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Stockwell



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I will be keeping an eye on this thread Taco, the 17th would be awesome. More to hear hopefully as we get closer to than!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 17th seems to be the popular choice so far. I'll plan on it and try to get that day off.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested as well, I just got back from up there yesterday just past the ski hut, there is so much snow my legs were sinking and to soft for a climb up the face so we had to fall back.

Edit: I can do the 17th but may I request the 10th? It's also a Saturday and 3 weeks away. Maybe I'm just a little impatient Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can do whatever you please, but I can only have one of those days off. Not that it's required that I'm there, but I typically organize the event.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to get in on this...
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Location: Big Bear City, CA

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to get in on this, either date works for me.  I have all the gear just need to put it to use!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've updated the name of the thread to make more sense.

For those of you new to this, here is a gear list. I'm covering essentials and not clothing/layers, as that's individual.

-Crampons: I would suggest strap crampons over microspikes. Microspikes are just fine for most outings in the area, and probably adequate for what is taught at the clinic, but they're more of a hiking tool than a mountaineer's tool. Black Diamond, Petzl, Camp, and Grivel all make easy to find strap crampons that can fit over most any waterproof boot.

-Boots: Anything waterproof will work, however you'd be best served by a light alpine boot designed specifically for mountaineering. It makes the experience much better. An example of such a boot would be the La Sportiva Trango, which is the gold standard.

-Axe: A standard mountaineering axe is best. I usually carry the common/standard Black Diamond Raven, 70cm in length. One may choose to have a leash for it. You can either buy one from REI or a similar location, or you can just make one out of webbing or a sling. Some do not use a leash.

-Helmet: A helmet is strongly suggested for climbing the bowl, or really any steep snow route in the San Gabriels. We have very loose rock here, and the freeze-thaw cycle loosens them and sends missiles down on climbers. We can discuss forecasting and route selection to avoid such objective hazards.


For layers and clothing, I would suggest highly water resistant pants that you don't mind beating up. You will be falling down a snow slope and self-arresting with an axe. and snow can be abrasive. Protect your skin and perhaps don't wear a $50,000 Arc`Teryx Mega Elite jacket. Wink Goretex gaiters are also a swell idea.

Any questions?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When and where?  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

January 17
How does meeting at the hut by 9am sound to everyone? Or perhaps in the bowl? I don't mean to direct excess traffic into the Ski Hut if that's a concern.

Last time (heh, the only time), we met at the bottom of the south side of the bowl, which has zero rockfall hazard (that day). I guess we'll all figure to meet in the bottom of the bowl around 9.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be there.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

last time was fun too
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Mike P
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bummer, last time was fun!  Gotta' work that weekend...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pics from the 2011 clinic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonov/sets/72157625681541187/





I'm sorry I can't make it this year; I already scheduled a hike with the teens that day.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Mitch! Yup, that's me following my friend Chad up the ridge.
I highly recommend that if any of you haven't tried or need to practice self-arrest, this is the place to do it. Great times! Thanks, Taco!

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I'm sorry I can't make it this year; I already scheduled a hike with the teens that day.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do hope we get more snow, cause if we don't... Imma need some ideas. Confused

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