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Postby norco17 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:37 am

About two years ago me and one of my climbing partners that I had met in the backpacking class at the local community college decided to go rock climbing. He had been climbing for about a month so was slightly more experienced than I. I bought a harness and atc and we went to the crag. I tried the first lead (5.4crack)and bailed before getting off the ground because my shoes wouldn't grip the rock. He lead the pitch and I followed. A week later I had my hiking boots and decided to give it another try. Lead the 30 foot pitch on two cams. Good times.
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Postby Dave Dinnell » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:57 am

Neophiteat48 wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Sheesh, no kidding, what kinda n00b climber goes hauling a pound of cheese and a pound of salami?????
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Postby Marmaduke » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:14 am

I know, the kids won't be with us anymore they wanted that crap. Or they'll have their own pack.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:34 pm

My first backpacking trip was a easy one nigher, and I was going with another inexperienced friend. My pack weighted 50 lbs! We hikes 36 miles in two days, and I felt like I had broken my back. The backpack was my dads, so it was really old and didn't fit me at all. After that, I figured there was an easier way of backpacking, so I started reading. My friend and I still laugh about it today, good times being a noob!
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Postby Gafoto » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:22 pm

Dave Dinnell wrote:
Neophiteat48 wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Sheesh, no kidding, what kinda n00b climber goes hauling a pound of cheese and a pound of salami?????


You could fit another six pack in if you ditched the salami and cheese.
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Postby John Duffield » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:51 pm

Thirty years ago, I climbed a volcano in the Phillipines. Since we were only 5 degrees above the equator, it never occurred to us how cold it would be above 8000 feet.

We'd been stuck on the side of it for 3 days in a Typhoon. Lucky, because I'd carrried up a cheap blanket.

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Postby Bob Sihler » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:14 pm

1. Used to always hike in jeans unless it was warm enough for shorts-- didn't even know hiking pants existed until 2000.

2. Went hiking into the Death Valley badlands in 130-degree heat wearing jeans and cowboy boots-- just seemed right.

3. Used to carry a boombox when backpacking to enjoy music in the wilderness.

Probably many other dumber things that could have gotten me hurt or killed, but I can't remember them right now.

Neophiteat48 wrote:I hiked Mount Hood with a backapck filled with 6 Coronas (bottles), 6 cans of Coors, 2 bottles of wine, 6 cans of soda, 4 botlles of water, one pound of salami, one pound of cheese and 7 pounds of ice to keep it all chilled. Why did I bring the water and the sodas?


Hell I don't take all that, but I still take beer and bury it in snow if I can find some. Nothing like a cold beer and some bacon at sunset in the wilderness...
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Postby outofstep80 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:23 pm

Scrambling in the Grand Canyon with 20 oz of water, some trail mix, no map, no other supplies.
All items were shared, group of 2.

Probably should be part of that north america accidents book.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:06 pm

outofstep80 wrote:Scrambling in the Grand Canyon with 20 oz of water, some trail mix, no map, no other supplies.
All items were shared, group of 2.

Probably should be part of that north america accidents book.


I met a dude who was hiking the GC in one day as I was. All he had was 20 oz of water, and sandals. I persuaded him to hike out with me during the night when it was cooler. He did, but ended up doing it barefoot because his sandals were falling apart. I gave him half my food. I don't know how he wouldn't have become another rescued person that day without me. He didn't have any food either. Some people are just asking for trouble, I'll tell you what!
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Postby mconnell » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:51 pm

outofstep80 wrote:Scrambling in the Grand Canyon with 20 oz of water, some trail mix, no map, no other supplies.
All items were shared, group of 2.

Probably should be part of that north america accidents book.


Hiked down to Phantom Ranch and back up carrying a 2 liter water bottle. Not sure I would carry any more if I did it again.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:11 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:You got him out of the hot oven, didn't you!?

I wonder if he went and jumped into the Frying Pan?

DMT


Haha I wouldn't be surprised. He said he was on a road trip doing whatever he thought looked cool. I didn't bother searching the obituaries for his name, I didn't want my assumptions coming true.
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Postby Hotoven » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:21 pm

I forget his name, but have a photo of him. He was from New York I think. This was just in the summer of 2008 too. Who's this Alex guy your referring to?
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