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Nolan E Arson

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  1. Beta on Hood south side/old chute

    Did a quick lap up this week (July 22). The bergshrund is quite open, as one would expect this late in the season, but easy to end run to climber’s right. Both left and right gates are pretty crappy. Expect a steepish mix of hard ice, shitty soft late season snow, and flowing water. Lots of gravel and small rocks litter the surface. You would not want to linger here. I didn’t see the Old Chute or Mazama Chutes up close.
  2. Looking for partners (cragging, alpine climbing, ski)

    Negative. The list of open state day use park areas is pretty short. “High-density parks on the north coast, the Columbia Gorge, boat accesses to the John Day and Deschutes Rivers, and places like Smith Rock in Central Oregon will likely be among the last to return to limited service, and no dates for state parks in those regions have been announced.” https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_featureArticle&articleId=279
  3. Denali Winter show on Youtube live

    Mr K has another live youtube show today. Coming up soon. Wasn’t sure if the man himself was going to post it here, but the time is nigh, so... The Denali show last week was great! Lots of laughs, lots of good info.
  4. Denali Winter show on Youtube live

    I had to double take as well! Pretty awesome. Welcome, Andy. Your articles are a great resource, and very entertaining to boot. Your books are invaluable. Can’t wait for Down. I’m also really enjoying your podcast—don’t stop rambling!
  5. Denali Winter show on Youtube live

    Thanks Andy. Looking forward to it.
  6. Congratulations! Just reading this was a fantastic experience. Sincere thanks for sharing—and for all the time and effort you obviously invested in this write-up. Your pictures, and your detailed personal experiences of the climbing really bring the challenges of the route, its history, and the whole of the place itself to life.
  7. Nice! Looks sweet! Great to see something new, something to keep the fires stoked. Although I gotta say, in this weird and claustrophobic time it’s a hell of a goddamn tease. Thanks for pulling one out of the stash.
  8. [TR] Mt. Hood - Yocum Ridge Solo 03/21/2020

    Fuck yes! Your trips are setting a new standard on Hood. Serious congratulations.
  9. [TR] Mt Hood - Sunshine from Timberline 03/19/2020

    Good job. I’m with you—everything on Hood is approachable from Timberline.
  10. [TR] Mt Hood - Yocum Ridge 03/12/2020

    Nice work! Love your descriptive write-up. Extra props for the Nietzsche. Haven’t got Yocum under my belt yet, but I’m intimately acquainted with that feeling that lingers after spending a long time in a sea of no fall terrain, connecting insecure move after insecure move... at some point you start to feel the abyss eyeing you back. Thanks!
  11. [TR] Mt Hood - Yocum Ridge 03/08/2020

    Strong work Matt and Noah! A serious accomplishment. Intimidating pictures! Bold and heady climbing, and creative problem solving. Thanks for sharing! A shot of you guys as ants on the first gendarme. Goddamn that’s a lot of complicated terrain!
  12. Wow, fantastic work! Hope you have a speedy and uncomplicated recovery. Thanks for the compelling write-up and thoughtful analysis in your blog post too. There are a few take-away lessons for me, and I appreciate the opportunity to reflect.
  13. Incredible TR. Like settling deep into a freshly arrived Alpinist issue. But better! Thanks for sharing!
  14. Thanks for the write up, Matt! Dead accurate approach beta. It was awesome to run into you, Bob. Thanks for the pics! It was great fun to eyeball a line and just give it a go. It’s definitely weird that this gets zero traffic. Guidebook blinder syndrome? When we finally get ice on the kitchen steeps, I’m definitely in for another lap. Couple more pics: Matt about to leave the ice climbing and re-enter the swim zone And Bob at the top of the vertical rime step
  15. [TR] Mt Hood - Reid Glacier Headwall 02/12/2020

    Nice work! And good pics. That wind was brisk until about halfway up! Made for tricky layer management—and fewer pics than I would have liked. Fine day out though—solid conditions made for really enjoyable climbing. It was nice running into you up there. A couple pics of you heading into the runnel, and one more of you in the upper chamber:
  16. Climbing Mount Rainier Guide

    Tons of good info—for both newbs and for the experienced. This was where I went for info my first time on Rainier. Thanks!
  17. Climbing Mount Rainier Guide

    Agree that 40-60 lbs is a lot... beer weight?
  18. Climbing Mount Rainier Guide

  19. [TR] Eldorado Peak - NW Ice Couloir 11/06/2019

    Climbed it last Sunday (11.10), and there were two teams behind us. Another team was rumored to have bailed on the approach; and heading down across the toe of the E Ridge we spoke with a party of two planning to climb the couloir the next day. I was very glad we were first to the route. Indeed there is a lot of shelling from just one’s partner—let alone from multiple teams above—and debris accelerates pretty fast in there! I imagine that the fun cruxes, and easy but quite run-out snice sections would have been less fun to lead while being pelted constantly by the little stuff, and while the bigger stuff hums eerily past your head. We tried to be gentle, but obviously there’s not much to be done. Beautiful climb in an absolutely perfect alpine setting. I feel lucky to have had the chance to climb it, and I’ll definitely join the chorus and say that it’s one of my favorite climbs ever.
  20. current song in your head

  21. for sale Price Drop! La Sportiva G2 SM—New! size 44.0

    Bump Still got ‘em. Brand new. Drop to $500
  22. My feet disappointed me big time. I really wanted them to fit these awesome boots. No such luck. Never worn, only tried on indoors. $675 email or text me nolanearson@gmail.com 503-867-6139
  23. [TR] Mt. Hood - Infinity Loop 06/21/2019

    This is fantastic—nice work!
  24. Climber killed, others injured at Thumb Rock

    Shit. More bad news
  25. Alpine Mentors Videos

    Good stuff—thanks!