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Location: UT : Moab Area : Tusher Canyon : Putterman's Outhouse : Laying Cable (5.8+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Apr 12, 2016

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Comments: It's been a few years but yeah that looks right.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Cottontail Tower : West Side Story (5.9 C3)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Apr 4, 2016

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Comments: Furthermore, talking about the beginning of pitch 7 says, "We did stem up the chimney/notch (10-15ft?) above that anchor. There were some shitty pins and bolts that I could lasso from that stem and then traversed right to the "new" controversial bolt. It's not great since the first piece of gear are those shitty bolts and it's a factor 2 fall."
This cleared up a lot of confusion for me. I traversed straight right off the anchor around the corner at the beginning of pitch 7.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Cottontail Tower : West Side Story (5.9 C3)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Apr 2, 2016

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Comments: So I redid this route a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure what I was smoking in 2006 but I thought the start of pitch 7 was pretty tough.

We rappelled the route again and fixed a 6mm tag line on pitch 7 which was a bad idea. If you are going to rappel the route fix a line on that pitch large enough that you can jug over/up to the anchor on it. I had to basically aid back to the anchor which was not fun.

Also, the last bolt on the Pitch 7 bolt ladder ripped under my body weight and I took a... more >>


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Grand Canyon National Park : Angels Gate : Doghouse (5.5)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Mar 7, 2016

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Comments: I'm not sure where that BD 4 was placed. I tried and it was too small to protect the short OW section on pitch 1. I'm also not sure where the hand crack was. You climb a short featured OW right before the belay ledge. You'd need a new BD 5 or 6 to protect it. It's easy though, I'd skip all the big gear. I left 2 stoppers for the rappel. There is also a slung constriction rappel anchor option. On that note, down climb pitch 2 and then do a 100' rappel down pitch 1.


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Grand Canyon National Park : Angels Gate
By: Ben Kiessel When: Mar 7, 2016

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Comments: After climbing Angels Gate walk downhill straight toward the Angels Gate/Wotan saddle. You'll find a cairn on the rim that marks a single bolt that can be used to rappel. It's 100' rappel to a ledge half way down the cliff. From there scramble NWish to a dead but solid tree for another 100' rappel to the ground(there are boulders and cracks around if the tree doesn't give you warm fuzzies). It's probably possible to do one big 200' rappel straight down off the single bolt but hopefully you aren'... more >>


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Desert Shield Buttress : Desert Shield (5.11a C3)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Mar 4, 2016

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Comments: The grill is jacked. At this point it just needs to be replaced. Someone has taken the grate out and built a substitute grill on the ground.
Rock Climbing Photo: Grill
Grill



Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Right Side : Gator Pond (5.12a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 23, 2015

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Comments: Super fun! Great addition to the Golf Wall!


Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Right Side : Burt and Ernie's Tourney (5.12b/c) : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 13, 2015

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Comments:
Rock Climbing Photo: Haha
Haha



Location: Ben Kiessel : for sale : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jul 30, 2015

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Comments: Sold


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Purcell Mountains : ... : Cooper-Kor (5.10+ R)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jul 30, 2015

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Comments: This route was less than stellar. We climbed it in the afternoon after the Becky-Chounard. We simul climbed to the top of pitch 7. The last few pitches were either scary or wet or both. I would suggest to my friends to skip the route and just climb the West Ridge up and down.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Purcell Mountains : ... : All Along the Watchtower (5.11 C2- R)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jul 30, 2015

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Comments: Matt and I climbed this last week. Below are some answers to questions we had before our climb and other thoughts
-First off we camped at east creek and left camp at 03:15. We were at the base of the route at 05:45. On the summit at 19:15 and back at east creek camp at 21:45. 18.5 hrs camp to camp.
-We got off route on the way to the approach rappels. We also traversed on top of pitch 7 instead of pitch 9 and got off route.(this required a lot of down climbing in addition to a 200' rappel). Fin... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : The Pope's Nose : Central Buttress (5.10 A0+) : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jul 2, 2015

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Comments: Nope. I just pulled past. Did even really look for free climbing possibilities now that I think of it.


