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About brihuang

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  1. Mt. Hood?

    To save money, I would use a alpine pack for backpacking trips and alpine climbing instead of a backpacking pack for both. I just started mountaineering last year, pretty much self-taught. To start, I READ a tons of forums/articles/trip reports and WATCHED a tons of youtube videos. I would say I'm fairly informed now, although probably spent 80 hours on what you can learn in a 8 hour class. For gear, realize mountaineering gear is expensive and be prepared to spend at least 1000, esp for overnight trips, where you have to get a 4 season tent, 20f bag, and warm pad. For gear, I would look at the RMI, IMG, or AAI websites and see what they bring or search other people's "gear lists" on backpackinglight or other forums. I'm going to do Hood in a couple weeks and plan to bring: Sun hat Glacier glasses Beanie Buff/balaclava Liner gloves Waterproof gloves Midweight baselayer top, long sleeve Soft shell jacket Hardshell jacket Midweight insulation jacket (in pack) Baselayer pants (in pack) Softshell pants Midweight socks Mountaineering boots Helmet Headlamp Crampons Iceaxe Compass/map Safety kit (whistle, first aid kit) Sunblock/Chapstick Food Water (500 ml nalgene in pocket, 2L platybottle in pack) Other tips are: 1) Research the route obsessively, can you navigate it through a semi-whiteout? 2) I personally NEVER climb under any questionable weather, sometimes even 10% chance of precipitation, as clouds=whiteout=getting lost. Always check forecast the night before and even AT the trailhead, as things can change fast and updated. Always be skeptical of mountain forecasts. 3) Practice self-arrest obsessively. Learn different crampon techniques. 4) Alpine start is 2AM. This is to avoid rock fall and the hot sun, and returning a good margin of time (6 hours) before dark. 5) Beware of bulletproof ice because you cannot self-arrest on it. Many people have died sliding down hard ice. 6) Pace yourself on the mountain. Never let your hear-rate rise too much and take breaks only every hour. You'll be much faster pacing yourself slowly and not stopping, as opposed to climbing too fast and taking many small rest breaks. Speed=safety. Info above is not comprehensive, so be sure to read up on other things. Good luck!
  2. New Trip Report Tool - It's Beta

    Hi Jon, A few suggestions: 1) Trip reports needs a "Date Posted" and "Date Climbed" category somewhere. 2) It'll be cool if we can rate trip reports. If we just want to read an entertaining or inspiring story, then we can just organize by "highest rated" within our search results. My opinions and suggestions.
  3. I also mean June 20-23 (typo in post)
  4. You can email me at brihuang@ucdavis.edu
  5. Looking for partner or group of people interested in snowboarding Mount Adams and Mount Hood on June 20-30. I know it's a bit last minute, but the snow on Adams is melting fast! Ideally, I would find partners from Northern California (Bay Area, Sacramento, Redding, etc.) to carpool with. Friday 12PM: Leave for Trout Lake 11PM-12AM: Arrive Trout Lake Saturday 5AM: Leave Trout Lake for Cold Springs Trailhead 6AM: Begin Hike to Lunch Counter 12PM: Camp at Lunch Counter, sleep Sunday 8AM: Begin summit bid 1PM: Summit. Begin awesome snowboard ride down 2PM: Pack and ride down to trailhead 4PM: Arrive in hotel in Hood River, sleep Monday 730AM: Leave for Mount Hood 9AM: Take ski lifts to Palmer Glacier 12PM: Summit. Ride (or boot) down 2PM: Leave Hood River for Sacramento/Davis 12AM: Arrive home Splitboard: I don't have one and will be booting in crampons Transportation: We can take my car or your car (depending who has better mileage) Tent: We can share my TNF Assault 2 tent or we can sleep in separate tents Stove: I have a Jetboil Sol sufficient for 2