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A route I established at The Overlook called, Photo Opp. Rated 10d.


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Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : The Wall : Comfortably Numb (5.10) : Photo
By: Darren Knezek When: 5 days ago

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Comments: I kicked it off on the way down.


Location: UT : Joe's Valley : Left Fork : Big Joe : Foxy Whore (V9)
By: Darren Knezek When: 5 days ago

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Comments: FA Jeff Pedersen


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Pine Canyon : KRGA (5.9)
By: Darren Knezek When: Sep 18, 2014

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Comments: I called the route KRGA when I put it up as well. There are quite a few "KRGA" engravings all throughout this area of the swell. One of my climbing friends from that area said he'd seen them since he was a kid climbing there in the early 1970's and thought that it was one of the cowboy rancher hands from the early 1900's.
Fun route, wish it was longer, but loved the starting moves.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : The Billboard Trail : The Billboard : Bubba Gump (5.10b)
By: Darren Knezek When: Jun 17, 2014

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Comments: Name: Bubba Gump FA:Greg Randall and Willis Knapp (Dave Bradd did the left line.)
They rated it 5.10b.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Galaxy Area : Tatooine
By: Darren Knezek When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: There are two lines to the left. Both are 5.12+. There are 3 lines above all 5.13 or harder.


Location: UT : Triassic : Land of a Thousand Boulders : Out of the Comfort Zone (V6)
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 29, 2014

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Comments: I called the problem. Out Of The Comfort Zone

One of my favorite problems that I put up at Triassic. It was sent while The Utah Bouldering Guide was at the press, so it didn't make it in the book.
(Probably, 50% of the problems we did there never made the book. We put up another 100+ problems in The Land of a Thousand Boulders alone, after the guidebook came out, due to Mike Call casually mentioning that "there could be 200 more problems here at Land of a Thousand Boulders!" When he sa... more >>


Location: UT : Triassic : Land of a Thousand Boulders : Bacardi Silver (V4)
By: Darren Knezek When: Sep 18, 2013

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Comments: A Jeff Baldwin classic!


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Upper Division Wall
By: Darren Knezek When: Aug 27, 2013

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Comments: The route to the right of Algorithm is called Pocket Rhythm by Tim Roberts. I thought that it was 12c for me, but hey, I love monos! Some say it's harder.
The next route to the right is actually two routes. Climb the first 4 or 5 bolts continue going straight up is a route that Boyle had started and I finished bolting it to the chains over twelve years ago. I called it, "Empty Your Pockets." I rated it 12c but if you're good at gastons it might be 12b. If you go right from the 4th or 5th bolt, ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Upper Division Wall : Pocket Debris (5.12a)
By: Darren Knezek When: Aug 27, 2013

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Comments: Craig's last name is Caviezel.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Hobble Creek Canyon : Drone Wall : The Rattler (5.10b)
By: Darren Knezek When: Jul 27, 2013

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Comments: Whilst I was nearing the anchors on the First Ascent, my friend Doug's dog was barking and nipping at a wound up Rattlesnake not far from the base. It was quite the struggle to give me a great belay and keep his dog from getting bit at the same time. Hence the name, Rattler.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Grey Cliffs Picnic Area : The Shame Wall : Maxwell House (5.11c)
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 25, 2013

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Comments: Sweet black rock "that's good to the last drop."


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Grey Cliffs Picnic Area : The Shame Wall : The Taken (5.10d)
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 23, 2013

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Comments: I didn't find it to be your "classic" 11c like "Slimabeing" over to the left or even close to as hard as Maxwell House over to the right.
It's a shame that it wasn't as memorable as Send in the Frowns.
(Since sarcasm doesn't come across on the keyboard, I'm joking about the classic status of Slimabeing.)


