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Everything posted by JasonG

  1. Best Ridge walks in Washington

    Oooooooh, thanks for jogging my memory. The Brothers traverse is quite good and not really worse than 4th class (although I think we did some running belays). No permit shenanigans either as @rat points out. And yes, you could easily spend a few days scrambling peaks in the Goat Rocks- Gilbert, Ives, Old Snowy. Or you could traverse the Tatoosh peaks in MRNP and admire the mountain you just climbed?
  2. Best Ridge walks in Washington

    I don't think there are many (any?) moderately technical ridges like that in WA. Here are a few options though: West ridge of North Twin Sister? Regular route on Tomyhoi? West Ridge of Columbia? I'm biased, of course, but I think you should spend most of your extra 4 days climbing Jacob's Ladder on Mt. Prophet.
  3. Trip: Mount Curtis Gilbert - West Route Trip Date: 07/11/2020 Trip Report: The catch up from last summer continues.....We're in early July at this point. Most all the federal lands are back open, the snow is melting fast, and the high alpine is calling! And, of course, there are still Smoots to be ticked. Luckily for me @Juan Sharp isn't too picky so it didn't take much arm twisting to get him to make the drive way south to the Goat Rocks and Mount Curtis Gilbert. We opted for the short and sweet approach via the Snowgrass Flats TH, thence to the PCT and Cispus Basin. It was all very short and civilized with great weather and views. First look of Gilbert (R) and Goat Citadel (center) Klickitat from the hike in Juan crossing a scenic stream just before Cispus Basin The man, the myth, the Juan at camp. The blown out hulk of Loowit to the south (R). We kept it Covid friendly and slept in two tents. Shortly after I took this picture, I busted the filter and ring on my go-to lens. Oops. Both my lens, and wrist, though unrelated to one another. The next day dawned clear, earlier than either of us would have liked, and so we had no excuse to stay in camp, starting the engaging slog/scramble using goat paths and steep snow to the mellow area near the summit. Crampons, axe, and helmet kept it reasonable, but there was certainly a lot of loose rock and steep snow to keep your attention. And the views! A rare photo of me (R), thanks Juan! Without too much trouble or head scratching we reached the summit in a few hours, having it to ourselves this glorious day. Views were expansive, from well north of Tahoma way down past Wy'east into central Oregon. It was a great day to tick a Smoot with a good friend. I can't really say much more. Maybe because it was 6 months ago and my memory isn't what is used to be! We must have descended and hiked out at some point, but my memory of the details are hazy. Suffice to say that it was smooth and we got home all in one piece. Another great weekend in the Cascades! Gear Notes: crampons, axe, helmet Approach Notes: PCT to Cispus basin. Good camps above and below the trail
  4. Better PNW weather forecasting

    Yeah, 12, 4, and 4/3 refer to the grid cell size (how long on a side the squares for model output). So you hit it right, less detail as you increase grid size. And yes, for whatever reason, they don't run the 4/3 as far out, maybe due to computing limitations?
  5. Better PNW weather forecasting

    Thanks @bedellympian!! This looks to be another good tool. Right now I am just using the loops of column integrated cloud water and the 1 hr. precip on the 4km grids
  6. Better PNW weather forecasting

    I haven't used those yet off the atmos site. I will have to spend more time with your x axis description. So.....it is for a 36 hour window?
  7. Need a new camera

    Hahaha. Because I am not into it as much as you are. Sorry for the confusion. Carry on with your quest.
  8. Need a new camera

    Exactly, which is what I want. The Sony RX100 Mk II is 28mm, at its widest, which isn't wide enough for me
  9. Need a new camera

    No. 28mm isn't wide enough for my tastes climbing. Would be interested in Mk III or IV
  10. Need a new camera

    I was hoping that they would have come way down in price by now, at least for the Mk III. But no.....
  11. Need a new camera

    I wish I could convince the finance minister to get a new RX100.... but probably won't happen.
  12. Need a new camera

    I have a P&S (Canon S120, which has been replaced with the G5X) case on my shoulder harness of my backpack for routes where my DSLR gets in the way (so, mid fifth and up at my choss pup ability). I use a velcro strap to wrap tightly around shoulder strap, then use case attached to that (something simple like this). Wrist laynard on camera is clipped to sway straps at top of shoulder strap with non-climbing biner to keep me from dropping it. Will work in rain and brush no problem, though in car wash situations I will put it inside my pack since I am not taking photos anyways. Never destroyed a camera in the Cascades, which I often marvel at, esp. given the terrain and weather. I am careful not to ever drop them though.
  13. wanted to buy WTB - Alpinist #0

    What is the going rate for that one? I keep wondering if I'm going to be able to retire on my complete collection one of these days.
  14. [TR] Mt. Shasta - Casaval Ridge 01/08/2021

    Thanks for the report and glad you guys made safe decisions for your team!
  15. idea MYOG - Gear mod's and personal creations.

