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Sig Olsen

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  1. Washingtonian wants to conquer Shasta!

    I miss Shasta. I went up last year. I would love to go and set up camp near misery hill just to see what it would be like at night in those winds. Epic mountain for me, but a speed bump for others. I do not think you will be disappointed. There were tons of people there when I got there in the end of June 2012. I met someone on my way up and we stuck together to helen lake. He did not attempt to summit, but there were plenty others to go up with if I wanted too. There were only 3 or 4 others that got to the top after me and they came from the parking lot. Tip - make sure you have proper glissading pants. I glissaded from the red banks back to camp at 10,700. 2500 ft in less than 30 minutes.
  2. Jetboil Sol or Sumo?

    I have an msr dragonfly international. I am thinking of picking up a jetboil. Primarily for short snow climbs (2-5 days) (US cascades). It will probably be just for me. I have never melted snow but I believe I read the larger one is easier so you can keep more melted snow/water in as you add snow. Will get the Titanium versions unless people dont think they worse than the other one. I will be using 4 season gas of course.
  3. MH Direkt 2 arrived today

    About me: 6'2 - 195 lbs - not a little guy by mountaineering standards. Just got the tent today and set it up in my bedroom. To me - perfect size/weight. I inflated my neoair large/long mat and it has about 2 inches on both end. Plenty of room on the side. I usually underinflate the mat and fold the end for a pillow. Easier than carrying a pillow plus the large is wider I believe. I have the original version not the new one. With the pad fully inflated, I can sit up with about 6 inches clearance above my head. Solid design. 6 tent stake hook/loops. 1 tie out on each side and middle of each corner has extra webbing I assume can be used to tie down also. Small pouch that hangs center top which is removable. Front door double zips so you can vent up top through the door in addition to the vent in the upper back. Comes with a slide over tube I assume is incase you break one of the sturdy poles. Poles click in place inside. Note- do not try to slide through the velcro hold tabs before setting up. Easier to just stretch the tent with the poles and then sit inside to fasten velco straps to center the poles. Didn't weigh it, but I will tomorrow after I sleep in it tonight.
  4. Go-To Alpine/Glacier Boots

    I absolutely love my Scarpa Phantom Guides. Feel like regular hiking boots. But they are my first pair. I am very hard to please when it comes to footwear also.
  5. MH Direkt 2 arrived today

    The tent was great on Shasta with min 30mph winds. Didnt move. Tying out makes it solid. Im 6'1 195 lbs and fit nicely in there. VERY tall in the middle. I didnt buy this for anyone but me. I kept most gear inside. I could have cooked inside, but that is never recommended - more important with liquid gas stoves because of spilled fuel risk. Harmful gases are negligible with iso fuels. I didnt keep poles or crampons in, but I could have. Ill be taking this to Rainier next year. extremely small packed and poles break down very small also. I was surpised how little it moved. So much that when I got out I figured the wind wasnt blowing and it was blowing over 30 at night. Just fwiw.
  6. Cellphone coverage at Mt Shasta?

    Wondering if I will get reception around Helen Lake or Sierra Club hut. I have an iPhone with AT&T. Might be nice to be able to take care of some business each morning before I get started.
  7. Summited Mt. Shasta in 2 days via avalanche gulch. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd say each day was a 7 or 8 in difficulty. Now prefer snow/ ice travel so I can glissade down. I will be flying out from Florida. Would prefer it be a 14'er. Great if there were some place close that I could start working towards technical climbing. My prior climbs: Mt Mitchell - north carolina from black mountain campground. Class 3 Longs Peak, Colorado RMNP via keyhole route class 3& class 4 It did take 3 attempts. I realized it never would be easier so I summited the last time. Mt. Shasta via avalanche gulch in 2 days. Camped at Helen Lake. I probably will not be able to get away before January again for mountain climbing. So figure my window of climbing any time after January 2013. Thanks again everyone for any input.
  8. Mountain suggestions after Mt. Shasta via av gulch

    Thanks and that does sound fun Jason.
  9. Mountain suggestions after Mt. Shasta via av gulch

