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    It wasn’t necessary. The kids have been climbing...

    It wasn’t necessary. The kids have been climbing and rappelling at local Tahoe crags for three years. We re-reviewed and practiced setting up the PAS, rappel device, and an auto-block in the weeks...
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    jorion: I found a lot of helpful info on...

    jorion: I found a lot of helpful info on roadtripryan.com. It may or may not help you.

    tgapp: Added Overstory to my reading queue.

    billyk: I only watched the first ten minutes, but it looks...
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    https://mindjoggle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/...

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    ^^^I'm nearly through and have really enjoyed it.
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    The Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop looks...

    The Little Death Hollow/Wolverine Loop looks amazing. I think my next Utah trip will focus on the stuff around Escalante and Capitol Reef. Zion and Moab are amazing and lived up to the hype, but I...
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    We use autoblocks on the bottom, prussiks on top,...

    We use autoblocks on the bottom, prussiks on top, multiple stopper knots, and butterfly knots every 6 feet that each person unties and then reties. It takes us 2 hours to rap a 25' drop, but we're...
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    I'm well aware of the dangers of rappelling....

    I'm well aware of the dangers of rappelling. Again, my default is to liberally use stoppers. So, if you think my approach is not to generally not use them, let me disabuse you of that belief. But I...
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    I suppose that's a rhetorical question, but I'll...

    I suppose that's a rhetorical question, but I'll answer anyway: No. The exclusion was conscious and discussed. With rope stretch and rappel extensions, everybody got to the ground easily and were...
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    Diana’s Throne/Huntress (near Mt. Carmel...

    Diana’s Throne/Huntress (near Mt. Carmel Junction): This was an audible when Zion closed Pine Creek and cancelled our permit the day before. That was a bummer, but this canyon was not. It far...
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    tgapp: Totally agree about it being family...

    tgapp: Totally agree about it being family friendly. If I had ready access to Southern Utah, I'd definitely invest in some canyoneering gear. It's a great way to explore cool areas and get away from...
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    Thanks, man! I felt a little bad using my newish...

    Thanks, man! I felt a little bad using my newish 70m climbing rope, but it was worth it. My ski mountaineering rope worked pretty well though. Anyhow, it's definitely something I wouldn't mind doing...
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    So . . . I highly recommend canyoneering as a...

    So . . . I highly recommend canyoneering as a family-friendly way to explore southern Utah. My kids really liked it. I think we all would have gotten a little jaded if we had just hiked, as I had...
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    FWIW, canyoneering is a great way to get off the...

    FWIW, canyoneering is a great way to get off the beaten path in an otherwise crowded place like Arches. Did U-Turn there a few days ago and it was fantastic and technically straightforward. The kids...
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    Nice. North Dome is on my list, although I still...

    Nice. North Dome is on my list, although I still need to do Snake Dike first.
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    The old 12-mile Ashland Super D--when it was...

    The old 12-mile Ashland Super D--when it was simply a single top-to-bottom race--was the best race ever. I camped at the Ashland KOA for convenience when I did it in 2010. If, by chance, you ever get...
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    Bumping this because Zion just reopened the...

    Bumping this because Zion just reopened the technical canyoneering routes in the park itself. I just nabbed permits for Keystone and Pine Creek, which are beginner-level wet canyons. I'm not 100%...
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    I just looked up the Wonderland Trail. It looks...

    I just looked up the Wonderland Trail. It looks amazing! I don't know if I could do back-to-back-to-back long runs, although that'd be cool. I think I'd probably try it as a 5-day "fast pack"* at...
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    Nice job, Cruiser and Dantheman. jorion: The...

    Nice job, Cruiser and Dantheman.

    jorion: The Rae Lakes Loop is a real gem. I'd heartily recommend it for a long run or multiday backpacking trip. The one I wanted to do this year (but won't be...
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    Sorry about the head injury. That sucks! I've...

    Sorry about the head injury. That sucks!

    I've tried nose-breathing to control pace and found it to be uncomfortable, even when my heart rate is at moderate aerobic pace. (Am I a fucking mouth...
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    The “Sky Marathon” near Bishop: 340308 ...

    The “Sky Marathon” near Bishop:
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    I took a different approach to running this year...

    I took a different approach to running this year that focused on low-heart training along the lines of but not strictly adherent to Maffetone and/or Uphill Athlete and thought I'd report my results....
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    Sorry, I couldn't say. The headphones definitely...

    Sorry, I couldn't say. The headphones definitely aren't high profile or anything. But if the helmet was particularly snug in front of the ears, it could be uncomfortable. See, e.g. this photo of a...
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    I think they'd be okay unless your ski helmet is...

    I think they'd be okay unless your ski helmet is particularly tight around the ears and temple. I tried them with my climbing helmet (BD Half Dome) and they're comfortable.
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    FWIW, after years of going through a number of...

    FWIW, after years of going through a number of cheapo headphones, I invested in some spendy ($160) Aftershokz Aeroplex headphones. These are bone-conducting headphones, which means they transmit...
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    Self-guided Beginner Canyoneering in Utah?

    Hello all. I've got a family trip to Utah in early October planned. We'll be in Moab for a night or two, 3-4 days backpacking in the Needles District of Canyonlands, a night in either Monument Valley...
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    I have no idea why some of the photos are...

