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  1. Mt. St. Helens Conditons Spring 2017

    Hello hello I volunteer for the institute and I was up there Saturday. No need for crampons or snowshoes. If you have microspikes and are comfortable being on snow then go for it. Since we are getting into the mid-late season on Helens you will mostly be on rock the way up. The glissading tracks were surprisingly good on Saturday with climbers sliding down to about 5300 ft before traversing onto the rocks. Start early, bring water and gatorade, and have fun! Let me know if you have any other questions! instagram: dchromey253
  2. Hello everyone! If the weather is good my buddy and I will be heading out to helens to climb up and beyond. If anyone else is interested let me know! Weather has to be pretty perfect so ill keep an eye on that. Cheers!!
  3. Mt. Shasta 7/9-10/16

    Hello everyone, ill be looking to run down to shasta that weekend. Im going alone right now but if anyone in oregon, cali, or washington wants to join let me know. I plan to do car to car pretty much. Leave early saturday morning to cali get permit from mt. shasta city then park at trailhead start up around 10 pm saturday. climb up and drive back to washington sunday probably running into the wee hours of monday morning. Let me know if anyone is interested!
  4. Hello everyone! climbing season is back on track! Wondering if anyone is heading up the Furher Finger the next couple of weekends? Weather permitting of course! I have plenty of climbing background. Check my trip reports. I do not have skis so thats why everyone hates me;) If you are heading up the ID or DC id love to tag along! I am mobile so i can meet anywhere. I have all the gear. I am planning to do St. Helens next weekend. Let me know if anyone is interested!! Cheers! Darren
  5. Hello! I got permission from mother to go climbing on her special day;) I do not have skis sorry to you all. I have climbed it on mothers day before i think 2013. I know the crowds but I want to climb it again. I miss the climbing. I am well-skilled in St. Helens climbing, check my trip reports of her. Let me know if you need a partner or if i can tag along for the big day!
  6. Hello hello! I am ready to get out there and explore the mountains again! Ive been in college the past couple years so it has been difficult. In 2015 I only attempted Little Tahoma and South Brother in the Olympics and both got around 200 feet from the summit. I have a car now so I am mobile so i can meet anywhere. I have lots of experience with the mountains. You can look at my TRs if you'd like. Helens Id like to get back up to before winter falls over. Then the bigger mountains we can talk about. Im up in Bellingham right now and have all my gear with me so let me know if you need a partner and Id be glad to join! True i am only 23 but i know my gear and mental state. So i would like to have a climbing partner who knows their stuff. gear, crevasse rescue, mental status so we have no issues and teaching when we are climbing. Darren
  7. Climber ready for the weekends

    When the weather gets better ill be hitting this forum up a lot more! my weekends don't look busy and Id like to get as much climbing as i can get. I miss it out there
  8. Hello everyone, ill be coming home from college this summer. I will be working a lot but on my times off i am seeking a climb of the north ridge of adams. If anyone is interested in climbing and bringing along another mountaineer, i would appreciate it a lot! I have no dates set because i do not know my schedule. I have climbed Rainier and Hood and the south side of Adams so i have experience and i know my gear. Thank you so much! Darren If anyone is planning to go up to Rainier too let me know i would not mind tackling Rainier again
  9. [TR] Mount Hood - McNeil Point 10/18/2014

