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Everything posted by mthorman

  1. ATC Guide mode in crevasse haul system?

    I agree with the fact that an ATC will have a lot of friction and be inefficient in comparison to a pulley. However when compared to a single carabiner I think it would be a similar amount of inefficiency (although an experimental test with a dynamometer would be interesting to me to compare). I have done a bunch of testing using a variety of carabiners in a 3:1 system instead of pulley and measuring their efficiency. The pulley I tested came in around 93% efficiency as compared to a true theoretically 3:1 system. The carabiners all ranged from 65% to 72% depending on how fat the carabiner was. The fatter carabiners such as a Petzl Attache were the best. My theory is that an ATC with a fat carabiner would be somewhere in the 60-70% range as similar to the carabiners. Plenty happy to abandon my theory if actual tests prove otherwise. Anyway the best solution as Haireball stated is to just use a Petzl microtraxion. It serves the function of a pulley with a progress capture very well and it lives on my harness when I am in glaciated terrain. Hanman I have never seen the CT Roll N Lock but it looks light and nice. Is the locking mechanism more toothed like a Microtraxion or Tblock or is it more of a general rope grab pinch mechanism. BTW your link doesn't seem to work on my computer.
  2. ATC Guide mode in crevasse haul system?

    It works just fine. Yes the ATC will capture the progress. When I took a 1 day crevasse course with RMI a few years ago they showed this way and we practiced both this and a carabiner with prussik. The only negative I can think of is if you needed to rappel down to get to the patient for some reason and you just used your ATC up top.
  3. Icicle conditions?

    I was solo so just hiked up the backside of Dragontail Peak. Snow was hard and crusty all the way to the top....no powder or post holing at all. The trail was pretty icy as well since the freezing level was like 3500 feet on Sunday. The north face of Dragontail looked really good. Lots of ice plastered all over. There were several really cool looking lines that I would have loved to get on. Here are a couple pics. Closer up, and looking up towards the 1st couloir of TC.
  4. Icicle conditions?

    I was up in Icicle Creek today. Didn't climb any rock as I was on a mission up to Dragontail but there were 50+ cars parked at various pullouts along the road. Lots of people out climbing and bouldering today. Everything that faces south looks snow free and climbable except for a couple of the higher buttresses. It was 50 degrees and sunny in Leavenworth so even that high snow in the sun isn't going to last long.
  5. Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2

    You still have the tent and interested in selling?
  6. Spot vs Inreach vs ???

    As a rescuer myself, I can tell you that knowing information helps a lot. No it probably won't change the timeframe that help arrives, BUT it will ensure that help brings the necessary supplies and streamlines the process. Usually we have everything but if we can pair down to only what we know we need it helps rescuers be more efficient. Also it will probably really help speed the process up in the actual evacuation. It depends on the team and location but many times the decision about method of evacuation isn't made until after the first rescuer arrives on scene to assess the patient. If the team has good information about the patient's condition they can be ahead of the curve and start lining up whatever method of evacuation is chosen. Think of the following example: A PLB gets activated and its location is up in the Enchantments about 4 or 5 miles from the trailhead in what looks like steep ish terrain. Depending on the situation you might get the ground team or a helicopter on scene 1st. But if it is the helicopter it most likely won't be set and prepared to do an immediate short/long haul. They will just drop a rescuer off to access whether the person has a broken leg, a concussion, or is just "lost". If you had a way to communicate to the rescue team that your partner had fallen 20 feet off a small cliff and was unconscious with a head injury I bet they would put a helicopter as the #1 priority and rig it immediately for a haul. In the end though all the devices are better than none if you truly need something....they just all have their own pros and cons. I really like Jason's advice though and think more people should take it to heart. "Your SPOT/InReach/PLB shouldn't change your risk tolerance or decision making in the hills." I just finished my AIARE Level 1 course and the instructor said something similar about the avalanche air bags and risk. "If you feel like you need to have your avalanche air bag out and ready than you shouldn't be there in the 1st place."
  7. What happened to your other group? Did they make it to the hut, dig a camp lower down, or just turn around and go down? Sounds like a great adventure to test some gear and navigation skills. Also since when do you have to take a bear canister to Camp Muir? I guess it has been a year or two since I was on the mountain but I never had to take one before when staying at Camp Muir or above. Please tell me that hasn't changed now...
  8. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    If anyone gets over to the east side of WA state or ID/MT there is ice. A quick overview of what is around. Banks Lake - some friends climbed Trotsky's Folly today...thin but climbable. This is what he said about the ice. "Everything looks thin. Cables is not touching down. Devil's Punch Bowl is fat but has 30 foot deathcicles looming. As we left, a team was starting up Trotsky's Revenge which looked mega thin." Cooper Falls - Thing but climbable. Had some friends climb the 1st pitch last Monday and it was still wet on the left. Should be a lot better now a week later. Laclede, ID - there is a lot of road cut ice at Laclede right now. Several flows are fat enough to lead although most of it is still too thin. Lots of stuff ranging from 30ft to 75ft tall. Libby, MT - road cut ice just west of Libby is in and fat. I had a friend out there yesterday climbing and the pics he sent me looked good. Several good lines to lead. I have also seen several pictures of plenty of good fat flows on various road cuts between Libby, MT and Eureka. Here are 3 pics from the road cut ice at Laclede, ID.
  9. Great write up, and congrats on the climb!!
  10. Denali Re-chargeables (if that's a word)

