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Member Since: Jan 1, 2001
Last Visit: May 29, 2014
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Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Mitchell Peak
By: Darin Lang When: Jul 26, 2007

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Comments: George is correct - there is a very easy class 2 route up from Jackass Pass. If you go straight up instead of winding around I'd say it's more like class 3+. I'd call it class 4 down from the summit of Mitchell if you try to stay right on the ridgeline, and then class 2 for the rest of the day.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Mitchell Peak
By: Darin Lang When: Jul 25, 2007

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Comments: Mitchell is the high point of a long ridge that forms the backdrop to Big Sandy on the hike up. A 4th class scramble up Mitchell from Jackass Pass and a ridge run to hit the other four summits makes for a fun, if non-technical day.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Upper Exum Ridge (5.5)
By: Darin Lang When: Mar 21, 2007

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Comments: For mortals it's a full day even in the summer - although better, in my opinion, than lugging bivy or camping gear if this is your only objective.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : South Gateway Rock : East Side : Mighty Thor (5.10c)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 9, 2005

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Comments: Thanks, guys! That frayed cable/random sling/old piton set up *may* have been safe, but it never looked it.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP
By: Darin Lang When: Oct 8, 2004

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Comments: I'll second the snake warning. In addition to the C-section, I've seen quite a few in the Wendell Spire area, on the hike up to the Falls Wall, near the Dungeon, and on the south end of the Grocery Store Walls. It shouldn't prevent anyone from going to Castlewood (none I've seen have been particularly aggressive), but a heads up is well advised.

Whether you choose to fight, flee, or throw out a pocketful of gerbils like radar chaff, please, please don't shake the rattlesnake eggs.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Three Graces : The Window (5.2)
By: Darin Lang When: Aug 26, 2004

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Comments: I'm not certain that this is the appropriate place to post this information, but there was a fatality on this route yesterday. See www.thedenverchannel.com/news/3681896/detail.html

The climbing community still seems pretty small to me, and every time this happens I feel like I lost a good friend that, by mere quirk of fate, I just haven't met yet. My condolences to his friends and family.

Also, this is an opportunity for us all to remind ourselves that (1) one can never let one's guar... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : South Gateway Rock : East Side : Crescent Corner (5.9+)
By: Darin Lang When: Aug 16, 2004

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Comments: I agree that the climb is safe, with a lot of steel. My comment above about the second pin, however, still stands. If you blow this clip, it would not be a long fall, but rather one of those short little awkward whippers that could result in a broken ankle.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Pine Cone Dome : Bye, Bye Butterfly (5.11c)
By: Darin Lang When: Aug 5, 2004

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Comments: Well-bolted, fun route with a deceptive crux (that I did not fully solve)


Location: CO : South Platte : Rampart Range Road : Parachute Rock : No Chute aka Rip Cord (5.10a)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 10, 2004

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Comments: The crux, IMO, lasts a little longer than the first moves out of the alcove. Fun route.


Location: CO : South Platte : Rampart Range Road : Parachute Rock : Illegal Smile (5.8+)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 10, 2004

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Comments: All of the alcove routes are great, but this was the best of the bunch. This might make a good first lead for someone who has done some crack climbing, as the crux is short and all the gear can be placed from good stances.


Location: CO : South Platte : Rampart Range Road : Parachute Rock : Alcove 5.9 Route (5.9)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 10, 2004

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Comments: Some interesting moves at the bottom, but it's the 20 feet of perfect hand that makes this a climb worth doing.


Location: CO : South Platte : Rampart Range Road : Parachute Rock : True Religon (5.10c)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 10, 2004

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Comments: A committing lead, and pretty burly for 10c. I've climbed some easier 11s, but I'll split the difference and call it 10d.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : The Yellow Spur (5.9)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 8, 2004

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Comments: The belay below the pin ladder always seemed bomber to me. The AC above must be trolling.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Sand Gulch : Contest Wall : Shithouse Traverse (V0-)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 3, 2004

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Comments: An excellent choice for beer-induced feats of strength. Might be a solid v-nought depending on one's BAC.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : The Dark Side : Shelf Road Virgin (5.10a)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 1, 2004

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Comments: Fun, albeit short climb. Similar to Puddle of Holes.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Sand Gulch : Contest Wall : Dead Tree Crack (5.10b)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 1, 2004

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Comments: Fun route that keeps your attention between bolts. It could have been a bad day for me, but it felt more like 10c at the cruxes (and certainly harder than the guidebook 10a), pretty sustained 9 for the rest. YMMV of course.


Location: CO : South Platte : Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Cam... : Helen's Dome : Fool's Gold (5.9+)
By: Darin Lang When: May 23, 2004

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Comments: The alternate start (straight up the crack next to the 5.7 dihedral route) is quite good, and at a similar level of difficulty as the even better second pitch. Bring a few thin hands to hands pieces, and some stoppers.


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Sheep's Nose : Lost in Space (5.9)
By: Darin Lang When: May 23, 2004

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Comments: Bo - see the description for Southeast Face.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Kindergarten Rock : East Face : Beginning of the End a/k/a ... (5.9+)
By: Darin Lang When: Mar 30, 2004

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Comments: That wouldn't offend my sensibilities, keeping in mind that my middle name is "Yella". I thought it was a bit runout, even by GoG standards, when there were still three pins.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Twelve Pack Wall : The Crux of the Biscuit is ... (5.9)
By: Darin Lang When: Mar 29, 2004

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Comments: Contrived, but still fun. 10b or so if you follow the bolt line over the right side of the roof.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Morning Sun Wall : Pointillist (5.10c/d)
By: Darin Lang When: Oct 15, 2003

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Comments: This route has cleaned up substantially over the last year or so, and now has very little loose rock on the lower section. More continuous than its neighbors to the left (Renaissance, Magician's, and Marijuana), the climbing is now on a par with any of those routes and it deserves two stars.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Cob Rock : Aid Crack (5.10d)
By: Darin Lang When: Jul 18, 2003

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Comments: Agreed that the lower section is rather 11ish. The pro is solid, although strenuous to place in spots. And speaking from experience, a black Alien and a #2 RP will hold a fall here.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Old Stage Road : Saint Peter's Overlook : The Martyr (5.9)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 23, 2003

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Comments: Take option (A) on the second pitch to the yellow corner. The downclimb has just one sketchy move which, although only 5.4, would have fatal consequences if you slipped.Don't let the comments here sandbag you into thinking that you're a wimp if you want to rap off.. If you feel the least bit uncomfortable, add 5 minutes to the descent and drop a rope.The post-climb beers always taste better when you're alive.

It's unlikely that the Garden traffic will ever be seen here, although there are som... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Stinkzig (5.6)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 16, 2003

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Comments: Much better to link the first two pitches - that way whoever leads the chimney (one move that is awkward and harder than 5.6 on lead due to one's desire to place protection), gets the short handcrack payoff.

1.75 stars. There are so many good routes at Vedauwoo, though.

It is easy to keep the grade at 5.6 as a follower, or if you don't mind running it out past the crux. 5.7 for the awkward squeeze to get some gear, and then move to regain the outside of the crack/chimney.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Walt's Wall : Edwards' Crack (5.7)
By: Darin Lang When: Jun 16, 2003

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Comments: There you go, ruining the fun for everyone. The OW on the top is 7-, or harder if you actually try to do OW moves. And if you don't climb the OW/squeeze on the first pitch, you're missing out.


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