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  1. Footwear is the most important of gear, no question. I've taken some time to think about all kinds of different footwear in the Cascades, from trail running to ice climbing and skiing. Here are my thoughts and strategies. I welcome diverse opinions! https://climberkyle.com/2020/09/15/footwear-in-the-cascades/
  2. Selling a few items. Email aaron.tiff@gmail.com if interested. Buyer to pay USPS flat rate shipping ($18 for the boots, $8 for the shirt and pants). Will post items on eBay if no offers after a couple days. Pics located here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/CHLnSiLKQYxD6t3h8 $35 - La Sportiva Trango Gore-Tex Mountaineering boots (size 43.5) - had these a few years and could probably use a new waterproof coating but still lots of life in them, very comfortable for hiking or alpine environments $25 - Kuhl long sleeve highly breathable shirt (size medium) - like new (too big for me) color is much more of a dark/navy blue than the gray that came out in the photo. $25 - Mountain hardwear softshell pants (size large) - excellent condition but also too large, no holes or rips
  3. Trip: Mt. Rainier - Kautz Route Trip Date: 07/25/2020 Trip Report: Bare Bones Cross-posting this from where I keep my trip reports, so if format is wonky below it's cause I'm lazy to reupload photos/format: https://www.natexploring.com/tripreports/kautz-route-mt-rainier Route: AI2-3 Grade II-III; Ice, Alpine, 9000 ft* Ascent via the Kautz Route. Carry over and descent via the DC. *According to Mountain Project/Summit Post Length: Two days with an overnight at Camp Hazard at 11,200’ Dates: July 24-25th, 2020 Climbing Gear: Here’s my regular PSA that just because someone on the internet used a certain rack (or lack thereof) does not mean it’s the right rack for you. Air Tech Light Crampons (yes, they’re aluminum and light. Aluminum is known for bouncing off hard ice, so either be very comfortable reusing axe pick holes for feet or bring something steel) Grivel Ghost Evo Axe with trigger (great to have one of these for the approach since it’s also aluminum & therefore light/a good plunge-stepping and self-arresting tool, but I was glad I brought the tech machine as a second ‘real’ tool) Carbon Tech Machine 4x screws ranging from 13-17cm 5 draws; 2x double-lengths 60m Beal Opera 8.5mm dry-treated rope 1 picket (not used, but I’m told real Cascades climbers always bring one 🤷‍♀️) The Details Deb and I left the parking lot around 9:30am ish. Who doesn’t like to start up a route in a complete ping-pong ball whiteout? The first 4500’ vertical feet looked like this. It felt like we were climbing a never-ending snow slope with surprise crevasses that would sneak up on us (not hard since we could barely see 10 feet in front of us). Being able to read a topo map was essential for navigation and we got to the base of The Fan no issues. There are two main approaches, we crossed the Nisqually Glacier on a flat traverse at 6,300 feet to the base of a large gully called The Fan. It wasn’t really ‘in’ per say, and there was a lot of rockfall everywhere, so we moved fast and up this gully to reach the bench at 7,400’. I think other parties have been taking the Wilson Glacier approach because I saw no bootpack at all the whole way (only some goat tracks), even in very narrow snow constrictions. Eventually we broke out of the cloud soup to blue skies and a view of Rainier. No more ping-ponging through clouds. That’s cause to celebrate We slogged pretty uneventfully up to our camp at 11,200’ and were very lucky to have running water up there, meaning that I was carrying a lot of extra fuel. Better safe than sorry. We left the parking lot ~9:30 am-ish and were up at camp before 5pm. For the whiteout navigation in the morning, and us taking it slow, it was a good pace. Drinking a 30cal packet of miso soup and standing on clouds with views of Mt. Adams Altitude and I don’t mix very well. Above 11k, my appetite disappears entirely. I had a packet of miso and 15cal of electrolytes mixed with hot water for dinner and that was all I could stomach for the evening. Not great if you’re planning to go up and over a giant mountain the next morning. You know what time is? 7:30pm, also known as alpine bedtime. Using my rope as a pillow and my stuffed puffy as a cuddle toy 7 hours later the alarm woke us up at 4am. Sleep did miracles for me. I woke up fresh, having actually slept (which never usually happens for me at altitude), and interested in some food. So I made the