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Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Jolly Rancher (5.10)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Sep 24, 2014

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Comments: The top section is actually more interesting than it looks and requires some thought. I wouldn't call it 'pumpy'. Worth getting on.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Dude's Five Nine (5.9)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Sep 24, 2014

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Comments: Agree with the other comments - it's ledgy but a good warmup.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Short Dude (5.11-)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Sep 24, 2014

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Comments: As noted in the description, despite its length, this route is actually a super-fun extended boulder problem. I'd recommend it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part D - Xanad... : Pool of Blood (5.9)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Aug 19, 2013

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Comments: Definitely harder than it looks. I thought it was harder - at least much more strenuous - than White Lightning.

Up to the first ledge I would call thuggish 5.8, then the crux is getting up onto the second ledge. First part was bomber hands, second part was offwidth between hands and fist with a weird-ass move onto the ledge. Both parts took #3 just fine, albeit second part a little wider than the first. Either way, splitter gear.

I put runners on the following pieces: last move of the 5.... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : The Bulge (5.7 R)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Nov 24, 2012

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Comments: So I totally missed the part where you're supposed to traverse left after clipping the bolt on p3. I just went straight up from the bolt. The downside is there's nowhere to place the #4 when you do it that way, but the upside is that it puts you at an undercling where you can get a good orange Metolius TCU with the very sling-able chickenhead just up and to your left. It wasn't a whole lot harder than anything else on the route that way - maybe comparable to the moves on the direct finish,... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : The Training Grounds
By: Ben Cassedy When: May 27, 2012

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Comments: This crag has a nice base area and surprisingly steep and high-quality rock for a wall of moderates. Recommended.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Solaris : Tower of Power (5.10b)
By: Ben Cassedy When: May 6, 2012

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Comments: Agree with the previous comment about the 'x'. I wouldn't jump up and down on it, but it didn't seem all that bad.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Irok : Photo
By: Ben Cassedy When: Apr 27, 2012

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Comments: Charlie Brown hangdog.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Avalon : Second Tier : ... : Photo
By: Ben Cassedy When: Apr 4, 2012

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Comments: Thank you! The lighting was stellar that day.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part D - Xanad... : Hang Ten (5.8-)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Mar 26, 2012

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Comments: The bottom is pretty weird but fun. The top is a very West Ridge-esque couple of cool 5.8 moves. Definitely protects well with a #3 and a couple of #2 BD C4s up top. Would be a much better pitch if it weren't for the junky ledge halfway up, which really negated any continuity this pitch might have had. Worth doing if you're in the area I guess.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part D - Xanad... : Srinagar (5.7)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Mar 26, 2012

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Comments: This thing actually climbs way better than it looks. Pretty consistent and well-protected 5.7 climbing the whole way, with some good jams. The only big downside was the abundance of shrubbery. I felt like I had a bush in my face the whole time. That's what she said.


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : Radio Head : White Dwarf (5.10c)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Sep 7, 2011

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Comments: Really fun route - check it out if you're in the area. Also took gold and red BD stoppers.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Angel's Way (5.2)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Sep 3, 2011

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Comments: Awesome climb. Thought I'd add a couple notes:

I was inadvertently drawn like a moth to a flame to the layback crack, splitting the 'candy cane' face mentioned as a variation in one of the comments above. The layback crack was easy 5th class, but getting up and over the roof would have been significantly harder than anything on Angel's Way proper. So I ended up backing off, which made for an interesting downclimb. Stick to the arete (climber's right of the layback crack) to keep the difficulty ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Cadillac Crag
By: Ben Cassedy When: Aug 6, 2011

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Comments: The left side of this crag got tremendous amounts of shade today; it stayed shady until around 1.30 or 2pm. Incredible views. The rock wasn't any worse than anywhere else in Eldo. Actually really good rock on the pitches themselves.


Location: CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Gilligan's Island : Dinghy (V2-3)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Jul 2, 2011

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Comments: I did some kind of variation of this route, or at least what's shown in the photo, that was super fun. Start down low and right, match on huge jug, cross right up to decent crimp, then keep bumping left hand from shitty ledge to two consecutive crimps, swing feet around left, then up to jugs. Basically ended up (according to the photo) halfway between where 'Dingy' and 'Sun Baked' are.

Not sure if that's how this route is supposed to go, but it was really fun and probably V3 or 4.


Location: CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : Gilligan's Island : Rescue (V5-6)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Jul 2, 2011

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Comments: This one is awesome, and there were little to no fire-breathing ants near it today. I didn't think the holds were too crimpy or anything. It was basically start holds to good edge/crimp to right-hand pinch to jugs. The move from the pinch to jugs, then the topout were what gave me trouble. Great line though.


Location: CO : South Platte : Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wil... : Photo
By: Ben Cassedy When: Jun 17, 2011

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Comments: Bachar-Yerian?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Vestibule : ... : Photo
By: Ben Cassedy When: Jun 16, 2011

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Comments: Stellar.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Break on Through (5.10b)
By: Ben Cassedy When: May 26, 2011

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Comments: "The ...R-facing dihedral 10 feet right of Break On Through is Chianti."

Haha oops. I accidentally tried the Break on Through dihedral thinking it was still Chianti. Thought I was on the hardest 5.8+ on the planet and wanted to cry.

Also did the first pitch of Break on Through which was stellar.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Rewritten (5.7)
By: Ben Cassedy When: May 17, 2011

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Comments: This route was incredible. Compared to Gambit, which we did recently, this one seemed to be longer, more continuous, and had less loose rock. The Rebuffat's Arete variation is full value and was way better than the standard 5.0 tree gully finish appeared to be.

We followed the Levin guidebook description (which was spot-on overall) and belayed P5 from the dead tree ledge. Makes for a roomy belay ledge, and you can see and hear the leader for the Rebuffat pitch real easily. Just wanted to note: ... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Dog House : Li'l Dog (5.11a/b)
By: Ben Cassedy When: May 5, 2011

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Comments: This one makes for a pretty good warm up even if 11b is at or near your limit, if you know where the crux holds are. You do a ton of 5.8-ish climbing and have a stance before pulling the crux.

I guess the inconsistent difficulty is somewhat of a strike against the route, but that's about the only negative thing I could say about it. The easier sections are a lot of fun and the rock is overall very good. Fun, short, powerful crux with some good exposure.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Monkey House : Punishment For Shoplifting (5.10d)
By: Ben Cassedy When: May 3, 2011

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Comments: That last traverse was scary! Damn!


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger : Too! (5.12a)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Apr 29, 2011

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Comments: So, I'm not even sure where to enter this comment, but I highly recommend the first pitch of this route for a good 10d. Personally, I thought it was more like 11a on the overhang. But it is well worth it for a short, juggy, gym-like pitch.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger : Radometer in the Red Zone (5.11b)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Apr 29, 2011

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Comments: The only strike against this route is the sharpness of the crimpness. Otherwise it was very cool. The mantle is actually easy.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger : Busch Gardens (5.10)
By: Ben Cassedy When: Apr 29, 2011

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Comments: Much more enjoyable and straightforward than the 10b to the left. Didn't really feel that the top was runout at all.


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