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  1. Climbing Partners

    Is anyone going to exits/index this evening?
  2. [TR] Mount Baker - North Ridge 06/15/2019

    We bailed doing it the same day. I wasn't able to convince my partners. There is a good and cheap beer in the area though
  3. Exit 32/38/Index weekday cragging

    Looking for a partner(s) to go climbing after work or super early before work on weekdays: - sport climbing at Exit 32/38 grades 5.10-11s. Bonus if you climb 5.12s. - trad climbing at Index grades 5.9-5.10s. Bonus if you climb 5.11s.
  4. Trip: Mount Stuart - Direct North Ridge Trip Date: 06/01/2019 Trip Report: Disclaimer: in 2019 snow melted very fast. At least three parties made it to the summit last weekend. All crux pitches are dry. Some running water on easy pitches below the notch. The slab pitch is partially covered with snow. Need to cross patches of snow on the upper mountain from time to time. There are four scattered bivy spots on a ground after pitch five, a few spots higher up along the route that are not covered with snow but can fit one or two, a large snow ledge about 400 ft below the end of last pitch towards a false summit. Descended via Sherpa glacier. Left side (skiers) of it gets early sunshine and snow was soft to descent without crampons at 9am. Though my partners used them. Right side that stays in a shade was hard as rock. Gear Notes: BD .1, .2, .4 to 4.; Metolius 0&1; small nuts (placed one nut just because I can); 6 singles & 6 doubles, cordelette, ice axe, bivy, 1/2 crampons Approach Notes: ticks are swarming
  5. [TR] Dragontail Peak - Triple couloirs 03/31/2019

    There was not much ice at all.
  6. [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.
  7. 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.
  8. [TR] Chair Peak - NE Buttress 01/27/2019

    I know this guy in a beaten black diamond helmet It was a nice day!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. ice climbing 2018/2019 OR/WA Ice Conditions

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

  14. August alpine partners

    Any thoughts about Inspiration Peak in pickets?