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#5981 - 12/31/02 09:52 PM Re: My Christmas Vacation [Re: GeeVee]
GwenL Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 10/06/02
Posts: 326
Loc: Reno, NV
Well, it makes me jealous, too! I only was able to spend two days at Torres del Paine. More of a recon visit. It's actually pretty easy to get into and out of, especially if you have a rental car. On our hike up to the mirador (view point), we went past the Refugio Chileno. At the campground, a pair of climbers were spreading out and sorting gear, getting ready to try one of the torres. *That* made me jealous!

I also have some great photos of the El Calafate (Argentina) area, in Parque Nacional de Las Glaciares, and Magellanic Penguins in a rookery near Punta Arenas. However, they really don't qualify as "other climbing areas."

Someone asked about Aconcagua's snowpack. I took the attached photo from Ruta 7, a view of the south face up the Horcones River valley, at about 9 a.m. this morning. Current enough for ya?

Gwen


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#5982 - 01/01/03 05:25 PM Re: Ice, its not just for you drinks [Re: CrackBoy]
MarcC Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/10/00
Posts: 3532
Just a friendly comment about that helmet - I consider it vital in ice climbing, unfortunately the way the climber in the photo is wearing it, it probably wouldn't do much good. It's perched far too high on the head (probably 'cause of the hat) to offer any protection for the temples or the corpus callosum (the nerve center just under the bulge of bone on the back of the head). A sufficient impact in any of these areas is usually a quick death or at least a ticket to instant vegetablehood. It's just like wearing a helmet that is too small.

Also, a helmet worn that high on the head is usually pretty unstable, ie: a blow can easily push it aside, exposing even more skull for the next impact. A quick test is to smack the side of the helmet with the heel of your hand. If you can dislodge it, then it is improperly sized and/or strapped on too loosly.
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#5983 - 01/01/03 06:05 PM Re: Ice, its not just for you drinks [Re: MarcC]
strat Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 4242
Yes, Mark, I know that my helmet was not fit properly that day. Thanks for pointing it out.

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#5984 - 01/01/03 10:26 PM Y2K +3 CRASH [Re: strat]
LesterLeBlanc Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/06/02
Posts: 1914
Loc: Los Angeles
Have no idea how it happened, but my entire photo file got deleted yesterday. Mindboggling.

But yesterday, I also hiked up to Sunset Peak (4600ft above Pasadena and JPL), and just as I got to the summit, a high front was pushing out the low pressure, blowing all the clouds out of the San Gabriel range. Resulting in some favorable light for photos.

(And for a sunny Rose Parade today!)


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#5985 - 01/01/03 10:28 PM Re: Y2K +3 CRASH [Re: LesterLeBlanc]
LesterLeBlanc Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/06/02
Posts: 1914
Loc: Los Angeles
Another view ... looking down from the summit. On the other side of the clouds would be the Rose Bowl.


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#5986 - 01/02/03 03:41 AM Re: Y2K +3 CRASH [Re: LesterLeBlanc]
JoeKayak Offline
old hand

Registered: 06/21/02
Posts: 970
Loc: Manhattan
Lester-

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure everyone joins me when I say that we will all feel it!! I guess you'll just have to get out more! And, you have this site as an informal repository, containing many of your finest.

GwenL-

I've called the State Department to begin the repartriation process for you (are you a US citizen?). You are clearly having too much fun down there. Now stop it this minute. And thanks for those lovely pics!!

kayak.

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#5987 - 01/02/03 02:08 PM Re: Y2K +3 CRASH [Re: LesterLeBlanc]
Mike Rawdon Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/29/99
Posts: 4269
Loc: Poughkeepsie
If I've been paying attention, the vast majority of your e-pix were scanned from slides. So you can get them back. Not so fortunate is the poor sap who shoots digital pix exclusively.

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#5988 - 01/02/03 09:35 PM Re: Y2K +3 CRASH [Re: Mike Rawdon]
LesterLeBlanc Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/06/02
Posts: 1914
Loc: Los Angeles
Thanks guys ...

Oh yeah, I have all the originals. Just lost the enormous amount of time it required to scan them all. (I also lost several dozen non-climbing shots as well.

But the good news is, this forces me to go back into the old pile of slides and negatives. And lookee! I've already found some chestnuts.

*Here's Dennis Walker leading Double Overhang 5.10 at Claudius Smith Den.



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#5989 - 01/06/03 06:14 PM Dacks Pic [Re: LesterLeBlanc]
intrepid02 Offline
Snarky Bastard

Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 1421
Loc: Boulder
This was taken about 200 vertical feet from the summit of Marcy on December 28. I later summitted, but not before those clouds caught up with me, unfortunately.


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#5990 - 01/08/03 08:19 PM Re: Dacks Pic [Re: intrepid02]
LesterLeBlanc Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/06/02
Posts: 1914
Loc: Los Angeles
Nice shot! I love B&W.

In keeping with the season ...

Ft. Tryon Ice Climb NEI IV


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