    I have no idea why some of the photos are flipped. They are orientated normally on my iPhone.
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    Labor Day Weekend: We went on our annual...

    Labor Day Weekend: We went on our annual three-family three-day backpacking trip, this year to the Ten Lakes Basin in Yosemite.

    The weather started off very promising, if a little hot.
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    A couple weekends ago: I did another run that...

    A couple weekends ago: I did another run that looped Twin Lakes, Peeler Lake, and Buckeye. I was mostly outside Yosemite except for a two-mile stretch between Peeler Lake and Buckeye Pass. I’d really...
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    Great post, jorion! We camped near North Peak...

    Great post, jorion! We camped near North Peak last year and hiked up to the saddle overlooking McCabe. Very cool area and I’m told the fishing is great.

    evdog: That sounds scary. Like jorion, we...
  29. Well, you edited your post after I had already...

    Well, you edited your post after I had already replied, which is no fair.

    Look, I understand that you feel passionately about this. But can you also see that reasonable people can disagree on...
  30. I have a better solution. Take your...

    I have a better solution. Take your computer/tablet/smartphone and throw it out the window.

    Back to the happy place:...
  31. I hope it's a 5.11 runout offwidth. :D ...

    I hope it's a 5.11 runout offwidth. :D



    Would you compare his actions to, say, that of Hitler or Goebbels? :rolleyes2

    Maybe dial back the judgmental turdliness a tad? I realize that you...
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    This is an outstandingly good TR. Thank you.

    This is an outstandingly good TR. Thank you.
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    mr. hankey: Wanna lead me through the ice on that...

    mr. hankey: Wanna lead me through the ice on that one ?



    Hint:
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    ^^^Those are beauties, BFG. If the second or...

    ^^^Those are beauties, BFG. If the second or third ones happen to be in the Sierra, I'd love to get more info in a PM.

    I would like to make a trip to Canada some day to ski some of the beauties...
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    Bootpacks can be pretty, too. Now that I've...

    Bootpacks can be pretty, too.

    Now that I've climbed it, I'm a little scared to ski it bootpack.
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    It's freezing and I'm finally reaching a 13,000'+ pass with a heavy pack bootpack....
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    Heavy pack skintrack. 323251 Tropical...

    Heavy pack skintrack.
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    Tropical skintrack.
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    Alpenglow skintrack.
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    Storm-day skintrack.
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    Your analogy is bad and you should feel bad. :wink: (I'm just giving you a hard time.)

    I think we're still at a point at which we can find a balance between the extremes of (a) traveling long...
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    FWIW, I've never seen the Tahoe backcountry as hammered as it was by yesterday. Mind you, I did a bit of the hammering myself (all within a few miles from my house). But even my more reclusive,...
  39. West Shore yesterday. Kept it under 30 degrees...

    West Shore yesterday. Kept it under 30 degrees and wouldn’t have felt safe going any steeper. There’s definitely a dodgy layer down there. It was 40”+ deep and kinda hard to turn in places but still...
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    I dunno. I can't say I've tried and compared all...

    I dunno. I can't say I've tried and compared all jackets in this range, but seems like the Ferrosi is in a different category than some of the other jackets we're discussing. It's a legitimate...
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    Slight thread-drift: Is there a better/cheaper...

    Slight thread-drift: Is there a better/cheaper option for trail running than the Houdini Air? It looks pretty solid.
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    I'm not criticizing or anything, but it's always...

    I'm not criticizing or anything, but it's always interesting to see other people's approach. For anything above 25-degrees Fahrenheit on the ski track or bootpack, I'm basically good with either (a)...
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    I've also got the 187cm Masterblaster. I'm 6' and...

    I've also got the 187cm Masterblaster. I'm 6' and 180 lbs. It's a fun ski at speed and a strong all-arounder. But for dad skiing (slower, more turns) and moguls, I'd probably prefer the next size...
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    I wear this jacket for 80% of my tours including...

    I wear this jacket for 80% of my tours including sweaty uphill sprints before work, and some colder trail runs. It's great and can be found for ~$60 if you're savvy. I've probably got 250+ days on...
  45. Naturally, I was out of town for a wedding for...

    Naturally, I was out of town for a wedding for the first snow in 6 to 800 weeks. Got out this morning in the Rose area, and it was . . . weird. 12-18" of blower powder on top of ice, rock, and...
  46. Nah. I broke a ski, but I didn't really take a...

    Nah. I broke a ski, but I didn't really take a hard beater in that one. I felt fine immediately afterward and continued to feel fine for the long, slow hike out. If I had felt woozy or like I had my...
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    Jeez, it's been a long time since I've looked at this thread. To be honest, it's not something I'm eager to think about, but I guess I should update my own story.

    2011: I got off the rat poison...
  48. The top 500 feet off of Jakes was firmish...

    The top 500 feet off of Jakes was firmish "pre-corn" (kernel skiing?). Everything else that day was pretty good corn. Shockingly, there was no schwack factor at all. The hardest part was skinning up...
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    . . . and the aforementioned 10-year old. I...

    . . . and the aforementioned 10-year old. I follow the time-honored tradition of giving the second-born child the short end of the stick attention/photo-wise.

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    As a corollary to the blah blah, here are some...

    As a corollary to the blah blah, here are some photos from the last year of my now 12-13 year old in the bc (Shasta, Tahoe, and the Eastern Sierra). I love getting out with her.

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