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  • Birthday 12/16/1950


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  1. Recently retired, but my old climbing partners are still working. Looking for partners available for midweek adventures. Lead trad up to 5.9, follow harder. Love to get up to Squamish this week for a couple of days of mellow climbing in the warm weather! Terry
  2. I'm doing a bike trip in the Dolomites and am thinking about playing on a Via Ferrata route or two on biking rest days. I'd like to buy a gently-used set of VF lanyards if anyone has some that are taking up space... Any route recommendations in the Mittenwald or San Cassiano, IT area would also be appreciated. Thanks, Terry
  3. I think you squeezed the last bit of summer in that's available. Great photos. Thanks, Terry
  4. Thanks Rainman. We had a great time but didn't do a great job with the estimating the time required to get down. I was a bit later than predicted... Packing 3 gallons of water was a major pain but one that was worth it - we still had a quart when we hit the ground. We had one 50m and one 60m rope and would have preferred two 50s, but that was well worth the price of the bivy alone. Also, there is a lot of loose rock on the ledges so minor rockfall is possible. Rad, Eric gave the aid section (steep, blank stemming) a go but didn't put a lot of effort into it. I haven;t seen any other reports of freeing it. Terry
  5. Trip: Squire Creek Wall - Slab Daddy Date: 7/17/2010 Trip Report: Eric, Jim and I made a trip to Darrington last fall, did Silent Running on Saturday and checked out Slab Daddy on Sunday. We ran into David W. and Chris G. doing some maintenance on their baby. We ended up doing the first seven pitches, loved it and started scheming our next visit. It’s actually a great place to go and just climb until you run out of time. All the belay anchors are bomber and make simul-rapping pretty easy. Well, the open weekend came around and I voted for the Index Traverse after seeing Tom S' great trip report. Jim was occupied on Rainier and Eric wasn’t too inclined to bash brush, and he won. We got a casual start Saturday morning with small rack (you only need quick draws on first 7 pitches), bivy gear and a gallon of water. Since we hadn’t seen any rain in awhile we decided to cross the issue of more water when we crossed the creek. Poles and tevas are handy for creek crossing. We also opted to add 2 more gallons of water to our load, and based on the depleted water reservoirs on the route it was a good decision for us and the tadpoles living in em. Eric on Pitch 2 Terry following Pitch 2 Pitch 3 I think. In general the first half of the climb is pretty casual with a couple of 5.10 moves. Pitch 11 is the start of the steeper more consistent pitches. Pitch 5. You can see the umbrella tree, our goal Dinner time at the bivy ledge. A boy (old guy)and his Huecos. He can’t find em anymore and had to do some repair to keep the soles attached to the uppers. He could have led it in his flipflops. Coffee and oatmeal Ants having a caterpillar breakfast. Top of pitch 13 These things must be 10 years old. I guess it shows that shoes don’t make the climber. Eric led all the hard slab pitches… Fun stemming at top of Pitch 15 or 16… Umbrella tree is getting closer Quartz crystals on route Stinkbuggin Pitch 19 Eric on Pitch 19 5.8 Undercling/layback. We found one number 4 Camalot to be adequate. Pitch 22 with umbrella tree to the left. While I wouldn’t call the upper two pitches dirty, they are lichen-covered and a little less pleasant than the first 20 pitches. David could you please bring the crew up to make this a bit more pleasant? Please David… Required summit shot with umbrella tree, Eric and Terry Back side of Whitehorse 22 rappels at 15 minutes per rappel finds us on the ground 4.5 hours later… What a great climb! David alluded to the reservoirs scattered about the route and the necessity of ‘clean climbing’ and I’ll add that if you think you’re going to bivy, take Wag bags and pack IT out. There are no convenient outhouses on the route. Thanks to David and Company for the vision and hard work to make it happen!!
  6. I was in VW in Bremerton last weekend and asked. Guy at the counter said they are looking at South King County.
  7. I've flown Alaska a couple times this year with no problems. I stick the pack and everything else inside a huge NF duffel so there are no questions about stoves or fuel bottles. Just in case, I rinse out the stove with some cheap shampoo that takes care of fuel odor. On return flights I pack used socks and long underwear on top. My bag was searched on last flight but nothing was missing - I don't think they made it past the socks. Terry
  8. Tex I did the Finger of Fate in the early 80s. I suspect that things have changed a lot. Even if they haven't my memory is about as suspect as the rock. We drove a lot of bongs, had a constant shower of red grit, flinched at the anchor bolts that had an inch of play in them and enjoyed every minute of it. I do have a bunch of slides which might jog the memory. I've heard that the incipient cracks we encountered have grown over the years due to the traffic. Terry
  9. Walt are you kidding? All your climbing friends took up a collection and gave it to the "thief" to steal the weiner truck. After he drove it half-way across town he decided that wasn't nearly enough money to be seen driving that rig around Portland. He was mad that we wouldn't up the offer and returned the truck. He wouldn't give us the money back either...
  10. We did Yak Check in blazing sun on Saturday sharing the lower half of the route with a couple from Winthrop doing Yak Crack. Even with Dru's advanced beta we bumbled the start a bit. Great route with small stretches of 'oatmeal', but not enough to avoid the climb. I'd probably suggest that the upper two pitches still contain some 5.10 - I'd rather do the route expecting 5.10 and get 5.8/5.9 than expect 5.8/5.9 and get 5.10. Next time it will probably seem easier. First 2+ pitches are stellar 5.6/5.7. Four friends did the route on Sunday and were nearly hypothermic before getting off. After beers at Skagit River Brewing Mt Vernon we were home by 10 on Saturday night. Drive is less than 5 hours from Tacoma.
  11. Courtenay, My online reference for training, injury prevention and cures is Peak Performance. Terry
  12. Try Haney to Harrison Relay Race Haney to Harrison for an easy starter - eight legs, total distance 100K, November 2. Two legs are kind of hilly, rest are relatively easy. It's really just an excuse to have a big party at Harrison Hot Springs.
  13. We had just come off a multi-day climb in the Valley, were working on our second or third beer, and were already laughing at stupid stuff while showering in the public showers. Some very loud Chicagoans were entertaining us, shouting back and forth from their stalls recounting their heroic exploits that day. One guy described the day's hiking adventures and said that it was so cool to come upon "a natural swimming pool." One of our group responded from their shower stall, "Out here we call those things lakes." Of course "natural swimming pool" is now part of our vocabulary.
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