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Grey Cliffs Picnic Area : The Shame Wall : All Men Are Mortal (5.12c)
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 23, 2013

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Comments: Sweeet!!! I've always thought TYTBH as a 12b. At the moment, off the top of my head, I would say that Beehive is one of the hardest 12b's in the canyon. But for me the honor of the hardest would have to go to Secret Weapon on The Division Wall with Book of Condolences coming in a close second.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Grey Cliffs Picnic Area : The Shame Wall : The Taken (5.10d)
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 22, 2013

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Comments: This route's called "The Taken" and was put up and rated 11c by Tim Roberts.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Grey Cliffs Picnic Area : The Shame Wall : All Men Are Mortal (5.12c)
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 22, 2013

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Comments: It is the middle line.
The line to the left is the old Boyle line. The line to the right is Trent's line and I was told it was rated 12b in an email.
When I spoke with Bill, he said that when he rated AMAM 12a/b, he felt that the grade was somewhere between the two letters.
I climbed AMAM around 20 years ago with Mike Hunter, Jacinda's husband. I thought it was a stout 12b. Mike hiked it and thought that it was 12a.

Now that we've thoroughly muddied up the grade on AMAM...
What do you guys thi... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : The Billboard Trail : The Vortex : Gripcom (5.11c)
By: Darren Knezek When: Sep 10, 2012

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Comments: Gripcom puts adventure back into sport climbing!!!!

Joking aside, the SMC hangers should be replaced. When I replaced the bolts and hangers with Jeff and Bill on The Membrane a few years ago, a lot of the bolts that had SMC hangers on them were bent near the head of the bolt from too much leverage being placed on them from the SMC hangers.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Hidden Wall : Metal (5.10c/d)
By: Darren Knezek When: Aug 8, 2012

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Comments: I had a friend that wanted to watch me bolt a route. We walked up the canyon to find a wall to bolt. You couldn't see this wall from the road because of all the trees. I hiked behind the trees and got psyched!

I soloed up the ramp to the left of the climbs and bolted both The Hidden as well as Metal. My friend belayed me while I redpointed both climbs. The climbs had such good rock that a bolt could be placed anywhere. Soloing up, bolting the climbs, and then redpointing them took exactly one h... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Galaxy Area : Tatooine : ... : Photo
By: Darren Knezek When: Apr 24, 2012

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Comments: Andy bolted a 2nd pitch climb. looks like 5.14+ to me.
There's a second pitch to the 5.7 that's only 5.10d.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Lower Buckhorn Wash : Short Stack (5.10d) : Photo
By: Darren Knezek When: Mar 9, 2012

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Comments: What a great route and what an awesome ending!


Location: UT : Saint George : Utah Hills : The Soul Asylum : The Arch Wall : Arch Enemy (5.11a)
By: Darren Knezek When: Mar 5, 2012

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Comments: I agree with you there. This one and then one next to it are just plain awesome!


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Pine Canyon
By: Darren Knezek When: Mar 5, 2012

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Comments: The gear I used for the upper part past the 1st set of anchors was a #5 Wild Country and then a #6 Wild Country. After that the #6 was tipped out and a #4 BigBro wouldn't fit. The climb has a four or five bolts to the top above your last #6.
I have no idea what the top half would be rated on its own. I never did the route in two pitches, but made it one long rope stretcher of a pitch.
I would rate the entire climb led as one pitch as some kind of 5.12. It seemed lik... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : The Phallus : The Phallus (5.7 A2+)
By: Darren Knezek When: Nov 8, 2011

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Comments: mountainproject.com/v/sw-face/...


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Titcomb Basin Area : Ellingwood Peak : North Ridge (5.6)
By: Darren Knezek When: Aug 11, 2011

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Comments: FA: Fred Beckey, Patrick Callis August 25, 1970.


Location: UT : Triassic : Petroglyph : Photo
By: Darren Knezek When: May 27, 2011

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Comments: I called this Hammerhead because of the cool "hammerhead-looking" sloper you grab on the next move or so. Nice photo!


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - South : Viewfinder Towers : Johnny Hanksville of Mars (5.11a)
By: Darren Knezek When: May 18, 2011

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Comments: Freed this climb at what seemed like 5.10d or 5.11a.
It's all gear up to the 1st bolt and the gear I used to get there was a 4" cam, 1.5" cam and two 2.5" cams. The crux for me came between the 2nd and the 3rd bolt. I placed a blue Metolius Mastercam between these two bolts in a small slot. Strenuous to place, but key for keeping you from hitting the dirt slope below.
After the 3rd bolt, the rest of the climb just uses quickdraws. There's also a strange crux between the 3rd and 4th bolt, and a ... more >>


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