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  1. question Hardshell bib pants

    I'm a big fan of high waters in general, esp. if I'm wearing a gaiter. No point in excess fabric overlap. In your situation you could have them hemmed and have a channel sewn in for a replaceable circumferential bungee. Another option would be to leave them the way they are and put a grommet or sewn loop on either side of each leg to allow you to attach replaceable bungee cord to go under the sole, in essence to turn the longer pant legs into a built in gaiter. There are pros/cons to either approach.
  2. Rope Solo Systems for Free and Aid?

    For solo aid, I use the tried and true simple clove hitch method. I also stay tied in to the lead end of the rope as a habit (that also helps the trailing end from blowing and getting stuck on a flake, etc.). I haven't tried solo lead free climbing but Colin Haley's backrope system sounds reasonable if you are descending the same way you are going up (in order to retrieve your gear). Bags to stack ropes in belays for easy feed out; ones like duffle or canvas shopping bags with handles so they stay open work well, no need to pay premium for specialized rope buckets, etc.
  3. Accident/Death on Triple Couloir

    My guess would be never? If you are on terrain that steep, you would likely accelerate out of control too fast. But perhaps if you landed on a more moderate section and slowed, you might be able to stop before the next steeper section or a cliff, assuming you weren't too injured? I haven't climbed Triple Couloirs and can't comment on that route specifically. My point was that it's easy to get complacent with certain skills and a fraction of a section of reaction time can be the difference between arresting and a fatal fall. Think about those who have died descending Aasgard Pass because their glissade got out of control. Again not saying this accident was caused by complacency etc. and I assume anyone who attempts to solo Triple Couloirs is up for the task. We have all "4th classed" terrain on approaches or descents when the rope has been put away and gotten away with it, and we have pulled certain moves unroped that, if blown, would have led to tragic outcomes. I respect the doctor for getting after it in his 60s. It could have been any of us.
  4. Accident/Death on Triple Couloir

    Phil Powers describes watching Dan Culver fall near the bottleneck after summiting K2 in 1993 and attributes his death to not reflexively arresting fast enough (then letting go of his axe). Phil was a long term NOLS instructor (and later director of NOLS) and practiced self-arrest every season, all season long, with beginning mountaineering students so to Phil, his self-arrest skills were well honed and frequently practiced, ensuring they were hard wired into his reflexive muscle memory. He felt that many climbers view self-arrest as a beginner skill and once you learn it, very few continue to practice it on a regular basis. I can say from my own NOLS experience that the instructors drilled into us practicing arrest in a variety of conditions and positions (upside down head first etc), even how to arrest when you've lost your axe. It's a skill that can get rusty if one takes it for granted, and I have been surprised at times while glissading how long it can take in different snow conditions to fully arrest when I've switched over to a self-arrest position. I'm not saying this was a factor here in this specific accident, after all, he could have had a medical emergency (syncope, heart attack, stroke) that caused his fall. A simple trip on 4th class terrain can be fatal.
  5. wanted to buy Wanted: Mountain Magazine back issues

    Thanks for replying. I have a few dozen scattered issues that I’ve inherited for free from various people downsizing, but was dismayed to find out that many of them have the “centerfold” removed with the adjacent articles also gone (usually the main feature article). Bummer. I too have back issues of Climbing, Rock and Ice, and Alpinist, and can probably swing a trade if you need particular issues of those.
  6. 2021/2022 OR/WA Ice Conditions

    Ok, fess up Mr. Blue jacket and Mr Red jacket. Pan Dome in high 50F temps? Really? Looks like a huge crack extending from the left side. Wowza! So how was it? Pics taken from chair 2.
  7. Anyone have old issues of the late great Mountain Magazine from the UK that are collecting dust? You know, the Brit magazine with just the issue number on the cover over a stunning picture of climbing grandeur? The source of many dreams, including the pic that inspired the OG Latok 1 team ((Donini, Kennedy, Lowe x2) to get after it? I have a few but am hoping to add to my collection and take a trip down nostalgia lane. Donations would be GREATLY appreciated but I will pay bottom dollar (below Chessler's value) if you are reluctant to depart with your set, so let me know what you feel your collection is worth and I'll give it consideration. Thank you!
  8. The skis sold but the boots are still available.
  9. I'm selling 2 pair of basically new (used twice) Altai Balla Hok skis (with built-in skins and Voile 3 pin Mountaineer bindings) $169 and 2 pair of similarly used Scarpa T4 boots in mondo sizes 21.5 and 22 ($139). Message me if interested. Also please post a note below showing interest so that I get a notification. That way, I can respond faster. Location: Bellingham, WA https://www.scarpa.com/t4 https://us-store.altaiskis.com/product/balla-kids-hok/ https://us-store.altaiskis.com/product/3-pin-binding-75-mm-includes-heel-kit/
  10. Happy Holidays and New Year

    The new graphics look great!
  11. Best breakfast for a long day

    So glad a bot bumped this thread. It's a good thread. Recent returned from a winter trip to J-Tree where the temps never got above 45F. I had 8 year old kids in tow, thus food was important for warmth, energy, and morale. In general I'm a big fan of just firing up a hot drink in the AM, for hydration and warmth, and charging ahead for a few hours until I'm hungry, then stopping for brunch/lunch when I actually have an appetite. For winter camping with kids however, I had a rotating hot breakfast menu of hot drinks followed by one of 3 types of breakfasts: 1) Oatmeal with dried fruits (raisins/apple) and chopped walnuts or almonds. 2) Grits with black pepper and shredded cheese. 3) Wheat farina (aka cream of wheat) with date pieces (or figs) and filbert nuts. Add butter as needed/desired. This provided good variety, was fast/easy to prepare with just boiling water (then kill the stove). I could eat this rotating combo indefinitely.

    Yes, but stay to climber's right of the big trough otherwise you will cliff out on a subpeak if you go to the left. I also "explored" the black chimney, climbing up past several short rappels to an airy exposed perch before calling it a day. Having a route description would have helped...
  13. Found stolen gear--bellingham

    Posting this on Nextdoor and perhaps notifying American Alpine Institute, Backcountry Essentials, REI B'ham can help too. Friends of friends can spread the word and hopefully reunite the owner.
  14. Plane crash on Kautz Glacier?

    Old school mountaineers have used aluminum conduit tubing (like what TMO described above) for snow stakes and cheap leave-behind rap anchors.
  15. Whatever happened to Dan Helmstadter?

    Chad wouldn't have cared less about that childish, ridiculous drama. If you doubt someone's achievement, then best them with your own record. Still waiting... Meanwhile back to Helmstadter. Legend. PS: That Powder article by Dave Page was a great piece of writing and really captures the spirit. There is an interview with him here: https://www.powder.com/powder-radio/the-storytellers-david-page/