!
  13. [TR] Argonaut - NE couloir 11/22/2015

    Hell yes. I love to camp! The approach I've been using for the last few years is to get to the TH about sunset & do the hike in the dark, as far as we can be bothered to go. Ideally pull into camp about 9 or 10pm, cook dinner & get into bed. Up about 4.30, eat eggs & get moving. Then do the route, get back to the tent, eat again & hike out that night. It works pretty well to keep my wife happy since I'm only really away for 1 1/2 days. Also you obviously stand a better chance on the route if you sleep near the bottom, also, the late arrival prevents sitting around in a camp in the winter feezing your ass off, better to be hiking. Jake
  14. Trip: Colchuck - NE couloir Date: 11/29/2015 Trip Report: Into the vertical maw we trot. Little alpine ponies, starry eyes wide open trying to look around the corners. After a few rope-lengths we see a crux, a 20’ vertical chimney pumping gluttons of spindrift. Hacking & stemming up the thunker neve walls by thunk-vision was the trip; don’t look up or the river will fill your face & jacket right up, a life affirming blast. Then a cave/ chockstone up few more rope-lengths offered 2 bomber cams fueling the madness; reaching over the roof 2 thunker tool placements and cut loose with the feet & climb up the tool shafts ‘Yeahaaa I’m a fucking cowboy’. This route rocks. Then it eases back into cruiser-country until the big bowl ends & the left-right choice. Left of course. The right walls were all packing ½” of sketchy ice & reports of no gear. We want more gear. I have never been to Alaska, but I suspect it might be a bit like these top pitches: Mixed moves on buried rock covered with plenty of unsupportive snow. Thrilling stuff, all within limits, with just enough pro to not be peeling off the mountain, but the ropes never long enough. 10/10 full value. Tragically the lost soloist who was on the same mountain the day before, is still lost, he’s been on our minds ever since. Sincere condolences to his loved ones. We had encountered SAR at the trailhead & told them what we knew & moved on down the mountain. I think it’s fair to say that the summer crevasses on the Colchuck glacier are large & we should be roped up. The crisp photos are Victors, the manky ones & the selfies are mine. Beer & whiskey to combat the hollows! Jake & Victor //www.cascadeclimbers.com/plab/data/500/medium/Colchuck_NE_couloir-106.jpg[/img] /Colchuck_NE_couloir-116.jpg[/img] Gear Notes: 3 pins, 1 very thin bugaboo (most useful). Cams: Mastercam 0 to 2, doubles in 1 (recommended). BD 05-3 (didn't use the 3 gonna stop carrying it. Wires; Yes. Long slings were good Icescrews were no use. Picket; Victor bought one along, we could have used another. Approach Notes: Bike to TH, forget harness, go back to L-town get new harness from LMS (massive props for re-opening th eshop for us) bike back up & hike in. Sleep @ lake
  15. Trip: Argonaut - NE couloir Date: 11/22/2015 Trip Report: Laughingboy & I climbed Argonaut NE couloirs on Sunday. It was a cruiser, we simuled all except the steep 80 degree snice step about 400’ up. The gear is poor below this step & good above. The 5.6 section was impossible to find, totally snowed up but we gained the summit snowfield via a few mixed moves up a groove-turns-into-a-ridge located to the right of the 5.6 bit, with bomber gear. It was 1.40pm, too late to summit so Josh & I rapped down what I think is the 5.6 bit and traversed climbers left into the descent couloir (red). Descent was downclimbing with some anchors. Walked over to the Argo-Colchuck col & rapped into the 2nd gully on a blue 6mm thread with our 70m single rope, which ran out above a vertical step. Luck, the mountain gods handed us a perfect wire & thread anchor & we rapped out again, downclimbed & scarpered home. Early season in the Enchantments. Gear Notes: 2 pins, one thin, one wider (used) Cams: 0 Mastercam to 2. BD from .5 to 3, didn't really need the ebig ones. Wires were good. Ice screws: 3 stubbys & 2 13cm, not used in any meaningful way: Ha Approach Notes: Stuart lake trail to 1st switchback, hike se for a few 100 yards to creek, cross, continue se to outflank the side hill boulderfield for less than 1/4 mile then head south to Mounntaineer Creek, follow the creek on the right side (trail), cross the multiple creeks coming from the Stuart basin, stay on teh righ side of the Mountaineer Creek branch that comes from Sherpa basin for about 1/5 mile, cross creek when you can get directly into the boulders. Go up. We screwed this up royally!