    looks like the Leuthold couliour on the last photo?
  10. Trip: Mt. Rainier National Park - Disappointment Cleaver-1st time up at 14,410 feet Date: 7/11/2014 Trip Report: I apologize if this is a month later than the exact climb. College prep has taken over my life. Seeing as society has pushed me back into the crowd. My fun and games is about to be over. I assure you I will be back up on the summit. I got a couple years (2-3) to get my geology degree and then be back in the mountains. ill be living up in Bellingham during the summer but i hope to come down south and get some climbing in for a short period of time. I always have Baker to play with. For me going with my friends and summiting Rainier is an accomplishment. I'm sure i would get bashed for going up the DC but hey i wanted to get my toes wet before i jump in. give me your comments of course and opinions but be courteous as you were brought up to be. One thing that always gets me before a climb is the mental part. Will I make it? Am I doing the right thing? My parents and friends..never got to say good bye to them. A girl i am interested in? never got to tell her my feelings. What if? I put in my music and float away to Rainier. Leaving the trailhead around 7:00, my pack is loaded and i feel weak already. i try not to think about it and let the music carry me away. Above Pan Point me and the team shuffle the tent and shovel around to other members of my team. I say thanks but words only go so far. I thanked them again as much as i could. Up the snowfield and onto the Cowlitz Glacier to set up camp. 4 members..2 tents. Nice and warm at Muir. Went to bed around 6. Im a heavy sleeper so i knocked out. we were going to wake up around 10 but the people next to us just never went to sleep so we were up around 9:30. Left at 11:00 with no crampons on. Got to the flats. The moon was out..no wind..little cool but still great. Put crampons on and kept on climbing. Took a break in the middle of the DC while the guides flew up in front of us. Another break atop the DC (12,300). Found a mouse just scurrying along the rocks! Put on my down jacket and we kept on climbing. there were about 2-3 crevasses to step over or manage before high break. Stopped at high break to see the sunrise. It was beautiful. Climbing on we were on that long traverse that took a long time. the last turn to the rim was slow for us. Just a lot of breathing. No headaches or AS just lots of breathing. It felt good to see rocks and step into the crater. I shed a tear when i sat down in the crater. Totally forgot about the steam caves. i was so tired after i signed the register i fell asleep on it We climbed to the summit and then cheered with whatever energy we had! i loved it up there and i will definitely be up there again. I had to use the bathroom (#1) but my harness was all good and tied so i did not want to mess with it coming down was good because we had that nice cloud cover. We took our time and strolled into Muir as one of the last teams to arrive. We enjoyed it not having a time schedule on our hands. Rested at muir for an hour then packed up and ran down back to Paradise in about 1:34. Fastest time ever coming down with a big pack. I loved it up there. The hardship, the toils and tribulations. It was fun and I'm definitely down to go back up. Kautz? Emmons? next year I'm hoping. Gib Rocks winter/spring? school and climbing just is really hard to mesh. hope you enjoyed my story. ask questions and i hope the pictures show up Heading up the snowfield..shes got a cap on zoomed in view of all the rock that has been coming off of the cleaver Home for the night chance of t-storms so we didn't get permits at the flats looking northwest and up towards Gibraltar Rock Cathedral Rocks Busy campsite Sunrise at High break (13,500) looking down at the very "Little Tahoma" Love this photo! Point Success and the moon almost aligned almost to the end of the big crevasse then one last turn to the rim Look who i found? Justin Merle of IMG. I saw him at Muir last July The trench is ready for warfare Loved this one lots of steam but barely no smell of Sulfur Looking north towards Liberty Cap Summit! Glad to see him back up here. He summitted 9 times! Back down at the top of the DC looking back up at our route Looking south to Gibraltar Rock. The guide services still have the ladder on the rocks Looking back up the DC Gibraltar Rock was letting off some rock and water The north side of Cathedral Rocks she still looks small:) Checking out the flats and crevasses Pictures don't do justice. Sit of the worst mountaineering accident in North America I had to looking back up at the route. good weather coming down. no wind but clouds Hope you liked the pictures and post. Enjoy it and ill see you on the mountain. Cheers! Gear Notes: Alpine/crevasse rescue Approach Notes: Follow the boot pack to Muir and the Flats and to the top of the DC. from there it is wander but do not always trust a fellow boot print around crevasses. Use your knowledge
  11. I love this sport no doubt. The past years have been fun grabbing the gear and getting up on that mountain, beating myself up as well. Its been a blast and I'm not done yet with Rainier. I hope to see her in my future
  12. I saw you guys in the CIC Saturday morning getting permits. And coming down the DC. We were on the cleaver heading down when your team passed us. Still gotta get my DC trip report up. The DC was sketch coming down!
  13. Trip: Mt. Hood - South Climb: Mazama Chute Up, Old Chute down Date: 6/22/2014 Trip Report: Not a bad day for a summit! My buddy picked me up around 2:30 from tacoma and we got to to Timberline lodge around 6. We had dinner out at the parking lot. Pasta with shrimp and pesto!! We spent some time in the lodge resting. By the time it was 10:00 pm there were a lot of cars in the parking lot. We set off at 11:15 from the trailhead and started up the mountain. No moon so all we had were headlamps and the lights from the snow cats up on the snowfield. Busy night at Hood! We skirted around and got to the top of the Palmer Lift in 2 hours. Up the Triangle Moraine we went, it was steep! We put crampons on halfway up. Started to smell that oh so lovely smell of sulfur and it was making me feel nauseated and sick. At devils kitchen i could breath but it was taking big breaths. Decided to stick with my mouth on breathing and not my nose through that area. Onto the Hogsback and I was still feeling sick. Kept going though because i knew it not something serious. There may have been 10 people ahead of us. Up towards the old chute but we went right up the Mazama chute. Lots of loose ice but still some good boot pack. I used my ice axe and one tool. People were getting up the chute with just an ice axe. The feeling when I got up out of the chute and saw sunrise and the other mountains was priceless. Almost shed a tear on the summit! me and my buddy had the summit to ourselves for about 10 minutes before people started to traverse over. Nice views! Could see Portland and the Columbia River as well as the Dalles. Nice views all around! Heading down the mazama was not an option without no protection. We traversed the catwalk (scary as hell)and proceeded down the old chute. All in all a good day! 11 hour round trip on no sleep! Gear Notes: Technical Gear: One ice axe will be okay. i used an extra tool and helped a lot Approach Notes: Timberline Lodge Follow the headlamps!
  14. Go up the night before and practice if you can. Be safe and use good judgement
  15. with the small amount of recent snowfall wondering if anyone has been up there the past week. looking to head up sunday morning with the good weather coming along. hows that old chute? Darren
  16. Mt hood South side conditions

