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  1. [TR] The Tooth - NE Slabs 02/27/2020

    I did really enjoy it overall despite feeling really hung out there by the time I was halfway across the traverse with only small footholds in a thin crust. I was eyeing that dihedral but wasn't sure about it, and once I started across the traverse I didn't want to backtrack.
  2. Nah, just expressing some concern that they would get back okay without knowing enough about them.
  3. Damn, you two are fast then, we knew we were only going camp to camp that day so didn't rush. One of the guys with us remembered your daughter from the basic climbing course and didn't think you two would be fast enough to get back down before dark from what he remembered, that and another guy we passed hours ahead (the day before) going solo had turned back. Too bad we didn't talk longer and get names, my wife you passed by is Romanian - she's just been looking up some of you past climbing. Yea, you kicked our butts Interesting you didn't pass anyone else because 2 other guys headed up that way from the lake around 7:30 (maybe 1.5hrs ahead of you) we figured they were on their way up as well, perhaps they took a different route. Definitely a place I wouldn't want anyone above or below us in many places.
  4. No worries, nobody is drifting around the corners. Just don't need to drive the FJ at a crawl behind a minivan on the straightaways. I'm always going slow around corners with one foot on the brake. And that brings me to another pet peeve, while I do appreciate when someone pulls over its nice when they use the pullouts. I had multiple people this trip decide to "pull over" by just stopping in the road at a blind corner to wave me by. At least they weren't as bad as the time I had someone driving in the oncoming side around a blind corner because they were too scared of the edge. And there wasn't an edge.
  5. [TR] Mount Cruiser - Southwest Corner 05/26/2019

    A couple months later. Don't forget to always check that webbing all the way around. Just saw a report that someone almost rapped off one of those anchors on Cruiser before someone else checked it and both "new looking" pieces of webbing were almost chewed all the way through on the back side.
  6. We must have just missed all that. We didn't notice anything going on at the trailhead and no emergency vehicles. But we did hear a helicopter when we were at camp the night before, figured that wasn't a good sign. We were leaving the trailhead about 5:30pm on Sunday.
  7. That was my normal driving speed. Agonizingly slow and who wouldn't pull over. Most people get the hint after a couple minutes, not a couple miles. Everyone else is nice enough to pull over pretty quick, but sometimes you get that guy who says - F'u, you're behind me. Just a clarification, we didn't hurry up and wait at the trailhead. We left home later knowing what the weather forecast was going to be and timed it to start before 3 and get to camp in time to hopefully also climb something that day. Worked out as expected, people coming down Sahale Arm had turned back just a bit earlier in the rain.
  8. [TR] Sinister Peak / Dome Peak - West Ridge 07/21/2019

    HAHA, yea. We had a rope, it was just down at the base of the climb with a couple other people, so we just had wait awhile for them to get it and toss it over. Towards the end we figured out a possible way down without it involving going back up the gully about 15 feet, scrambling up and out of the gully then working over about 15 feet to a sloping ramp that spits you out on the rocks you can step onto the snow from. The person that brought the rope up managed to get up that way and over the gully. If we had really gotten stuck we probably would have figured that out at some point. Worst case we could have retraced the route but that would have taken a lot longer and the person I had with me I didn't want to put them through that.
  9. [TR] Mount Baker - North Ridge 06/15/2019

    That's great to hear, we were hoping you guys made it without any issues or that we hadn't kicked any ice down on you. That's a great shot you got of Rodica.
  10. [TR] Mount Baker - North Ridge 06/15/2019

    Yea that was pretty much his reaction. We went back and forth a couple times as he didn't think I understood the gravity of the situation.
  11. [TR] Mount Cruiser - Southwest Corner 05/26/2019

    Yea, from now on will do that. First time in 10 years had a rope chewed up. Were more concerned about salty stuff and goats. Didn't see any goats though.
  12. South Early Winter Spire - Southwest Couloir

    I climbed it yesterday (4/30). Chockstone is easily walked around. About halfway up the upper part of the gulley is a short rocky/icy step, then a fair amount of mixed snow/ice/rock. But there was enough coverage all the rocks were staying in place. There was a fresh covering of snow from the day before. See video
  13. [TR] Mount Rainier - Kautz 06/24/2018

    Dad was in training for an unnamed peak in Pakistan. Good people. We do wish them well. As for getting down the DC route in the afternoon. Yea, we were crossing our fingers on the rock fall areas. Just posted a video with bits and pieces of the route. At about 3:40 you can see what the worst rock fall area looks like in the afternoon, it all looked pretty fresh. Kautz route video
  14. [TR] Mount Rainier - Kautz 06/24/2018

