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Location: UT : Maple Canyon : Middle Fork : Melon Wall : Melonoma (5.11d)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Aug 7, 2014

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Comments: I posted this route as 11d, due to the rating in the guidebook. It may be a bit easier than this. I tried the 11b to the right and found it to be more difficult than this one. This could be due to my lack of fitness, as I jumped on the 11b with little rest, and flailed about.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Jet Stream Wall : Drifting (5.11c PG13)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: Climbed this June 1, 2014. Wall went into the shade around 12:00 noon, temps in town were close to 100 (around 90 for Red Rock). Totally comfortable in shorts and t-shirt on the wall.

I have been to this wall by the Olive Oil descent gully and by coming up from the Challenger wall, I would have to agree with Gargano that the Challenger approach is the better choice, it is not as steep and not as loose. To top it all off it has less elevation gain, is more scenic, and only takes about 10 min... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Sandstone Quarry : The Wake-Up Wall : Pain Check (5.12a)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Apr 21, 2014

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Location: NV : Red Rock : Sandstone Quarry : Hidden Corridor : Walking on a Dream (5.11)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Apr 1, 2014

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Comments: I would suggest placing an anchor after the top out. I agree that topping out adds something to the climbing. I also agree that there are many who can deal with it as is.
Two points to consider though:
1. I just think that scrub oaks are not the best choice for anchoring. Why damage plant life if you don't have to?
2. It is a good climb and IMHO it would improve the experience of the route to not have to crawl under a bush to tie a cordalette around it.

Sucks about the bolt chopping, thank... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Refrigerator Wall : Kisses Don't Lie (5.12b PG13) : Photo
By: Darren in Vegas When: Feb 23, 2014

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Comments: This pic definitely illustrates the nature of the climbing on this route, but it also points out the obvious....get a freaking camera Josh!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Sandstone Quarry : Hidden Corridor : Walking on a Dream (5.11)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Feb 9, 2014

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Comments: First of all let me say that this is a very unique and interesting line. The rock is bulletproof, the movement is difficult and interesting, and the bolts decently placed. However, after climbing it I don't understand the lack of an anchor.
It seemed that many bolts took several tries to install, why the sudden lack of interest in drilling?
I am not trying to stir up controversy, but merely interested in hearing more about your thought process during the FA.
Thanks for the nice route.


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Ruth Gorge : The Stump : Goldfinger (5.11a)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Dec 10, 2013

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Comments: @heppnerd - When we were there another party (I think Kelly Cordes was one of the members) had attempted the route a couple days before our first try. They got shut down by too much snow on the last two pitches.

We managed to send the route in the small two day window that the route was good. Obviously luck is such an important part of alpine climbing when a team with real alpine cred gets shut down and our team managed to pull it off.

Hope you got some other stuff done, even if not, it i... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Jet Stream Wall : Tooth or Consequences (5.11)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Nov 13, 2013

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Comments: I thought this was a pretty fun route. Once it gets more traffic to clean it up a bit, it will be awesome.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Beauty Mountain : Thunder Buttress : Gun Club (5.12c)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Mar 29, 2013

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Comments: I think the FA was Brooke Sandahl. Not sure of the year,


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Upper Oak Creek Canyon : Coltrane (5.9 R)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jan 23, 2013

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Comments: on the fourth pitch, I decided to skip the bolt that comes after the traverse, this kept rope drag down and made the rope line better for the second. It requires that you are solid on 5.8 terrain.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : Upper Meadow : Third Buttress : Shake And Not Stir (5.12d)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Nov 1, 2012

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Comments: I think the name of this one is "Shake and not Stir" a play on words that refers to shaking out on a hold without knocking yourself off, but sounds like "shaken not stirred." Jim and I climbed together some around the time he fired this one and this is what I recall him saying.
However, this was some time ago and memories fade....


