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Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Slab : Pen 15 (5.13b)
By: Ben Collett When: Sep 6, 2014

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Comments: Pre-clipping the second bolt and using a single biner on the first seems to be the best way to rig this to avoid the scary clip and getting tangled in the rope.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs : (Shinzo Abe's) Third Arrow (WI4 M5)
By: Ben Collett When: Aug 25, 2014

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Comments: If following the path of least resistance in the gully, one can do an easy mixed traverse from the main gully into the runnel above the cave. To do this, look for the ledge on the right wall of the main gully that is about 20-30 feet higher than the cave feature out right.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls
By: Ben Collett When: Aug 10, 2014

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Comments: JVM, what is with the anger? I have climbed a lot with Taylor, and I can assure you that he is not a turd. He is a nice guy and is a good steward to the climbing community. Holds break. Deal with it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Upper Peanuts : Sunrider (5.11c)
By: Ben Collett When: Jun 23, 2014

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Comments: Due to being a total wimp, I was quite happy to place a couple of pieces between the first two bolts to eliminate the possibility of a nasty ledge fall prior to clipping the second bolt. A small nut and a small TCU can be placed before the horizontal and hand-sized gear can be placed in the horizontal.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : Bastille Buttress - Beckey ... (5.10d A0)
By: Ben Collett When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: I found what is described as Pitch 13 to be about 250 feet. We split it into two, belaying just before the 5.6 chimney. On pitch 4, don't be suckered into the nice clean flake crack. The traverse is made from just below that crack. Fun route. For the approach, stay as high as possible above the creek.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Head Up Dirty (5.12c)
By: Ben Collett When: Apr 18, 2014

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Comments: If one wants, a lower start is available off of the nice, big, jug rail that forms the first foot for the regular start. This adds some difficulty to the route. "Low Down Dirty?"


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Loch Vale & vicinity : Loch Vale & uphill : Necrophilia (WI4-5 M5-6 R)
By: Ben Collett When: Nov 7, 2013

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Comments: It should be noted that one can continue above the terrace up the gully. You'll find a bunch of easy terrain followed by a really nice pitch up a 40m smear of ice. I would recommend doing this. It makes the whole thing feel like more of an outing.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island : Dampened Enthusiasm (5.12a)
By: Ben Collett When: Oct 19, 2013

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Comments: To add to the confusion on this tiny panel of rock, a fun contrivance (Wet Badger?) is to climb this route into the Badger Traverse at about the same difficulty as the Badger Traverse.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Colorado Springs & vicinity : Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak : ... : Photo
By: Ben Collett When: Oct 8, 2013

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Comments: This is the third pitch, just past the crux and heading into the left-trending ramp.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Quandary Peak/Blue Lakes : North Star : North Star (WI4+ M4-5)
By: Ben Collett When: Oct 2, 2013

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Comments: While this is a cool feature, the rock through the crux is really pretty chossy. The rap from the top of pitch 3 to the bottom of pitch 2 is a full 60m and the route wanders quite a lot, so linking those pitches is perhaps not the best idea. Right now there isn't much ice in the runnel on the first pitch, but that is not too much of a problem.


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : Variation to Hunky Monkey (5.11d)
By: Ben Collett When: Aug 3, 2013

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Comments: There are also variations to the first two pitches that were installed around the same time (Dan Hare et al. I think). On the first pitch, step left around the 6th bolt from Hunky Monkey and follow some slightly devious face climbing to the anchor on Hunky Monkey. On the second, step left after the second bolt, and climb directly through the roof.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Frisky Cliff : Sin Gaz (5.12c/d)
By: Ben Collett When: Jul 16, 2013

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Comments: It should be noted that the direct start has the working title of Con Gaz. The top crux is a little tricky.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Notchtop : Topnotch (5.11b)
By: Ben Collett When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: Shockingly enough, this route is a bit of a pain to get stuck in a storm on. If the rock is running with water, heading right at the tree past the crux will get you to a well protected (if slightly chossy) corner that will get you to easy ground, avoiding runout slabby climbing.