    Yea, we passed a few other bivvy sites from the 10,800 camp, the big rock rings were all open and better for setting up the tarp and had a bigger windbreak. We had expected ~15mph winds overnight but lucked out with none at all. Its just a few minutes walk to the fixed lines and turned out to be easy to find just following the climbers path. Didn't have any issues getting down in the dark.
  15. Trip: Mount Rainier - Kautz Trip Date: 06/24/2018 Trip Report: 2-day Carryover on the Kautz to the DC Cleaver. We started out gathering as much beta as possible but still had some gaps such as where exactly to find the fixed lines. Turns out one blog had it at the wrong elevation and no others described exactly where to find it. Some beta mentioned people retreating the ice steps because they found no viable way to the summit in the week before. Finally found someone who had a gps track from a guide who did it the week before so as long as weather cooperated we were good to go. The biggest planning challenge was getting our normal 45lb overnight glacier packs down to 35lbs. After buying new BD Speed 40 packs and our new hyperlight tarp shell, aluminum ice screws and a new light 60m rope, along with cutting all the creature comforts we got our pack weights where we wanted for a carryover. Drove to Longmire on Friday to pickup our permit early and stayed in Ashford. On Sat morning we were on the trail by 7am in overcast light drizzle which soon burned off. Weather showed we had a tight window between then and Sunday evening when a cold front and high winds were to move in. 7 hours later after crossing the Nisqually, going up the Fan arrived at 2pm at the lower Camp Hazard at 10,800 and found ourselves the only ones up there with the nice rock rings to ourselves. Soon after another pair, dad & daughter, joined us. Not bad only 5 people and 2 parties for the route the next morning. The Dad had tried it the same weekend before and recounted not getting any further than this point after having been blown out by 50mph winds. But at least he knew where to find the fixed lines. From the 10,800 rock rings just walk about 450ft up the scree where a climbers trail takes you right to them. He was an ice climber who lived in Ouray so we figured living at altitude and being a hard core ice climber with a party of 2 they would be fast. We discussed leaving times, we said we would be up at 1:30 and leaving hopefully by 2:30. They were planning on getting up at 3am, but they wanted to get through the climb first and asked if they could go ahead of us. No problem we said. Knowing the route was a wide chute and could accommodate multiple parties at the same time anyway. But he seemed to be thinking it was a standard ice route with only one way up. So we get up at 1:30 and are moving at 2:30 with Dad & Daughter not quite ready yet, but they catch up to us a few hundred feet later at the rock step and we let them go first since they wanted to downclimb it. Dad was making comments to himself and Daughter about how you don’t ice climb in the dark. Well, Dad, nobody made you getup early, you changed your start time to be in front of us And we had no plans to climb the ice in the dark either. Figured they would be a bit with him coaching his daughter down we just set up our rope to rap down as we padded our start time to accommodate taking time find and rapping the rock step in the dark. Which was a good idea since it wasn’t a rock scramble it was a big chuck of ice. And turns out one of the 2 handlines just drops into a free hanging drop down to a steep ice slope you have to climb back up. The rock step down, we climbed up and out to find the traverse. It was still pretty dark, just able to make out features in the distance by a hint of moonlight. But we could see Dad and Daughter who had charged straight up into a rock band with a seracs above them. All we could see was Dads headlamp flashing all over the place, as Daughters headlamp looked at him, back at us, back to him, back to us, back to him, back to us. Well, guess Dad didn’t read the route description or he was looking to put up a new route. So we continued traversing far left around the seracs to the base of the first ice step. It was easy enough climbing we wound up just soloing through it. By now we were just getting enough light to turn off headlamps and had timed it just right. Apparently Dad finally downclimbed from the rock band and followed us around to the ice step. After we soloed the first step I look over and here comes Dad with an ice axe in one hand a ski pole in the other pulling Daughter up behind him. As Daughter passes with her hand wrapped around the base of her ski pole trying to get a good stick in the ice with the tip and her ice axe flopped sideways she yells “Dad – I’m not as comfortable on the technical stuff as you – slow down”. Dad yells back “This is not technical”. And off they went. Now that we had the route to ourselves we set up our plan which was to get Philip credit for an intermediate ice climb splitting it into a multi-pitch with a lead swap. So I setup a picket anchor, and with our single 60m rope split it in half. Philip lead up the 30m placing some pro and building an ice screw and picket anchor then belayed us up. From there we figured it would take at least 2 or maybe 3 more short pitches like that so we opted to switch to simul climbing for the rest of it. I took off with the rest of the pickets and ice screws and placed a couple pickets, then a few screws and finally topped out at the 12,000ft mark placing the final picket. From there we soon were in the sun and it wasn’t too difficult route finding working our way around crevasses. Up to Wapowety Cleaver at 13,100, then up to the left around the seracs which put us out on the side of the Saddle at 14,000 then to the summit rim at 14,400 about 11:30am. By now only skiers were hanging out on the crater rim waiting for snow to soften up on the Emmons. All the climbers had long left the summit to get down before things starting softening up and potential rockfall and slides. So we had the DC Cleaver route all to ourselves as well. Snow was getting soft on the way down and there were some rock fall areas that had a lot of recent slide and rock through them throughout the day that we moved through quickly. Made it back to Paradise just an hour and a half past our estimate (which was pretty much a wash because we had stopped to relax at Camp Muir for almost an hour). Kautz-6-24-2018.gpx Gear Notes: single 60m 7.5 rope, standard glacier gear, 1 technical tool (bd venom) and 1 ice tool each, 6 screws (only used 4), 4 pickets. Approach Notes: Easy crossing of the Nisqually, up the Fan, running water at the Upper Castle. Also found a trickle of running water a couple hundred feet up from 10,800 Camp Hazard. The Rock Step is covered in block of ice. 1st Ice Step is more of a walk up, 2nd Ice Step had a good pitch of ice that we used a few screws on.