    We took 2 Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panels and 1 Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Recharger. They worked great! We split that out among the 5 of us who went and everyone had plenty of juice for their camera's, iPods, phones, the inreach etc. Oh and yes there is great cell service at 14K at least with Verizon.
  11. Wow what a cool story! Thanks for sharing that link. That is such a different style of expedition for the Ruth Gorge than the typical fly-in that most climbers do today.
  12. Trip: Lion's Head - Lion Tamer Date: 8/30/2016 Trip Report: Jonathan was out in the Sandpoint area and asked me about climbing something. We settle on Lion Tamer which is up on the north face of Lion's Head near Priest Lake, ID. Overall it is a great route and more people should make the trip up there to climb it. We camped at the trailhead the night before and set off from the truck about 6:45am. The trail was easy to follow and is now flagged (with pink tape) all the way to the boulder field at the base of Lion's Head....thanks Scott Coldiron!! Scott has been putting in the time up there to mark the trail and cut the fallen logs and the "climber's trail" was a lot easier to follow than I had anticipated. Made it to the base of the route in 90 minutes. The start of the route is very easy to find as you can see the huge corner splitting the north face that you follow up. We used Scott Coldiron's and Joe Lind's descriptions from their CCC TR's for the route finding and found them very accurate. Pitch 1 is clean, fun, and in my opinion the crux of the route. Great gear with a few loose flakes in places. I stuck to the actual chimney up high instead of going left on flakes. It went although pulling the roof out of the chimney was burly without good feet. Pitch 2 was mostly fun 7/8 climbing although the crack was definitely dirtier. We pulled off a bunch of moss in a couple spots and generally tried to clean things up. Pitch 3 was easier than it looked although moving from the thin hands crack to the next crack 4 feet right was a blind move for me. After that short section of 10 climbing it was moderate although plenty more moss to clean. Pitch 4 was pretty short consisting of 20 feet of 5.9 wide crack then easy flakes to the base of the chimney. Pitch 5 starts out with a chimney that is way easier than it looks, then the crack narrows down. This is supposed to be the technical crux of the route with fingers going up about 20 feet to a great left trending hand rail traverse. Personally I felt that pitch 1 was harder but maybe that is because I am not great at chimney climbing. Pitch 6 is just a few feet of 5th class climbing up and around the corner to the right, then easy ramps up to the top. If this were to get climbed more often and cleaned up it would be an absolute classic. Pitch 5 was one of the best 5.10 pitches I have climbed....clean, varied movement, good protection, and fun climbing. As it stands right now the climb is still well worth the effort and I definitely recommend climbing it. Our 1st view of Lion's Head from the road on the drive in the night before. The last rays of sun are just leaving the summit. Looking up at the north face of Lion's head from the boulder field. Lion Tamer goes straight up the middle corner system splitting the face. Jonathan following pitch 1. The upper squeeze chimney is to his right and the flakes to his left. Either way is 5.10 climbing. Jonathan nearing the top of pitch 1. Jonathan starting out his lead on pitch 2. Lots of fun moderate crack climbing. Just a touch of gardening along the way. Jonathan coming up pitch 5. This is the last ramp after the 5.10 crux. This is pitch 6. Jonathan leads up around the corner. It looks challenging but it is actually pretty easy. Scramble up the corner than traverse out right and around the corner to easy ground. Looking down towards Priest Lake from the summit of Lion's Head. Jonathan at the base of the climb. Note all the chunks of moss on the ground around his feet. This is all from pitches 2 and 3 that we cleaned off! Gear Notes: We took a lot of gear largely because 5.10c trad climbing is near our limit. Black Diamond C3's 0-3; Black Diamond C4's .3-3 (x2), single 4; 1 set of BD stoppers. I only placed 1 C3 cam on the whole route and I never felt that I needed the #4 C4 however I did place it on 2 of the pitches. Save a .75 and 1 for the top of pitch 1! Approach Notes: Bring something with high ish clearance because the last 3 miles of road have some rough water bars. I had a standard Dodge ram 1500 and was fine. Would be fine in an Outback or Forester too, just don't bring the minivan! From the trailhead follow the old ATV trail for a few minutes then head uphill following the flagged climbers trail. The trail is now (Aug 2016) flagged all the way to the boulder field at the base of Lion's Head...thanks to Scott Coldiron.
  13. [TR] Lion's Head - Lion Tamer 8/30/2016

