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About AlpineK

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    Spray Master
  • Birthday 05/29/1964


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    Consulting Arborist
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    Seattle, WA
  1. Skins - maintenance

    I've attempted to pick needles and other debris off my skins. While it seems to work for sometime, I recently put my skins on plywood and under tension and proceeded to scrape the skins bare. Afterwards new skin glue was applied. The process seemed to do the trick. I used glue from a tube, but G3 sells a glue renew product. https://youtu.be/NGY1KCUC1fI
  2. Washington Pass conditions report

    Apparently NWAC and the TAY website either don't welcome or downgrade your opinions and or observations. NWAC is a joint effort between the USFS Avalanche Center and the non profit NWAC. While anyone can submit observations, NWAC forecasters get to make the call on the amount of information publicly provided. Sometimes that means making a judgement on when there is sufficient or too much information. If you feel they are ignoring vital information you can keep plugging or file a complaint. NWAC is a member of the American Avalanche Association and the National Avalanche Center. Those are the organizations you can contact. In addition NWAC files all governing documents and tax returns. These are available for public review. TAY is a private website. Public/member input is encouraged, but if enough site users dislike how you express yourself online, the site owner or moderators can ban or block you. The only alternative left is starting your own blog or going to a similar website and expressing your views there. Cascade Climbers is a good way to meet and talk to others who may have similar interests. On the other hand it isn't the best place if your primary interest is expressing complaints about other websites or organizations. You can post trip reports and add condition observations here...
  3. Skiiers vs snowboarders

    I remember trying out a snowboard in the mid 80s. The ski area where I went didn't care. It did take a little time to self teach yourself. Snowboards are cool just not my preferred technique. If you want to be really cutting edge there are always Snowfeet https://youtu.be/-o3vZcLvZiE
  4. We dug a pit on south facing slopes and didn't see anything of concern. The first person in the couloir held a rope where the slope becomes concvex but didn't trigger anything after a couple jumps. There were some minor sluffs, but skiing was great.
  5. Trip: Mount Snoqualmie - Slot Couloir Trip Date: 03/03/2018 Trip Report: Nice powder day Gear Notes: Skis Approach Notes: Skied in the trees back to Alpental. Fun at first but got a bit mushy lower down
  6. soloing vs free soloing

    Soloing can be anything that involves fear of falling and dying (Mt Si, Das Tooth). Free soloing usually means climbing something that is commonly considered worthy of a fifth class rating. For some people free soloing might be a long 5.4 climb, but others may require a higher rating
  7. Wet

    Palouse Falls
  8. Google Maps

    I use Hilmap frequently. The App allows you to print, get links, and set paths. You can also switch between aerial images and a variety of topos (US, Canadian, World). http://www.hillmap.com/
  9. Yodelin!!!!

    Looks like a good location pick yesterday!
  10. East Cascades: Montana

    I've car camped in A1 but never actually climbed.
  11. Interesting TR. It's nice to read a complete traverse of the route. I went to Bow Hut a couple times looking to do the traverse with a group in the 80s. We never made it far beyond Bow Hut due to whiteout conditions. Back then Bow Hut was a small quonset hut.
  12. Where to go this weekend?!

    There was 2-inches of fresh on top of a kick your ass crust.
  13. Oregon

    I remember full serve stations in Washington. They went bye bye in the 90s.
  14. Oregon

    Most folks seem to value low prices over sitting in the car. Of course someday every car will have a robot assistant so you can relax and text, buy stocks, or post on Facebook.