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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Lori leading on a cold J-tree day

Lori leading on a cold J-tree day

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : B-3 (5.3)

Mar 15, 2006

Lori, coming back to The Catslab for her very outing on the sharp end!

Lori, coming back to The Catslab for her very outing on the sharp end!

CO : Golden : ... : Gumby Cat (5.4)

May 25, 2005

Bo smoke'n up the first pitch!

Bo smoke'n up the first pitch!

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Mike's Books (5.6)

Mar 24, 2005

Stepping up to the good stuff!

Stepping up to the good stuff!

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Dog Day Afternoon (5.10b)

Mar 18, 2005

Smearing up Bad Lizards with a full dam in the background.

Smearing up Bad Lizards with a full dam in the background.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Bad Lizards (5.10a)

Mar 14, 2005

Midway up the route but before the bolt.

Midway up the route but before the bolt.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Vagmarken Buttress (5.8-)

Mar 13, 2005

Start of the route.  Finishing the day with just enough light to spare.

Start of the route. Finishing the day with just enough light to spare.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Vagmarken Buttress (5.8-)

Mar 13, 2005

4 bolts up on Willard.

4 bolts up on Willard.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Willard (5.7)

Mar 13, 2005

Pulling over the small roof leading to nothing special above.

Pulling over the small roof leading to nothing special above.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Ben (5.10b)

Mar 13, 2005

Fingers in pain on the beginning crux!

Fingers in pain on the beginning crux!

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Legal Briefs (5.9+)

Mar 13, 2005

Almost at the bolt up and right of my hand.  Second time for this picture because I screwed up the names the first time.

Almost at the bolt up and right of my hand. Second time for this picture because I screwed up the names the first time.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : SW Corner (5.6)

Dec 16, 2004

Another newcomer to The Catslab!

Another newcomer to The Catslab!

CO : Golden : ... : Gumby Cat (5.4)

Oct 17, 2004

Bo sending the route for a fun lead!

Bo sending the route for a fun lead!

CO : South Platte : ... : Ten Years After (5.9)

Jun 8, 2004

Chris following a great lead.

Chris following a great lead.

CO : South Platte : ... : Ten Years After (5.9)

May 24, 2004

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Down on the Pharm (5.7)
By: Chris Swope When: Jun 7, 2013

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Comments: Did this route with my kids the other day. Man, those are some well camo'ed bolt hangers, you don't see them until you're on top of them. Overall, a pretty good route. Not sure if I would recommend it to a new leader unless he or she is solid on 5.7.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Pine Vu
By: Chris Swope When: Apr 6, 2013

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Comments: There is a route around and to the right of Don't Damn it. It looks fairly new with about 7 bolts and a 2 bolt chain station (although the bolts and hangers, and cold shunts are new, but the chains are rusty??). Pretty easy, well bolted route, guessing about the 5.5- 5.6 range. Anyone have any info on this route?
Also there are no longer any chains or anything on the two bolt belay at the top. Plan a walk off unless you bring some slings.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can...
By: Chris Swope When: Apr 20, 2010

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Comments: Use caution. Lots of deer ticks in the canyon right now!


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Pine Vu : Don't Damn It (5.7 PG13)
By: Chris Swope When: Aug 13, 2009

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Comments: Did this climb the other day. I am not sure I would call 6 bolts on a 125 ft climb well protected, there were a few areas were a fall would have gave you a few bounces on a pretty jagged rock. However all the moves were solid and the spacing on the bolts made you have to think about each move before you made it, not real hard but added the "meatball special" factor to it. Probably not a lead for a first timer.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Dinosaur's Foot
By: Chris Swope When: May 12, 2009

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Comments: Anyone know what the route just right of Middle Toe is? Real fun bolted climb. Felt kinda like 10a or so??


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : P. Mosh Wall : Human Disco Ball (5.8)
By: Chris Swope When: May 12, 2009

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Comments: Fun route the crux is right off the ground at the second bolt, the rest felt more like 5.6 or so. Also, the first bolt didn't make much sense. I never clipped it, since it was about 4 feet off the ground and wouldn't have helped much in a fall.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : P. Mosh Wall : Disco Solitaire (5.7+)
By: Chris Swope When: May 12, 2009

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Comments: The book says all three crack moves through the roof are about the same, but I would say they vary a little bit in difficulty with the easiest being from right to left. Anyone you pick however, I still felt calling the move 5.7 was pushing it a little. Even on toprope the easiest crack felt more like 5.8.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : P. Mosh Wall : Dixie Electric Company (5.6)
By: Chris Swope When: May 12, 2009

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Comments: Did this climb today. While the moves where all there I was somewhat surprised that it was sustained at 5.6 (if that is even possible). Probably just me, but anytime I get on a 5.6, visions of the First Flatiron come to mind and the easiness of it. Good fun climb though the angle makes it great for smearing. Also, went straight up at the second to last bolt which supposedly ups the rating to a 5.7. I recommend it, made it more fun.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Turret Dome : Guide's Route (5.6)
By: Chris Swope When: Jul 26, 2007

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Comments: Did this route today. Lots of fun. After the 3 pin anchor, we continued straight up into a roof and crack system. It was an awesome varation and protected very nicely (there was a fixed cam in the crack). Does anyone know was this varation goes at or if it was part of another route? My guess would be around 5.8-9.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Ironclads : The Quartz Garden
By: Chris Swope When: Jun 8, 2007

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Comments: Did the first pitch of Subterranean Homesick Blues yesterday in howling winds. Does anyone know what the other routes to the right of this one are? I think someone had fun with a bolting gun, there must have been at least 10 new lines.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Dairy Queen Wall : Dairy Queen Wall - Right Si... : Frosty Cone (5.7)
By: Chris Swope When: Mar 15, 2006

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Comments: I found this route to be a little soft for 5.7 but I still thought it was a really fun lead. The steepness of the line made it all the more fun.


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