    Descent is two 30m raps off the south side. Then walk back around to the base.
  14. [TR] Dorado Needle - SW Buttress 8/21/2016

    Great TR, and love the pictures! I have this route on my list and I think it just got bumped up a couple of notches. It looks great and yes...much less packed than Boston Basin.
  15. We avoided the majority of the snow traverse (but still rapped onto the pocket glacier on the north side of Torment). We went straight up the side of the snow field all the way to the ridgeline. Then followed the ridge through easy terrain until things kind of cliffed out. We made two short raps to the south side then followed ledges around to the end of the normal snow traverse. http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1141554/Torment_Forbidden_Traverse#Post1141554
  16. Man it looks like an awesome trip with some really cool climbing!! And to think you had the whole place to yourself Congrats on the trip, and really nice pictures! Apparently I need to put this area on my future climbing list.
  17. Strava vs Gaia vs ? + device

    I use Strava on my phone for running and biking and I really like it. I use Gaia for backcountry navigation and tracking. Here is my take on it. I really like the Strava website as it is a great online platform (on the computer) to see speeds, distance, elevation, segments, and other good stuff post workout. And honestly you can upload your Gaia track as a .gpx file and it has pretty much all the same stuff. The thing that sucks about Strava is battery life on the phone. It drains it pretty rapidly especially if you don't have good cell service....like hiking in the mountains. Gaia on the other hand will work with you phone in "Airplane mode". Just download the map section to where you are going prior to the trip and then use the app with your phone in airplane mode. I spent 4 days up around the Boston Basin area and used Gaia for navigation and to track all of my travels. I took a small AA charger and used it once to charge my phone from 20% back to 100%. But for day trips or even shorter weekend trips my iPhone 5 battery will last with the track on during hiking. And if you don't have the app tracking you could just use the app for navigation and I suspect it would last multiple days easily. Honestly I have stopped carrying a handheld GPS as the topo on Gaia is easier to read, scroll, and zoom then my Garmin. Oh and if battery life on your phone is an issue sometimes you can get an extra battery pack or battery case for you phone that will extend the life. Or there are plenty of small chargers that you could take on longer trips to recharge your phone.
  18. [TR] Mt Baker - Boulder Cleaver 5/7/2016

    Nice job on getting it done in a day! I did this route a couple years ago and really enjoyed climbing Baker without all the crowds. The views of Shuksan were amazing too!
  19. TFT Conditions

    I was up in Boston Basin last week. The approach actually is fine. The trail is mostly free of snow up to the lower bivy spots in Boston Basin. The road is still closed at MP20 but the rangers said they thought it would open up this week. The route looked good from below. Plenty of people doing the east and west ridges on Forbidden Peak. It did drop about 4-6 inches of new snow above 6000 feet yesterday but I suspect that to melt off this week quickly. Just expect to be on snow for a lot of the traverse across Boston basin which would probably actually make things easier. If you are interested I will see if I can find a photo showing current snow coverage.
  20. Shuksan -- Fisher Chimney -- Snow

    Just because you don't have a permit for the Enchantments doesn't mean you can't climb in there. With a good boot pack and an early start many of the climbs can be done car to car in a day which you don't need one of the lottery overnight permits for.
  21. Is this still for sale? I am just starting a new training plan and looking for a way to have a portable hangboard.
  22. Yes the iPhone does take great photos...and for the panoramas it was much easier and better than my S120. But I would hate to take all the photos on a iPhone. As Jason said, shooting in RAW or at least a high quality JPEG then editing in Lightroom will really give you the best quality photos. The S120 supports a RAW file format. I also like the S120 because I can use it in a manual mode (for shutter speed, and aperture) which is sometimes very helpful with low light, or bright contrast. And yes Josh definitely put Alaska on your climbing list....just don't do Denali
  23. I used a Canon Powershot S120 for all the pictures. Except the 4 or 5 panoramas which were taken with my iPhone 6.
  24. Thanks! Do the pictures show up better now...still wonky??
  25. Thanks Jason, that helps a bunch! That oven is sweet looking! I am definitely going to try one of those out in preparation for next season.