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Snoqualmie and greater north america

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rowan wrote an answer about on February 15, 2012

i would trust a sling around a sizeable branch over a piton hammered into wood. if you're just teaching them correct technique for placing pitons, fine. but i wouldn't climb on it. creative problem solving is an important skill to a climber. maybe the best thing would be the toss the rope over the that first branch, adding a sling as the climber progresses. this brings back thoughts of a favorite climb at City of Rocks, Columbian Crack. its a classic hand crack that starts with what seems like an unprotectable chimney behind a boulder, solution: toss the rope over the boulder climbing 15ft to the first protection on TR.

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rowan wrote an answer about on January 29, 2012

i'm 5'8 160lb and have been rocking some scott p4's in 171. i have other boards between 180-190cm and yes they float better when it gets deep, but i always have fun slashing turns on the 171's. with 125 under foot and full rocker you'll be floating.

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rowan wrote an answer about on January 5, 2012

when i stepped up from traditional camber skis in 169cm to CRJ hybrids in 180cm i was suprised how short they felt riding, sort of wish i went with a 188cm. i think if you're riding these in primarily soft snow off piste wide open you'll be stoked, on groomers maybe trees they are going to feel a little long. i'm 5'9 155 and don't drop cliffs taller than me...

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rowan wrote a review of on January 5, 2012

5 5

Replaced a very old whisperlite with this Dragonfly [still holding onto my 30yr old FireFly].... its a great stove, much more stable platform when your breaking out the big pots to cook for a group. simmer is better than the whisperlite or firefly. i like that the simmer control is extended so it protrudes from your windscreen and stays cool. makes great pancakes!

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rowan wrote a review of on January 5, 2012

3 5

pretty happy hiking in these boots, mostly use them to approach climbing routes. they are described as insulated but here in washington i've never found them to be to warm. after two years of use, they are falling appart. mostly the lace loops are failing, but where the leather is meating the synthetic on the lower ankle the seam has failed. most of this is due to abrasion, maybe i'm just hard on my feet. my last pair of boots lasted me six year: la sportiva glacier. the lacing on these takes some trial and error, you'll find something that works. wish the tongue was removable.

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rowan wrote an answer about on January 5, 2012

these have pretty straight sidecut and ski short. i'm 5'10 and 155 riding the 180cm's. i don't think i would want to go longer if slashing turns in trees was my goal. that straight edge wants to gun and never look back.... fyi the 180's are as long as my 188 s7's but don't waste as much legnth in the tips.

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