cup-o-noodle that was supposed to be half of my dinner the night before. After ramen (which would prove to be the only food I ate for pretty much the rest of the day not counting 1 clifshot blok and 6 dates), we packed up our tent, sleeping bags, pads, stove, fuel, and everything else. We were coming down the other side of Rainier via a different route, so no chance at leaving our gear behind to grab it later. At 5:30am we set off and rapped down the rock step. We didn’t really need headlamps at this point. I love non-super-alpine starts. The sleep definitely helped me feel fresh for the technical ice pitches. Soloing the bottom ice steps that aren’t really ice steps and more frozen giant waves. Super fun ‘ice scrambling’. Rainier’s shadow at dawn with St. Helens off to the left No pics of the actual ice climbing section above the lower half since I was focused on climbing with my aluminum crampons + 1 aluminum tool/tech machine combo and the 35lb pack on my back, and my partner was focused on not getting pelted with ice and was being a vigilant belayer. I linked together all the ice until it was walkable with no tools. I think it was about 90m of climbing since we simul-ed the first 30m. Placed 2 screws along the way and felt fine with that since the ice was super mellow (albeit a bit dinner-platey) Above the ice. Now a long 2000’ snow slog to get up and over. Crevasses that could swallow a semi-truck. These behemoths we had to traverse many hundreds of feet to find a snowbridge crossing Up and over and down the DC route, which is a popular ascent and was marked with wands and had a very nice bootpack (the first of our trip). We cruised down, excited to drop some altitude and have the increased hydrostatic pressure get more oxygen into our bloodstreams. Seracs on the DC descent route Back at the parking lot with enough food and fuel to have lasted us another 2 or 3 days on the mountain (no, really. I had two giant sandwiches, 8 bars, 1 cup-o-noodle and a full ziplock of granola left over). But altitude made everything unappealing until we got back to the car. We ran into Porter McMichael (a guide on Rainier for IMG ) on our way down at Muir and he suggested we catch up over pizza and burgers. YES. No better way to end two days in the mountains. We had great weather on day 2, hardly any wind and the crevasse navigation was relatively simple. It was definitely a long walk to get on some ice, but the camping views and being the only ones on-route were worth it. Did I mention that this was Deb’s FIRST CAMPING TRIP EVER?! Aren’t you glad you read till the bottom of this trip report to find out? Deb is a fantastic car2car partner and is wicked fast, competent and also excited about ice climbing. But this was literally her first time sleeping in a tent outside. Ever. Or carrying a heavy pack with more than a day’s worth of anything. I’m not joking. She was a total champ and only asked me once how to inflate/deflate a sleeping pad or stuff a sleeping bag. If you get the chance to climb with Deb, she’s great, although you’ll probably have better luck getting her on a day c2c trip than anything overnight. I don’t think this trip convinced her that overnighting is for her Gear Notes: Air Tech Light Crampons, Grivel Ghost Evo Axe with trigger, Carbon Tech Machine, 4x screws ranging from 13-17cm; 5 draws; 2x double-lengths; 60m Beal Opera 8.5mm dry-treated rope Approach Notes: The Fan
  4. Hi! I would love to climb beautiful peaks in WA, especially 5 volcanos and I need buddy(ies) to make it reality. I have done a 6-day mountaineering course, covering all the aspects of it, though I did not get enough chance to practice. If any person or group is open to include and mentor a sort-of newbie, that will be awesome! Thanks in advance.
  5. for sale Trango Cube GTX

    La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX, size 42.5. Excellent shape. Can send pics upon request. $150. Call or text 206-595-6471
  6. Brand new in box, size 9.5 mens. I won these in a raffle but I need a 9, not 9.5. These are super light, just add some Petzl Leopards and you can climb a ton in essentially sneakers! MSRP is $350, will sell for $260, have to pay tuition otherwise I'd be tempted to just deal with these being too big. Take your fast and light to the next level! I live in the Central Area, work downtown Seattle Bentgate Mountaineering Review: https://www.bentgate.com/blog/salomon-slab-x-alp-carbon-2-review/ I am located in Seattle, will meet up anywhere reasonably close. eBay seller as US*Grant for perfect selling history.
