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Posts posted by Dimka

  1. Thanks for all the responses guys! I'm planning ahead for backpacks though, I don't want to use this backpack just for Helens. I want to use it for camping, but also trips to other mountains. Plus, I don't think it'll be too bad for me to go heavier, I wont mind the extra weight. The only thing that I don't like about this backpack is that it is too fancy, too many un-needed straps and things....


    I do have a 30 day return warrnty, I will check out some local climbing stores in Portland to see what backpacks they have.


    I'm planning on climbing Helens in the middle of October. By then I should have some crampons and an axe.

  2. Thanks for the advice! I already saw that website and knew about the permits, I was wondering if you guys had nay tips on the gear and sutff :)


    One question though, all of the tickets are sold out for summer, would October still work or am I risking it?

  3. Thank you for all of your replies guys! Though a guy like me doesn't have loads of cash, let alone cash that I will spend on a hobby. I'm planning on getting a little at a time. If I am going to be climbing Mt St Helens:


    1. What gear do I need if any?

    2. What is a nice time to go?

    3. Could/Should this done be without any guides?


    Also, the Cascadians look like a great group/club, but I have never joined anything like this, can anyone give me an overview of what would be happening if I joined the group?

  4. Hey Guys, I'm new here so let me introduce myself properly :)


    My name is Dmitriy Kostenko, I am 15 and live in Vancouver, Washington. In the second grade I read a book called Peak, by Roland Smith, and after that I always wanted to climb something (I was smart enough to know that I probably wont be climbing Everest). But I am now 15 and am considering climbing. Since I am in Vancouver I have plenty of options of what mountain to climb first. But options bring lots of questions to me, would you guys mind helping me choose what I should do and answer some questions?


    1. Is Mt. Hood a good option to climb for a first time with a buddy?

    2. If me and my buddy have all the gear that is necessary and advised to climb Mt. Hood, can we do it without guidance?

    3. What gear should I get for general climbing (Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainer, other mountains in the area)

    4. What type of training should I get and how can I get it (via internet or classes?) to climb mountians in the general area?


    Also is there any information that I am missing?


    Thanks guys!