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Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: 3 days ago

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Comments: I want Fred to grow up (not really).


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : North Shore Boulders : ... : Route 2 (V-easy)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 16, 2015

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Comments: There's a route up the left edge also, on smaller holds at the top. It's a little bit more challenging.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Middle Palisade : East Face (3rd) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 13, 2015

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Comments: Thanks, good to know Bryan. The likelihood of a fall increases with the difficulty of the rating. Over the last 45 years, Class 3 has not phased me much as I know that I probably won't fall, however there is one Class 3 climb which bothered me, and that was this one on Middle Pal. Perhaps I was having an off day, perhaps it was the thought of having to reverse all of those moves, perhaps it was the exposure, I don't know. This photo shows the most difficult move on the whole route, although ther... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Middle Palisade : East Face (3rd) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 13, 2015

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Comments: Technical rating does not consider the consequences of a fall. Class 3 is a technical rating. You could be killed on a Class 1. This is the shortcoming of the TDS (or YDS). This is why people added G, PG, R and X at a later date, but only added it to Class 5.

Thanks Jeff.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Middle Palisade : East Face (3rd) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 13, 2015

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Comments: How many 5.6 moves do I find on a 1000 feet of Class 3? Lots. I'm a pretty good route finder so I'd say yes, this was the path of least resistance as far as I could tell.

And as far as the camera angle making it look worse is concerned, well it felt pretty deadly. In fact the whole climb felt pretty deadly. Which I must confess is rare for Class 3.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 10, 2015

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Comments: There's a clean up on Saturday:

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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Lost Pencil : Indian Giver (5.11- R)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 10, 2015

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Comments: Great description - related to the character of the route, and perhaps also contributing to the lack of ticks for this one.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Schaeffer's Delight (5.7) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: Belayer seems off route - but there are some slings there I noticed after i got to the top, so perhaps it works.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Schaeffer's Delight (5.7) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: I really enjoyed this pitch, excellent rock and climbing.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Schaeffer's Delight (5.7) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: You can see a large portion of the second pitch from here, except for the opening moves up the black face past the bolt.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Schaeffer's Delight (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2014

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Comments: Super first pitch, which felt very well protected, I think I placed three additional pieces, two above the last bolt. Second pitch starts off well but then becomes a little less interesting, I followed the shallow dihedral then stepped left before it ended and placed a belay, which was probably a mistake, one could have gone higher up the continuation, tackled a tricky steep step with an offwidth crack to large blocks and a good ledge. The finishing corner is great. At the top of the corner ther... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Schaeffer's Delight (5.7) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2014

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Comments: Must've been spicy before that bolt was put in.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Panty Wall : Panty Prow (5.6)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 28, 2014

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Comments: Lovely little climb with a great feel and view. No real crux, apart from the run out to the first bolt.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Panty Wall : Panty Mime (5.10c)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 28, 2014

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Comments: Nice to see it fully equipped, cruised it back in 1995, but today it seriously spanked me, very smeary route.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Middle Palisade
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 19, 2014

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Comments: Wonderful little article here


Location: CA : High Desert : Devil's Punchbowl : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 17, 2014

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Comments: I haven't been to Punchbowl in years. I keep meaning to go back.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Atom Smasher Boulders : Ionic Strength (5.12a) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 16, 2014

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Comments: Great shot Bob.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Cap Rock Area : Cap Rock : ... : Nutcracker (5.2)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 15, 2014

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Comments: I didn't go in the chimney, I climbed the righthand rib, with small cam in a horizontal crack on the right for protection. This way I felt had a 5.8 move.

It's a good climb.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Cap Rock Area : Cap Rock : ... : Circus (5.2)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 15, 2014

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Comments: I recommend hiking along the top of the rock to the rappel rings, then heading around leftwards beck to the start of the climb. That way you don't have to a) scramble down the 3rd class descent and b) do the approach up all over again.

Nice crack climb, pity it's not a lot longer. Significantly easier than Nutcracker or False Lieback.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Smooth Sole Wall : Smooth Sole Wall - Right Si... : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 13, 2014

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Comments: Good idea - nice sticky day. I did Battle of the Bulge to the left on a very similar kind of day.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Real Hidden Valley Vicinity : Houser Buttress Area : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 13, 2014

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Comments: The last climb I ever did at Josh with my friend Tony, I miss those days dearly.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Lake Arrowhead Area : Scot Rock : Bonnie Brae (5.2)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I enjoyed it as an obvious final pitch of Highlander, so why not do it? Easy climbing between the spacious bolts to the final two-bolt anchor.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Laurel Mountain : East Rib - North (5.5)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 8, 2014

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Comments: I've renamed it, as it is on the east face and north of the couloir.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : When the Levee Breaks (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 18, 2014

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Comments: The top half of this route is as good as anything to the right, very fine finish which feels bigger than it is.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Lake Arrowhead Area : Scot Rock
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 17, 2014

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Comments: Good directions Bill. Agreed, what a great spot.


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