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    I’m really pleased that Colorado guy decided to do the right thing. That was a class act, and if Chris hadn’t built and maintained this over the years, with sponsors and users advocating for him, I don’t know if it would have happened. I’m quite certain it wouldn’t have happened if this place were a noisy, testosterone-soaked sprayathon — it’s a credit to Chris and everyone who uses the board that the norm is exactly the opposite.

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    That trip (and report) was amazing. I think I need to move to Washington 🙂

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    @paulster wrote:

    I second the Voile straps, long and short – I have built a complete (telemark) binding out of 4 or 5. Lasted a full day of powder skiing.

    NOW I remember why I don’t carry zip-ties! My wife was looking at this thread (marveling at the genius of some of youse) and asked me “why don’t you carry zip ties, Tim?” Now I remember. Those Voile straps are like the Force… they do not gum up (unlike duct tape) and can be easily released and reused (unlike zip ties). Now I remember what is supposed to hold the split-plank traction splint together 😉

    I keep my emergency kit in a big ziplock back in my pack. I don’t think it needs to be submersion-proof, but I found out a few years ago that if I go out every day and don’t completely empty my pack every night, the bottom stuff gets damp and moldy. I kepe a spare pair of mittens, a hat, and a few hand warmers in the bottom of my pack in a gallon ziplock as well.

    spare (lycra or wool) balaclava = warmest 2 ounces you can carry. I’m beginning to think that a large Tyvek bag like mountainvoodoo mentioned might be the ultimate clothes bag (and bivy sack).

    Having my (tiny) first aid and spares kit in an Aloksack submersible ziplock has meant that I could completely ignore the two bladder leaks and countless snowmelt episodes in my pack… I must admit that I had started to take this for granted until you mentioned it. Now it is time to redouble my suggestion to look into these marvelous little things. Especially if you carry tablets or pills, or tinder, in your kit.

    I also carry 2 of those tiny fold up weigh nothing mylar emergency space blankets, one flat and one formed into a bivy bag. Haven’t used them yet but know people who have. Not great but better than nothing.

    I have used these things and they suck. I would rather carry a big Tyvek envelope or a thick-walled garbage bag, you are less likely to shred it during the evening’s shivering activities. And you will be shivering, violently, if you find yourself using a Mylar bag.

    I have been peripherally involved in a few evacs and am amazed how a simple evacuation in the near-urban Wasatch with a great local SAR group generally means sitting around in the cold & dark for many, many hours. Being able to stay dry and warm is key.

    Evacs are always a clusterfuck. Think about chopping off your legs at the hip and then predicate all mobility upon that. Then make things slower. That’s how evacs always seem to play out.

    Be safe out there.

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    @mountainvoodoo wrote:

    Xtra batteries and headlamp,

    Always! And you don’t have to carry a half-pound monster headlamp — the smaller (1-2oz.) models from Petzl and BD are getting better and better. After an epic years ago on Mt. Russell where I used a keychain LED lamp for a 3rd class descent, I started girth-hitching a BD Ion to my chalkbag. No reason a person couldn’t do the same thing with their spare Voile pin, for example…

    I like to carry lithium spares becuase they are unaffected by cold, weigh nothing, and last longer than alkaline batteries in my GPS device (which has sometimes triumphed over a poorly read topo — 2.7 ounces of salvation, it has often proven to be). I’m less sure whether they’re a great idea in my headlamp; will have to research this further.

    fire starter,

    Toilet paper and/or pine sap works great in a pinch, as you noted


    Get one of the orange fastex buckle / whistle combos from REI and replace your sternum strap buckle with it! Only $2 and it’s always ready.

    two trash bags (bivy),

    d00d that’s what your pack’s extendable top is for!!! If you are going to use a trash bag as a bivy, pinching a contractor cleanup bag from Home Depot will give you a MUCH better, more durable, and better coverage emergency bivy than a standard Hefty bag. The 4mm thickness holds up to some severe asskickings — those bags are meant for cleaning up nails, joist hangers, splintered studs, etc. and can take almost anything.

    extra pin for the plates.

    just because it can always stand to be repeated 🙂

    Lots of good food for thought.

    THANK YOU for working SAR, by the way. It can never be said enough.

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    @Hyakbc wrote:

    I’ve started packing a Jetboil. Heat soup and torch the forest if you like. Invaluable above treeline.

    I love my jetboil, I converted it into a hanging stove using a speedy stitch, great for cooking in the tent (aka. asphyxiating yourself if you don’t unzip the fly) during a storm. Sips fuel, too.

    Not real good for frying anything, but that’s what the Coleman Uncle Cletus Special in the back of the truck is for.

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    Almost forgot. If you’re going to roll with a rig that requires some waterproofness (and honestly, I do carry a spare pair of batteries to go with the drugs, flexicuffs, and sutures), there are some in particular that are REALLY waterproof, won’t bust, the damn things are TIGHT.

    They are called Aloksacks, I blocked on the name but Google remembered it for me. Anyways, they are good to 200m if sealed properly and especially for maps, matches, etc. they are invaluable.

    I hate to suggest anything techy but these sacks really work well. I dumped one in the Virgin River with a route topo on it, fished it out of the reeds/brushy/pointy things, and the topo was dry as a bone despite the hoohah. The one in my first-aid kit (all 3 items + batteries) has been sat on more times than most peoples’ asses and it’s doing great too. If you want to keep something dry these are a great choice.

