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  1. 3 o’clock rock stewards, thank you

    That first picture is amazing!
  2. Bannock Mountain NE Face

    I just looked in the Beckey guide and it just has the southwest route
  3. Hi everyone! I'm 18 and just started at Western in B-ham, and I don't have much in the way of experienced partners up here. This is pretty long and haphazard, so, TLDR it would be amazing if someone were willing to mentor me on winter and alpine climbing, and maybe drag me on a few adventures. I'll give a little background to my climbing and outdoor experience up to the present. I also want to say that where I am is really the result of an insane amount of good luck and amazing opportunity that has been presented to me, and in no way mean to spray about what I have done. I have never really written down the progression of my climbing, so here it is, as well as where I want to go next. I started out doing weekly classes at Vertical World Seattle when I was 5, and kept it mostly at that for the next 10 years. I started going on yearly week long trips down to Smith Rock with the gym in middle school, and thats where I got really hooked. Thats when I knew I wanted to be a climber, and also where I found a deep love for the big, beautiful, awe inspiring landscapes of mountains and deserts. By the time I was 15, the trips to Smith were the absolute highlight of my year, I had watched most of the climbing videos I could find on youtube, and started spending a two or three days a week in the gym, and that summer got hired as an instructor at VW. That same summer, on a trip to Mazama, my long time instructor taught us the basics of gear placement, and the following fall I convinced my parents to drive me and a friend to the crag a couple times, armed with a set of TCUs and a set of nuts that my dad had bought and then used once to climb the Tooth. The next summer marked my first trips to Index and Leavenworth, getting rides from the parents of the only kid at the gym I'd met who seemed to be as psyched on placing gear as I was. We started with stuff like Classic Crack in Leavy and Aries and the GNS at Index, and just worked up through 8s, 9s, and low 10s. Early in the summer I knocked off the Tooth, which was the first time I used an ice axe, and then later climbed Outer Space. Right from the beginning, climbing was about more than just the act of moving over rock, it was about being in the mountains and interacting with the landscape in a way that not many people get to, and climbing things that inspire me. That fall I took my first real whip onto gear off the top of Slow Children. At this point, I was climbing V8 boulder and mid 12s on lead at VW, but took it slow working through the grades at Index without much expectations, and just slowly learned and fell in love with the style of Index. Another year of mostly hitching rides with the same friend, and he started to get more busy, but I also finally got my driver's license. I had finally done a bit of harder sport climbing and bouldering outside, as well as continued to build my technique on Index slab. My send of Iron Horse was when a lot just clicked together, and I really started feeling like I had managed to achieve some degree of mastery, and got a lot more confident about trying harder and harder climbs on the sharp end. Moving over rock had never flowed so easily, and had never felt so good. Last fall I started climbing with a lot more partners, and ever since then I have fallen more and more in love with the climbing community as a whole, and getting to share awesome experiences with amazing people. The last year I've managed to climb something like 95 days outside, and plenty more in the gym, and I've spent a total of about 50 days at Index up to this point. So, I am at a point in my climbing where I have gotten very comfortable on technical rock and enjoy all of the disciplines a lot, but big, awe inspiring mountains have always drawn me in a different way than climbing rock does. I will always love climbing on rock, but I want to expand my horizons and continue learning and pushing myself towards harder, more distant summits. I see stories and pictures and videos of the alpine side of the Cascades, the Canadian Rockies, the Alaska ranges, Patagonia, and elsewhere, and boy oh boy do I just want to go be in those mountains. I kind of decided recently that a long term life goal of mine is to climb the Cassin Ridge, whether thats in two years or 20. But I've got a lot of learning to do and experience to gain before that. My experience in the alpine has been mostly on rock climbs like the East Ridge of Forbidden, Acid Baby on Aasgard Sentinel, the full Liberty Traverse at Washington Pass, and Thin Red Line on Liberty Bell. I have quite a bit of hiking and backpacking experience including some 25+ mile days. I have done a few mellower snow climbs, the Cascadian Couloir and the South Spur on Adams, along with soke approaches involving a bit of snow. And I've been skiing for long enough to have decent cold weather layering knowledge and to know how awesome snow covered mountains look. So there you have it. I am always beyond stoked to go be in the mountains, and taking things more alpine seems like the next step. Up until here, I have figured a lot of things out on my own, but avalanches, bad weather, cravasses, and moving quickly through all the terrain that alpine and winter climbing will throw at you are things that I certainly have no intent to jump into without someone to show me the way. I would love to go out ice climbing and tackle some winter objectives with someone that knows what they are doing. I can generally take care of myself, I learn fast, and can carry my own weight, so let me know if you want to drag some fresh meat along for some adventurous winter sufferfests or big alpine objectives. I know a lot of you on here have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and stories you could pass on, and it would mean the world to me if any of you were willing to do that. If you have made it this far, thanks for reading and I hope to see you out there! - Tavish
  4. Climbs on Whitehorse