    OR used to make pretty sweet insulated sleeves for 0.5 and 1L water bottles. It looks like they don't any longer, at least for the 0.5l size? I find that is a nice size to keep on your pack waist strap in really cold conditions, with the rest of your fluids in your pack.
  16. Trip: Mount Ann - The path of powder, part deux Trip Date: 12/28/2020 Trip Report: Well, @Alisse is right. We need more ski TRs! Or at least more pretty pictures of snowy mountains. Which is what this is, more or less. It was a typical day for @Trent ,@kmfoerster, and I in the Baker backcountry so not much to report other than good snow, great company, and a fun day out and about. After a couple laps on the north side of Ann my legs were tired on the grind out of Swift Creek, but that isn't new. Hoping the freezing level comes down and the skies clear after all this weather! Gear Notes: Skis people (or a splitboard if you are slow, like me)! I saw snowshoe tracks further down Swift Creek than I ever had before. What is wrong with people??!! Approach Notes: Follow the skin track
  17. Major Junkshow reporting for duty, sir!
  18. WA Ice Conditions 2020-21

    Thanks for the detail. I thought that they couldn't close it off if you weren't buying a ticket, but I understand the uphill travel analogy. I'm sure that they would make the argument that it is impacting safety or something like that. Still though, it is sort of fun to tweak Duncan now and again. Just to feel alive.
  19. I have a Jamis Expat with disc brakes but no suspension. Maybe rim brakes are OK, but you drop a few thousand feet down a steep, bumpy, dirt road? It felt just barely OK on my bike, while my partners were loving it on their mountain bikes.
  20. Trip: Mount Jupiter - East Ridge (standard) Trip Date: 05/08/2020 Trip Report: My trip down 2020 memory lane continues! We've moved up to May now. The pandemic is still slowing unfolding but people are going back to work and the lockdowns are easing. Public land is open in some instances (Olympic National Forest) but closed in other (MBSNF, national parks, etc.). Your friends were likely in two camps- those still locked down and those that were straining for the freedom of the hills. Quietly, I rallied @therunningdog and @Trent, two of the chossdawgs who were straining at their tethers. It didn't take much cajoling to convince them to launch across the sound for a quick strike to the east side of the Peninsula. Growing up around Seattle you can't ignore ol' Jupe, it is right there on the Olympic skyline, standing proud at sunset like an Olympic version of Mt. Pilchuck. Jupiter is small, beautifully shaped, and larger looking than it really is, sitting at the edge of the range like it does. We were all smitten, or at least mildly interested. Beggers can't be choosers! The Brothers (L) and Jupiter (R) from the Edmonds Kingston ferry We drove up to the trailhead from the ferry the night before, finding an excellent spot to throw down our gear in the dirt for the night The next morning dawned clear and crisp and we climbed on the bikes for the punishing grind up to the normal TH. Recent logging has made this section view rich, but also has meant that the public is no longer allowed to drive the few thousand vert to the proper trailhead (which has been logged over anyways). We opted to take the road a bit further to the ridge crest then go cross country to the trail. It might not have saved much on the way up but meant for a longer descent on the bikes. And so we began the long hike to the summit. A former lookout site, Jupiter has a well graded trail all 7 miles to the summit. It was just what we needed after many weeks of limited mountain access. Steve hiking the scenic trail with the Brothers beyond Another great look at the Brothers It was a glorious day with 360 views of the Olympics, Puget lowlands and Cascades. You could easily see from Canada to well south of Rainier! A long break was called and observed with some well earned R&R. Way sooner than we would have liked (we had a ferry to catch) we began the descent back to the bikes. We hadn't seen anyone all day and that theme continued on the exit. I think many are scared off by the long distances involved in doing this in a day, but bikes make is quite reasonable with a trailhead bivy. Just make sure you have disc brakes and suspension! It was an adventure on my bike.... This view is just leaving the summit, looking down the ridge that is ascended. The trail roughly follows the ridge east, all the way to the clear cut in the distance. From there bikes will take you steeply down to your car deep down in the trees. Now, when I watch the sunset from the park by my parents house, I can look Jupiter in the eye and tip my hat to a fine peak. And to the memories of a perfect day in the alpine with good friends. May is coming soon, best be ready! Gear Notes: bikes are key since the road is gated low these days. Approach Notes: Follow the descriptions and drive as far up the road as you can
  21. Thanks for the reminder to post up some ski TRs @Alisse! And I think we must have been close to crossing paths that morning on the way out of the lot.
  22. WA Ice Conditions 2020-21

    What does the USFS say about the matter, considering that they're the landowner? I'm not aware that the ski area's permit conditions have recently been revised, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!
  23. Trip: Mount Baring - Standard Trip Date: 12/05/2020 Trip Report: With ski conditions a bit less than ideal this weekend, @cfire and @Kit decided to go Smooting, naturally. I had climbed Baring a couple times before, but none more recently than about 18 years ago so it was time to head back! In the intervening years the climber's path has become a highway, making for easy (albeit steep) travel below the snowline. Once we got to the snow we traded trailbreaking duties within our party and a couple other guys on the mountain that day. The shared effort made for a quick ascent, only about 3.5 hours from the cars. Perfect for the short days of late fall! It was a bit breezy up around the summit but we found a sheltered nook to take our well earned lunch. Kit shared some home baked cookies, I shared a bit of chocolate, and @cfire helped us wash it all down with some Maker's. Quite Civilized! The descent down the steep forest, however, felt somewhat barbaric on our middle aged knees (Team combined age of nearly 150 ). No matter, we had smoked salmon and beer at the car to gentrify our exit from the wilderness. Good people watching at the Barclay lake Trailhead, after our ~7 hour romp in the alpine! You know how much fun this is! Index and Persis Steep snow out of the notch Topping out The south Peak of Baring Index and the Olympics The horn of Kaleetan marks the Snoqualmie pass peaks Heading back to the notch Gunn More fun! Kit's boots were making his knees feel good in comparison. Late afternoon light on Baring Gear Notes: Sigh....snowshoes. Ski poles were handy as was an ice axe for the final bit out of notch (though you could get by probably without it) Approach Notes: Lots of gpx tracks on the interweb. Go a bit behind the outhouse at the Barclay lake TH and look for start of climber's path in a small stream gully.
  24. Can you identify this mountain?

    Excellent @bellows, thanks! Glad to see us old folks can still play the game.
  25. for sale Bibler I Tent

    Wait. @Beer, @whiskey .....Where is the Wine?