    Much obliged for the discussion of lithium batteries. I’ll reserve those for my GPS and (maybe) my headlamp from now on. Maybe if Black Diamond tested their headlamps with lithium batteries and advertised that they were guaranteed not to fuck up with (non-cold-sensitive) lithium batteries, then they might finally gain some ground on mighty Petzl 😉

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    Quit crowding up the backcountry with those goddamn snowboarders!

    Damn you Chris! Damn you all to hell!

    Bunch of degenerates…


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    You could spray paint them 😈

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    @nothingmuch wrote:

    Lithium batteries last longer and are more cold resilient, but some headlamps can’t take them due to the LEDs overheating (My Petzl can’t, for example… *sniff*).

    Which Petzl do you have? I didn’t realize this was an issue. I’ve been running my Myo XP on lithiums for the past couple of years, and a bunch of guys in Patagonia were delighted with the Tikka + lithiums in the cold when I went down there a few years back.

    Is this something Petzl warns about with certain headlamps? Which ones? Thanks!


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    standard alpine 1st aid kit:

    bottle of Percocet, wrapped in duct tape. if you’re feeling randy, throw some 3M temporary sutures in with the pills.

    I did an evacuation of a guy on Whitney who snapped both of his tibias and fibulas with this well-appointed kit and a climbing rope (we were there to do the East Buttress in winter)… the painkillers shut him up long enough to get him into the Stokes litter, although if the litter hadn’t been handy, a pair of skis would have worked just fine. We lowered him to Upper Boy Scout and somebody called a chopper (although again, there’s no reason his partner couldn’t have hiked him out, a few hundred feet at a time… when my wife strained her calf skiing the Wahoos, we alternated me carrying her and her crutching along on poles until we could get to the road).

    Take all the money you’d spend on a “proper” First Aid kit and enroll in a WFR course, and learn to improvise. Then hit up a friend who’s had a root canal for some worthwhile pain killers.

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    You MUST post up when those cants are ready!

    SO RAD.

    I will shitcan my homemade Tognar-lifted mounts in an instant for sure.

    THANK YOU (and Voile, for that matter — how fucking awesome is this?)

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    Never had any problems with my Voile and they have always been super solid people to deal with. Throwing in nuts and bolts for free, calling within hours of me contacting them to make sure everything was right, etc.

    Fuck Prior if this is the way they treat people. What goes around comes around, and frankly, the way David’s board was misdrilled (a thousand dollar board! at retail!) you would have to pay me to ride a Prior.

    Customer service and bad PR like this will help to keep Prior small. Meanwhile, Voile has grown up and branched out and they’re still the same cool people they were before. Pretty stark contrast between the innovators (Voile) and the johnny-come-lately’s…

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    That new topsheet design is hawt

    Alright, that settles it, I’m getting a 178ST this winter. The end.

    Sell the kids, honey, we’re doing some midwinter touring this year 😉

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    I am 2.5″ taller and weigh 15-25 pounds more than you (depending on how good of a shape I am in) and I find my 161 to be great in all but the fluffiest conditions. With a full pack (20-30 pounds for an overnighter) it can get to be a bit of a pisser on tours in winter conditions, but if you’re just doing day trips with a light pack, I can’t see how you could go wrong. The nice thing about a 161, as you hinted, is that you can make tight turns and whip it around in a hurry when things get steeper and narrower.

    Most of the longer tours that I set out on take place in the spring, when the snow is more consolidated and thus the flotation is not as big of an issue. I have been keeping my eyes peeled for a swallowtail, though, which is what I really want for full-on white-smoke powder dumps. My Rossi Undertaker is in Japan with my little brother (it snows more or less continuously from December through April in Sapporo), but I know what I like to ride in blower pow, and it ain’t a Mtn Gun. So…

    If you can get a crushing deal on a 161 and save the money, my suggestion would be to pack light (always a good idea anyhow) and enjoy the extra gas money for your trips.

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    Found it.

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    @bcd wrote:

    Dude! Your website rocks!

    problem is, it looks like a dancing dildo when you shrink it down…

    “d00d! yuor a dildo!!!1”

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    first off: jimw, sorry for bagging on you for Tioga, Dave said the winds were just ridiculous. May try again this weekend, maybe not, unsure

    now on to the meat

    @steeleman wrote:

    better yet, we need a community thread to find an even better “” equivalent.

    shouldn’t be hard:


    or perhaps

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    I picked up a Granite Gear Alpine Vapor this spring and I love it. Went back to one of my older smaller sacks and I could barely stand to wear the thing after being spoiled by the Vapor’s suspension. If you rarely carry ice tools and crampons, they make the Vapor Trail which is almost a pound lighter. (Even the full-duty Alpine Vapor is less than 3lbs. at 3600 ci. capacity)

    Dave, if you see this, give me a ring. I never heard back from you re: Mineral King; Sue mentioned hitting the N. Arete of Bear Creek Spire as a team o’ three, so give a ring on Thursday if you want to try for this weekend.

    (the road to the Needles is still closed, so my climbing season hasn’t really started ;-))

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    OK update, looks like fullers2oh and I will be in attendance. Sunday/Monday remains the window of choice, camping likely to be involved.

    I thought CalTrans was going to get that shit clear for Memorial day! What will all the fishermen do?!?!1

    Good to see that the Woah Nellie Deli continues its reign as the Eastside eatery of choice…

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    Tioga Pass for Memorial Day? It is a ritual…

    Evolutions were nice last weekend. Darwin TR forthcoming.

    Ellery Bowl and Dana Couloir would be some nice spring skiing after this forecast storm, for sure.

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