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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Cob Rock : Empor (5.7+)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Nov 4, 2004

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Comments: I climbed this a time ago, but just wanted to post that I felt as though the 7+ last pitch was harder than Northface left on Cob, and to me harder than Huston Crack. Huston just eats your shoulder so easily, and the 7+ last pitch here is kind of tricky at some points to figure out.

just my $.02


Location: CA : Shasta Cascade : Castle Crags
By: Adam Hicks` When: Aug 28, 2004

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Comments: _castle Crags is a granite pluton that has been exposed by years of erosion as well as uplifted a wee bit. The area is different than Yosemite in that it has not been polished by glaciers and in that it is an exfoliating pluton, meaning much of what you touch will soon fall.

Dunsmuir is cute, and is getting cuter by the day, but the best camping is either at the state park proper or up the road at Lake Siskiyou. There's more camping even higher by Castle Lake, which is also a prime point to... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face : Tagger (5.10b/c)
By: Adam Hicks` When: May 3, 2004

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Comments: [Spanky], I did that as well-just underclinged as I walked my feet along until I could get my left hand in the V. It didn't seem that hard like this, just kind of funky, but overall not bad. I agree it was right for the grade, maybe even a little soft.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Miscellaneous Valley : Iron Cross Traverse (V5)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Apr 21, 2004

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Comments: Why thank you Samet for the humor. I gots a question for Chip: Why's it called the Iron Cross traverse?


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Hawk-Eagle Ridge
By: Adam Hicks` When: Apr 14, 2004

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Comments: My dog scrambles the slab easy as pie every try.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Miscellaneous Valley : Iron Cross Traverse (V5)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Apr 14, 2004

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Comments: I don't think I've ever seen it listed. Benningfield alluded to an obscure V2 traverse somewhere in the area, but this ain't no V2. My grading of this traverse comes from the mouths of others. You see, I am a horrible grader, and don't know what to call anything. People tell me what's what, and that's what it is to me.

As far as I'm concerned it's way harder that any of the other V3's at flagstaff. The muscles needed to land the Iron Cross move alone make it harder than V3, and there's c... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : First Overhang : Masochism Tango (V8)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Dec 15, 2003

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Comments: Thanks for the correction on the FA, Chip. I agree from what I've seen that it's probably more correct at V7. Also, a good reason I've yet to spend time on it is, in fact, the boulder munching your behind.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Dreamweaver (M2-3)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Nov 20, 2003

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Comments: A selfish question and not a contribution: anyone been up there lately? Is it in at all?

I actually called Neptune's about a week ago, and they told me a few days earlier an employee tried to solo it and found it to be horrible, unconsolidated snow and kitty litter. Needless to say he had a hell of a time and descended the route in a rapid fashion, thankful in the end that the snow was so pillowy at the bottom.

Did the warm weekend change things?


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Pebble Boulder : Crystal Mantle (V1)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Nov 11, 2003

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Comments: One more thing I want to add: If someone doesn't like what I give for bouldering grades, perhaps why is because I didn't even know what a grade was until I moved to Boulder. I had bouldered plenty, but Flagstaff was my introduction to the V-scale.

So, when I say this problem is V2/V3 it is in comparison with other Flag problems I've done, attempting to exclude the super sandbagged ones like Red Wall V3's. However, since I've climbed other places now, I will admit that a Flag V3 is like a V4... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : The Pinnacle : The Men Arete (5.8)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Nov 3, 2003

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Comments: I can't possibly agree that this is 5.9+. 5.9- at the hardest.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : Silver Cascade Slab aka Hes... : Johnson Route (5.10d)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Nov 3, 2003

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Comments: ....Also, I want to say that it is a different climb with gear instead of bolts due to the trend left instead of following the bolts to the right. If I had bolted the climb ( I don't bolt, though) I might have bolted the right angling option but none of the beginning of the route. The right angling option (slab) is fantastic, however, and is a cool enough route that the bolts don't seem out of place.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Pebble Boulder : Crystal Mantle (V1)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Nov 3, 2003

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Comments: I put V1 because that's what I saw it rated as in most guidebooks, but I put V2/V3 as my discrete rating. I'm not sure this showed up, but I freely admit this problem is much more difficult than V1.




Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : Cozyhang (5.7)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Oct 28, 2003

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Comments: Hmmm...I think you are wanting to say that the traverse is 5.8 while my comment was directed only at the overhang on the upper pitch. I'm not sure if I'd necessarily agree that this is too sandbagged at 5.7, but might make a note that it's a difficult 5.7. The upper overhang, however, is definitely harder than 5.7, going at what I would say is either a hard 5.7+ or tricky 5.8-.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face : West Overhang (5.7)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Oct 28, 2003

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Comments: Frickin' giant holds on the roof! I was having a bad, headachey day when I climbed this, and really didn't want to muster any energy for difficulty, so was lucky to find every hold through this roof as big as a handlebar. The feet are stonker to boot, making this a fairly easy lead.

