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Chris Mueller


Member Since: Jan 1, 2001
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Page Improvements = 3
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Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face : The Bastille Crack (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: Jul 28, 2003

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Comments: This climb is great. Easily the best 5.7 around. As for the rating, it compares nicely to The Owl (Dome), Empor (Cob Rock), and Verschnidung (West Ridge), all 5.7 crack climbs.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face : Breezy (5.5)
By: Chris Mueller When: Jun 20, 2003

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Comments: Fun climb. I've used it many times as a first climb or lead for people. Going right after the wide crack into the left facing dihedral at the top spices things up a bit (5.7?). Can easily be led in one pitch using the 5.6 start and a 60 M rope with almost no drag (use shoulder length runners).


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Flattop Mountain - S side : Dragon's Tail Couloir (WI2 M2)
By: Chris Mueller When: Jun 10, 2003

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Comments: Continuous snow up to the last 200 feet. There will most likely be a rock step in the middle by now. Snow was solid, crampons required, kicking steps not an option from 7-9:30 am, softer and possible to kick steps at the very top.

For a moderate snow climb, this one is hard to beat.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Flattop Mountain - S side : Dragon's Tail Couloir (WI2 M2)
By: Chris Mueller When: Jun 10, 2003

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Comments: I climbed Dragon's Tail on 6/8/2003. Crampons and an axe were necessary, but since I was alone, I didn't bring a rope or gear. The snow was in prime condition and continuous up to the last 200 feet of the climb.

I left the trailhead at 6:00 am and started climbing about an hour later. Emerald Lake was still partly frozen and the scariest part of the day was traversing along the snowfield at the edge of the lake. At the bottom of the climb, I noticed a guided group getting roped up by one of ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Der Zerkle : East Face Right/Der Zerkle (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: Oct 2, 2002

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Comments: It's been a while since I wrote that description, but I don't remember our variation being any harder than 5.7 (similar to the 5.7 start of the 3rd). It was a little tricky to find the moves, but once we found them, they were solid.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Der Freischutz : Free Shot (5.2)
By: Chris Mueller When: Oct 2, 2002

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Comments: Two notes on this one if you're soloing: First, make sure you get the right rock. The first time out, I went up the rock just east of this one and ended up downclimbing at about 5.5 when the last 20 feet were peeling a little too much. Second, bring a short rope and rappel. The real climb (found it the next time after re-reading Rossiter's directions) is lots of fun but the bottom of the gully is flakey and loose. Downclimbing with the rock peeling away wasn't very fun. Incidentally, the r... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : The Green Spur (5.9)
By: Chris Mueller When: Sep 30, 2002

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Comments: Great route. The crux pitch is nice and strenuous, though I thought the real crux was right off the first belay getting through the offwidth (but that might have just been my technique :) ). This should definitely be done with the 5.9 roof pitch from Grandmother's Ledge. That pitch ranks up there as one of the most fun pitches I've done. If no one is on Rewritten, cut over onto it after the roof and finish with Rebuffet's arete. Otherwise, you can find lots of fun moves by using the left wa... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Cob Rock : Right Crack (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: Jul 18, 2002

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Comments: Definitely 5.6. The offwidth sections don't take #3 Camalots (didn't bring any 4s, but those should work). But, there's a hand crack to the right that does take normal gear (probably 5.6 also). Slap some gear in that crack, climb down a bit, and practice those arm bars! From the top, follow a very loose path up to the left and rap from a tree. Leave a TR anchor and do the dirty, parallel finger cracks that follow the rap line (5.10?).


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Fall River Road (US 34 West... : Deer Ridge Buttress : Nun Buttress (5.8)
By: Chris Mueller When: Jul 8, 2002

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Comments: Great climb. A few notes: We didn't find a 4th pitch, we did it in three pitches with about 20 feet of rope left over from a 60m on each pitch. On the start of the 2nd pitch, if you're going to go up the dihedral, don't try to make it easier by going right for a few moves, the moves back into the dihedral are silly and just as hard as the dihedral. Also, beware of expand-o flakes! There were a lot of loose flakes that would expand and not hold pro in a fall!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : Left Edge (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: May 30, 2002

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Comments: You can also start this route about 75 feet below the 5.7 crack, left of the A-shaped roof and the large pointy flake. Cruise left up the ramp to an undercling and make a fun move through the first wall. Angle right to the bottom of the crack, a #4 camalot is nice to have here. Continue as from the first belay in the original description. The route can be done with a 50 M rope in one pitch with no rope drag this way.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : East of the Sun (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: May 30, 2002

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Comments: Variation for P2. Instead of traversing right from the belay, head up and take the crack just left of the belay. Pop out of the chimney and make a few blank face moves. Head up to the slightly overhanging, right facing corner and jam through it to the summit.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Cob Rock : North Face Center (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: May 8, 2002

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Comments: Great climb. I'd give this 3 stars and go as far as suggesting that it's a better line than Empor. The entire climb follows a broken crack system making this one of the longer (and probably best) 5.7 cracks in BC. Perfect jams are available for almost the entire route (assuming you do the 7+ finish). The first pitch is a nice warm up with a few 5.7 moves. The second pitch is more sustained with great pro the whole way up. Watch out for parties on Empor, though, as you might have to wait fo... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Fall Wall : Hole (5.7)
By: Chris Mueller When: May 6, 2002

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Comments: Great climb. Beware if you are not skinny on the chimney pitch - do as the description suggests and let the thinner people lead it (or use a swami belt and minimal rack)! Had a great time getting myself unstuck.