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Rock Climbing Photo: Bitches get Stitchez, Golf Wall, Durango, CO


Member Since: Feb 19, 2007
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Total Points: 344
Last Year: 121
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3
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Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Funkdemental (5.11b)
By: Ben Griffin When: Jan 16, 2016

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Comments: I don't understand any of the negative commentary on this route. I thought this route was a blast. I clipped the first bolt for the first initial moves then unclipped the first bolt. Continued up to the second bolt and clipped the second bolt. I climbed up to the third bolt and put a long runner on that bolt and downclimbed to unclip the second bolt. I had zero rope drag. I don't have any idea what anyone is talking about with secret holds and climbing 3 feet to the right of the crux. The climbi... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Keystone Cave Boulder : Meat Head (V8)
By: Ben Griffin When: Jan 7, 2016

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Comments: FA: Evan Blair, the meatiest of meatheads.


Location: CO : Durango : Smelter Mountain : Smelter Cliffs
By: Ben Griffin When: Jan 6, 2016

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Comments: I have walked up to the cliff before, but it's after ingesting and smoking incredibly large amounts of the devil's lettuce, where I lose control of where I walk. I've could of been on Pluto for all I know.


Location: CO : Durango : Smelter Mountain : Smelter Cliffs
By: Ben Griffin When: Jan 2, 2016

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Comments: This could ultimately be the Ceuse of dead belayers, if attempted to be developed.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Lemon Crack Climb (5.11+ PG13)
By: Ben Griffin When: Oct 22, 2015

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Comments: I just remembered, there is a #4 BD stopper that I placed that went into the crack well right in the middle of the crux, but while fiddling with it for a long time on top rope, I found I could pull it out of the bottom of the crack. If that piece blows, the route would probably get an R rating.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Lemon Crack Climb (5.11+ PG13)
By: Ben Griffin When: Oct 18, 2015

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Comments: Any info on this climb would be helpful. What is it called? and who did the first ascent?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Cat Wall : Dead Crow (5.11+ PG13)
By: Ben Griffin When: Oct 5, 2015

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Comments: Tape gloves help in clipping the chains. Its just so darn comfortable to wear some gloves in a painful spot in a crack.


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Roof Area : El Jefe (5.13b)
By: Ben Griffin When: Sep 11, 2015

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Comments: I would like to climb this again, again, again, and again. This route is really fun, I felt sad when it was over. This one is my favorite at the roof area. I used a double draw on the first bolt that starts the La Cantina extension known as El Hefe, a single draw on the second, and a double draw on the third bolt of El Hefe. It is extremely useful to use knee pads on both knees, with duck tape to keep them still. People, get on this! It's so much fun!


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Free Tibet Sector : Summer of '69 (5.11c)
By: Ben Griffin When: Sep 6, 2015

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Comments: Nice job, Luke! This is a fun route.


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Petrified Boulder : Somethin' Southern (V6)
By: Ben Griffin When: Aug 30, 2015

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Comments: It was only considered V5 in 2006 -07, but 3 Finger Pocket was V3 and Sunday Stroll was also only V5. Grades are getting soft at the Sailing Hawks. I did Petrified Arete the other day, and I'm giving it V8. I want more points!


Location: eggman : speleo : Photo
By: Ben Griffin When: Jul 28, 2015

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Comments: Wow! That looks insane!


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : The Pope's Nose : Central Buttress (5.10 A0+) : Photo
By: Ben Griffin When: Jul 28, 2015

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Comments: This pitch is really fun. It's a really good, clean handcrack.


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : The Pope's Nose : Central Buttress (5.10 A0+) : Photo
By: Ben Griffin When: Jun 26, 2015

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Comments: I like the old bolt better. It's more terrifying! Did you try free climbing through the A0 part of the climb?


Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Girl Scout Wall : Golf Widow (5.9-)
By: Ben Griffin When: Jun 1, 2015

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Comments: Do people really enjoy this route? Whoever bolted this route avoided an attractive and fun blue streak that goes straight up the wall and instead bolted left of the blue streak in some of the crappiest looking rock on that side of the wall. I would be interested in rebolting this route, because the Girl Scout Wall needs at least one descent moderate rock climb. It is silly how it is bolted. I thought this route is garbage. Any objections?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : The Bridger Jacks : Sucker Punch (5.12)
By: Ben Griffin When: Apr 22, 2015

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Comments: It looks like a great route! I can't wait to try it!


Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Right Side : Mail Slit (5.11b/c)
By: Ben Griffin When: Apr 14, 2015

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Comments: It's now a dead tree. RIP.


Location: NC : Crowders Mountain : Hidden Wall
By: Ben Griffin When: Dec 23, 2014

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Comments: Why are there so many pg13 and R rated climbs out there? Or what makes so many of the routes pg13 or R rated? I usually imagine large run outs between protection with ground fall potential or hitting a ledge. Bad bolts or spicey gear?


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Cigarette Boulder : 50 Foot Smoking Ban (V7)
By: Ben Griffin When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: This is my favorite boulder problem at the Sailing Hawks...no crazy trickery, just good, old fashion, hard pulling on tiny crimps on perfect sandstone. Around the corner from this problem is an overhanging boulder problem that leads to a slab. This might be the best V4 in the entire world. THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Free Tibet Sector : Super Twerk (5.12d) : Photo
By: Ben Griffin When: Nov 30, 2014

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Comments: I wish it wasn't wet! :( boohoo.


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Sunday Stroll Boulder : Sunday Stroll (V6)
By: Ben Griffin When: Nov 29, 2014

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Comments: Ben Kiessel...I hear ya! Take what you can get! V20 your face off!


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Sunday Stroll Boulder : Sunday Stroll (V6)
By: Ben Griffin When: Nov 18, 2014

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Comments: The grade is still the same to me. I still used all the same beta. The climber barely needs more control to move to the broken hold. I was always told Sunday Stroll is a really hard V5 when I first moved here. I was so proud the first time I ever climbed it. I believe hard V6 is still a good grade for the boulder problem. I'm still really surprised to see that hold break. It's probably seen well over a 100 ascents. Let's remember our sandstone in Durango is great for climbing but fragile... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Watch Crystal : Jailhouse Monkey (on dope) (5.12a)
By: Ben Griffin When: Oct 10, 2014

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Comments: I have always gone to the crimps to the right of the seam. There are better feet out there as well. It doesn't really take you off the bolt line. You go right of the seam, and the crux finishes at the following bolt. The upper headwall where there is a sea of credit card crimps follows the bolt line to the top of the Watch Crystal cliff.


Location: CO : Durango : Turtle Lake : Bouldering : Roadside Boulder : ... : Photo
By: Ben Griffin When: Sep 12, 2014

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Comments: I always heard this rig gets V5. Don't be surprised by sandbag bouldering grades in Durango. They have always been a little hard for the grade. Sunday Stroll used to get V5, three finger pocket used to get V3, I'm sure Birdhole at one point was probably a V0 or V1.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : SOB Gully (skier's left sid... : Perfect Art (5.12)
By: Ben Griffin When: Sep 4, 2014

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Comments: Pitch 3 is really fun! I didn't have the balls for pitch 4. I escaped by climbing over to the black corner on Comic Relief.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Brady's Route (5.12a)
By: Ben Griffin When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: This could possibly be Durango's best 12a sport climb.


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