JK wrote:Here's my new year gift to all the summitposters with no adventure this winter:http://www.cascadecrusades.org/SkiMountaineering/pickettraverse/pickettraverse2010/pickets2010.htm
Wastral wrote:JK wrote:Here's my new year gift to all the summitposters with no adventure this winter:http://www.cascadecrusades.org/SkiMountaineering/pickettraverse/pickettraverse2010/pickets2010.htmLearning is no more than doing. Don't need a course. Won't teach anymore than you can learn by reading a book. Otherwise its all about doing. You will learn far more planning your own trip. Packing your own crap. Learning what crap you don't need. Planning your own route and how to read the lay of the land and applying that to reading a map.
I agree. They are pricey and after reading all the advice (on the internet) on how to not take the cascades lightly, It would be reckless on my part to ignore the techiques and take it easy. I would rather do this once and build the contacts + confidence from herePersonally, all such courses are a waste of money except the emergency Aid classes. What said classes DO DO FOR YOU is get you in contact with others who are like minded. Problem is you are in Illinois and most if not all those in said class with you will be from Washington State.
That is precisely why I want to go on a trip immediately after the class. So I can be confident about what I am getting myself into and enjoy the area with like-minded folks.You want to do it this summer? July? Good time to go. 2nd week of July onwards is great. You can traverse the picket range with nothing harder than class 3. If its harder than this you are OFF route. Quite easy to do in the pickets for someone who doesn't have experience reading the lay of the land.
Really? I should really look into Pickets then (depending on the partners). It was out of my radar since many trip reports suggested that even a traverse is too complex for a first timer.I may be available, but best place to find a partner would be as others have said cascadeclimbers.com or nwhikers.net. Warning there are a lot of old women/men at heart who are afraid of their own shadows when it comes to going "off route" for the uninitiated.
Take extra food and plan on having route finding issues.
Do let me know if you are available (~ July 25 - Aug 15). I will post a request for partners once I get my dates sorted out.
Thanks for the advice.Yup that link along with all of their adventures is an awesome resource and place to learn what to do and what you can do. Those guys started off no different than you and worked into bigger and badder stuff until they got into white water kayaking for seeking thrills. It cost them their best friend doing that though. I have done just enough white water creek/river kayaking to be scared spitless of it honestly. Makes mountaineering look safe. I so far know personally have lost 2 friends lost to white water kayaking. I will admit traveling a river in a kayak is an amazing experience, but don't take it too far.
You will note in his chronology he has never gone white river kayaking again down small creeks. Only large rivers and no more than class III.
RIP Ben Manfredi.
Thrills are one thing, dieing is another.
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