    For me as a newbie it was a bit different you could say. Hood is a good mountain but death is imminent on it. The best bet is to start early enough so you hit the sunrise while on the summit. And then descend the hogsback and back to devils kitchen before the sun hits the crater. That's what we did
  17. Thanks christophbenells!!! Appreciate it!
  18. If you know you know how to use rope and pickets I'd bring them just for more protection. There isn't hard ice. There's a good bootpack but don't underestimate the mileage. Bring water, Gatorade and lots of adrenaline. Watch the weather too
  19. Mt hood South side conditions

    Went up yesterday and summited for the summer sunrise. Everyone was ditching the old chute and the Mazama chute is in business. I'd take the Mazama over the old chute. The "catwalk" is sketchy this year and very exposed. I'll be posting a trip report here later today
  20. High-Altitude/Winter Mountaineering Equipment

    PM sent on the sleeves
  21. Mt. Adams access???

    The 8040 FS road is snow free to within 1/4 mile of cold springs campground. That was the update from June 3rd on their webpage
  22. Trip: Mt. St Helens 5-16-14 - Worming through the flows ( Worm Flow route) Date: 5/16/2014 Trip Report: Hope you all do not mind another St Helens Trip report! I had no school Friday so I was either going to sleep in till 12 or get 2 hours of sleep and go climbing...you know the answer to that one! Today was the first day that the permits were limited to 100 people. Warm, windy clear then cloudy. The snow was absolute crap. My buddy had snowshoes and they weren't working. I had crampons and they were useless. We just kept going up from the boot pack that was left over from Mothers Day;D Left marble mtn sno park at 6:45. Got to the summit around 12:45. Glissaded down and down! So much fun! 2 hours down. Clouds were forming but no rain! I gotta go in the fall then I have all seasons covered! My 4th summit of St Helens. not the hardest one but probably the 2nd hardest one. Still had a great time!! Heading up in the morning, very warm! my climbing buddy has snowshoes in his pack;) time to hit the rocks! good ol sun ring! summit! with a bigger mountain staring me down! bigger and closer! bringing back my good ol friend back to the top! Lots of snow and steam! Gear Notes: follow the bootpack...seriously....no boot pack..yucky yucky snow Approach Notes: Climbers Bivouac is not open yet, no time no it yet. Starting at Marble mtn sno-park does add a couple miles but should not kill ya;)
  23. Accident on NF of Shuksan today?

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/j4cooper/sets/ I'm hoping this is smashingwhiteknuckles flickr photos. He has some great sets
  24. [TR] St. Helens - Worm Flows 5/11/2014

    I did that last year. About 750 people were headed up the mountain. I'm heading up Friday to Helens, do you think snowshoes will be needed?
  25. Mt. Adams access???

    They updated the post May 7th and say that FR 8040 is open and snow free 2.5 miles past Wicki Shelter http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5435984