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  1. [TR] Strobach - Strobach D Approach Pitch 02/09/2020

    Approaching strobach will always be a bit of an ordeal, but if you hew closely to the attached .gpx there is almost zero bushwhacking or blowdowns. It follows the route we flagged a few years ago (2015?). I think the main key is that if you go directly from the road to mother lode, you encounter a ton of blowdown, but this gpx track swings to the right, generally onto a berm/ridge on the climbers left edge of a large boulder field, and provides much easier travel. I was in there in early January this year, and was surprised that almost all of the flagging was still there. It's not that much help if there's any snow on the trees/bushes, since you can't see most of it until you're right on top of it, but you're never more than twenty meters or so from a piece of orange so you can use it to verify that you're on the right track. strobach.gpx
  2. For the sake of future googlenauts, I thought I'd bump this with info on an alternative approach (not discovered by me) that avoids the swamp creek schwack, and is thus strongly recommended. The attached picture is really all you need, but: continue past swamp creek for a few miles, turning left off trail at a distinct opening/flat spot where the trail abuts the river at a gravel bar, with many very large chainsawed logs strewn about, and a very large boulder on the right (river) side. Head more or less straight up hill, following your nose and sticking to the largest trees, and there's essentially no bushwhacking or scrambling (the red line is approximate). Upon reaching the col you could presumably cut left in order to start at needle, as above ^, but I can't say for sure.
  3. Franklin Falls conditions?

    Cool, thanks for swinging by, everybody. Looks a little soggy for me, still, but maybe next year. p.s. look at us posting photos like it ain't nothing! :heart: admins.
  4. Franklin Falls conditions?

    I wonder if anyone's had a look at Franklin Falls since things cooled off last week?
  5. for sale Scarpa Rebel Pro 46.5 $125

    Amazing boots, but I'm finally admitting I just didn't get the right size (reviews here and here). They've seen some use (see pictures) but have many, many meters left in 'em.
  6. Looking for a partner for a day or two, after the snowpack finishes settling out around Fri/Sat. Perhaps climb some of the flows near Nisqually, then ski up to 10k or so? Open to similar ideas within a couple hours of Seattle.
  7. Graybeard Nordwand, early winter.... this winter.

  8. Looking for climbing partners in chamonix apr 18 to may 13. My main priority on this trip is mileage on mixed terrain, but I can be flexible. I lead about td+/ed-. dkralph aatt gmail
  9. WTB skimo race skis

    Not particular at all about dimensions or condition, but preferably under 900g. thanks.
  10. Canadian Weather forecasts for climbing

    windguru lets you compare three models: 27km GFS, 4km HRW, and 12km NAM. They also do a sane, documented, high resolution altitude extrapolation. The site is ostensibly for wind surfers and their ilk, but with a ($20/year) paid account you can add your own custom spots (for example pigeon-howser col in the link above). But you don't need a paid account to view everybody's spots, so the more of us that join and add mountain-oriented spots, the more useful it becomes. Also, the dude that runs it is responsive and actively developing. mountain-forecast.com seems to pretty much be garbage. Probably the easiest way to see this is to watch how frequently they'll tell you a clear day above 2000m has a difference of only a couple degrees between the high and the low. They also don't seem to have any documentation as to what model they're using and what adjustments they make, which doesn't improve confidence. The best single model hereabouts is probably the uw wrf, which (depending on the resolution) does extend as far as the columbia mountains, but their public interface is comically unusable. It would be easy to code up a more digestible version, but their funders require them to not make anything except those crazy gifs publicly available. Which seems a little weird given that pretty much all of the listed funders are public agencies, sigh.
  11. Mountain weather

    Bump. Added an interface for the darn uw wrf gifs.
  12. Looking for a partner for mon-tues after my buddy leaves. I os about .10- on gear, follow .11- contact: dkralph at the kind of mail with the gmail, seven oh seven 601 seven 3 five 7
  13. PM with brands and colors to claim. p.s. I hope you didn't fall into that hole that it looked like you fell into.
  14. As seen here. Nine issues of (very) British hilarity. It's like reading twenty-year-old Economists about the mountains. $45, plus shipping or pick up in Seattle. I thought the best bits were: - firsthand account of first alpine-style ascent of cerro chalten - *#*#ing hilarious account of early British repeat of tis-sa-sack (sp?) - much bolt-related hand-wringery - wildly trashy/gossipy/implausible beckey profile - mike bearzi (ffa of cerro torre) defends[ish] maestri - many many many pages about whether tomo cesen did or tomo cesen didn't