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  1. Anybody got a hut trip to the Great White North in the works? Here are views high above the Stanley Mitchell hut a few years ago.
  2. And feel free to ping @olyclimber if you are having trouble with your login.
  3. That is super cool! This forum probably gets the most traffic, but I could also see it in the rock climbing or Alaska sections. I confess I've never heard of this area, will look it up!
  4. Thanks for the kind words @olyclimber! I am good putting the funds wherever you feel the greatest needs are. This is definitely a fun community to be a part of and I am glad to help!
  5. Yes to keeping it easy with day hikes and car camping until they can carry some of their own stuff and walk five miles or more with some gain (usually age 4-6). No need to torture yourself or family in the name of trying to impress people with what you are doing with little kids. These tough days will pass. I will say it is all about working up to harder things with your kids, year by year, incrementally. That way they may still enjoy it once they get to be teenagers. It is really fun if they do!
  6. That's a tough stage for getting out with a wee one. When our kids were that age I guess we never really found other families to go outside with at and just did as you're doing, for all the same reasons. Now we have a couple families that we've found, but our kids are in jr. high and high school so it is totally different than those early years. BUT, I'm sure that there are families out there who want to do what you are doing! We just couldn't find them up in the Skagit. I'm sure they exist in the Seattle area, and you may find them right here. I know, not super helpful, but it gets easier each year, and suddenly you will find yourself not being able to catch them on the trail. It is weird how fast a dozen years go with kids. But, as they say, the years go fast and the days go so slow. " Family fun", circa 2010: Eleven years later.... Family FUN: Hang in there @OlympicMtnBoy!
  7. OK, the big winners are @Sir Crikalot @bellows and my sister! I will be in touch with details on payment and delivery. Thanks everyone, we've raised significant funds for the site!!
  8. Well, that sounds quite rough. I think a year is probably realistic, unfortunately. But at least you have a supportive wife and young kids to keep you entertained during rehab! Hang in there and keep us updated!
  9. JasonG


    It's so true. His "Range of Glaciers" is an impressive historical tome. My anthropologist boss came to me some time ago and asked if I'd heard of this Fred Beckey guy. She was very impressed with his historical research (this is her life's work) and knew how hard-won that book was. She had no idea of his climbing accomplishments. I told her he was the "Michael Jordan" of climbing and that all of us climbers knew of him and his many legendary exploits. "Yeah? Well MJ didn't do groundbreaking historical work on the side." Fred was truly a remarkable man.
  10. TODAY is your last day to bid on the images!
  11. I am medium salty, nearing 50. You'll probably heal a lot faster than a lot of us older dogs. I am still recovering from shattering my thumb last year and I think "hang in there" about sums it up. That, and don't stop the PT! Not a lot of good that can be said for recovering from a big injury. I will say that being laid up is a good reminder that a well-rounded life has its benefits. Other hobbies, friends, and family often get pushed aside for climbing, and now is the time to rectify some of that deficit.
  12. I'm done! I guess I won't be able to keep the Bulgers at Bay any longer. And yes, you most certainly need to go up there @geosean!
  13. @dberdinka is our resident cornice slayer.
  14. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/barron-ghost-town It is along the route that was originally scoped for the North Cascades Highway (up Canyon and Slate Creeks and over Hart's pass). But that way wasn't deemed scenic enough and so it went over WA pass. Fred was definitely upset at the route 20 took and wrote about it. It would have been way cool to climb up there without the highway. And yes, our house has cleaned up a lot since that photo was taken!
  15. Yes! We will roll out a fresh red carpet up here in the Skag for all you fine cultured folk.
  16. Sure thing, let's end it at midnight 1/23/23, just to give people something to do on a Monday. Will edit original post to reflect this. Break open that piggy bank!!
  17. Not this month, but I'll be ready next time to host y'all up here!
  18. Speaking of little people.... Luna Peak sunrise.
  19. JasonG


    Back in 2015 I spent some time helping him with the Green update, and one time we met at the Porterhouse here in MV (photo above). I really should have saved his VMs! I still have his number in my home phone so I could screen his calls. 😅 What a character.
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    What a run he had.....
  21. My opinion is that the volcanoes aren't the place for unguided out-of-towners to learn about steep snow travel and ice axe/crampon use. And agreed that the weather in May is likely to be rough. Between now and then you'll want to practice ice axe arrest and crampon technique on steep snow slope with a good run out. And get some boots and break them in. Something like this works pretty well for 3 season use in the Cascades (but make sure the La Sportiva last fits your foot. There are other boots that will be better for wider feet): https://www.lasportivausa.com/trango-tech-leather-gtx.html
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