  7. Used less than a handful of times on some volcanoes. No longer have the Vipecs and therefore no need for these. I honestly forget the official size of these. I measured the base to fit 110mm. I used them on skis measuring 105mm which is likely around the ideal size. $75 + Free Shipping
  8. Mountaineering Ropes

    I am new to mountaineering/glacier travel. I took a guided climb on Mt Baker last summer and will be taking a mountaineering course this coming winter. I am looking to get a rope for glacier travel and plan to start with Mt Baker again next summer. I was looking to see if there was a dedicated thread for this topic but didn't find one. If anyone knows of one could you point me in that direction? Wondering what type of ropes would be ideal for starting out with this level of climbing. I have read in various places that 3 people can be on anywhere from 30-50 m safely. I this accurate? Would 50 m be significantly extra for a 2-person rope team? The second question relates to diameter - would a half rope between 8-9mm be sufficient for this type of travel? I see that a bigger diameter rope (>9mm) is obviously going to weigh more and is often used in other types of climbing at longer lengths (60m). Is there a standard or ideal rope length and diameter that is standard or more versatile. Wondering what the thoughts are on trade-off between diameter, weight, length, durability and versatility. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you, Joe
  9. Hi all! My name is Zach and I just moved to the area, it's about the worst time of year for the types of climbs I wanna do but I'd like to make plans with somebody to do some winter-accessible stuff including but not limited to some of the tags on this post, and stuff in the spring and summer. Everything from cragging to alpine stuff but preferably the latter. My experience includes: AAI's AMTL1 class (South Early Winter Spire, Baker, Silver Star), trad following and leading at Devil's Lake in Wisconsin, easy glaciated peaks in Peru, ice climbing in Michigan, and several years of sport climbing. I have most of my own gear including a standard rack, but lack the correct ropes and snow/ice protection. I've been out of the game for a bit because of two hip surgeries earlier this year so I'll need to brush up on some stuff before hitting it too hard, but I'd definitely like to get active asap if anybody is interested. Shoot me a text at 616-443-8851, thanks!
  10. Four years ago I thought I was gonna be a mountaineer! I enrolled in the courses, I bought the gear, and I started paying the tuition. Currently, I am in school to be a doctor of physical therapy. Can you guess what happened? I got mega injured and spent so much time in rehab that I decided on a change of life course. Fortunately, all the gear listed here is 100% brand new and never been used. I didn't get injured USING the gear, but I did remove the price tags when I first purchased them- thus, I cannot return them to backcountry.com for a refund. I simply held onto all this stuff hoping that one day I'd use it. But now I lay awake at night thinking about my extravagant student loan debt and not so much about summiting any dang thing in Patagonia. So, you want some of these goodies? Everything is 100% brand new and the prices are simply 50% of what I originally paid for them a couple of years ago. Local pickup in Portland is preferred, but I can maybe drive stuff out to you or ship it also depending on what all is good for everyone involved. Attached is a nice little PDF of some photos, information, and prices about all the gear. I'll keep this list up-to-date as things move. If you see it here, then I have it at my house! Have a great season everyone! Again, prices are listed at 50% of what I paid for them and all items are in the same condition as I received them. The list includes: 1. Black Diamond- Prime Alpine Touring Ski Boot - 27 - Bd Orange $150 2. Salewa Vertical Pro Mountaineering Boot - Men's - size 9 $160 3. Petzl Lynx LL Crampon with Fakir Crampon Bag $105 4. Dynafit TLT Radical ST Binding - 92mm brake $250 5. Garmin eTrex 30 GPS $90 6. Black Diamond / Pieps Sport Avalanche Safety Set (incl. shovel, probe, beacon) $190 7. Grivel G1+ S.A. Ice Axe w/Leash - 66cm $50 8. Suunto MC-2G Navigator Compass $40 Mountain Goods.pdf
  11. I just finished AAI's Alpinism 1 & 2 and I have about a week left in Washington before I need to leave. I would love to get back into the hills and gain more experience while I'm here. I'm mostly interested in moderate glacier climbs like the Easton on Baker, Sulphide on Shuksan, Eldorado, Sahale, Glacier Peak, etc. Please reach out if you're interested!