However, I went up the dihedral once over the roof, all the way to the top where I encountered an unprotectable 5.2-5.4 face (easy) over which was a spacious ledge on the southeast side of Wind Tower. In other ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Nip and Tuck : Antagonism (5.12a/b)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Oct 23, 2003

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Comments: Tony, I've read other comments of yours that state you have pretty long arms. While I found similar to you that this climb was more or less impossible to me, it was actually because no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't reach the crimp beyond the roof. I climb all of the route alright until the roof, where I past my feet as Kristo said and reach hard, falling short by almost a foot. I don't know if you had the same difficulties as me, given your long arms, but I, too, think this climb ha... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Long John Wall (5.8)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Oct 7, 2003

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Comments: In this route description, the pitch I speak of as being 'more difficult than the rating' is the crux top of the third pitch.

I also [want] to clarify something I feel needs clarification in all discussions of route grade: When I say that the route is harder than graded I don't mean that it is graded wrongly necessarily. Twenty years ago this route may have been a 5.7. Today, however, things have considerably changed. I don't [know why] this is, but it is. So, while Gorilla's Delight gets... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Long John Wall (5.8)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Oct 6, 2003

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Comments: Did this climb again the other day, and I have some more comments to add. First of all, it seems everybody here is really into weight training, because they all seem to think lugging along the big cams is of use. We did this entire climb without placing anything bigger than a #2 Camalot even though we had a #4. I felt the roof could be protected really well with the #2 and that's really the biggest place for gear on the entire climb. Granted, there is some space below the s... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : Silver Cascade Slab aka Hes... : Johnson Route (5.10d)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Sep 18, 2003

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Comments: I ... feel there's an important issue in our sport right now-that I climbed the Johnson route using only gear the other day. I did trend left to a flake below the belay ledge instead of continuing on the slab out right where bolts were definitely warranted and much needed, and I think this part of the climb is actually harder than the roof. But the flake out left was the perfect size for my green Alien, and probably the blue as well, and surely nuts would hold, and made for some interesting mo... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : Cozyhang (5.7)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Sep 18, 2003

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Comments: I think the roof might be sandbagged, but not all that much. I'd say it goes at a tricky 5.8 or 5.7+, personally, the crux being figuring out that your head is the most versatile piece of equipment in your quiver. I just put my foot out left on the good ledge, hands on the chalked flake and went left hand way up to the small v-slot, then jammed my head, right hand in the pocket, and right foot up. from there I could peek out, reach right hand up into the seam, and sort of squeeze with my legs... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : First Overhang : First Overhang (V6)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Sep 8, 2003

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Comments: Found a new way today: do the normal beginning-left hand gaston, right hand pebble, rock onto right foot and grab the horizontal crescent out right. Go to broken hold with left and up to tiniest crimp on face with right. Then levitate left footto starting gaston, and put right foot on horizontal crescent. Deadpoint lip. This way worked the best of all, and saved my fingers from the pain of holding singularly onto the tiniest razor cirmp. Best o' luck.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Terrain Boulders
By: Adam Hicks` When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: I don't know anything about the flags or the work being done, but I, too, have just this summer abused myself by bushwhacking through the stand of five foot tall ferns. My conclusion: we're the only people near nuts enough to go up there in the heat of the summer and it's usually a winter destination when the ferns die off. I think I'll definitely be heading up there a bunch this winter and I am sure that the slab approach will be far less severe. I've also done the east ridge approach as I k... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Making Waves (V4)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: I just commented on this problem under another problem. I did this problem last fall, so you beat me to the FA, but no tellin' whether you really own it or not. No need to reply on the other problem I questioned.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Catching Waves (V6)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: I did this problem by (DO NOT READ IF WANTING TO FLASH!): Starting left hand on the juf, slapping left to a sidepull oon arete, flinging right to a small sidepull edge on the overhanging face and from there could manage a big throw way out left on the west face to a really good edge. I was wondering if this was it, because if so it felt much easier than V6. I noticed another, smaller hold ON the arete higher up and thought perhaps the problem went to that instead of the bigger edge. Someone t... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : The Great Zot Variation A. (5.6)
By: Adam Hicks` When: Aug 14, 2003

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Comments: I was actually going to add that as another variation, but the site went haywrie. PRobably a good recommendation to not have this as a whole route in itself, but seeing as how The Great Zot isn't described on this site at all, except for the beginning up to the Zot Face finish, I thought it seemed worthy as an addition.

It isn't good, but it's better than the standard finish, so I gave it one star. The finish you've described is the best finish to The Great Zot, deserving of three stars wit... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : Graduation Boulder and Post...
By: Adam Hicks` When: Aug 8, 2003

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Comments: Found four more variations the other day ;)


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