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  1. White River Road typically does not open until Memorial Day WE, so that will add ~ 11 miles to the approach round trip. Biking that section speeds things up a bit. I would personally wait for the first good weather window after the road opens.
  2. Great photos! Of the half-dozen or so routes that I've done on Hood, RGH ranks as my favorite!
  3. You presented some seriously bad information in your blog post, just straight up wrong. You should not be giving any kind of advice on climbing. Guides were snapping at you because you were doing something stupid. I also take umbrage of your description of guides. The guides I know want to give their guests the best possible experience, not just take their guests' money. "Another significant reason I would not do it guided is that their priority is not to get you to the summit safely. ... if a guide happens to be doing multiple trips in a season, their priority may be to get their next group started and your trip over with. Meaning they need to get your team off of the mountain so that they can start their next group of clients and take their money."
  4. Using a foil windscreen and a water bath work pretty well for extending the season of my Pocket Rocket.
  5. DPS

    Mt Borah in late Fall?

    Hi Dane! I am in Boise now and I have been trying to find out the same thing. There is very little information avaliable on alpine climbing in Idaho, especially in the winter. I have been chatting with a guy who has climbed it fall/winter, and aparently avalaches are a big concern, but if conditions are safe then the face should go. If you are looking for a partner hit me up. I am gainfully unemployed and have a flexible schedule. Dan
  6. I was expecting to see some junk in the van, not HIS junk.
  7. I remember when the Boat Launch wall was retrobolted in the early 90's, replacing the old 1/4" bolts with 3/8" bolts. Were additional bolts added or the 25+ year old bolts replaced?
  8. Is that a 30 Rock reference? I just finished binge watching the entire 7 seasons before I go back to work.
  9. I think I saw this guy walking down the Apron 30 feet to the right of Banana Peel.
  10. I used to bus commute across the I-90 bridge and every time my wrists would hurt while in the Mt. Baker tunnel. Turns out I had a case of carpool tunnel syndrome.
  11. https://www.climbing.com/people/drew-ruana-theres-no-reason-to-climb-if-it-makes-you-sad/?fbclid=IwAR3KHP7tjldwYHWSYAHlslP-KgVtw-xXPm3R4KDyFD4I0Q4hMNHT5u-NHH8
  12. That is a MONGO trip report. I feel like I climbed the route now. Nice work on the climb and thanks for keeping us arm chair alpinists entertained!
  13. DPS

    Alpine BUCKS

    Now that you mention it I don't recall seeing many, if any, deer in the high country.
  14. I'll never give up my hexes, but I have some Tricams that I would be happy to unload. I have pink, red, and brown available. I've carried them a few times but only placed each one maybe once or twice. The slings are in good shape and they have been stored in a sealed plastic bin. Email daniel-p-smith@hotmail.com if interested.
  15. Flipping channels the other day and caught a really bad movie set in an exotic mountain range with what was clearly Mt. Shuksan in the background.
  16. Hah, I see the Fish duffle bag I sold to mthorman a few years ago! Nice to see its return to Alaska!
  17. I agree with the above comments, the section below the false summit is steep and a fall would be bad, so here is a thought. Go late season (August - September) after the snow has melted out. Rather than take the Cascadian Couloir, hike past the turn off and continue east on the Ingalls Creek trail and take a path that climbs the ridge between the Cascade Couloir and Sherpa Basin. The trail is much better than CC. You can cut back west once above the the nasty scree and sand in a decent talus field below the false summit.
  18. I was running up Mt. Si once and saw guy with a plastic lawn chair strapped to his back with ~9 y.o. kid sitting in it.
  19. You missed the sit start from the Ruth Glacier.
  20. Are you asking for training advice? Plenty of blogs and resources on the web that can help. Here is a link to my personal trainer's website: http://www.bodyresults.com/mountaineering-training.asp I would say that on the C-D you will need to carry that 40 pound pack from the trailhead to the Hogsback camp, a distance of ~4 miles and 3,000 ft elevation gain. The next day is another few miles and 4,000+ ft elevation gain, so maybe take that into consideration. This page has some metrics that seem about right. http://www.fitclimb.com/page/mt-baker-conditioning
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