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Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Pebble Boulder : Crystal Mantle (V1)
By: Chip Phillips When: Oct 31, 2003

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Comments: Hey Adam, good job adding another historical Flag problem to the database. Kind of funny how this area continues to lag behind. One of these days when the 600+ problem guide gets finished, i'll get around to adding some. Anyway ...

IMHO and in relation to other problems on the Pebble Boulder, this one clicks in around V2/3, being just a bit easier than Bob Poling's The High Step V3, Jim Michael's Sweet Pea V3, Richard Smith's West Overhang V3 and Pat Ament's North Overhang V3/4. I feel its just... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Angel's Way (5.2)
By: Chip Phillips When: Oct 28, 2003

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Comments: we certainly have our share of poison sumac too ... that lovely minature tree/bush that turns a beautiful flaming red in the fall and seems to be in/near every freakin' roadside creek/streambed, drainage ditch, culvert and wash. as a result, I have had more than one memorable run-in with it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Red Wall : Center Left (V4)
By: Chip Phillips When: Sep 26, 2003

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Comments: Pat Ament called Center Left B5.10 in the Third Edition of High Over Boulder, which usually equates to V2 or V3. That said, his descriptions over the years in High Over Boulder suggest one starts with their right hand high up in the shallow pocket. As everyone knows, Philip Benningfield's modus operandi is to never uprate problems. The lowest rating he ever hears out of anyone's mouth is what you will see in his books and that is the grade you usually hear sprayed out at the boulders.

IMHO, sta... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Catching Waves (V6)
By: Chip Phillips When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: Your comment on Making Waves cleared up what you did (kind of a different start to Making Waves - if you are interested try the long reach move with a high foot to go directly to the good edge ... look at the picture [under Making Waves]). Maybe a little more info would have been helpful, but from my problem descriptions, it should be obvious I prefer to let people find their own ways to do problems.

Both problems (Making Waves and Catching Waves) require a lot of body tension for the first mov... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s : Reefer Madness (5.11a)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jun 12, 2003

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Comments: Are there routes around here graded 10c or 10d that seem harder? ... Definitely are there routes around here graded 10c or 10d that seem easier? ... Definitely are there routes around here graded 11b or 11c that seem easier? ... Definitely are there routes around here graded 11b or 11c that seem harder? ... Definitely.

My point? Grades as we all know are not an absolute ... does a route or problem really have to "seem harder" to us than every route we've done of a lower grade or "seem easier" t... more >>


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : 420s : It's Ice (V4)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jun 9, 2003

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Comments: Under no circumstances should this problem get 3 stars. The topout is completely inundated with moss, pine needles and other debris and the problem is all of 2 moves. If the topout is cleaned up, it will be a disaster again in no time. It's best just not to bother and let nature have its way with the finishing ledge.

Of course, my bad attitude may have something to do with twisting my knee on the uneven landing in spite of having two pads and two spotters.

In any event, I will absolutely be st... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : First Overhang : First Overhang (V6)
By: Chip Phillips When: May 23, 2003

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Comments: I got on this last Sunday for the first time since the large left hand broke. Over the past few years, I've done this problem several times starting on the big holds out right, from the sds traverse on the far right, from the sit-start directly underneath First Overhang and from the standing direct start (my favorite) you just mentioned. After my most recent visit, I definitely find this problem to be harder with the broken left handhold.

Maybe its just me, but the sheer size of the former left... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Cloud Shadow : Undercling Traverse (V9)
By: Chip Phillips When: May 1, 2003

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Comments: BTW - Jim Hollaway did it first in 1974 for those who care.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Cloud Shadow : Undercling Traverse (V9)
By: Chip Phillips When: May 1, 2003

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Comments: I don't really think it matters b/c that move is not the crux. The yet-to-be-published Flagstaff Mountain Bouldering Map & Guide reads as follows:

"Low-Level Traverse / Undercling Traverse (UCT) V9 ***From the pockets at the base of The Contemplation, The Consideration and The Moderate Bulge, traverse right under the bulge and finish up Far East Inside Corner."

People may bitch about the stars or the grade, blah, blah, blah. It's a popular problem for the grade and otherwise. It is what it is,... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Beer Barrel Boulder : Double Clutch (V8-9)
By: Chip Phillips When: Apr 25, 2003

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Comments: On second thought, I think Neal Kaptain (and not BW) did this on video way back when. Not sure he was first, but it was definitely on a rope.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Beer Barrel Boulder : Double Clutch (V8-9)
By: Chip Phillips When: Apr 24, 2003

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Comments: Bob Williams, formerly known in Boulder climbing circles as "The Lunger" did it on a rope for a Boulder climbing video in the 70s or early 80s. I saw it once at a fundraiser for Eldo. The name of the video escapes me now, but someone will know it.