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : The Pope's Nose
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jun 21, 2015

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Comments: We did the descent yesterday and were pleasantly surprised to find it easier than expected. We did no rappels and didn't downclimb anything harder than 5.0. It took 1 hour to get from the top all the way to Flint Creek.


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Roof Area : El Rancho (5.13a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Dec 17, 2014

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Comments: I'll have to try the knee bar next time I'm on it, although I have a hard time finding motivation to try hard if I've already hit something. I'll probably never get on it again. It's not about the joy of climbing, it's about the tick list and the points. NEXT!


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Beowulf (5.12+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Dec 17, 2014

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Comments: My impression was that the right start was 5.11ish (and should have a different name). It uses the arete, joins Beowolf (Beowulf) up high, and shares the anchor. Haven't climbed it. I'm just spreading rumors.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Beowulf (5.12+) : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Dec 17, 2014

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Comments: I'm not hatin', but you've got to put the anchor "XX" at the top of the routes in the future. This looks like you mantel and walk off.


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Sunday Stroll Boulder : Sunday Stroll (V6)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 20, 2014

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Comments: I was thinking more in the V12-V13 range. I need those points!


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Roof Area : El Rancho (5.13a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I have no idea where I could haven gotten a kneebar on this thing.


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Sunday Stroll Boulder : Sunday Stroll (V6)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: So what are we calling this thing with the newly broken hold?


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Grand Canyon National Park : Zoroaster Temple : NE Arete (5.9+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 7, 2014

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Comments: The approach was way more straight forward than I expected. This description is great and nearly every cliff band has fixed ropes. We bat-manned every fixed line up and down, no need for harnesses or rappeling.

I was originally hoping to climb this thing in approach shoes. In the end I brought climbing shoes and was glad I had them.

The rack that Bill Wright suggests (single set from green alien to #3 camalot) is perfect. Don't bother with stoppers. The single #3 is plenty on... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Valley of the Gods/Mexican ... : Tighten Up Tower : Lighten Up (5.9 C1+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Oct 31, 2014

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Comments: I'm so stoked you went and did this thing! Bill and I looked at it and almost did it but after 'Loosen Up' we lacked the motivation. Good work Jeff!


Location: Ben Kiessel : for sale : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Oct 30, 2014

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Comments: SOLD


Location: UT : Moab Area : Kane Springs Canyon : EB's Love Muscle : Putterman Sex Machine (5.5 C0)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Aug 30, 2014

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Comments: Hey Cam,
Do you want me to take the route name off? I could just call it 'Original Route' or something.
Ben


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Oracle : Beaking In Tongues (5.8 A4)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Mar 23, 2014

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Comments: Matt and I climbed this last week in two days. Fixed the first 4 then did the last 3 on day two. This route is definitely climbable in a long day.
My gear suggestions...

-bring swim goggles
-single set micro cams
-triple set from green alien to #2 camalot
-4-5 #3 camalots, 2-3 #4, 2 #5, 1 #6
-a set of stoppers
-hybrid aliens
-2 specters
-5 sets of peckers
-blades, LA, angles, z-pins
-2 lead lines for the last pitch

Great climbing, amazing line!

DO IT!!!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Onion Creek : The Trojan : Everyman's Endless Edge (5.9+ A1+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Feb 14, 2014

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Comments: Clay and I just climbed the second ascent of this awesome route over a day and a half. The route went all clean at 5.9 C2.
If you are looking for a shorter version of this it would be easy to walk up to below the 7th pitch, and climb a 60' moderate pitch to get to the base of pitch 7. Also the tower on pitch 8 and the rappel can be avoided with a short pitch to the right. This short pitch would put you at the start of pitch 9.

We rappelled from the summit to the ground with a one full 60 m... more >>


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