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  1. Climbing this spring (and maybe summer)

    Think that has branched off to other parts of the country. My seminar was scheduled for May 24th. The svc I was going up Rainier with canned all climbs from June 3rd back with optimism that they may be back out there on June 4th.
  2. Climbing this spring (and maybe summer)

    I was speaking in terms of here in the Northeast. I am a trail maintainer.
  3. Climbing this spring (and maybe summer)

    My Rainier climb/seminar late May(24th-30th)got cancelled and I'm not even mad. I feel bad for the small businesses taking a hit and those who actually catch the virus. Mountain will always be there. Rainier will just get pushed back to 2021 then barring any "hiccups" I will be on Kahiltna glacier 2022. Here in the northeast they even closed the trails for backpacking. Dayhiking only.
  4. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    I just realized Wild Things doesnt make the stuff they once did. I had a make your own design awhile back from them. Sheesh I am way out of touch.
  5. So, I am looking for a synthetic belay jacket. It will only get used on climbs so I dont want to go bonkers buying a $600+ parka. The price premium isn't justified for me for the amount of use it will see. My upper layers consist of SW NTS 250 1/4 zip, Arc Fortrez hoody, Arc Proton Ar(hooded,) Arc Alpha SV if that matters. (I like deadbird stuff, it just fits me.) ....when combined this system is very warm to say the least and even in -20s here in Rocksylvania I rarely use this combo unless stagnant. I looked at the Arc Dually but kinda hard swallowing the price tag on it. Im considering the BD Stance... Any other suggestions out there on a synthetic parka that will do the job and not break the bank? I just dont see the sense in going nuts on this item being the limited use it will see. I just want something that works. I prefer synthetic on this layer but am open to down. I may also just rent. As always thanks in advance.
  6. question Grivel Easy Slider

    Found a feed from a bit back lol. Guess Im not the only one.
  7. question Grivel Easy Slider

    Anyone here have a Grivel ice axe with an easy slider on it? If so is your slider like super easy to bump out of position while "locked" towards the top of your axe? When I have mine up top if I breath on it wrong it falls down the shaft. This seems like it would be really annoying on lower angle terrain where you want it out of the way. I tried looking for a US support link for Grivel to bug them and nodda. So I came up with a temp solution with some shock cord I had laying around, running it through the loop where the leash attaches to the slider, and when I want the slider in the top position I loop it around adze as seen in the photos below. Is it supposed to slide that easy? I mean yeah I get "Easy Slider" but this seems a bit overboard. Are there any cons you can foresee in regards to my solution? Only other option I can see is to remove it all together and run the leash through the biner cutout in the pick/down around the handle as many do with a standard leash.
  8. question Ice Axe transportation

    Thanks for that suggestion MtnBoy. I could see that working as well.
  9. question Ice Axe transportation

    Hey folks. Time for me to drive you all batty with my overly inquisitive self again. So, I have decided to take a train from Pa. to Washington for my Rainier experience. I think the scenery along the way will be awesome. Any suggestions or tricks you all have on how to protect the pick, adze, and spike from gnawing on my other gear while on this multiple 1000 mile foray into the the PNW while in my duffle? Im using a Cassin crampon pouch bag thingamabobber for my spikes. As always thanks in advance.
  10. question Ice Axe transportation

    I appreciate the input. Cardboard it is.
  11. question Ice Axe transportation

    Thanks man. A lot of this is foriegn to me and I hate feeling like a pain in the ass with all of the questions but really not anyone else to ask.
  12. question Ice Axe transportation

    I was looking at the Grivel protectors but was leery because they dont actually cover the teeth on the pick. This may be a non-issue being I just dont know any better and too much assumption on my end and always analyzing things from worse case potential. I was thinking of possibly using foam pipe insulation that is used for HVAC. Feel free to tell me I am over thinking this at any time lol.
  13. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    Ive seen good feedback on the Perch and it has been one of 3 that I am considering. Not familiar with the Chaos so thanks for the mention. Will definitely check it out.
  14. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    We have the same thing here with REI. A lot is more geared towards the urban commuter. I rarely go there unless I need someting in a pinch.
  15. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    We dont have much here outside of REI for outdoor gear. I cant even look at a pair of mountaineering boots unless I make a 4hr drive. Sucks.
  16. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    I figured as much. I didnt think there were many fixed lines on the DC. So, justified to bring in your opinion or more of a burden due to the weight? I figured I can also use a prusik to hang my bear bag somewhere on route not so much for bears but for penguins and rogue Sleestaks.
  17. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    Lmao. Only a few now. I kept the shortest ones. ...bet you wont be laughing when you see me coming thru the snowfield looking like the 2nd coming of Grandma Gatewood.
  18. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    DPS, on the "required list" of items for the Muir seminar thru RMI they actually require a lightweight insulation layer and then a midweight. Thats where the Fortrez and Proton come in on my end. They are kinda forcing me to tote both up the ridge. Scroll down on the link and you will see what I mean. https://www.rmiguides.com/mt-rainier/camp-muir-seminar/equipment I have an ascender. Can someone point me out to the pros of bringing one on a climb like this? Just trying to justify having it hanging from my harness.
  19. Mid/late June footwear

