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Epics and Accidents / Re: Climber triggered avalanche in Huntington
« Last post by eyebolter on Yesterday at 03:58:59 PM »

The serious point is that Mt W avy victims possess an impressive list of educational and professional accomplishments, i.e., very smart people can do very dumb things.


The bottom line is, if you want to be 100% safe ("smart') then you shouldn't be in there at all.

I climbed there tons in the 70's and I would say in retrospect that 90% of the time there was some degree of avalanche danger.    The day I got avalanched the forecast was "low,"  though it was then changed to "Very High," lol.  It sure didn't seem any worse than all the other times I hadn't been avalanched in exactly the same place.
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Epics and Accidents / Re: Climber triggered avalanche in Huntington
« Last post by jshefftz on Yesterday at 03:41:13 PM »
Glad to see everyone focusing on the most important finding from my ESAW presentation on airbag pack effectiveness!

Okay, seriously though, the stat I cited (jokingly?) was specifically for Harvard affiliates (grads, students, employees) -- any other Ivy Leaguers are safe.
(Well, maybe not when climbing in Huntington -- I never realized the grim story behind that name, but then again, similar in a way to Airplane Gully and Airplane Bowl...)

So the ppt slides in question are #s 8 & 9 here:
http://tinyurl.com/airbagppt 
A participant took notes for all the presentations, and also recorded audio for some of them, including mine, with the Mt W stats at around 3:11 to 4:15 here:
http://tinyurl.com/airbagaudio

The serious point is that Mt W avy victims possess an impressive list of educational and professional accomplishments, i.e., very smart people can do very dumb things.
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Climbing a Frozen Tree
« Last post by kenreville on Yesterday at 02:55:36 PM »
How come you didn't paraglide off the top?
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Gear Exchange / La Sportiva Boulder X size 40
« Last post by lukeweiss on Yesterday at 10:03:51 AM »
I just bought a pair for my sister-in-law, so they are brand spanking new, un-worn (except for her trying them on!).
They didn't fit her, so now they must move on! They are great approach shoes - not the stickiest, but definitely one of the most comfortable approach shoes out there.

$75 to the first size 40 interested!
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New Ice Routes / Re: Wade For It, WI4
« Last post by old_school on Yesterday at 09:09:58 AM »
is this on the hillside littered with small rock outcrops?

Yes! Exactly!

I did another route around the corner to climbers right...cool narrow gulley but haven't gotten back there to take pictures. Will do this season when the river freezes!
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New Ice Routes / Re: Wade For It, WI4
« Last post by Chinos on Yesterday at 08:05:26 AM »
is this on the hillside littered with small rock outcrops?
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New Rock Routes / Re: Pine Mountain
« Last post by Chinos on Yesterday at 08:00:14 AM »
i don't think there would be any ice up there Al, but its always worth looking! The approach might suck in the winter tho...
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Events & Announcements / Mammut to Return for Ice Fest 2015!
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on Yesterday at 12:17:16 AM »
We wanted to make sure you all knew that Mammut will be back at the 2015 Ice Fest! This company almost does it all- and does it well! They make apparel, ropes, harnesses, shoes, cord, slings, carabiners, boots, packs, hats and MORE! Come on down and check out what Mammut has to offer! IME has a bunch of their product, and like all of our sponsors - if IME doesn’t have it in, they can order it for you! Got questions? Ask the reps! They’ll be there!



Check out our blog for more info on Ice Fest and what demos Mammut will be offering this year.
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Partner Exchange / Franks Tomorrow?
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on December 17, 2014, 07:18:10 PM »
Very last minute but looking to get out. Standard to Penguin and/or Dracula on my radar. PM me here.
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Climbing a Frozen Tree
« Last post by pappy on December 17, 2014, 06:52:49 PM »
At least it's actually ice. Down south people have been known to climb pretty tall pines (not this scraggly fir s--t, but tall loblollies) with tools and crampons in the summer. At least every stick is bomber. And sticky.
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