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  1. [TR] Dragontail Peak - Triple couloirs 03/31/2019

    There was not much ice at all.
  2. [TR] Dragontail Peak - Triple couloirs 03/31/2019

    Did it yesterday. The approach is endless. Potholing is devastating. Solid snow in couloirs. Much less snow in between then on photos above. Oh boy, the mountain is shitting rock non stop.
  3. Trip: Abiel Peak - North Face Gully Trip Date: 03/10/2019 Trip Report: I haven't seen any recent TRs, so posting... Hiro and I picked Abiel Peak to be our next ice climbing destination. Since there are multiple routes we decided to come and see which one to climb [checkout the old TR and AlpineDave blog for options]. It turned out to be North Face Gully. Here is an overview of the climb: Most of the route is hidden from the approach. Here you can see only the beginning of it at the bottom center: Closer: Soft snow accumulated at the bottom. We spent plenty of time taking turns and cleaning it up: There was decent ice under snow: Most of the first pitch was a solid ice. The second pitch was mostly snow. We did simul climbing. Looking down while at the 2nd pitch: But simul climbing came to the end very soon, because the third pitch unexpectedly popped around a corner: It is not vertical, but steeper that it looks like on the photo . Ice wasn't making it easier: at some places it was thin, at others - crumbly snow-ice mix. How does the saying go: placements are getting closer as pucker factor goes up? Nevertheless we made it up and after that it was only about 30m of snow to a ridge. The ridge met us with sun, warmth and view to Rainier. When walking towards the summit there was a short section of snow covered boulders with lurking cavities in between them. For a descent we went West staying on a ridge as it kinda circles clockwise. It was just walking. We came back to a car by a sunset. After eleven hours we returned to a car with Granite Mountain saluting us in sunset colors. Gear Notes: 7 ice screws, 2 pickets (used one), 0.4, 0.5 & 1 cams (used all), small nuts (used few). Approach Notes: Solid footpath until Lake Annette. Crossed the lake.
  4. [TR] Chair Peak - NE Buttress 01/27/2019

    I know this guy in a beaten black diamond helmet It was a nice day!
  5. ice climbing 2018/2019 OR/WA Ice Conditions

    Full house at Franklin Falls today. At least 5 lines are clammable, but getting beaten. Come early.
  6. ice climbing 2018/2019 OR/WA Ice Conditions

    Hubba Hubba as of 02/18. Climbed central (left on the photo) and right (central on the photo) flows. Next time I'd bring 70m rope or 2x60m The approach was exhausting due to fresh snow even in snowshoes.
  7. ice climbing 2018/2019 OR/WA Ice Conditions

    oh I don't own a boat It'd be great to install a permanent steel cable across so people can do Tyrolean traverse
  8. ice climbing 2018/2019 OR/WA Ice Conditions

    Below freezing temperatures this whole week and still holding
  9. partner(s) needed: 31 Aug - 03 Sep PNW

  10. August alpine partners

    Any thoughts about Inspiration Peak in pickets?
  11. Slesse Conditions 2018

    Wassup G-spotter? Any good new out of your nest?!
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    Most likely 21.
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