Location: NV : Red Rock : Sandstone Quarry : The Wake-Up Wall : Angled Dangler (5.11c/d)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Oct 6, 2012

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Location: Senior Hernandez : And again : Photo
By: Darren in Vegas When: Sep 20, 2012

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Comments: nein?
I count eighteen draws in the picture...nein times 2. haha


Location: NV : Mt. Charleston : Robber's Roost
By: Darren in Vegas When: Aug 7, 2012

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Comments: Video of The Burglar, 12d at Robber's Roost. [[



Location: NV : Mt. Charleston : Robber's Roost : Glory Daze (5.12c)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jul 29, 2012

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Comments: Video of the route



Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Ruth Gorge : The Stump : Goldfinger (5.11a)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jul 29, 2012

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Comments: video of route



Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Challenger Wall : Challenger (5.10d PG13)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jun 10, 2012

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Comments: Removed tattered webbing from the first two anchors and left quicklinks and biners on the bolted stations. Please leave the biners as they are there to facilitate easier rappelling, not for bootying. Better yet, replace the biners with more quicklinks and rap rings.


Location: International : Europe : Germany : Frankenjura : Waldkopf : Action Directe (5.14d)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jun 6, 2012

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Comments: The above video is Dimencia Senil and it is in Spain. I am not sure why this is posted up under Action Direct which is in Germany. Sure the guy climbing in the video has climbed Action Direct, but other than that, wrong climb in the wrong country.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Kaymoor : Fire and Ice Buttress : Caroline Crocker and the Ti... (5.12a)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Jun 4, 2012

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Comments: This route is called Carolina Crocker and the Tipple of Doom, not Caroline Crocker. It was named after Carolina Joe Crocker who I believe did the FA.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Mt. Wilson : Horseshoe Wall : Gwondonna Land Boogie (5.9+)
By: Darren in Vegas When: May 27, 2012

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Comments: Linked Pink Tornado to Gwondonna Land Boogie. Huge route, great day. Even though GLB has had some hardware added, it still has many sections where the climbing is heady. Don't expect this to be a clip up.
Props to the FA party on such a bold route. Holy crap! I can't imagine climbing some of this route in its original state with the gear of the era. We had a double rack and I was still on the edge of my seat the whole way up.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Texas Hold 'Em (5.11c)
By: Darren in Vegas When: May 20, 2012

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Comments: Currently pitch 8 has a completely detached hold that is about 20' up. It is about the size of a large brick, and is covered in chalk, just waiting to lure you into using it. If you were to pull on this your belayer might just get a facefull of Red Rock. Be careful, and perhaps trundle this on the way down.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Texanephrine (5.10d)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Apr 23, 2012

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Comments: I thought this was an excellent link up of some really nice pitches. The first half of the route is where the difficulty lies so it takes some time. However, once you reach the top of the Elephant's Trunk, you can make it to the top in a surprisingly short amount of time. The only extra beta I would add is that once you are at the top of the trunk, you can link the next two pitches with a 60m. In addition, I would also say that the 1500 feet listed as the route height is a bit misleading. T... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Mt. Wilson : Horseshoe Wall : Sentimental Journey (5.9)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Apr 9, 2012

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Comments: Attempted this route 4/7/12. We started in an obvious chimney at the base of the route. From there, the obvious path wasn't terribly clear. We ended up climbing around WAY to the right, avoiding shrubs too thick to get through and some rotten rock on the immediate right of the next section.
Edit: We returned to this area to climb the Pink Tornado Left and I now see that this chimney pitch is actually the start of Pink Tornado Right. Sentimental Journey might be a more obvious line at the b... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Kraft Boulders : Burnout Boulder
By: Darren in Vegas When: Mar 14, 2012

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Comments: This is one of my favorite boulders at Kraft. I repeat Jones'n almost every time I am out there. Lately we have been trying to link Jones'n and Fire (Prounounced Fee-Ray, like the old shoes) Fresh Traverse. I am guesing it will be around V7, but really have no idea. I have never seen the link up written up anywhere, but I am sure it has been done before.
If anyone has info, let me know.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Pullout : Civilization Crag : Evil Empire (5.11)
By: Darren in Vegas When: Mar 11, 2012

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Comments: I recently did the Offset Corners at 11b, so my thoughts on difficulty are in comparison to that. I haven't done much trad climbing lately so that climb is all I have for reference at the moment. I thought this route was tough, but the hard part is so short I figured I would try to factor that in.
All in all, worth dragging the rack for. Good find, Killis.
I think that this crag is a great all around addition to Red Rock cragging.
By the way, to me there is a difference between 10d (... more >>


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