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  1. BD Push boots are considered one of the best ever made. These just happen to be a tad small so they must go. Shells have no more than 5 days and liners are brand new! $200 and you can free your mind! I can text you photos to show how new these are.


  2. For sale, lightly used Garmont Tower GTX. $75.00. Size 9-9.5ish. Excellent condition. I love them but they are just too small for me! Probably good for medium to narrow feet. I have photos I can text/email. These are awesome cascade and olympic 3 season boots. enough flex for long approaches and stiff enough to climb rock/ice. (but not too long for front pointing ice). Think Tor-For traverse, N. Rib Mt. Fury, Mt. Olympus, N. Ridge Stuart, even Rainier! Will accept full strap on and hybrid crampons. Look pretty much like this but not exactly...

    Just google reviews for Garmont Tower (lite) and you'll see they are mostly 5 stars except for some dweeb who says they didn't fit. Duh!!

    Send text to two oh six-seven one four-fortythreehundred.


  3. Trip: Mt. Ellinor - "Scottish" Gulley

     

    Date: 12/16/2013

     

    Trip Report:

    My son Jordan came home from college In Utah. He said he wanted to do a climb with me. Monday was the best forecast so we headed to Mt. Ellinor even though I've climbed it 5 or 6 times. It was foggy, but I felt confident we could get above the cloud deck. It was fairly warm too. We arrived at the parking lot and no other cars. Headed up the trail and soon came to the choice of summer route or gulley. Jordan said gulley so we went right. I expected more snow. We weaved around rocks to keep our feet in the snow. The rocks were coated in verglass.

     

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    The gulley narrowed and became ice so we put on our crampons and pulled out our ice axes. This was Jordan's first time ever wearing spikes. We continued up and broke above the cloud deck into brilliant sunshine!

     

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    Soon we came to a fun little ice patch flowing in from the side. This was a good opportunity to show Jordan some front pointing with 2 tools. I climbed it first then came down to coach him up.

     

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    Further up we decided to make the climb more sporty so we traversed left across to some other less traveled gulleys. We chose the one on the left because it looked steeper.

     

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    Here's a photo of Jordan looking down about 1/3 up.

     

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    We gained the ridge and got a nice view of Rainier, St. Helens and Adams poking above the cloud deck.

     

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    Another broad section looked like it might have another gulley at the top...

     

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    ...which it did and ended with a few moves on rock.

     

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    Then it was the final slopes to the summit.

     

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    The views of the interior of the Olympics were fabulous! We then headed down, chasing the cloud deck as it broke up and it was sunny in the parking lot.

     

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    By far the most fun I've had on Mt. Ellinor, climbing with my son and making a routine hike fairly sporty and "alpine"!

     

     

     

     

    Gear Notes:

    Ice axe, crampons, x-mas tree

     

    Approach Notes:

    summer trail was slick on the way down. Not enough snow to glissade.


  4. Nice write up Kurt! I'm liking the multi-sport aspect of the Ski-in if conditions are not optimal. Last year was killer skiing both days. But I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 great Mountain Bike rides with Dave Perkins and Brandelle. The ride out at Buck Mountain is amazing with the smooth flowy trails, wild flowers galore and killer views of the mountains. Dry and dusty in May! The biking around the Rendez-vous hut system is not too shabby either. We even did a car shuttle downhill ride!

     

    I hope this write up serves to get more people back to this annual tradition. I think there was one party a while back where we had at least 30 people. So just remember, this happens every year within a weekend or 2 of the North Cascades HWY opening. Next year will be #13! See you there!


  5. The 12th annual North Cascades Ski Fest is this weekend, May 11-12. We have a new venue this year so for directions, PM Feck and he will send you google directions.

     

    This event is primarily to ski off the North Cascades Hwy either at WA or Rainy Pass typically and then congregate for great food, drink and party at a common campground. Climbers and Mt. Bikers also welcome. We have a camp spot for Friday and Saturday and Sunday too if you want to stay longer. So tell your friends who got shut out for Mother's Day on St. Helens and come ski the sunny side of the Cascades! You don't have to wear a dress!


  6. A little clarification: This is the 11th annual Ski-In and it is open to all who want to join in on a great time with some conditions. We are camping on private property and I need a rsvp as a courtesy to the owners. You can post here if you are coming with a group count or get in touch with me thru a PM. For those of you who have come before, you know where it is. If you need directions, get in touch with me. We have a great camping area, firepit, barbeques and access to the Methow River. So come get some fresh corn snow and party with us!


  7. A little clarification: This is the 11th annual Ski-In and it is open to all who want to join in on a great time with some conditions. We are camping on private property and I need a rsvp as a courtesy to the owners. You can post here if you are coming with a group count or get in touch with me thru a PM. For those of you who have come before, you know where it is. If you need directions, get in touch with me. We have a great camping area, firepit, barbeques and access to the Methow River. So come get some fresh corn snow and party with us!


  8. A lot of intelligent posts here at CC.com and so kudos to all those sharing their views. Guess it's my turn...

     

    This event has affected me deeply because it has once again demonstrated the false sense of security that comes with possessing the "required" equipment to travel in the backcountry. Mt. Guide's posts are excellent and brings to light all that really needs to be considered.