  12. [SOLD] I have a Black Diamond Mega Light pyramid tent for sale. Makes a great 4 season shelter - used it for ski touring and spring mountaineering. It has been babied by an ultra-light gear head. This tent is unique in that it has been professionally modified by Jared at Simply Light Designs, an designer and sewer of products made of silnylon, to include Lineloc 3's at each perimeter tie-out (8) and mid-panel tie-out (8) at each seam. The tent has already been seam sealed. I will include 8 three-foot lengths of premium Lawson Glowire cordage. I have had it for two winter seasons and have used it around 20 times. Works great. There is one tiny patch, from a tiny 3mm slice made when cutting off the dang tags before it ever left my living room. The patch is made of tenacious tape and silicone that has been on the entire life of the tent and still holding strong. In all this tent is great - I've used it as a kitchen/lounge and sat 16 people inside comfortably. I've used it at basecamps on Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier for climbs. I like the design so much I've upgraded to a HMG Ultamid 4 pyramid tent, therefore will let this one go to one lucky buyer. I'd rather not sell the carbon fiber pole, but will if you insist. $225 Shipped, available for pickup in Seattle. Photos on craigslist, but will post on this thread soon: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/spo/d/seattle-black-diamond-mega-light-tent/6924875039.html And, yeah, I'm that guy trying to sell something on his first post. Haha.
  13. Dear All, We are visiting OHSU in Portland for work, on July 18. Would love to stay to do some mountaineering between Portland and Vancouver till July 23. I'm an experienced mountaineer, but have never been to Pacific North West. Looking for a reliable partner - Mount Rainier would be an obvious target, but happy to join any other trip - Hood, Olympus, Adams, Jefferson, Baker... between Portland and Vancouver. . See below some basic info about me. Just PM me if you are in the area on those days, and open to potentially team up ! Thanks Vaclav About me: - Entrepreneur/CEO of a medtech company based in Oxford UK,. - Member Academic Alpine Club Zurich (AACZ), Oxford University Mountaineering Club, Austrian Alpine Club. - Have climbed 40+ peaks of comparable or higher difficulty to Rainier at 4000m-7000m elevation.Experience gained mostly in the Alps, Andes, Caucasus, Pamir, Altay. - Physically demanding but not very technical climb on French PD or AD would be ideal for this trip. I have done routes up to French D, but would not be as ambitious with unknown people - Highly safety conscious. Every couple of years i repeat glacier rescue training, and have real-world experience in rescue situations involving other climbers/skiers. - At the moment, i do not plan to bring skis given reported poor snow conditions, but could.
  14. Dear All, How partnering for Mt Rainier during July 18/9 - July 23 ? Hood, Adams, Jefferson, Olympus, Baker .... - or any more interesting peak between near Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. I'm from Europe, nowadays based in Oxford UK, visiting OHSU in Portland for business on July 17/18. Unfortunately I don't know any mountaineers in Pacific North West, so keen to team up ! I am comfortable to lead such climbs technically, with a reliable partner, but unfortunately won't have much time to do research for routes/maps. I'm experienced in both alpine and ski mountaineering, having done 40+ high altitude peaks of comparable/higher technical difficulty than Rainier between 14,000 and 24,000 feet, and practice crevasse and avalanche rescue almost every year. Member of Academic Alpine Club Zurich (AACZ). Good endurance - I have done up to 20 hour mountain routes and up to 16,000 uphill feet in one long day. Not as fit at the moment, but 7,000 feet uphill/day is still fine. Thanks, Vaclav
