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Location: Africa : Tanzania : Kilimanjaro : western breach (3rd)
By: Anfarwal When: Sep 24, 2015

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Comments: Dick, i'm so sorry to hear about this tragic accident. I've updated the route description to try to highlight the dangers as well. Most people aren't aware that it's not just you that climbs the route, but all of your porters do as well and they're often ill-equipped. Thanks for posting--my thoughts go out to the family of the climber.

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Cathedral Spires Area : Middle Cathedral Rock : East Buttress (5.10c)
By: Anfarwal When: Oct 13, 2014

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Comments: IF YOU'RE RAPPING OFF A TREE WITH TAT AND RAPPEL RINGS AROUND IT YOU'RE IN THE WRONG PLACE. GO BACK UP AND KEEP HEADING LEFT TO THE GULLY. We took the catwalk on the descent and wound up following the trail down through the manzinita bushes to a tree with some webbing and rap rings on it and made the mistake of using it to get down to the gully. It was one of the scariest rappels I've ever done, and here's why:

First, if you have a 60m rope, you're hosed. With a 70m we barely made it to some of... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Rewritten (5.7)
By: Anfarwal When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: DESCENT: got lost on this on the descent once, never again. After you top out, you shimmy down down a short 4th class section of rock to a flat, dirt platform. From here, don't keep going downhill towards the north-northeast (like the guidebook implies). Instead, veer left (west) and uphill on a dirt trail until you see some cairns (should be pretty immediate). This will take you up north-northwest to a notch then down through some ledges and back down towards the west Redgarden trail. The trail... more >>

Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Russell : East Arete (3rd)
By: Anfarwal When: Jul 8, 2014

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Comments: Did this as the descent from Fishhook. Definitely stay on the ridge as much as possible; we stayed more north off the ridge and it turned into some sketchy exposed moves. Expect lots of scree/sand on the descent. Lots and lots.

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face : Reggae (5.8)
By: Anfarwal When: May 7, 2014

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Comments: Purple TCU still there on 5/6. Also something living in the crack (a bat?).

Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger : "Is Our Children Learning?" (5.9+)
By: Anfarwal When: Sep 17, 2013

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Comments: The ground in front of this climb is now more sloped and narrow since some of the path fell away after all of the rain. We plugged in a few cams at the base as anchors (BD 0.4 or a #3 works); I would strongly suggest anchoring in with gear before belaying on this climb. I can totally see someone taking a step backward to look for their climber and then slipping down the slope. Maybe someday someone will put a bolt at the base.

Location: Africa : Tanzania : Kilimanjaro
By: Anfarwal When: Jan 10, 2013

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Comments: Just did the Lemosho to Western Breach route last week. The Western Breach is probably the 'hardest' summit route on Kilimanjaro. I didn't know what I was getting into climbing it--if you put a foot of snow on it, an exposed Grade III rock scramble at 18000 ft turns into a real mountaineering adventure, not just a hike. In 2006, 3 climbers were killed here due to rock fall, and they closed the route for a few years. The route is pretty steep and challenging. Definitely the way to go if you're a... more >>

Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Schaeffer's Delight (5.7)
By: Anfarwal When: Oct 28, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this a few weeks ago. Handren guide is wrong--follow the text NOT his picture. I wound up cutting into P2 of Ballantine Blast, and then climbing up (or rather, bushwhacking) up to lover's ledge. Once on the ledge, exit climber's left down and across the first brushy gully. Scramble back up the other side up about 150 feet to join up with Frogland descent in the second gully (don't try to hike down into the first brushy gully, the trail goes nowhere).

Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Red Pillar (5.5)
By: Anfarwal When: Aug 12, 2012

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Comments: Be careful, ground bee nest at the base of the second pitch of red pillar on the GT ledge. Saw a dude get swarmed by bees today when their rope went through it as he was belaying.

Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Whitney : East Buttress (5.7)
By: Anfarwal When: Jul 11, 2012

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Comments: Did the car-to-car last weekend. Started the hike in at 1am and got to iceberg lake by 6:30pm, weather was perfect; barely any wind. Topo was right on for the approach; we had no problems with the ledges and following the cairns up from upper boy scout to iceberg.

Took 2L on the hike in and refilled at iceberg lake with a filter. Like vic, we went light--60M rope, 2 sets of nuts (although we used only 1 set), doubles of 0-3 in TCU/master cams (could have just brough 1 set... more >>

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