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Member Since: Feb 8, 2010
Last Visit: Mar 19, 2016
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Page Improvements = 3
Comments = 1

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All 259 | Routes 4 | Areas | Photos 13 | Page Improvements | Comments 14 | Posts 40 | Stars 129 | Ratings 59

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Location: CA : San Francisco Bay Area : Castle Rock Area : * Castle Rock Area Boulderi... : Castle Rock Loop : ... : Domino (V2)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Mar 12, 2015

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Comments: Really fun dyno. I thought the problem seemed really hard for the grade until I walked around to the top and located the incut part of the lip, and I stopped trying to crimp to the top and just jumped from the jugs.

Location: ME : Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South... : Fingers in a Seascape (5.10c)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Oct 13, 2014

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Comments: Thanks Sprax, I changed it. Yeah, I think the difficult depends on both height and style preferences. If you are good at crimpy, balancy face it might feel 10a.

Location: VT : Marshfield Ledge : Just for Goobs (5.7+ PG13)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Aug 26, 2013

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Comments: The second pitch has some loose stacked blocks on the arete, and some car-sized blocks they are stacked on seem detached from the cliff. Don't place gear in the cracks formed by the blocks! You can mostly avoid climbing on them and the climbing is pretty easy by them, but my partner accidentally knocked one of the stacked blocks off.
Other than that, the route's very fun and varied, and better than some more popular routes of the same grade, like Funhouse to Upper Refuse on Cathedral.

Location: NH : *Rumney : New Wave : Retrospade (5.11c/d)
By: Andrew Mertens When: May 3, 2013

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Comments: The nut's gone so bring the cam.

Location: ME : Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South... : Chicken of the Sea (5.9)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Mar 28, 2013

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Comments: Fixed, thanks!

Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks Region : Wallface
By: Andrew Mertens When: May 13, 2012

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Comments: As of May 12, 2012, there are Peregrine Falcons nesting on top of Pitch 6 of Free Ride, so avoid climbing in that area. I've let the Department of Wildlife know. I'm not sure if they close the cliff or just that part of the cliff.

Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks Region : Wallface : The Diagonal (5.8)
By: Andrew Mertens When: May 13, 2012

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Comments: The bushwack off the top is for masochists only. Bring double ropes and rappel.

Location: VT : Bolton Area
By: Andrew Mertens When: Dec 4, 2010

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Comments: If no one objects, I'd like to put up a page for Wheeler Mt. I want to make sure that there isn't a strong outcry to keep the cliff a secret, though. Also, if someone knows more about the area, they should post it; I climbed The Great Dihedral on minimum beta and don't know anything else about the area. I just thought it was an amazing route and cliff and would like to pass the experience on.

Location: NH : *Cathedral Ledge : The Diedre Area : Diedre (5.10a)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Nov 1, 2010

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Comments: I'm calling this a 5.9+ cause I thought it was harder than 10a.

Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face : The Fastest Gun (5.10b)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Oct 13, 2010

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Comments: I though the spicy bit of pitch 3 was actually getting to the bolt, not the climbing after it. I remember some tricky 5.8-5.9 moves getting to the bolt protected by a small gear, added to the fact that you are right above the belay. The climbing after the crux move is 5.6 at most, and I actually found a fair amount of gear. But awesome route. Every pitch is great but make sure you get the lead on pitch 2 and 4.

Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Death Canyon : Omega Buttress : Dihedral of Horrors (5.9) : Photo
By: Andrew Mertens When: Oct 12, 2010

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Comments: Ahhhh!!!! I don't understand!!!!!

Location: NH : *Cannon Cliff : 2. Duet Area etc : Sticky Fingers (5.10)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Aug 20, 2010

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Comments: There's a fixed anchor at the top of the first pitch as of today, but it's a old piton and a fixed nut with two non-lockers, so it's probably a good idea to climb to the second pitch anchors by way of the easy corner even if you just want to climb the first pitch.

Location: ME : Acadia National Park : The Precipice aka The South... : Return to Forever (5.9)
By: Andrew Mertens When: Jun 30, 2010

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Comments: The pin's there as of 6-24-10.

Location: NH : *Rumney : Main Cliff
By: Andrew Mertens When: Mar 5, 2010

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Comments: So, having not seen these posts, I was rather surprised to see the crazy devastation at the base of main cliff. I couldn't see damage to any of the routes I know, but I did find a bolt with two large steel quick links connected to it in the rubble. So be very careful climbing anything right of gold bug or any of the 2nd pitch routes, cause one's missing at least one of the anchor bolts, if not both.

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