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    I get what you're saying SkiGuy. I'm just...

    I get what you're saying SkiGuy.

    I'm just thinking of those poor F&G dudes who had to slog to the summit of Lafayette, at night, in zero viz, to pull these folks off.

    Maybe the answer is...
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    Improved Winter Trail Marking

    Interesting idea that got me thinking...

    Might it be good for F&G to wand some of the more popular trails where winter rescues are common due to low visibility?

    For example: Lafayette summit...
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    When I read that I assumed they probably set a...

    When I read that I assumed they probably set a way point at the hut and then walked back to it from the summit or just used track-back to get down.
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    First Winter Rescue Kicks Off Season

    These folks on Lafayette had "all the right equipment" until visibility went to zero.

    Don't most cell phones have a compass app?
    cb
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    I guess the one remaining question I have was why...

    I guess the one remaining question I have was why a simul-rappel in the first place. It increased the risk factor and seemed to provide little advantage other saving a few minutes of time.

    But...
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    Ah ha. After reading this nice summation and...

    Ah ha. After reading this nice summation and drawing myself a little force vector diagram I totally get it!

    It really has nothing to do with the pulley effect which implies some mechanical...
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    I ain’t buying it ski guy! The first artl you...

    I ain’t buying it ski guy! The first artl you cite is really about leader falls. And the second vaguely refers to a “pulley effect “ without explaining how exactly that might work. Hooey I say!
    ...
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    Can someone explain the physics of this to me? ...

    Can someone explain the physics of this to me?

    How can a static load weight on the fixed piece double as a result of the leader being lowered vs. lowering herself on rappel?

    Help!!
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    Yup. It's amazing how cheaply we valued our...

    Yup. It's amazing how cheaply we valued our lives when using this technique!
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    So true. I was usually heavier than most of my...

    So true. I was usually heavier than most of my partners so they always asked me to go down first. If the anchors held me they were bombproof! Brotherhood of the rope?
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    As I recall, Valley guides who run Winter...

    As I recall, Valley guides who run Winter President Traverse trips sometimes construct a cave shelter on the leeward side of Sphinx Col.

    This is a dangerous place to be and very exposed in winter....
  12. I am reading that these climbs are being done...

    I am reading that these climbs are being done regularly now so it is possible the trail will be broken out.

    Note however that Some climbers adverse to walking long distances opt to rap these...
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    I’ve never done a simul-rap. Normal rappelling...

    I’ve never done a simul-rap. Normal rappelling was frightening enough. When I started climbing the Dulfritz rappel was in vogue: rope between the legs and over a shoulder. (Remember wool sweaters...
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    Bad news. Looks like a repelling accident in...

    Bad news.

    Looks like a repelling accident in which Gobright rapped off the end of the rope with no knot placed to prevent that.

    His partner was extremely lucky to land on a ledge and stay...
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    Softshell Recommendation Please

    Hi gang,

    I'm in the market for a new soft shell jacket suitable for hiking and occasional ice climbing.

    Should have a few pockets but not much insulation I layer as needed.

    Do any of you...
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    Cat sitting my grand-kittens in Portland Maine. ...

    Cat sitting my grand-kittens in Portland Maine.

    We had chowda and a cheeseburger after two laps of Mackworth Island and a visit to Mr. Baxter's pet cemetery. Life is GOOD.

    Best to all!
    cb
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    I love that! Also, what's so wrong with the...

    I love that!

    Also, what's so wrong with the "NE-103?" Has a nice ring to it, no?
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    Got it. Thanks! cb

    Got it. Thanks!
    cb
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    Does the Jackson Foundation actually do any...

    Does the Jackson Foundation actually do any grooming or patrols on the Wildcat Ski Trail between the summit and the Rt 16 crossing?

    Also, if you exit the trail at Rt 16 crossing do you still need...
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    No way!! I am 6 feet tall, so it should stay a...

    No way!!

    I am 6 feet tall, so it should stay a 4000 footer for me (3995 + 6 = 4001). All you shorter-than-5-foot folks will need another summit for your award.
  21. This is at best second (third?) hand information....

    This is at best second (third?) hand information.

    I suggest that our own north country "reliable source" Peakbagger drive the hell over there and find out what the situation is.

    And if he can't...
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    Everywhere I've climbed in North America there...

    Everywhere I've climbed in North America there was a Beckey route, usually the "Beckey Direct." The man was prolific for sure.

    I see him as a climbing savant, possibly on the autism spectrum....
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    The Movie “Dirtbag”

    I just streamed this bio pic about Fred Beckey off Amazon Prime and found it really interesting.

    His single mindedness for climbing new routes was all consuming to the point of precluding any...
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    Micro spikes and gaiters and gloves. OH MY!! ...

    Micro spikes and gaiters and gloves. OH MY!!

    And -55 wind chill atop the hill.
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    I got a pair of these on sale ($119) from Bean's...

    I got a pair of these on sale ($119) from Bean's after the holiday rush two years ago.

    Worn them a few times so far with snowshoes and microspikes and they do just fine on most winter 4ks.

    Warm...
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