     

    I have always maintained that accidents that lead to death are a tragedy. Tragedy's are almost always NOT a singular event, but rather a cavalcade of small errors in judgement. The Steven Pass accident imo demonstrates this. The avalanche itself was the defining moment, yet it could have and should have been avoided.

     

    I was backcountry skiing at Stevens Pass that day. I have also skied exactly where they went that day. When I found out the details of when and where, all I thought was "what were they (not) thinking?"

     

    I have sought and read as much of the online media versions of the accident and so much of the focus has been on the equipment and the fact they were "experienced". I read between the lines and there have been a couple good comments or quotes (paraphrased): "you can't wave your avalanche beacon at the slope and make it safe". "Whereas the focus of avalanche safety courses was originally all science, more and more the focus has shifted to the social aspect as well."

     

    Beacons are for body recovery and you must always be objective in your decisions in choosing your ski routes.

     

    Nowhere has anyone mentioned the number one piece of safety equipment we all carry with us: our brains. But like your transceiver, you must know how to use it.

     

    I believe there were intense social pressures that day that caused brain malfunction. We had the director of Marketing at Steven Pass showing clients from Powder Magazine and ESPN a good time at his resort. In an effort to show them the really cool stuff to ski, they elected to ski the backcountry and headed to the Tunnel Creek Drainage. This becomes backcountry, not Sidecountry because unless you are all carrying skins, the only way out is down, no matter what conditions you run into. 25 feet down from the top, they were totally committed.

     

    So here are my questions: 1. Did they check the NWAC report? (Considerable to high) 2. Were they carrying topo maps and thus aware the slope was 27 degrees or higher? 3.Did they consider carrying skins in case they encountered the conditions they should have expected to ensure a bail out option? 4. Were ALL the members in the group truly aware of where they were going and the risks, or were some following and trusting someone else?

     

    I believe the Stevens Pass accident demonstrates the growing social aspects of side/back counrty skiing that puts pressure to ski where you shouldn't, that "experience" can lead to complacency and that your saftey equipment can help you, but won't save you from death.

     

    I am truly saddened for the family and friends of those killed on Sunday. I hope their accident can serve to educate other skiers to make better choices and ski safely.

     

    I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.

    Harry S. Truman


  9. I'm getting my son some new skis and want to get him some alpine touring bindings for occaisional sidecountry/backcountry. Does anyone have any feedback on the Dynastar Legend Alpine Touring Ski Bindings. If you or anyone you know has used them let me know. I just want to make sure they hold up for resort skiing. There is a great deal available for brand new 2009 models for only $119.

    http://www.evo.com/outlet/alpine-touring-ski-bindings/dynastar-legend-92mm-brakes.aspx

     


  10. Great job and photos! I was in the party of two guys just ahead of you three. We did a few things slightly different. One, we bivied just around the corner and up on dry rock. I heard you guys down in the snow hole the next morning. Two, we just rapped into the moat off the Torment Ridge and easily climbed out. 3. We did not rap into the bergshrund but rather climbed rock, rapped into a gulley and then went on the ridge above the steep snow slope traverse. I have a couple of awesome photos of you guys crossing from directly above! 4. We were just able to cross the raging river (scary) and get down at dusk.

     

    BTW, what did you use for an anchor to rap into the schrund?

     

     


  11. Is there something else that comes close to that snow experience, but without the sketchy rock & brushy half?

     

    There are no peaks I can think of off the top of my head that replicate the snow experience found on JBerg's upper NE Buttress.. it's definitely one of a kind in my experience.

     

     

    The North Butress of Fury has a very similar snow arette at the top. The approach is a tad longer though!


  12. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO impressed you actually took a ferry to do a climb! Welcome to my world!!! Good for you to check out the other range in WA! Pretty nice wouldn't you say! BTW, that photo on the needle brought back a lot of memories of no pro on pillow lava! I lead that pitch too when Wayne and I did the Sawtooth traverse...

     

    Never underestimate the Olympic Range, there is serious relief there too!

     

    Btw, Mildred lakes may look shorter on a map but time wise you did the right thing...


  13. It was fun looking at that route from across the valley and knowing you were on it. I have photos taken from the Tor-For traverse....I'll trade you!

     

    BTW, early Friday morning, as the sun first hit the hanging ice on the slabs above the bottom-middle of the CJ couloir, a huge hunk fell off and just pummled the route including a huge rock. Anyone getting an early start to go up the CJ would unlikely have survived.


  14. Since the owners of the property are gracious to let us use it for this annual event, we do want a general idea of how many will be attending. While drop ins are totally ok, we just want a feel for it. So please post your intentions and let us know...Thank You!


  15. NORTH CASCADES HWY OPENS SOON! Sorry we couldn't be sure when so we took the safer bet by picking the weekend of June 4-5. Besides I'll be at Swiftsure memorial day weekend. Who would have know we would be this late for SKI-IN!

     

    Location: Just south of Mazama, same place so if you don't know where it is, contact Kurt or me and we'll give you directions. Anyone wanting to do some backcountry skiing (and boarding,sigh)is welcome. Climbers welcome too!

     

    We'll have barbque, beer and lots of skiing lies! Ski ya there!

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