    I mean who else doesn't stare longingly at pictures of mountains when its raining and there's nothing else to do..? Anyways, I've been staring at pictures of Whitehorse, and it seems like it could have a ton of room for long rock routes, and even if the rock is total crap, longer harder winter routes than the standard ones on the west, southwest, and east faces of it. There are some pretty proud looking lines, and the view you get of it from a long stretch of I5 is nothing short of inspiring. The approach to the south and east faces looks like no joke, but that doesn't usually seem to stop the harder few out there. Anyone know of a history of harder climbing on Whitehorse? Or what the rock up there is like?
  5. Alright guys and girls, I have two and a half weeks before I get stuck in a shoebox sized dorm room for the rest of the year, and I want to try to make the most of that. So, I have lots of gear, lots of stoke, a million wishlist destinations for an epic climbing roadtrip, and lots of gas money. But what I dont have is a car or a partner. I enjoy easy, relaxed alpine romps to projecting 5.12 trad and sport, and everything in between. I've got from this Friday (the 7th) until Wednesday the 19th, which could mean 13 epic days of adventures and good times, wherever we decide the winds will take us. Is anyone down? Alternatively, if you are driving from the Seattle area down to Smith or Bend any time in the next week or so and have an extra seat, I'd happily pay a big chunk of the gas money in exchange for a ride.
  6. sold! Offset Aliens

    I'll take all three of them. Ill PM you a phone number.
  7. [TR] Enchantments - 7 Bulgers in a day 07/14/2018

    Dang, no responses on the fastest Bulger C2C. That would make for some cool friendly competition.
  8. Does anyone know if this has been climbed?

    @bedellympian I was bored on a hot day and hiked up to the base with a big zoom lens, and there were no remnants of any kind that I could see. It is fairly solid looking granite though, besides the huge scar.
  9. For location reference, that's the Index General Store in the second picture.
  10. Sahale, Hidden Lakes or Vesper

    Nobody has said anything about Vesper! Vesper Peak is without a doubt my favorite hike in the Cascades, and it blows my mind how little known it is compared to a lot of other hikes (not that I'm complaining). It is fairly short considering how high you get (7.5 miles round trip), and the hike has very distinct sections so it is really just never boring. And man, it is so beautiful! Only a mile and a half from the trailhead you are already in a huge, beautiful alpine basin. There is about 400 feet of ridiculously solid and just pure fun granite slab scrambling to the top, and there is a gorgeous campsite right before you start the scramble if you wanted to do it as an overnight. You could probably keep this as low as class 2 if you really tried, but it is such solid, amazing rock that I was zigzagging all over little knob studded low fifth class steps just to make things fun. It is shorter than anything I would do as an overnight, but its really not to be missed.
  11. A friend dropped a women's Tiva sandal between Cosho Camp and Junction Camp on the Fisher Creek trail (between Easy Pass and Thunder Creek in the North) Cascades. Turquoise and pink retro pattern on the straps. We were backpacking but saw some people on their way in to Logan so I thought I'd post here.
  12. Leavenworth bouldering in Late June?

    It will definitely be really hot. Night bouldering would probably be the way to go if you want to send anything. Highs easily in the 80s and 90s, and generally a few degrees cooler if you go further up the Icicle. I was there two weekends ago and was greasing off of all the V3s I could find in humid 75-80 degree weather, which was a slap in the face after sending V8s all winter... It is definitely more climbable if the weather is hot but dry which is more likely but it can get pretty humid sometimes too. Leavenworth Mountain Sports is where people rent pads from, and I think its pretty affordable.
  13. Lots of hikers

    Start world war three, end it with nuclear holocaust, no more crowding on the trails, and no more government that funds military instead of conservation! Seems flawless
  14. Lots of hikers

    Seriously, the shit we could do if we dropped a few less bombs...
  15. This place is like Monte Cristo

    @Z-Man @JasonG Mountain Project and Facebook groups seem to be where 90% of partner finding goes on besides people you know or hookups from people you know. @olyclimber I only call it that because it certainly is more infamous for trolling and pointless name calling over ethics debates than any social media platform, but that's sort of the nature of forums. I had browsed on here a few times before the new updates and everything seems so much smoother, so I'm sure that will bring at least a few people back. The only problem I have so far is the new color, but I dislike orange more than most people so whatever 🙄
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