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Everything posted by dbconlin

  1. for sale Approach ski setup

  2. for sale Approach ski setup

    For sale: $200 obo Approach ski setup Silvretta 500 "easy go" bindings Volkl mountain skis, 158cm These bindings are the only AT/randonee binding I am aware of that accept mountaineering boots. Ideal as an approach ski for mountaineering and ice climbing. Mounted on short skis for improved maneuverability. PM for details, questions, or to purchase. David
  3. for sale Approach ski setup

    Bump and price reduction. These are still available. $150?
  4. for sale Approach ski setup

    Bump. I have skins to go with them too.
  5. for sale Approach ski setup

    Still available. These are size small. They fit up too at least a size 43 boot.
  6. Touring packs

    I love my Alp40 - but I have the older model, I think it was just redesigned. No complaints a all, I would buy again and the hydration system that screw into a Nalgene is tops. I actually remove the system and use it in all my packs. Alp40 is ski-specific but I also use it for ice/alpine climbing day trips. It has 2 ice tool loops, and I added bungee to the front panel to hold crampons. It (the old version, at least) is basically a classic top loader with a shovel pocket on the front and a side "tube"'pocket that holds the shovel handle and a probe. I guess my only complaint is that the top lid is fixed, not removable.
  7. I use the same method as the video for taking them off, but it is not quite as smooth/quick (one motion) as shown. I seem to have more glue adhesion than does he, plus his skis seem a bit shorter relative to his height/arm length...
  8. 10/28/2010 muir snow conditions

    Nice! Thanks for the beta, might head out there tomorrow.
  9. Anybody aware of any local shops carrying the new BD Prime AT boot (the high-end 3-buckle one)? The following shops I believe are carrying the Quadrant - 4 buckle version of same boot with stiffer liner - but not the Prime: -REI -Feathered Friends -Marmot Mountain I am in the market for the Prime - lighter and almost as stiff. Guidance would be appreciated. Cheers! BD Prime STOKE
  10. New Black Diamond Boots: Prime

    Thanks - picked up a pair of Primes at FF the other day. When I had called me they said they didn't have them, but the sales person had apparently mistook the model I referred to. Feels good, can't wait to ski!
  11. Nice TR and great climb, Terry! Glad to see you got the pictures uploaded finally...
  12. Well the good news is they are having a sale...discounts on their mediocre selection of clothing, packs, climbing gear, etc. The bad news is that there is now nowhere in the Tacoma area to get backcountry gear. REI has a limited selection of climbing and backpacking equipment, but no ski gear. Anyone know of a good b/c ski shop relatively close? I am not surprised this is happening - all the good stuff always went to the Bellevue store and Marmot/BS Tacoma always had a very limited selection. I almost never found anything I wanted to buy there when I went. There were hardly ever any customers there either. Their location absolutely sucked. But their ski techs were good and you could special order anything that the Bellevue store carried. C'est La Vie.
  13. Trip: Rainier - Emmons Glacier (Ski Descent) Date: 7/6/2010 Trip Report: Not going to go into a lot of detail here - I skied the Emmons Glacier Route on Tuesday for my first ski descent of Rainier and also my first solo summit of Rainier. Spent the prior night at Schurman with a 30-deg bag and 9-oz bivvy sack. Overnight low on my watch thermo read 23-degF. Up at 5AM, left camp on skis/skins about 6AM with 2L water, some clothes, shovel, stove and food. Switched to boot crampons at 11k because it was too steep/icy for me to skin, even with ski crampons. Only a couple of minor crevasse issues in the 12-13k range. Summitted at 11AM and relaxed on the summit for about an hour, melting some additional water and hoping the snow conditions would soften. Started the ski descent at Noon. Conditions were firm up high - I think the freezing level was supposed to be around 13,000'. Frozen sastrugi made difficult ski conditions down to around 12k. Some of the best conditions on the upper mountain occured in a small gully between seracs/ice ridge that I had ascended, which was sheltered and therefore not wind-affected. Below 12k snow conditions improved and below 11k really nice spring corn was had. I arrived at Camp Schurman at 1PM. Packed up/melted more water until I ran out of fuel and skied the Interglacier from 2-3PM. I was happy to find that my legs were still feeling good and carrying my full pack didn't hinder the skiing pleasure on the Interglacier at all! Snow was good until about 7k at which point it got sloppy. Took off my skis at Glacier Basin and hoofed it down the makeshift trail back to the car at 4PM. All in all a great trip, although snow conditions could have been better up high (higher freezing level or later descent?). Proud to have completed my first solo/ski on Rainier! Pictures can be viewed here: Photos Gear Notes: Carried 2 ice screws and some makeshift etriers for self rescue in case of crevasse fall - not sure if that is the best method... otherwise, didn't take too much gear really. Approach Notes: Trail is bare below about 5,500' - new trail under construction but for now follow the makeshift trail developed after the flood.
  14. Thanks, guys! Good to meet you, too, Amar - let me know when/if you want to hook up to ski together some day! Nice photos on TAY!
  15. [TR] Mount Rainier - Ptarmigan Ridge 7/5/2010

    Doug/Keith- Congrats! Must've been you I saw on the summit for the photo ops - I was the lone dude with skis. Been wanting to do PR for some time now (one previous failed attempt), thanks for the beta & fixed gear!
  16. Heh, heh...well, maybe not - I was skinning...
  17. Great job persevering through some less-than-ideal conditions! I knew you guys were still up there when I showed up at the TH and saw your car and was glad to see you on your way down the interglacier glissading - unfortunately below me by the time I figured out it was you or I would have shouted out. Anyway, well done and great photos!
  18. [TR] Colchuck - NorthFace/NBC 6/30/2010

    Holy shit! That line is sickly thin...looks more stressful than fun, to be honest - but what a frickin line. Way to go! ...how long are those skis?
  19. Filter vs Steripen?

    AquaMira: I traveled for 4 months in Thailand, Laos and Nepal; 2 months in Peru and Bolivia. I have used it on countless backpacking and climbing trips in Colorado, Idaho, California, Wyoming, Utah and Washington. I never got sick. I think it can handle Appalachia.
  20. Using a bivvy instead of tent on Rainier?

    Depends on the forecast. I used a bivy on Liberty Ridge, but that involves a carry-over and the forecast was stellar. All other trips on the mountain I have used a tent.
  21. Ski Mt Adams

    What Feck said - you will most likely end up booting it. It is pretty steep in places for skinning even with ski crampons. Boot crampons may ease your mind or even be necessay if you go early; however there is usually a well-worn boot pack all the way up.
  22. Ski Mt Adams

    +1. If you want to ski the SW Chutes (much better line) it is more convenient to do it in one day from the car, so you don't have to return to your campsite/gear at the lunch counter.
  23. [TR] mt baker - coleman-deming 3/20/2010

    A little off topic, but I consider 9 ounces per binding more than a tad...