On the vegetation front, at 6ft 2, I was able to reach past it, but my considerably shorter and stronger climbing partner was unable to do so (not that the torrential downpour helped). Descent-wise, it is pretty easy to... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Hallett Peak - mixed/ice : Left of Cleft (M4 Steep Snow)
By: Ben Collett When: May 19, 2013

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Comments: This is a route that Eli Helmuth calls Left of the Cleft on his website. I thought it was a pretty decent route. To add a little more interest, one can approach the good pitch from directly below up some turfy goodness.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : Aretes : Road Head (5.10)
By: Ben Collett When: Apr 27, 2013

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Comments: This route is going to clean up fairly nicely. If the death block on the last pitch feels a little freaky to climb on with your belayer potentially in the line of fire, you can set up a belay to the side of it, thereby mitigating the risk of being squished by said block.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Flattop Mountain - S side : Enter The Dragon (aka Old R... (5.7 M4 Steep Snow)
By: Ben Collett When: Apr 1, 2013

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Comments: As of 3/31, we only found one rap station on route. We ended up establishing a nice easy descent from the top of the gully system: head over the shoulder on the left of the gully and scramble down the obvious ramp to a nut and hex anchor. A double rope rap takes you to a snowy gully which you can downclimb until it cliffs out. On the skier's right, there is a ledge with a slung horn anchor. One more double rope rap deposits you in the snow of the Dead Elk Couloir. Fun route.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : St. Vrain ice : U.S. 36 : Unknown (M3)
By: Ben Collett When: Feb 10, 2013

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Comments: The amount of detritus that we pulled off would seem to indicate that no one had climbed this before. Hopefully Jim spent his time climbing something more worthwhile.


Location: WY : Cody : South Fork Shoshone (Ice) : The Moratorium (WI4+)
By: Ben Collett When: Dec 13, 2012

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Comments: It is in this year. Perhaps a bit thinner than in 2008, but doable.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Frisky Cliff : Sinopia (5.13a)
By: Ben Collett When: Sep 20, 2012

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Comments: That is Sin Gaz. 12c-ish? Kind of fun but not as good as Sinopia.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Black Wall : Rainbow Highway (5.10+)
By: Ben Collett When: Sep 17, 2012

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Comments: 303scott, you are correct about where we went. We wanted to find a way to avoid the corner that leads to the right end of the belay ledge, since it is often quite wet. It seemed like the obvious way to go, but dry rock is usually more fun than wet rock, right?


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Divine Intervention (5.11b)
By: Ben Collett When: Aug 20, 2012

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Comments: It seems that most people rap the route from the top of pitch 5.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Black Wall : Rainbow Highway (5.10+)
By: Ben Collett When: Jul 28, 2012

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Comments: A third option for the approach would be to locate the top of the route and do 6 double rope raps from the bolted belays to the base. You'll have to leave the biners on the bolted belays and pick 'em up as you climb.

This route is rather excellent and, though is quite different in style from Good Evans, it seemed about as good. If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Otis Peak : The Solar Wall : The Solar Panel (5.10-)
By: Ben Collett When: Jul 6, 2012

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Comments: Thinking more about this route, it is really fun- on par with Tourist Tradgedy on the Cathedral Wall. We topped out to find some old timber and wire at the top. Does anyone know what the story with that is? It seemed a bit strange.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Tan Buttresses : Hard to Say (5.10)
By: Ben Collett When: Jun 4, 2012

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Comments: Don't be alarmed if you don't find the fixed wire on the first pitch. It wasn't there as of 6/2/12.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : Aretes : The World According to Gupp... (5.10)
By: Ben Collett When: May 19, 2012

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Comments: On pitch 2, stepping right is the obvious way to go, but going left provides one of the better pitches on the route.


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