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  1. This place is like Monte Cristo

    Enjoy all the work you folks have put in, and love sifting through the TRs for future trip stoke. Best way to plan a trip - see a peak on the horizon in person. Second best? stoke from a TR. I won't post much for a few years since I moved back east... but for some reason keep popping up here to see what's happening, only to find out that noone is climbing, I guess . The highly tentatively likely to change life plan is to return to the PNW in 3-5 years, and I'll post up lots of hikes with toddlers then:
  2. Free BC Topo Maps?

    +1 for GAIA, but doesn't mean you can't CalTOPO... I usually plan stuff out in CalTOPO since it has such a great web interface, then the last day of work before the trip... err.. i mean at home on my own time.... I export the gpx out and load onto my phone..
  3. Thoughts on Hood South Side...

    From the quote above it sounds like 2 feet of fresh is brought up as a good thing... which I can understand if you're worried mostly about rocks and wanting them buried. Note that 2 feet of snow is a lot, and would almost certainly make avy risk rather untenable. In general spring is a somewhat easier time for summitting since the snowpack has consolidated, is deep, and avy danger is generally lower and predictable... since the dangers are usually associated with daily changes... sun warming surface layers etc. Winter, and its snowpack of various layers, can be much more complicated. NWAC forecasts don't apply above Palmer on Hood. Not to say that reading the forecast doesn't help, but one needs to extrapolate for those areas outside the forecast zones, and that can only be done with a good background of avy knowledge. Good luck and be safe.
  4. Want to buy:

    looks a lot like this gear list to me: http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web14w/newswire-fitz-traverse-caldwell-honnold dude is gonna send the gnar!!
  5. Want to buy:

    ..... where ya going?
  6. jake - was just about to send this to you... i'm game once we get another cold snap!
  7. Bugaboo Rope Question

    raps down the bugaboo spire and pigeon-snowpatch col are all fine and dandy with a single 60m. all the other climbing is too hard for me.
  8. Cool thanks - sounds like the plan, and sweet photos btw.. dig the zoom in view of n. ridge approach.
  9. what'd you find useful for rapping? Just one rap into the gully and boot down, or did you set up another? I've been up before, but hadn't rapped, and was curious what folks usually do... planning on taking a buddy out and would want to be equipped to rap if necessary...
  10. is that rap shot looking down the Shuksan summit gully?
  11. Spearhead Conditions?

    Anyone been out on the spearhead of late? I have not been closer than Baker so would appreciate any snowlevel / glacier conditions updates. Only info I've found is the whistler webcams, which aren't all that useful. I have not been to the area previously so not sure what "standard" conditions are, but I figure the last few warm months have melted away quickly at the above average snowfall. Still worth it to spend a few days finding lines out that way?? thanks Erik
  12. Spearhead Conditions?

    cool thanks for your thoughts... I think the mediocre weather and lower snow melt will have us waiting for another year.
  13. Nanny share -- NE Seattle (Nov 2016)

    Might seem an odd forum to ask, but was hoping to team up with another family to do a nanny share... if other family are climbers, I figured it might transition well into logistics for getting some mellow rock time sorted out too. The pertinent details: Located in NE Seattle (Maple Leaf); small house but workable for nanny plus two blobs. Also willing to switch weeks etc. Not sure about schedule: hoping to only do 4, possibly 3 days of day care a week. Looking to start mid-November (due beginning August) Immunizations a must [img:left]http://www.supertopo.com/photos/8/31/204642_26145_L.jpg[/img]
  14. Nanny share -- NE Seattle (Nov 2016)

    though it's probably assumed it wasn't mine, I should say, it's a Patagonia ad from... 80s? flipped through their book they put out of catalog photography... worth a borrow from the library!
  15. Nanny share -- NE Seattle (Nov 2016)

    Cool thanks Rad - I'll check out those sites too. We've had a few other parents we've been talking to, but it just occurred to me that if we shared some outdoorsy-ness, it'd be easier to coordinate a day at the crag together too or whatever.
  16. [TR] Mount Baker North Ridge - 5/7/2016

    it was whiteout when I did it too. gnarly. way to send.
  17. Snow conditions on Rainier

    Link below isn't the best source for snowfall totals for this type of terrain, but... 63" forecast is wrong. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.7589593017578&lat=46.85703728550956#.VzO2Z4QrKUk this site has good info generally: http://mountrainierclimbing.blogspot.com/
  18. HELP! Mt Baker - Craig View Camp location

    camp is where you put your tent down. I did Squak a few years ago. we camped lower, but passed by a large camp at the Crag View label on the map tracks here: http://archives.highpressurephotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SquakTopo.jpg
  19. Early Season Climbing Options

    Easton is actually quite nice right now. Drive to within 1/2 mile of the trail head. A few weeks ago we took a direct approach right up the first major drainage of the glacier and went straight up. you'll probably be following the trail further and end up on other side of railroad grade now with snow melting out, but still a great climb, and awesome ski. Skiied well this past weekend too I heard.
  20. tire spike idea rules. I'll make sure I have my chains and my plywood when heading up there.
  21. Saying goodbye to cc.com

    Actually, if you're seeing that banner, it represents some money they have to spend that ISN'T being used to make or sell a gun. So keep hitting refresh and screw their bottom line.
  22. Seattle-based dawn patrols?

    I've fairly reliably gotten around 3k in and then gotten to UW by 930ish. Traffic on the way back (particularly near the U) can be tricky though, so I don't do it when I have a hard time to be in the cube. Leave Seattle at 5, moving by 6, driving west by 830. Somewhat regrettably, we've only done Hyak so far, though as it gets lighter earlier, hoping to sneak a few Phantom runs or perhaps even the Slot in... (unlikely to make 10AM on that day....)
  23. You probably shouldn't climb with us then. Double-negative, Dan: He's agreeing with you It's a good quality in a climbing partner to be able to disagree. #humanfactors
  24. Tormernt-Forbidden early May conditions

    Adams - north face north west ridge. It gets skiied, but I was scared enough just climbing it. May might be early to ski it? Want it to be nice and corny. And if avy is still at all a concern, you don't want to be there climbing it either. I did it as a carryover. If you do that, then ski the chutes... pretty fun. Fairly long car shuttle though. Glacier is cool because you get to walk so far to get to it. so RAD!
  25. Tormernt-Forbidden early May conditions

    skiing volcanoes in May is usually quite primo. If you want to add some spice, N. Ridge Baker with a Coleman ski could be fun. Or perhaps N. Face Shuksan (haven't been on that one yet so can't totally speak for it, but I think May would generally be a good time for it...)