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About Nick Aiello

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  1. Arc'teryx Nozone 75 Pack, $165 OBO

  2. WTB/T - Pata. DAS (past season) M's Md

    Yo Pete! I've got a Houdini in size Small that I don't use too much. It fits me really loosely, though it might be a little snug on you. Hopefully I will see ya in Talk. again and you can try it on. Also, I lost your phone #, so shoot me a text if you get a chance! Nick Edited to for spelling.
  3. Arc'teryx Nozone 75 Pack, $165 OBO

    Just dropped the price to $165 or best offer. This thing is in incredibly good shape, a testament to the quality of Arc'teryx gear. The shoulder straps and hip belt show zero wear. Used (but not abused) a total of 41 days. Again, full retail is $400 + tax. Thanks for looking.
  4. Arc'teryx Nozone 75 Pack, $165 OBO

    For Sale: An Arc'teryx Nozone 75 liter pack, size small. This pack is in really good condition with one tiny (6mm long) rip in the side that has not grown at all and could be patched with a dab of Seam Grip. I'm 5'8" with a shorter torso and the pack fits perfectly. This thing is a great, lightweight gear hauler for big loads on expeditions or winter trips. I used it for two Denalis last summer and it was just a bit too little volume for guiding. For a personal Denali trip, I think it would be a perfect pack. All padding in the shoulder straps and waist belt are in perfect condition. All buckles are intact and I added two straps that fit crampons or snowshoes. The fabric is still in great shape (less the little tear) and didn't even fade at all. The pack weighs just 4.8lbs but still has a super cushy suspension system. $175 $165 OBO. I live near Greenlake in Seattle. $20 shipped. Payment in cash or PayPal. Thanks for looking! Edited to say: Retail price would be $400. Also, email Nick[@]synnottmountainguides.com for fastest response.
  5. Alaska range as cheap as possible...

    Ahhh, a fellow dirtbag in pursuit of Alaskan suffering! Now is a good time to contact the air taxis and see if they will cut you an early season deal on the flight in. They're small businesses and don't have a giant profit margin, but offering to pay 100% up front for you and your partner(s) can often help them out at this time of year. Sheldon Air Service has been good to lots of people on tight budgets, and TAT is always the gold standard. Plane tickets to Anchorage vary wildly depending on when you buy, but I haven't paid more than $500 RT from Seattle or from Boston. For a May trip, I'd be all about a 0-degree bag with a couple sleeping pads and my single boots. Cheap snow boots with rubber soles will be way better around camp than pricy down booties. And if all you have are leather boots, they will do just fine with a little bit of Nikwax leather-proofing and a little extra care to dry them out in nice weather. I've used my old, beat-to-crap Nepals in a couple different parts of the Range as early as early April with good results. I'd bring both jackets since weight won't be a huge problem if you're base-camping (Air taxis do have baggage limits, though, of 100 to 120lbs per person, and charge a dollar or more per pound after that). You may well spend equal time in t-shirts and with all your layers on. I don't think I've ever worn my big puffy at KIA though, even in April. Oh, and bring ear plugs: If the engine noise doesn't drive you nuts, the spraying just might! KIA in 2010
  6. Alaska Range Climbing, On A Budget! Bellingham

    Yeah, fair point, $8 is like, almost two beers! But if you want to come learn something and get some info that just might help expand your climbing, drop by. Totally up to you.
  7. Spend all day dreaming about far off peaks in remote places, but feel like only the pros and trust fund babies get to go there? Does your minimum wage job keep you at the same local crag year after year? Has all your searching for a sugar-momma been to no avail? Then join us at Backcountry Essentials in Bellingham Thursday, 1/23/14, at 7:30PM. This interactive slideshow is all about how to go out and climb high, without breaking the bank. Years of shoestring budget roadtrips to the Alaska Range have taught me innumerable lessons about low-budget, high fun climbing, and I want to help you achieve your goals without selling a firstborn child. So come on by for some comical stories of misadventure and dirtbag climbing! $8 at the door.
  8. RUTH GORGE + CASSIN // 2014

    Oh and also slam at least one beer at the Fairview. ... It's sad that anyone even needs to be told....
  9. RUTH GORGE + CASSIN // 2014

    I humbly suggest that anyone going to the Ruth keeps their eyes wide open and doesn't limit his or herself to the guidebook. Spend a day at the NPS in Talkeetna looking through perhaps the Greatest Anthology of Climbing History that is not digitized, the new route binders. Bring enough food and comfort to basecamp so that you don't want to leave when the first storm comes up. And bring enough gear so that one bail doesn't force you to end your trip. I'd also recommend the Messner Couloir on Denali as a way to acclimatize while also doing some semi-technical climbing. It's also a good way to test out how you do on a big day starting at 14,000', and has some beautiful views! Basin Camp from about 18,000' on the Messner Couloir, 2010. I bailed off left at roughly 19,000' due to increasing windslab.
  10. [TR] Central Alaska Range, Mooses Tooth - Ham and Eggs 4/5/2013

    Wow I am pretty damn jealous of that ice mushroom! We encountered pitch after pitch of steep snow and snice (to 85 degrees) that had to be tenuously cleared away, revealing only poor thin ice underneath. The only vertical powder snow I'd seen like that was under a giant chockstone while attempting the Cornhole Couloir on the nearby London Tower a few years ago. That bail lead to one of the sketchiest rap anchors (a small bollard in sugar snow) of my life. As for the time of year, it's a crap shoot. Three years ago, it was so warm in the Ruth in late April and early May that we couldn't even skin -- much less climb -- until the sun went down. Most of the ice routes melted out fast that year.
  11. Denali

    Brand new to the forum, but here's my two cents: After spending far too much time on Denali (5 expeditions over 4 years, mostly (but not exclusively) guiding), it's my opinion that most people tend to spend far too much time planning and far too little time training. Your pack and sled weight will be the heaviest of your life, so try to minimize your kit as much as possible. But think about that while you're on the stairmaster, or better yet, while hiking uphill in double boots in the wind and cold. Minimize, minimize, minimize... but bring warm mittens and boots. Spend more time researching how to train for long endurance events, rather than finding a carbon fiber pee bottle. I hope this helps! I'm sure you will have the time of your life.
  12. Hello All, My name is Nick and I've just moved to the PNW at the end of July, coming from New Hampshire via Alaska. As the ice season approaches, I'm getting anxious to get out and climb, and so far I haven't met anyone who's done more than a handful of days of ice climbing. I've spent the last couple years guiding in North Conway, NH, and up Denali, so being in the city is a real fish-out-of-water experience for me. That, combined with not knowing anyone out here, leaves me jonesing for a partner. In any event, if someone is interested in getting after some WI4-5 ice or alpine routes, let me know. I'm definitely no badass, but I can promise to bring a safe, level head and a lot of experience with me. And I have a sweet AWD Astro work van. I've been up Denali 5 times now (one personal trip, 4 guiding), and have spent the last 4 seasons climbing in the Central Alaska Range. So, if you're interested in AK, maybe we can trade your knowledge of the Cascades for my many stories of misadventure in the Range. Finally, I may be a decent climber, but I consider myself an excellent bailer. I pride myself in the ability to turn tail and bail safely from almost anything! See ya out there! Photo: Me at the col above Ham and Eggs on the Mooses Tooth, April 2013. First ascent of this season (to the col). Denali's SE Buttress in background.