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  1. [TR] Liberty Ridge - Erotic Suicide 6/29/2013

    Oleg, Patrick here. Great meeting you and hanging out last weekend.. What a climb! Glad to hear you guys made it to the top.. Pretty splitter day to stand on top of Rainier. Thanks for the trip report! -Patrick
  2. Update from El Chalten, Patagonia

    Hey people, Been a little while since Ive posted. Ive been in El Chalten for about 6 weeks now trying to get out into the range when I can. My first week here my partner and I climbed Amy Couloir on Guillaumet.. Super fun route that joins the comesana fonrouge on the ridge to the summit. We climbed through all the technical stuff to the summit snowfield but spun and headed down because it was getting late and we had to get back down to peidra fraille, a camp about 5000 vert feet down from the start of the route. Long day. We both caught a bit of a cold which ended up turning into bronchitis for my partner which screwed us for about 8 days including one good weather window. When we were healthy again we tried to climb the comesana fonrouge in its entirety on guillaumet following a wet and snowy storm. We ended up off route in snowy and icy offwidth cracks and ended up bailing early into the climb. Pretty bummer and a good hard kick to my confidence. My partner took off about a week ago and I joined up with a cool dude from south africa and we sent the Whillans route on Poincenot on Sunday the 13th in absolutely splitter weather. What a summit! The climb was quite an adventure complete with heads up bergshrund crossings, ice/rock fall directly through our rap route 2 minutes before we rapped through it, an anchor piton ripping out, and a 4 hour bivy at the base of the ramp to wait for the conditions to harden up enough to safely traverse and head back across multiple bergshrunds on the way back to paso superior. I fly back to the states the day after tomorrow and Ive been reflecting on my experience here. Climbing in Patagonia is the REAL DEAL and its been full of highs and lows... Successes as well as full on ass kickings in the mountains. Ive met some really awesome people and some truly phenomenal climbers who have inspired me to strive to become a better alpinist. I hope to one day return to these awe inspiring mountains faster, stronger, smarter and full of psych! Ill try to post some pictures when I get back to California. The internet down here is kind of funky...
  3. Indoor training for Patagonia

    Except for Herpes.... That shit stays with you for life...
  4. Baturas or Nepal Evos?

    Nepal Evos are comfortable, dexterous, and absolutely bomber. I've been very happy with them and they have done equally well at slogging as well as climbing ice. I haven't used the Baturas personally but my climbing partner has a pair and is always complaining about his feet getting too hot. The outer also seems a bit more fragile than that of the Evos. I would invest in Evos and bust out the spantiks for uber cold climbs.
  5. Indoor training for Patagonia

    Choada, absolutely. Jason, absolutely. 6 weeks until I hop on the plane... FEELING THE STOKE!! Been trying to get outside as much as possible but it's been hard.. I'm working on a campaign and there's almost no free time. After Nov 6th I'll be heading to the Sierra to climb...
  6. Indoor training for Patagonia

    Well... I'm going to go... and I'm going to send those routes...
  7. Indoor training for Patagonia

    We're looking to do the Whillans-Cochrane on Poincenot, Amy Couloir on Guillaumet, Luce de Leche on Cerro Nato, and some other climbs that are in the 60-70 deg ice/snow, 5+, and M3-M4 range. Luce de Leche is definitely going to be the "reach"...
  8. What boots do I need?

    Why not replace the liners in your arctic exp boots with an intuition liner like their "Denali" liner? They are super light, don't absorb water, and should be plenty warm for an early season Rainier climb. Throw some overboots on that set up and you're set for Denali. The Spantik and Baruntse are nice and fancy but they're going to be quite a purchase and not so great for mid/late season cascade climbing where there's an approach on trail. Spantiks seem to get eaten up easily if they're not being used exclusively on snow. Truth is, it's nice to have a boot for a specific application. I have scarpa invernos for early season climbing and big, snowy, cold mountains. Used them on Denali with a set of 40 below overboots and was dialed. Sportiva Nepal Evos for late season climbing and more technical rock/snow/mixed climbing. It helps to have a quiver.
  9. Indoor training for Patagonia

    Hey people, I've been getting in the gym whenever I can after work these days... I'm currently on a 75 hour per week schedule and can sometimes sneak out of work early to train. I'm working on a campaign and after nov 6th I'll be free to train allll the time! I'm getting ready for Patagonia and thus far I have been dry tooling in the back teaching room with taped up tools, mostly laps up and down a 20 foot wall and traversing around the room. I have started climbing a bit indoors with my nepal evos and have been doing laps on the main walls with a 15 lb pack and my nepal evos on. This is the best I can do for now but anyone have any input on how I can maximize my indoor training?
  10. SI Joint Recovery

    Funny that this became another thread seeing as I started one a while back... My SI is flaring up this week... STUPID STUPID STUPID Things that helped me with my SI joint issue. 1. Avoid awkward twisting movements 2. When it flares up, alternate with heat and ice. My girlfriend's heating pad worked WONDERS on me. 3. Arnica gel is great. I use it on anything that hurts and it seems to speed up the healing process... Neck, SI, IT band problems, etc. 4. STRENGTHEN CORE.. This made such a huge difference and has led to months at a time without any SI issues whatsoever... When I slack on the core conditioning, issues seem to come back. 5. Google/youtube SI strengthening/SI Rehab exercises SI problems suck but they seem to respond well to aggressive and proper treatment. I'm not a doctor, but these are things that have worked for me in the past and things I will continue to do when mine bugs me. Good luck.
  11. Ama Dablam

    Hi folks, I've been doing some research into doing Ama Dablam at some point in the next year or two... I'm headed to Patagonia in December and my next big mountain goals are Foraker, Ama Dablam, and Cho Oyu. I posted on Cho Oyu on here recently and have gotten some interest from other CC members but it seems that Cho Oyu is going to cost a lot more money than Ama Dablam and looks to be much more of a slog. I'm still interested in Cho Oyu but financially speaking, Ama Dablam appears more financially feasible. Anyone have any experience climbing Ama Dablam? What's the permit cost like? Also, I found this company, SummitClimb (google it) that sets up pretty much everything from transport, to food, to permits and liason officers, sherpas at a seemingly reasonable fee... basically all the logistical stuff but IT IS NOT a guided expedition. I'd be interested in putting things together myself but it seems like a logistical nightmare and the convenience of someone organizing all the preliminary details sounds nice. Thoughts? Experiences?
  12. Probably paranoid but...(slings & rope question)

    HAH... YES! I don't seem to mind dirt and grime on my equip... it's the nasty man made chemicals I'm not so sure about
  13. Some guys working on my house right now were using some paint thinner to clean up a little bit of paint around the floorboards of the hallway... My room with my climbing gear is near where they were working, cams inside of a backpack, rope coiled in the corner of the room. None of my gear touched the paint thinner but I walked into my room and I could smell the paint thinner. I brought my cams into another room and put my rope in a pack out of paranoia.. They say that car battery acid fumes can weaken slings by 90%... Should I be concerned?
  14. Patagonia Beta?

    Thanks for the info, fellas. Nepal evos... Are they going to be warm enough for Patagonia climbing? Also... What do you guys think about investing in some cyborg crampons? I currently have some g-12s, new-matic style, crampons that are beat to hell. Not planning on climbing anything in Patagonia harder than m4/70 ish degree ice. I don't really like the idea of doing long routes in newmatic style crampons so I'm trying to decide on whether the cyborgs are necessary, considering future ice endeavors, or if some pro style sabertooths will be enough.
  15. Patagonia Beta?

    I know I know.. I'm looking for more anecdotal stuff at the moment.
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