Sheila Alami Messick
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  • Deer Park, WA
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What are your climbing pet peeves?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ali Alami Jun 24, 2010.


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Sheila Alami Messick replied to Ali Alami's discussion How young is too young to start Mountaineering?
"Of course it depends on the mountain and the experience of the kid. Mt. Everest for anyone younger than 16 seems irresponsible because most adolescent brains don't develop critical thinking skills until around 16. Anyone climbing such a…"
Jun 15, 2011
Sheila Alami Messick replied to Trin Yuthasastrakosol's discussion What is more important? Time or Elevation Gain?
"Both are important for different reasons. It's sort of like comparing apples and oranges...   First, it depends on the hike. Not all 2,000 ft. gains are equal. Consider: How steep is the terrain? How many miles will be covered? Are there…"
Jun 15, 2011
Ali Alami replied to Sheila Alami Messick's discussion What are your climbing pet peeves?
"Here's some of my pet peeves when it comes to climbing, mountaineering, and hiking: 1. When it's not windy having the person in front of you on the trail pass gas. 2. When it's windy and your mountaineering having a rope team member…"
Jun 24, 2010
Sheila Alami Messick posted a discussion

What are your climbing pet peeves?

What behaviors bother you the most when climbing or hiking? One thing that really bugs me is when people litter on the trail. The last time I was hiking in the North Cascades, I encountered at least 4-5 pieces of litter ranging from plastic water bottles to granola bar wrappers. I even see used tissue paper on the ground. It seems so inconsiderate to leave behind your trash for other people to look at or pick up. I'm curious about other people's outdoor pet peeves...
Jun 23, 2010
Sheila Alami Messick replied to Ali Alami's discussion Backpacking and climbing recipes
"Savory Tortilla Wraps Here's a cheap and quick recipe for climbing or back-country camping. At home: Take a flour tortilla and spread with a thin layer of cream cheese. Sprinkle with chopped green onions. Add any other ingredients you want.…"
Jun 23, 2010
Sheila Alami Messick replied to Ali Alami's discussion What are your favorite treks in the world?
"One of my favorite hikes in Washington is Maple Pass/Lake Ann in the North Cascades. I like taking my relatives (from Chicago) because within hours you can reach Alpine views. It's a 7.5 mile loop with beautiful flowers and vast views of the…"
Mar 5, 2009

Sheila Alami Messick's Blog

Waste management for Women in climbing harness

Waste Management for Women:

The Urinating Device

By Sheila Messick

Okay gals—you’ve agreed to climb a glaciered mountain with your buddies, but you’re somewhat concerned about “waste management”, especially since your buddies are males and you’re the only one who will have to squat to urinate on the slopes. What’s the alternative? Don’t drink a lot? Sure, dehydration is a little less embarrassing. But you’re no fool—you’ve hiked enough to know that… Continue

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Glacier Grub; What to cook on a climb or backpacking trip

Glacier Grub Made Easy:

Warm, Tasty, & Painless-to-Prepare Dinners at High Altitudes

By Sheila Messick

You’ve got painful blisters on the backs of your heels. Your pack feels like a hundred pounds. And you’re sick of eating trail mix and energy bars. You check your altimeter--2,000 feet of elevation to gain before stopping for the night. Ugh! You silently begin listing what you can look forward to at high camp: the sitting position, the… Continue

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 11:16am

How to beat the blisters on a long hike or climb

Beat the Blisters

By Sheila Messick

Have you ever walked on shards of glass in your bare feet? If you’re sane, probably not. But if you hike a lot, you may have experienced a similar sensation or pain-sation that you want to avoid next time you hike. So what’s the best way to avoid getting blisters on your feet on a long hike? Read this article carefully.

Mistake no 1: I had to learn the hard way. I clearly remember the moment when I made a decision that… Continue

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 11:00am

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