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  1. Easton Glacier advice

    Any Easton beta from this past weekend? Thinking of heading up later this week.
  2. Easton Glacier advice

    I am looking forward to it. I’ve done the Coleman-Deming multiple times, so a change of pace will be nice. I have read that in the event of passage issues, some parties opt to traverse low, to the Squak Glacier, and then ascend it. Does anyone know any details about the elevation where the traverse takes place?
  3. Easton Glacier advice

    Thanks for all of the advice. I am looking forward to getting back up.
  4. Easton Glacier advice

    I am heading out to Washington from Ohio to climb Mount Baker in a few weeks. I have climbed the Coleman-Deming route several times, so its time for a change. I am bringing a few first-timers, so have decided to climb the Easton Glacier route. Typical trip: day 1 to camp on the Railroad Grade, day 2 to summit, and descend on day 3. I don't necessarily need a description of the route, but am soliciting any advice about tricky sections, route finding issues, or nuances of the route that might be important to know. I am assuming that by mid-July, a trench to the top will be established, but any information from your experiences on the route would be helpful. Thanks.
  5. I would like to camp a little higher than Sandy Camp on Mt. Baker's Easton Glacier route.. The topo suggests low angle terrain above 7200 ft, NE of Sandy, that might be conducive to a campsite (X on attached map). Any ideas? Thanks.
  6. Does anyone have any route information concerning Ruth Mountain and/or Icy Peak as climbed from the Hannegan Pass Trailhead? I am specifically looking for snow bridge conditions on the approach, snow elevation, and glacier conditions on Icy Peak. Thanks.
  7. Suunto recommendations?

    I have had a Suunto Traverse for a year and it has functioned well. I live in Indiana, and get out west to climb in the summer, so I don't have dozens of climbing experiences with it, but I used it for a total of seven days in the Cascades last year and it was reliable (altitude, waypoints, etc.). I also use it for xc skiing, running, paddling, etc. I find the display easy to read and interpret, although finding your way through all of the functions was a little cumbersome at first...give yourself to some time to become acquainted with it before you rely on it to pull you out of the woods. One quick story; we were coming down from the Ruth Mountain summit towards a camp on the SW shoulder of the mountain and passed through a notch in the ridge that we would need to pass through again on the way back off the mountain the next day. it was a bluebird day, but the forecast was for unstable weather the next day, when we would be descending. I took a waypoint with the watch at the notch, just in case visibility was poor later. Well, visibility became really poor the next day, probably less than 100 ft. We would have found the notch with a little searching, but I wanted to see if the watch would guide us in navigation mode, and it did, exactly to the spot where I marked the waypoint...nice insurance in case you really need it one day. It interfaces nicely with the MovesCount app, which I believe meshes with most of the Suunto watches. The app is great, allowing you to not only upload trip data from the watch, but also to manually input data for any type of workout/activity...a nice logging tool. It also will differentiate different activities based on what sport mode the watch is in (mountaineering vs. running vs. skiing, etc...all customizable). Some people report issues with the watch syncing seamlessly with the app when uploading data, and while it does take a little time to upload hours and hours of data, I have not had any problems. I have no other "navigation" watches to compare with, but I would recommend it. PM me if you would like more info.
  8. Has anyone been up the Coleman-Deming route lately? Hoping to go up next week and would appreciate any updates on route conditions, especially the crevasse situation below the Coleman Saddle.Thank you.
  9. I am planning on heading up Ruth Mountain this week, and hopefully doing the travers to Icy Peak. I am interested in hearing from anyone who is familiar with current conditions up there. Specifically, I am interested in knowing how the snow bridges are holding up on the Hannigan Trail on the way in to the mountain, if they are even still there. I also would like to know of the conditions on the rock pinnacle of Icy Peak. Thank you.
  10. Thank you. I have purchased boots from eBay previously, but currently, they don’t have anything available that works for my budget. Thank you also for the Ascent Outdoors tip. However, I am not local (Ohio). I will keep my eyes open on eBay and the other gear forums.
  11. I am looking to purchase a pair of used boots, size 11/44.5 for general mountaineering use (i.e., crampon compatible, uncomfortable and heavy). Hoping to pay up to $125. Thanks.
  12. Icy Peak summit info needed

    Thank you very much. All praise Google Earth.
  13. Icy Peak summit info needed

    Thanks for the info. Yes, will be doing this later in the spring for sure. Most of the trip reports I read mention two summit blocks; NW and SE. Which is the more straightforward way to go? I will have a first-timer with me and I want to limit the fear-factor. Thank you.
  14. Icy Peak summit info needed

    I would like to do the Ruth-Icy Peak traverse this spring, and am a little confused about the technical difficulty of the Icy Peak summit block. I understand that Icy has multiple summit blocks, and have read that the difficulty ranges from a "scramble" to 4th-class climbing. Can anyone shed some light on the grade, assuming clean conditions, which block is most often attempted, and also suggest an appropriate rack to bring, if needed? Thanks.
  15. Might be a little on the roomy side...looking at a smaller pair right now but I will certainly keep these in mind in they turn out to be too tight. Thank you.
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