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LS Baruntse on Rainier - Mid June or Late July - Too hot?

Hey everyone,

I'm interested in the La Sportiva Baruntse as an all around boot that I will be able to use both on Rainier throughout the summer season (in 2017 I will either climb in mid June or the end of July), as well as potentially on Denali and then other future peaks. My concern after reading more reviews is that it will be too hot for Rainier's summer season. Most of the reviews are ...
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Clothing for Rainier winter?

Me and three others are shooting for the R sometime in January. This will be my 5th time up the thing, first time in winter. Plan is to stay at Muir up to 5 days for a window and go for it. We're taking the Gib Ledges. A lot of the clothing in my summer kit will be coming along plus a few extras, I'd like to hear from some who have made the winter ...
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Boots for Aconcagua

Hi all,

I am going to climb Aconcagua in December and I have a question on the snow boots.

I have Sportiva Baruntse (Used on Aconcagua, Elbrus, Illiniza South and Chimborazo) and newly purchased Sportiva G2SM. While I am very comfortable with the Baruntse and they have been very warm shoes for the mountains I have climbed, G2SM has a clear advantage in terms of weight. I am size 45.5 and there is considerable difference ...
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Costco's Kirkland-brand Puffies

Hey all!

I'm a climber on a budget (a very tight one, as it happens), and I saw at Costco the other day a Kirkland-brand down puffy that goes for about a quarter of the price of some of the bigger brands. Does anyone have experience with any of Costco's outdoor clothing and can recommend for or against? I'm not in the business of doing anything crazy cold, just looking for something compressible that can ...
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Cold weather gear - Absolute Zero Parka and -40F bag

Here's what I have:

- Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero parka - (Color: Red, Size: XL) Used for a couple of days, still in exactly as brand new condition. Has been stored in a large leaf/garbage bag so is nice and fluffy. $250 firm.

- North Face Darkstar -40F sleeping bag, synthetic insulation. Very good condition. Has also been stored in a large leaf/garbage bag so is nice and fluffy. It is a really warm bag, ...
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A really supportive climbing pack that can carry 45 lbs?

An aspiring mountaineer, who wakes up every morning with a back pain is wondering what might be some of the most supportive backpacks suitable for mountaineering use that can carry 45lbs loads without being excessively bulky. I see that the dead bird company has a 65-liter pack with an interesting swinging waist suspension, but (apart from the price point) it's classified as backpacking, not climbing use, and not very clear to me that it can ...
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What's the toughest route your ever climbed in your Trangos?

I've been climbing some easier North Carolina trad routes in Trango S Evos as part of training for a trip to the Alps next summer. I'm wondering what they are capable of on the right feet. What's the most technical route you ever climbed in them?
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Cheap prescription glacier goggles

I have bad vision (-3 / -2.75) and in my home country I was offered a price tag of about 1,050$US for a single pair of Julbo goggles (I laughed, the shop owner was serious though :\ ).
In any case, I wonder where I can order a pair for a saner price online, assuming I already have a spectrum of frames that fit me.
Any recommendations ?
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Compressing 0F Sleeping Bag?

Newbie Question here:

I just got my first 0F sleeping bag -- a synthetic Marmot Trestles. It's nice and toasty, but it compresses even less than I expected it would. It takes up nearly my entire 45L pack when it's in the stuff sack.

My question: How on earth am I supposed to fit my other gear in my pack? In an ideal world, I would have gotten a down bag, but the price difference ...
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Garmont Boot Durability?

Wondering how the Garmont Tower boot series perform with respect to durability? Not overly happy with the longevity of my most recent pair of Scarpa Triolet, and considering trying something new vs. having them resoled. Have been very happy thus far with their Dragontail approach shoes, they've handled volcano choss like a champ.

Specifically looking at Tower Plus LX GTX.

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