  15. This is *the* PNW pack for climbing and mountaineering in my opinion, and those of many others (*coughAmericanAlpineInstituteGuidesChoice*cough). This is the Ballistics version so extra durable fabric only on the hard wear points. And all the straps! Lash anything and everything (crampons, rope, etc)I have three Cilo packs and am only selling his as I can (for now) manage the 30:30 pack for most of my climbs. Subsequently, this has only been on Adams, Rainier, and possibly Baker- so super minty! $250 This is a fair price and is without the notable hassle of the forever unclear production timeline from Cilo themselves, anywhere from 2-4 months, sometimes it's longer. And yes it's true, they don't ever give you updates. That for sure is the one downside of a climber-run business but then you can't be so mad when they also want to climb and the make the best packs! Plus USA made! This includes 2 sets of the diagonal carry strap system ($38) and the rope catch strap system ($15) worth $53 I'm located in Seattle and am glad to meet up anywhere reasonably close. On eBay as US*Grant for selling history. From CiloGear: The 40B is the pack of choice for cragging and weekends close to home. It is a robust and durable pack that will treat you right today and in the years to come.The 40B responds to the desire of folks for a pack that would work for Alpine cragging or serious routes in more civilized areas. The 40B is about 2.5" shorter than the 45L or 60L WorkSacks, and is just the right size for shorter folks and awesome weekends. The 40B WorkSack easily carries crampons or a water bottle in the crampon pocket.Volume Range: Normal: 42L | Expanded: 60L | Compressed: 30L | Closed: 20LWeight and Sizing SpecificationsPack bag: 815g(1.8lbs) | Hip belt: 120g | Lid: 170g | Strap set: 200g | Framesheet & Pad: 590g | Total: 1895g(4.1lbs)Size by torso length 17" - 19" = Medium
  16. Lightly used (3-4 days out in snow and ice) mountaineering boots - size 38 (US women's 7). They're basically brand new and great boots, but half a size too small for me. Can met in downtown Seattle or the Columbia City/Seward Park area.
  17. These are brand new, never worn or used, still have the tags on them! Excellent condition, have been stored inside. Purchased these for some climbs that ended up not happening, now they are yours for a great deal! Looking to get $400 obo. Local to Seattle, if you need shipping, $425. Accept venmo or paypal. The Spantik is a double boot designed for cold, high altitudes environments. This step-in crampon-compatible boot excels on steep terrain without sacrificing walkability. The thermo-molded inner boot and one-handed closure system provide insulation and convenient lacing.
  18. Heavy duty boots with stiff shanks that can be flexed just a bit by hand at the ball of the foot. Good for rough terrain, providing support for heavier loads and with crampons for snow couloirs, glacial travel and icy rock gullies. Use with strap-on crampons such as Petzl Vasak with Flexlock bindings or older, full strap-on SMC's. Pair with rigid crampons for easy to moderate ice climbing. - Vibram deep lug sole with next to no wear. - Cambrelle lining that is clean and near new in appearance. - Rubber toe rand. - Separate outer tongue gusset helps to keep out water and debris. - Full grain, rough-out leather. - Size US 9, Eur 42.5. To help with sizing, the inside measurement of the foot bed, toe to heel is 10&1/8 inches. This is with the tape right on the insole of the left shoe and measuring to where the removable insole at the heel begins its upward turn. Compare with your current footwear. - Weight is 2 lbs, 1 oz per boot. Hardly used, in close to new condition. Asking $125.00 shipped. PPFF or please add 3% if you prefer a "goods" transaction.
  19. If you are looking at this, you know how amazing CiloGear packs are and this is their winner of the Guides Choice Award. This has an amazing amount of versatility in terms of expansion and compression. This can be used as a single pack for climbs and that isn't just copy. It expands to 40l with the collar extended and down to 15l compressed. I can carry everything in this to base camp and then cinch down the sides for summit day. This version is the burly Guide Service edition which adds super burly VX100 and VX42 for hyper abrasion resistance. You can see from the pictures, this is in near mint condition. Aside from the best pack for spring/summer mountaineering, you don't have to wait the 6-10 weeks for Cilo to make it for you! In short, this pack is amazing. I have three other Cilo packs and am only selling this to downsize a little. I'm in Seattle $175/obo (plus shipping if I can't find someone local)
  20. Hyperion Vest850 Down FillFill Weight: 3.1 ozAverage Weight: 6.9 ozSewn Through ConstructionInterior Stash Pockets & Insulated hand warmer pocketsFeathered Friends storage/stuff sack includedNever used, always stored loose so loft is as good as the day made! I've got the Hyperion Jacket as well and absolulely love it, just never found a need for the vest version. My loss, your gain! Super light, super warm$209 new (plus tax) 100% Rating on eBay (95 sales) Work downtown Seattle, will meet up within reasonable distance in Puget Sound!
