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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: Steph getting her head for leading back after a bi...

Steph getting her head for leading back after a bit of time off the rock.

CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Frictionary (5.7)

Jun 10, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Steve on Thindependence, @ the cliff of the same n...

Steve on Thindependence, @ the cliff of the same name.

CO : Independence Pass

Jun 9, 2007

Contributed Comments


Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : The Sapper Cave : Cool World (5.11c)
By: dbyte When: Oct 6, 2013

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Comments: This line was recently rebolted with glue-ins that are further left & in-line with the climbing on the route. Hats off to Bill for taking the time to move the bolts & in doing so improve the climb significantly.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park
By: dbyte When: Aug 26, 2013

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Comments: FYI: as of last weekend Rifle Police have been patrolling the entire canyon on both days. They are writing tickets for parking violations, driving without a seatbelt, speeding, & have even pulled over a few people to test for DUIs if they were seen drinking a beer before getting in their car or having an open container in the car while driving. Also, they're ticketing dog owners who don't keep their pooch on a leash & let it run around making a ruckus.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : The Winchester Cave : Guns 'n Posers (5.12a)
By: dbyte When: Jul 15, 2013

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Comments: Took the whip yesterday from high up in the corner. Exciting fall with no major damage. Just an FYI for anyone scared about being that far out right from the bolt. Went back up & did it straight up off the good crimps, much closer to the bolt line. A bit harder but 5 or 6 moves less than using the corner.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : The Sno-Cone Cave : Pistola (5.12a)
By: dbyte When: Oct 21, 2012

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Comments: Bill moved some of the bolts during the annual Rifle Cleanup a few weeks ago. As a result, the climbing is now both safer & much more enjoyable.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Project Wall : Bottom Feeder (5.11b)
By: dbyte When: Jul 8, 2012

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Comments: Did this to the 2nd anchor today. This makes for a full 30m pitch & the climbing on the extension is excellent. No drilled pockets or other treachery like Top Feeder, (i.e. the 3rd anchor) just good technical moves & a great position on the Project Wall. Bring your own quickdraws for the upper bit. (5 or 6) I didn't think the extension added anything to the grade but it definitely adds to the quality.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Ruckman Cave : Primer (5.11b)
By: dbyte When: Jul 5, 2012

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Comments: The finishing hold, a deep pocket for the right hand that you clip the anchors from, has a bird with 3 eggs in a nest inside of it. Please use the ample holds to either side to avoid scaring or hurting them.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Ruckman Cave : Beer Run (5.13a)
By: dbyte When: Jun 24, 2012

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Comments: FYI: the 6th bolt pulled out today. No visible damage to the bolt shaft, hanger, or the permadraw. The assumption right now is that the bolt may have been tightened down too much, causing the sleeve to crack. The R&I people have it, so hopefully it'll get replaced ASAP.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Hawaiian Wall : The Silver Surfer (5.11d)
By: dbyte When: Oct 29, 2011

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Comments: Best of its grade that I've done in the canyon. An outstanding loooong pitch of sustained small holds & interesting sequences.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : G3 : Vai (5.11b)
By: dbyte When: Sep 8, 2009

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Comments: Climbed this yesterday. I think there are 13 bolts, not 12. An easy way to skip the bouldery start is to just yard on the 1st 2 draws to get up onto the ledge. From there it's brilliant 5.10+ climbing for a looong way.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Ruckman Cave : Red Dawn (5.11d)
By: dbyte When: May 24, 2009

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Comments: This route is very good. The "runout" @ the top is only ~12 feet from the 6th bolt to the anchor & is 5.9 climbing. It is also preceded by a no-hands rest with the 6th bolt @ your feet. The approach is casual if you don't stay close to the cliff bottom (no bushwhacking required). We found it to be clean & with very good, technical movements - packs a good pump into its length.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Ice Cave Walls : Lower Ice Caves : Road To Nowhere (5.11a)
By: dbyte When: May 10, 2009

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Comments: After doing this route, I don't understand its 1-star quality rating here & in the guide. High quality limestone, no slickness, interesting moves, & abundant bolts - what's not to like?

Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : The Checkerboard Wall : Checkerboard Wall (5.10)
By: dbyte When: Sep 29, 2008

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Comments: I agree w/ Kirill's comments above. NOT a good 1st Black Canyon 5.9 if you're new to the grade. That being said, I felt the "climbing w/ consequences" nature of these pitches added to their quality. HUGE props to Ed Webster for his vision & commitment on this spartan line. Apparently I lack both, because I clipped the s@#$ out of that bolt on the 5th pitch!

Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : SOB Gully (skier's left sid... : Comic Relief (5.10)
By: dbyte When: Sep 29, 2008

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Comments: Great route - long, interesting, & reasonable enough to be enjoyable by any ~5.10 climbers. I found the 4th pitch to be slightly harder than the 2nd. WAY more physical @ least.

Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : The Chief : ... : Photo
By: dbyte When: Sep 18, 2008

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Comments: Outstanding timing & position.

Location: CO : Independence Pass : Outrageous Overhangs Area : Olympic Wall : I've Got Skills (5.12a)
By: dbyte When: Aug 25, 2008

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Comments: Believe the description. THIN crux just above midway, then little rest afterward. Great line, solid for the grade.

Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Photo
By: dbyte When: Jul 25, 2008

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Comments: Great angle & focus. Also love the colors of the clothing against the muted background.

Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Meat Wall : Cold Cuts (5.11a)
By: dbyte When: Jul 21, 2008

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Comments: I gotta agree w/ Mono on this 1. Can't speak for what it may have been "back in the day", but as of now it's not that good.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Riviera : Le Nouveau Riche (5.10b/c PG13)
By: dbyte When: Jul 14, 2008

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Comments: Great old-school line w/ very thoughtful moves. I felt going direct between @ last 2 bolts to be the definite crux & 5.10d.

Location: CO : Independence Pass : Grotto Walls Area : Lower Grotto Wall : Cryogenics (5.10a)
By: dbyte When: Jun 30, 2008

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Comments: The 1st pitch is mega-classic, probably the best single ropelength I've done since moving to CO. Every placement is bomber & all are set from good stances.


Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Ruckman Cave : Nessun Dorma (5.10)
By: dbyte When: May 29, 2008

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Comments: This is a great addition to Ruckman, especially if warming up on .11c (Choss Family Robinson) isn't your thing. It's also not super slick like Pellet Gun... yet. The moves are varied & interesting & the route is long enough to get the blood flowing w/out the usual Rifle flash pump.

Location: NH : *Rumney : Waimea : Flying Hawaiian (5.11b)
By: dbyte When: Mar 11, 2008

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Comments: This is 1 of the best sport climbs I've ever done, anywhere, @ any grade. The aesthetic of the line, length, differing styles of the cruxes, topping out & clipping the chains between your feet all combine to form a truly unique climbing experience.

Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Colorado National Monument : Monument Canyon : Desert Solitaire (5.11a C1)
By: dbyte When: Mar 11, 2008

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Comments: Did this Sunday w/ 2 friends. We all agreed that if you can do the other 5.11 pitches then the aid section isn't much harder & is reasonably protected. We felt the moves (3 of them) to be ~11c & protected by 2 purple Black Diamond C3s (size 00), the highest of which was just below our feet when we reached the bolt.

This route is superb & doesn't see nearly the traffic it could/should.

Location: NH : *Pawtuckaway : Blair Woods : Scoop Area : General Lee (V2)
By: dbyte When: Aug 21, 2007

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Comments: FA by Russ Greenwald back when Blair was just being discovered/explored & most of the classics put up primarily by the UNH crew. Good times...

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