    Moving out of Florida is out of the cards. All of my family is here and would rather fly away when I can. I am looking for harder more challenging climbs. I like a 2 or 3 full days to summit like Shasta. I just cant see myself flying to do a day climb. Plus I don't like mountain hopping. 1 mountain per trip unless it would be primer mountain to the real mountain of the trip I guess. I do not have a solid climbing partner so I know my options are limited. Thanks again for all input. Siggy.
  10. Trip: Mt. Shasta - Avalanche Gulch Date: 6/27/2012 Trip Report: First off, thanks to everyone for all the advice and support. Arrived at bunny flat trailhead Tuesday June 26th and slept in the rental van. Headed up with a guy named Al that I meet in the parking lot. We both liked the idea of hiking up with someone. Basically snow free up past the horse camp. Running water coming out of the pipe there was nice and cold. As the trail went steep it was covered in snow the rest of the way. I took the gully left of Helen lake. Reportedly I should have went up the right side which is much less direct. Only one campsite was snow free. I didn't get that one :-( Al wasn't feeling well so he didn't head up the next morning. I left my campsite at 5 am to give it a shot. Wasn't very long before I noticed I had to zig zag up or I would throw up. Winds howled probably 25-45 throughout the day. Winds picked up soon as I got above the red banks. Up to misery hill it seemed like mostly wind blown ice. Up to the summit the winds were about as strong as I ever care to be in with that exposure. At about 12-12:30 I had rested for a couple minutes at the summit when a guy was disoriented and needed someone to show him where to go. That was a real eye opener. With about 6 oz of water I was ready to blaze down. Got him on trail and then found a fast rhythm. Picked up pack at misery hill and luckily saw a few people roped up going down. Speed up to catch them. Found stepping in snow was dangerous but much faster than stepping on hard trail. Blazed past a couple groups until getting to red banks around the heart. Glissaded all the way to Helen lake almost in 25 minutes from red banks. Figured it was as good as any place to learn how to glissade :-)back at campsite around 1:30. Yep so 7.5 hours up and 1 hour down. Stayed at Helen that night. Heading down the next day I noticed so much more snow melted in just 2 days. Gear Notes: Thanks to Dane and everyone for gear recommendations. Scarpa phantom guides are amazing. Even on regular trail walking. The primaloft jackets worked great for layering. Sunscreen! I am sooo burnt. Picked up some aloe ice at 5th season and it really works. Boot warmer packs will be coming next time. Boots were cold even in my sleeping bag during the night. One note, this was my first snow mountain and all new gear mentioned. Approach Notes: Zig zag the snow for easier travel. Glissade down. Much faster and easier. You can cut your leg with your ice axe glissading if you're not careful. 2 gashes on my leg about 8 inches.
  11. [TR] Mt. Shasta - Avalanche Gulch 6/27/2012

    Not sure what's next mountain-wise. Probably the alpine ascent 8 day school/summit for rainier next year
  12. Mountain suggestions after Mt. Shasta via av gulch

    Thanks 111 and DPS. I like both options. I am considering the 8 day alpine ascents rainier training/summit course for next year. Seems that's the best plan and if I have extra time and money mt Adams looks like a great option to add in. Thanks again for input. Siggy.
  13. [TR] Mt. Shasta - Avalanche Gulch 6/27/2012

    Trailhead Helen lake Summit Summit Summit And cut from ice axe:
  14. [TR] Mt. Shasta - Avalanche Gulch 6/27/2012

    How do I add photos?
  15. BioLite Stove w/ USB Charger

    Where can I get the home stove? I only see the backpacking version for sale.
  16. BioLite Stove w/ USB Charger

    I agree with tyson. I think if I was going to do a month hike with no source of power, I may consider it. I am not sure I would need my phone charged if I was in the woods for 30 days since I would be away from a cell tower surely. But, it does open up options regarding my delorme gps... Great idea. Why can't I get one for my house?
  17. Neat. The video and product are well made.
  18. Cellphone coverage at Mt Shasta?

    Thanks Luzak.
  19. Trekking Poles...

    Does anyone like using them? May buy a cheap pair before I go to Mt. Shasta on the 26th. I find they wear me out more than help me, but this will be my first time hiking up in snow. May get these since they are so cheap. Under $25 per pair shipped. Found a link to make them light on backpackinglight.com build your own gear section. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QG1EMO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
  20. I will need to pick up some 4 season fuel between Sacramento & Mt. Shasta. I know there is an REI store south of the airport, but would rather find something along the way. Will be landing at 2:30 so figure on being on the road with rental car and luggage by 4 pm. Next Tuesday. Probably get to Shasta around 8 or 9. Hoping to find a place to pick up a 250 g fuel for my jetboil. All input advice is appreciated.
  21. 4 season fuel between Sacramento & Mt. Shasta

    That is right on my way. I googled them and saved the address in my phone. Perfect.
  22. 4 season fuel between Sacramento & Mt. Shasta

    thanks 96avs. I will look them up.
  23. Going to Mt. Shasta in 2 weeks and would like to get a pair before I head out. Cheaper the better right now. But also what you think is the best. How dark do I need them? I usually wear Oakley polarized darkest sunglasses here in Florida. Any pointers are greatly appreciated. I searched "goggles" subject for past year and came up with nothing btw.
  24. Mt. Shasta June 27th-30

    Probably doing Avalance Gulch, unless someone wants to take another route in that area. First time climbing in snow. Bought my airfare to sacramento. Land on the 26th afternoon. Driving up to Shasta and camping at trailhead. hike to helen lake on the 27th. Summit and back to helen lake on the 28th back down on the 29th. 1 extra day for bad weather/acclimation. I am from Florida so don't expect me to be blazing a trail since I wont be acclimated really. Email me here or at sigsterrr@gmail.com
  25. Mt. Shasta June 27th-30

    Thanks Dan. Thanks so much!