Mike Auldridge and Brian Capps worked it out in 2000 using some ridiculous number of crashpads, like 12 or 18 or something like that. It was in the R & I article on Boulder if you're interested.

As for flashing it, I heard someone came down from the ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Pratt's Rock aka Pratt's Ov... : Smith Overhang (V8)
By: Chip Phillips When: Mar 13, 2003

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Comments: Good contribution, Adam.

FYI: the FA was done by Richard Smith in 1967 from the higher start, as he was like 6'5" and the ground has eroded away substantially. Note that the left handhold which has some glue behind it now used to be much better.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Beer Barrel Boulder : Beer Belly aka Beached Whal... (V6)
By: Chip Phillips When: Mar 13, 2003

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Comments: i'll be sure and try it very soon. now i'm psyched to get on that "sly" problem again. thanx =_


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Beer Barrel Boulder : Beer Belly aka Beached Whal... (V6)
By: Chip Phillips When: Mar 11, 2003

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Comments: adam, i'm gonna have to respectfully disagree.

while I send first overhang, face out and polling pebble almost every time i set my mind to it, beached whale has thwarted my efforts dozens of serious tries on many different days. starting on the slopey undercling underneath requires a difficult right hand crossover or some thrutchy left hand movements just to get to a decent hold. these two moves (which get you into the stand-up start) are much harder than just about any 5.12a, b or c i've ever ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Cloud Shadow : Cloud Shadow Low (V7)
By: Chip Phillips When: Oct 10, 2002

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Comments: Without discussing specific grades and in contrast to Adam's opinion, I believe this variation is much harder than King Conquer Traverse w/the Face Out finish and a little harder than First Overhang Traverse from the sds on the far right. Read the description closely as this problem eliminates almost every good hold on CST and uses microedges until you reach the mono just b/4 Hand Traverse. I'm aware grades seem different for different folks, so I figured I'd add my two cents.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Girlfriend's Hip Pocket (V1)
By: Chip Phillips When: Aug 31, 2002

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Comments: No, it's on the east face left of the main line which is V1 and a V7 sds. Walk around to the east side, which is out of view, and it's all the way on the southeast corner. The problem to which you refer is on the north face, is currently unnamed, but is in the database as "V6 sds."


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Cloud Shadow : Contemplation (V0)
By: Chip Phillips When: Aug 6, 2002

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Comments: "The Contemplation" is a committing problem that starts on the same holds as "The Moderate Bulge" and "The Consideration." The Contemplation goes up the pockets, then steers left up the arching bulge to a good hold below the headwall. From there pull the high bulge and go to the top ... hopefully without falling.

Adam, the problem you are thinking of is Reverse Consideration, a problem which uses the same holds as The Consideration but requires a huge crossover to the small rail with your left ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Major Tom (V3)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 31, 2002

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Comments: Anon - I don't know what problems you have a problem with b/c you didn't say so. As of this date, I've added 28 of the 42 problems in the satellites to the database. Of those, here is a tally of the stars given:

0 stars: 1 1 star: 15 2 stars: 8 3 stars: 4------------- 28

Whats's wrong with this breakdown? Maybe there should be a few more 0 star problems. Other than that, it seems about right to me. If you don't agree, use the new function on this site and give a problem your own number of sta... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Original Grapple (V4)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 29, 2002

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Comments: This problem is not "aka Ned's World Famous V4" ... anyway, it's a blast for the grade and deserves 3 stars.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : A7 -V1 (V1)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 29, 2002

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Comments: Three stars ... no matter what grade you climb.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Balance in Nature (V5)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 4, 2002

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Comments: I knew if I through down the "sandbagged" card, I'd get a response. No offense intended, I just think its harder than V5.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 4, 2002

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Comments: It's Sputnik Two, George. I noticed in your bio you would rather pull weeds than boulder ... you're busted.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Girlfriend's Backside (V7)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 3, 2002

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Comments: hey ryan, why not call it Girlfriend's Backside - ha ha


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : SDS (V6)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jul 3, 2002

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Comments: Sounds like a cool way to start the problem for sure. By suggesting 1-star rather than 3, I was not trying to take anything away from Bart or the problem. I actually enjoyed it, but it is just a 1-move wonder, awkward or not, that is a grand total of 7 or 8 feet high - Peace


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Balance in Nature (V5)
By: Chip Phillips When: Jun 28, 2002

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Comments: More like V6, but a very good problem.


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