jessbee Posted August 8, 2013 Share Posted August 8, 2013 Hello all, I should be sleeping under the stars tonight in the North Cascades, preparing for 5 long hard days of climbing. Instead, I am writing to report that my backpack, along with its contents, and other gear in my car, was stolen while I was picking up a few last minute items at the Portland REI. Some big things off the top of my head... Rack of BD cams Crampons Ice axe 32 degree down sleeping bag brand new Mammut 45 L climbing pack brand new down jacket Rock shoes, harness, associated 'biners and slings Thermarest prolite pad 2-person Mountain Hardwear tent Nikon Coolpix camera AW 110 1st generation SPOT tracker food, clothing, misc for 5 days of rock and snow climbing and the list goes on and on........ I was told by the REI employees that this is not an unusual event and they've had an uptick in theft lately. The police officer on the phone was also not all that surprised, although he was much nicer than the REI employees. They said that security was too expensive, and they posted signs warning of theft, which was good enough for them. The thief/thieves obviously were pros and had some device to break the lock on my passenger door. They didn't get all of what was in my car, but it looks like they grabbed as much as they could--the large pack loaded up with 5 days worth of gear, my apres-climb bag with snacks, clothes, and toiletries, a small backpack with my checklist of items to bring, plus some medical paperwork I needed for an appointment this afternoon. So yeah, they've got my SSN and medical history as well. Please be vigilant. Anyone else have similar stories? Advice? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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