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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Jow » Wed May 15, 2013 9:18 pm

Tonka wrote:I'll be in New York City for a Yankees game Sat. and then in Jersey. We're going to make an attempt at High Point. Any gear advice???


A baseball cap and a glove to catch foul balls is all the gear u need. Also the cheese steaks are delicious at yankee stadium.

oh wait you were wondering about HP NJ. its supposed to be nice weather wise and is an fun easy hike. wear a light jacket and hiking shoes. I got stuck in downpour when i did it on way down and was wearing junky sneakers, this is prior to seriously getting into this whole highpointing thing, and other than being uncomfortable its not much an issue.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Wed May 15, 2013 9:24 pm

Go minimalist. Do it naked.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Tonka » Wed May 15, 2013 9:28 pm

Catamount wrote:Go minimalist. Do it naked.


But I'm afraid that my big swinging, well you know, may get impaled by my ice ax. I will need an ice ax won't I?
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Wed May 15, 2013 9:56 pm

Yes, you will need an ice axe for protection. The tourists are very aggressive.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby sm0421 » Thu May 16, 2013 6:04 pm

it's a nice area, try to do a lot of hikes in the park, the map sucks.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Hotoven » Sat May 18, 2013 5:17 pm

Tonka wrote:
Catamount wrote:Go minimalist. Do it naked.


But I'm afraid that my big swinging, well you know, may get impaled by my ice ax. I will need an ice ax won't I?


You wont need an ice ax if you got a big swinging THANG. Just arrest with that... Believe me, it takes some practice, but I got it down pretty well.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Tue May 28, 2013 8:30 am

sm0421 wrote:May23-24, Mt. Hood w/guide ($)
May 25-28, Rainier w/guide (lots of $)


How'd it go? Conditions?

I'm leaving for Oregon on Thursday and will be attempting Hood over the weekend. Weather forecast looks encouraging at the moment.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Hotoven » Wed May 29, 2013 12:36 am

Catamount wrote:
sm0421 wrote:May23-24, Mt. Hood w/guide ($)
May 25-28, Rainier w/guide (lots of $)


How'd it go? Conditions?

I'm leaving for Oregon on Thursday and will be attempting Hood over the weekend. Weather forecast looks encouraging at the moment.



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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby sm0421 » Thu May 30, 2013 5:19 am

Hood, sunny day after snow storm, tons of new snow, made it to just below hogsback and had 100cm new snow. Guide said avalanche danger so we turned back.

Rainier, 1st day blizzard but made it to camp muir. 2nd day perfectly clear but guide said avalanche danger above cathedral gap so we cpuldnt move yo high camp but had some walk around camp muir, 3rd day snow storm and we made our way down in 2.5hr.

I'm not tired at all, lesson learned is that if you want summit come in summer.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Bark Eater » Fri May 31, 2013 1:22 pm

Alex, sorry your climbs did not summit. Your Rainier experience sounds similar to mine last year, except we had driving blowing and freezing rain down low while the blizzard was raging up high. Next time, my friend!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:35 pm

Up the Pearly Gates, down the Old Chute. State highpoint #49 is in the bag. Summited at 6 AM this morning.

Denali is calling my name. :)
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby sm0421 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:03 am

awesome man!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wow!!

How was the condition? Did you go with Timberline?
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:20 am

Thanks Alex. The avy conditions you mentioned were quite real right up until the end of the week. We camped two nights directly below Illumination Rock and were well protected but a couple of skiers triggered a 100-200 foot wide avalanche on Friday that came a few hundred yards from our camp. Kinda cool to watch as we had front row seats. But some sun and warmish temps consolidated the snow pretty well the last couple of days and we had perfect snow conditions and bright sunshine this morning. Mountain was packed with climbers.

As a side note, when I was checking in on Friday morning with TMG, an olderish gentleman who was apparently on your Rainier climb was asking the guides about the conditions you encountered. That is, unless there is another Alex who attempted Rainier and Hood back-to-back last week. I think he was up for a Saturday climb ... avy conditions were OK yesterday but the visibility was zero. Hope he made it.

Feels good to get the monkey off my back. This is the third time I was out there but the first where things worked out. You'll get it next time.

Goin' to bed. I'm beat.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby sm0421 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:44 am

So excited for you Catamount! Yes Mark was on my Rainier trip and I hope he can make it to Hood, he's from Ohio. Congrats again on an amazing journey with 49 states! And I hope to see you this summer in the ADK/Catskills?
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:48 am

Deleted User wrote:I bagged three state highpoints over a long weekend.

Massachusetts, Mount Greylock :)

Connecticut, Mount Frissell, southwest shoulder :)

Delaware, Ebright Azimuth, :oops:

Ebright Azimuth, the highest mountain in the state of Delaware.
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If you're reading this zodis, I wish you the best. Don't know what led you to leave the site, but I have a lot of respect for your climbing. Hope you have many more highpoints in your future! Cheers, man.
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