    I always fit any footwear I purchase towards the end of the day when I have been on my feet all day to compensate for foot swelling. Seen too many make the mistake of not doing so then get out on trail, feet swell, and they are miserable. Length is another animal. If the boot is too short its too short. I also have diff volume of SF insoles. I have the carbons, blues, and Trailblazers which are equivalent of the greens volume wise. My Danner Mountain Light 2s are sz 11.5 and I run the carbons in them. My Lights(cordura side panels) are a sz12 and I run the trailblazers in them. Both are a 650 last if I remember right but the ML 2s seem to be a longer more slender fit. The ML2s are an EE and they still seem narrower than the standard width Lights. ...I use the Blues in my Baffin Borealis(winter dbl backpacking boot) and in my Garmont Dragontails. Volume can be worked with sometimes. ...notice I said "sometimes."
  20. Mid/late June footwear

    So figured I would throw out another question for you all. I have settled on a 6 day seminar on Rainier with RMI due to my actually getting something from it from a learning perspective outside of just tromping up the ridge. Most likely am gonna try to get as late a June date as possible when dates are released in September 2019. Options are May, June, and September. Ive been reading various feeds about footwear and so many have said use doubles but I have used singles in some cold weather here in the NE with vbl liners and a sock system. I know the pro to doubles is bring the liners in with ya at night for obvious reasons. I do this with my Baffin Borealis boots which I snowshoe in. I just replaced my old worn out La Sportivas with the 2019 Cube which is pretty much just a cosmetic update from the previous variation for the most part. ....oh and a bump in msrp lol. So my question. Are vbl liners ever used out that way to alleviate sweat build up in singles in the seasons outside of July/Aug(peak.) Do you feel that my approach makes sense? Im carrying over a little of my deep winter backpacking/snowshoeing experience to this endeavor. Im not a fan of doubles but feel they have their purpose when warranted. Just not sure this really is one. I have a pair of Lenz socks in a pinch that I use when windchills hit -20°f out this way or colder. Not sure they would make much sense out there. Thanks for any feedback in advance. (Attached the setup as far as boots and crampons go for Rainier) ....at least what I am intending on using. So, does the vbl make sense with a single boot for June? Or am I looking at doubles?
  21. Mid/late June footwear

    Same, toe bang is bad juju.
  22. question Synthetic Belay Jacket Parka thingamabobber

    The Proton AR is much warmer than the Fortrez. The Fortrez is basically a hardface fleece with a built in buff. I just get worried about how stringent the guides will be during gear check. Ive heard some horror stories lol. I cant see my combining the Fortrez and Proton on a climb unless I want to drop 40lbs in water weight on the uphill slog via sweat and sweating is the last thing ya want in any cold environment as I am sure doesnt need to be said. I figured that the Fortrez with the 250wt baselayer would be more than adequate in most scenarios at the beginning of the climb and can adjust as needed. RMI has a "required" list of items and I have heard of folks being told if you dont have a specific item some guides will say you either buy it, rent it, or you dont go. I have technical ss shirts, etc. My wife tells me all the time that my man cave looks like a REI sales floor. Ive accumulated a lot of gear over the years to say the least lol. In all honesty I just want this to go smoothly and not catch static from a guide with my gear choices.
  23. Mid/late June footwear

    I agree 100%.
  24. Mid/late June footwear

  25. So, Ive been a backpacker the majority of my life with some climbing many years ago. In the process of upgrading my kit and am on the hunt for a new pack. I have been an Osprey die hard for years. Their pack geometry fits me. I also own many packs but I see the sense in a streamlined pack for above treeline endeavors. I actually tested a few pre production models for them before they hit the shelves over the years I like that you can really strip the Aether pro(top lid/flap, removable side pockets....) But the HMG is stripped from the gate and everything I have seen on the HMG is solid. Plus its waterproof so... My thought is the Aether Pro may be a bit more usable being I can also use it for backpacking being it has "some" features and not just an alpine pack. I have held the Pro, tried it on, blah blah blah. Nowhere near me to see the HMG pack. I also know that the back panel on the HMG isnt very breathable from all accounts which makes sense looking at the design Any thoughts here from real world use between the 2?