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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Rock Island II
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 30, 2007

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Comments: Bolts? I haven't seen bolts here? There is one old bolt on an old 'aid' project, but I think that's it. Could someone provide more info?


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Spasmodic Rock : Lily and the Jack of Hearts (5.11-)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 27, 2007

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Comments: Fun bouldery feeling route, but a bit dirty. I suggest belaying off to the side to avoid being showered with grit.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 13, 2007

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Comments: However most other access points are free. Camping cost the price of a permit.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : ... : Photo
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 9, 2007

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Comments: Wow! Great photo!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Happy Hour Crag : Unknown Left Side (5.5)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 6, 2007

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Comments: Great route for beginners.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : Your Basic Lieback (5.6)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 6, 2007

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Comments: While the short crux section was nice, be aware of the loose talus on every ledge. WEAR A HELMET!!! I was up on YBL and the three climbs above it on the 4th, and it was a pleasant afternoon. Until we started packing up our stuff at the base to leave when we heard rock fall, I started to run but got hit by a baseball-size rock. The rock fall was natural from what we could see. There is a lot of loose rock in this area. When we pulled our rope a computer-sized rock came flying off the face. So be ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : Wired (5.9+ PG13)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jul 6, 2007

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Comments: This is a dangerous climb. I'm 6'1'' an could barely reach over to the flake to place the number two before doing the very committing and thin crux. A shorter person probably wouldn't be able to protect the crux making this climb very serious or X rated. I thought I'd be able to get a nut in the crack, but the crack was just too thin. Any placement would have been more for mental benefit and probably wouldn't have protected a fall. This would be a very nice toprope however.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jun 26, 2007

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Comments: Check out www.totalclimbing.com for snow conditions on the Diamond. Go to park conditions, or www.climbinglife.com


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jun 26, 2007

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Comments: Conditions on the Diamond and in RMNP are available on Colorado Mountain School's web site www.totalclimbing.com under park conditions.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s : Hot Stuff (5.10)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jun 25, 2007

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Comments: I'll put in a second vote for escaping to the anchors on Left Over Stuff. With that exit, it's a perfect 30m pitch. 4 stars in my book.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Supremacy Rock : The Web (5.13)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jun 11, 2007

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Comments: Time goes on and things continue to change, those vintage Mammut bolts are finally gone, replaced with new equipment by a friendly Argentinian guy.


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : Divination (5.11b)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Jun 1, 2007

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Comments: The route is called Dynamometer. The first pitch I've heard is height-dependent 12-13a, and the second pitch is slabby 11d. The first four bolts or so make a great, and I thought slightly easier, link up to the first pitch of Divination.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall : Anarchy in the UK (5.12b)
By: Chris O'Connor When: May 29, 2007

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Comments: Is this route #4 in the route Photo?


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Lower Dream Canyon : Plotinus Wall : ... : Smell the Coffee (5.10a)
By: Chris O'Connor When: May 8, 2007

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Comments: I found the crux a bit deceiving like everyone else, but found traversing left to the side-pull seam to be a very natural feeling sequence. Also I highly recommend the second pitch Caffeine Buzz linked together with Smell the Coffee as one long pitch.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Lower Dream Canyon : Plotinus Wall : ... : Caffeine Buzz (5.8)
By: Chris O'Connor When: May 8, 2007

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Comments: I think the best option for a warm-up on this wall is to link Smell the Coffe with Cafeine Buzz. It's a super 160ish foot pitch. As far as getting off, I think lowering the second to the ground from the top would make the process pretty simple.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bowling Alley : Main Crag : Meteor Rhoadblock (5.12a/b)
By: Chris O'Connor When: May 4, 2007

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Comments: 3 or four years late but here nonetheless. The location: This route is in the middle of the wall, it is the fourth route from the right side and follows the left side of a prominent arete to the top.


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Oceanic Wall : The Deep (5.11c)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Apr 30, 2007

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Comments: The harder variation goes right at the overhang and skirts along the side of the ceiling.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bowling Alley : Main Crag : Bowling Ball and Chain (5.10a/b)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Apr 23, 2007

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Comments: Beautiful view from the top


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Distant Dancer Pinnacle : West Overhang (V2-3)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Apr 2, 2007

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Comments: I don't know if it should be labled as a different route, but I had fun starting on the underclings on the south end of the boulder, traverse onto the west face, and go up the southwest arete. Seems to be fairly distinct from the west face routes, is it Red horn overhang?.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Whale's Tail : C'est What? (5.11b)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Mar 15, 2007

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Comments: The start definitely has death potential, but the mental aspect can be cut in half by placing a #5 or #4 (I used a #5) BD nut. The run-out is very moderate maybe 8 or 9 and the holds are very positive, so don't let it scare you away if you are a competent 11 leader. The headwall is fairly sustained, very thin at the start, and loads of fun on beautiful rock.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Whale's Tail : Free Speech (5.12a)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Mar 15, 2007

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Comments: There are currently two pins on before the roof, protecting the slab adequately. I got it on my second try, but pulling onto the slab on top stumped me for a while. This route would be very difficult to onsight, without the beta.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Owl Rock : West Crack (5.8+)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Mar 6, 2007

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Comments: Great rock in one of the most beautiful places in the region, with great views of the La Sal mountains. Don't miss it, it's a lot like Lizard Rock in the Fisher Towers: small and easy but for some reason it's fun and memorable.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Kane Springs Canyon : The Cirque of the Climbable... : Playing Hooky (5.10d C2)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Mar 1, 2007

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Comments: There is an article about this route in the March 2007 Rock and Ice


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : Northwest Passage (5.10b R)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Feb 25, 2007

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Comments: A favorite of mine! I used Rossiter's guide, there is a 4th class ramp that can be used to get directly under the roof. Then a 5.8 finger crack leads to the crumbly broken belay below the roof. The roof pitch is what makes this route amazing! The crux moves protect perfectly with a #0.5 Camalot. Really, perfect #0.5 and with all the air below you, it's okay to whip all day long. After the roof, one slab pitch takes you to the summit of the Third.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bowling Alley : Lower Right Side : A Tall Cool One (5.12a)
By: Chris O'Connor When: Feb 14, 2007

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Comments: 11d/12a sounds most accurate. It is a beautiful route, with nice dihedral moves at the begining, stellar face climbing in the middle and juggy cruiser moves at the top. For the rock and the moves, it's classic, and for the lazy person or time crunched like myself, the close proximity to the road is a good thing.


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