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Basic Mountaineering Orientation - Winter 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Basic Mountaineering Orientation - Winter 2011 Reply with quote

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a class, none attending are paying, and we are not a guiding service. This is just a way for those interested to learn some basics and do a simple climb up Mount Baldy via the Bowl. We are not responsible for your well-being, safety, and all of that nonsense, so don't sue any of us, mmkay?

Also, check this first post for updates.

Hi guys, I'm organizing a basic mountaineering "clinic" on Baldy, with a climb up Baldy Bowl. The purpose of this trip is to get new climbers and others getting into winter trips and mountaineering comfortable and safe on the mountain.

We will be covering the very basics:
-Efficient Winter travel: Moving smartly
-Layering: staying warm and keeping cool
-Self-arrest: With and without axe, poles, and crampons, in all positions.
-Basic climbing and walking techniques


The more advanced side will simply be from experienced folks sharing their tips and techniques that often don't find their way into a book.

Required gear:
-Crampons: 10pt, 12pt, the usual.
-Axe: One standard mountaineering axe
-Helmet: A helmet will be required for climbing up Baldy Bowl. If you don't have one, you can take the trail up through the trees to the ridgeline.
-Gloves: Some good gloves you wouldn't mind self-arresting in a lot.

For glacier practice, everyone will need, in addition to the crampons, ice axe and helmet, an alpine harness and at least one locking caribiner.  We can work out ropes, pulleys, pickets and other gear off-line.

Date is 8th of January at 6am, with the 29th of January for glacier practice. First major snow is typically mid-December, but due to the holiday season we probably won't get many folks out. Meet up at Manker Flat at 6am! We will start hiking up to the Bowl by 630.

If you are interested, reply to this message.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some course suggestions..

> Advanced Winter Survival: Eating Your Friends - Selection and Technique
> Cliffhanger 101: A Study Companion to the Groundbreaking Alpine Hand-to-Hand Combat Documentary
> Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills - Cover-to-Cover.  48 consecutive days.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bertfivesix wrote:
Some course suggestions..


No ice axe air guitar technique?

Good idea Taco
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Count me in for sure.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bertfivesix wrote:
Some course suggestions..

> Advanced Winter Survival: Eating Your Friends - Selection and Technique
> Cliffhanger 101: A Study Companion to the Groundbreaking Alpine Hand-to-Hand Combat Documentary
> Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills - Cover-to-Cover.  48 consecutive days.


Also,

>"Don't walk around my tent with your crampons on": Making friends at camp.
>How to blow up your tent, starring MSR White Gas.
>"Why is the snow red?": How to tell when you're starting to have fun.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hvydrt wrote:
bertfivesix wrote:
Some course suggestions..


No ice axe air guitar technique?

Good idea Taco


Can't be taught.  You've either got it or you don't.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taco wrote:
bertfivesix wrote:
Some course suggestions..

> Advanced Winter Survival: Eating Your Friends - Selection and Technique
> Cliffhanger 101: A Study Companion to the Groundbreaking Alpine Hand-to-Hand Combat Documentary
> Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills - Cover-to-Cover.  48 consecutive days.


Also,

>"Don't walk around my tent with your crampons on": Making friends at camp.
>How to blow up your tent, starring MSR White Gas.
>"Why is the snow red?": How to tell when you're starting to have fun.


Hey, it was cold and I was tired of my eyebrows anyway.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing

I've added a short list of required gear to the original post.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some scheduling blackout dates for me:

Can't make it on the 15th (youth hike) or the 22nd (SHOT Show).

That leaves the 8th and the 29th open for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am definetly interested, all depends on the final date.


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