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Old 12-26-2008, 10:41 AM
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Off to Mountaineering School

I've decided to take my outdoor adventures to a new direction and try mountaineering. I'm beginning a three-day course given by the International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway, NH, this weekend. The first day will be an introduction to crampon and ice axe use, including the all-important skill of self-arrest. The second day includes more skills-learning and a hike to a base camp at the base of Mount Washington for some winter camping. On Monday will be our ascent of Mount Washington. Should be fun.

I hope to build on this basic course with another course on more technical ice climbing. From there, I'll start doing some winter climbing in my native New England and eventually take to the mountains of the West like Ranier, Whitney, and if I'm lucky, Denali. We'll see.

Anyway, here is my gear list for this trip for sh!ts and giggles. I'm sure I'll modify it once I get back as it's a bit on the heavy side. All weight is in ounces. The school is providing the sleeping bag (I only have a BPL quilt), tent and food. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.



Osprey Aether 85 (77.0)
GG NightLight Sleeping Pad (8.1)
BMW Torso Lite Inflatable (9.6)
Flex Air Plus UL Pillow (0.8)
(sleeping bag and tent provided by school)

Under Armor fleece hat (1.6)
BPL Cocoon PRO 90 Balaclava (insulated) (2.0)
Outdoor Research Option Balaclava (thin polypro) 1.7
Serius Neck Gaiter (1.2)
Tilley LT3 Sun Hat (3.8)
Oakley Crowbar Goggles (5.5)
Julbo Drus Sunglasses (1.4)
Julbo sunglass case (2.7)
prescription glasses (0.5)
hard case for glasses (4.1)

Patagonia Heavyweight Glove Liner (1.3)
Outdoor Research Alti Gloves (10.5)
Patagonia Stretch Gloves (6.8)
Outdoor Research Alti Mittens (12.7)

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch One-Piece Base Layer (15.8)
Icebreaker Bodyfit SS Crew (7.0)
layer Mizuno Thermo Stretch (6.8)
Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket (20.0)
Mountain Hardwear Alchemy softshell jacket (22.0)
Mountain Hardwear Bellyrium hard shell jacekt (18.0)
Patagonia DAS Parka (27.0)
ExOfficio Briefs (2.0)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 (10.8)
Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Softshell Pants (22.0)
Montbell Thermawrap Insulating Pants (12.1)
Arc'Teryx Beta AR hardshell pants (16.6)

Smartwool Expedition Socks (3.5)
Smartwool Hiking Liner Socks (1.5)
Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters (11.4)
North Face Four Shadows GTX winter hiking boots (33.8)
La Sportiva Nuptse mountaineering boots (98.6)
MSR Lightweight Ascent Snowshoes (62.0)

Black Diamond Half Dome helmet (12.2)
Misty Mountain Summit Harness (13.5)
Black Diamond Rocklock carabiner (3.0)
Grivel G12 crampons (39.0)
Black Diamond Crampon Bag (5.1)
Black Diamond Raven Pro ice axe (70cm) (15.4)
Black Diamond Slider Ice Axe Leash (1.3)
Black Diamond Ice Axe Protector (1.5)
SnowClaw Guide Backcountry Shovel (6.0)

Leki Ultralite Ti COR-TEC Poles (16.6)
Coghlan's 4-Function Whistle (1.1)
Photon Freedom LED Light (0.4)
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp (3.1)
spare AAA batteries (2.4)
Leatherman Wave multi-tool (8.5)
Strike Anywhere matches/REI storage container (1.1)
Bic ligher (0.7)
Spark-Lite Firestarter Kit (0.6)
Adventure Medical UL First Aid (5.5)
Nalgene plastic bottle for pee bottle (2.4)
Suunto M2D compass (1.3)
Granite Gear Hiker Wallet (0.5)
Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (4.4)
Grabber Hand Warmers (chemical heat packs) (1.6)

travel toothbrush and toothpaste (0.5)
Chapstick (0.3)
Advil in small case (0.1)
Walgreens Hand Sanitizer (2.4)
Hooahhs wipes (3.0)
travel kleenex tissues (1.6)
Walgreens Sunscreen Lotion in small container (0.7)

disposable Tupperware container (0.5)
Snow Peak Mini Solo Cookset (5.6)
REI Plastic Insulated Mug (4.8)
FireLite Titanium Spork (0.4)
(2) Platypus 1L Water Bottles (1.8)
Platypus insulator jackets (2) for Platypus (2.4)
MSR Packtowel (1.1)
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:55 PM
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I have been getting Boy Scout lead instructor training for climbing. Did a two day class two weeks ago on tower anchor systems, belaying, climbing and rapelling. Came back from "real rock" weekend just now dong all the same things but on real live rock. Our class goes to Wachta mountains next weekend. Last time I did any climbng was over 30 years ago. It has changed somewhat, but it is still thrilling.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:25 AM
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I did Winter Mountaineering School with the ADK. If you are in the Northeast it is a great program and very nicely priced.

The program concentrated on safe wilderness travel in the mountains (above 4000'), winter camping, and general mountaineering. There is no use of technical climbing equipment.

I am going to go again next year.
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