  21. BD Fuels, never used, $299.00 EACH Msrp, buy them both for $450. Email me at verticalpope@gmail.com if you’re interested
  22. Worn ONCE in Montana and the descent was muddy, boots have been cleaned like new and in box. I bought the size too big, I know, idiot! Boots run big. Thanks for looking!
  23. I have the following 3 items for sale (REDUCED PRICES!) Scarpa Phantom 8000 (2015 Model) High Altitude Boots Size 45 - Used but in good condition. Superfeet Included - Great boots for Denali! Price = 369. Scarpa Phantom Tech (2018) Technical Climbing Boots Size 44 - Used twice - nearly brand new! Price = 410. Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket Size XL. Used in but in nice condition. Price = 150. Shipping is 18 bucks for each pair of boots, 10 dollars for the OR Jacket. Venmo or CashApp for payment. If you are interested text me at 406-Five Nine Nine -8743 or respond to me through this forum. -Seth
  24. review Osprey Aether 85 Gear Review

    Gear Review - Osprey Aether 85 Intro: When it comes to packs, you want something comfortable. It needs to be well made, rugged and have useful features. I’ve owned the Osprey Aether 85 for some time now and wouldn’t change it for anything else. Here is my break down review of the pack: Comfort: - I find it to be extremely comfortable even when its full to the brim tipping 60lbs. At 40lb I can hardly tell I have it on, it does an extremely good job of distributing the weight on my hips and shoulders. At the end of a long day I don’t get that soreness on my shoulders that I’ve gotten with other packs. It has plenty of adjustments to make sure you get the perfect fit. Quality: - The quality of the pack is great. Overall the stitching on the seams is good and the zippers function flawlessly even when the pack is stuffed, it is easy to open and close. Where you can really tell the quality is on the shoulder straps, waist straps and back padding. The straps are well padded and thick as to not dig into your skin while carrying heavy loads. Also the back padding has webbing and allows for great breathability so you’re not building up a ton of sweat in your back. Features: - Mountaineering packs shouldn’t have too many pockets or compartments but it should have the right ones. The Osprey Aether, has very convenient features that make for a very practical pack. (1) The zippered pockets on the waist straps allow for storing any thing from lip balm to sunscreen or a Go Pro camera. It allows for quick reach of items that you may need frequently with out having to take of the pack. (2) It also has secure loops on each side of the pack to store 2 ice axes or tools in a safe way where it wont poke you or anyone around you. (3) The straps at the bottom of the pack let you strap in your sleeping pad nice and tight. (4) It has a water bottle holder on each side for quick access. (5) The top is a removable 15L summit pack, once you remove it from the main body it has two straps that allow you to throw it over your shoulder or even wear it like a fanny pack! (6) Lastly the front of the pack has a mesh layer that can be used to store anything you wouldn’t want to get mixed in with the rest of your gear…like…poop bags. (There are more features to the pack but for me these are the most important.) Ruggedness: - If this pack lacks in anything, its in the fact that its not waterproof. If you are typically climbing in snow, you have to be careful how you lay it down or your gear will end up damp. Other than that, it is build like a tank in every other aspect. Mines has been thrown on rocks, dirt, gravel, snow and glacier and its still good as new. No rips or tears anywhere. Final thoughts: - This pack earns 5 stars in my book. I consider its built very solid and useful for anything from back packing to mountaineering. Its large enough to hold enough gear for multiday expeditions and very compactable for short trips. Its adjustability makes it suitable for heavy loads and comfort that last for hours on end. Whether its scrambling up rocks or slogging up a snow field this pack will perform great. Its worth every penny! You can't read more articles on my blog www.brandonclimbs.com
  25. This is my blog with daily pictures from the mountains in Middle East. http://nematisweet.blogsky.com/
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