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Location: WY : Wind River Range : Deep Lake Area
By: ddriver When: Aug 8, 2016

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Comments: "Approach as for the Cirque, but at Big Sandy Lake, keep going along the NE side of the lake to a trail that heads up toward Clear Lake and then Deep Lake."

The trail signage for this is now down/inadequate and is causing some folks to wind up on the Black Joe Lake trail. After the creek crossing, the major developed trail wraps around and up to Black Joe. For Deep Lake, either hug the creek bank or locate an unmarked steep downhill trail within about 100 feet. ... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : JHCOB Wall : Outside Corner (5.7)
By: ddriver When: Jul 27, 2016

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Comments: "The geological site at the parking lot has deteriorated and transformed from a 3rd class scree slide into a 4th class death dance."

Go another couple hundred feet along the ridge northward and find a better descent that winds down to the other end of the very same parking area. This involves some minor ledge/gully down climbing and a short stint through the trees. Much safer.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Patty's Ridge : Patty's Ridge (5.5) : Photo
By: ddriver When: Jun 28, 2016

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Comments: nube leader


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Willard : Willard Canyon Waterfall (WI3)
By: ddriver When: Jan 20, 2016

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Comments: Right, that descent trail is massively good and easy, even goes back to the base area. Not tricky, don't have to find the green webbing, etc., etc.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Red Rock Wall : Red Rock (5.9 R)
By: ddriver When: Oct 8, 2015

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Comments: Luke is right about that french kissing stuff.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : The Thumb Area : The Standard Thumb (5.7)
By: ddriver When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: This route needs some love. The squeeze/chimney section climbs much better than you might think, cool stances and thought provoking, not really a grunt if you're comfortable with granite chimney technique.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Red Rock Wall : No Recess (5.10a)
By: ddriver When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: Super route all the way. I thought there was ground fall potential getting to the second bolt but mostly because I didn't use the jug block that appears ready to go. Otherwise very clean.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Mount Olympus : The West Slabs : The West Slabs (5.5)
By: ddriver When: Sep 16, 2015

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Comments: "The 2nd option for descending is to go up the ridge and East from the ridge top until you reach an obvious notch. Downclimb and scramble down this loose gully and stay left (west) at the bottom to reach the base of the slabs. I think this is steeper and looser than the West descent gully."

My understanding is that this is the descent from Ruckman (as mentioned above in the MP route description). It is the only one I have used and I see no reason to use any other. It is not at all loose if on... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Hellgate Cliffs : East Hellgate : ... : Martinez Mind Melter (5.10+)
By: ddriver When: Aug 10, 2015

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Comments: Really clean now.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Hellgate Cliffs : East Hellgate : ... : Pogo Punk (5.10-)
By: ddriver When: Aug 10, 2015

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Comments: Yo, choss.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag
By: ddriver When: Jul 30, 2015

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Comments: Will depend on the month, but in July the leader will get sun directly in the face by 12:30 or 1, making visibility problematic. By 3 or so the base (but not the routes) starts to come back into shade and the conditions improve enough to go for it.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Lone Peak Cirque : South Summit Wall : P-38 (5.10+) : Photo
By: ddriver When: Jul 27, 2015

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Comments: How DO they get the rope up there?


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag : Social Engineering (5.10b)
By: ddriver When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: I thought the left start as in the description (which already has a bolt) worked fine for this route and the center one.


Location: TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : Echo Canyon : Triple Cracks Sanctuary
By: ddriver When: Jun 30, 2015

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Comments: The traditional descent from Triple Cracks was to down climb the low 5th class dihedral behind the belay alcove and then down climb the Smorgasbord dihedral and slab to the large boulder (by Rapeller's Rock) overlooking the base. Best exit is underneath that boulder though other options exist.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Challenge Buttress : North and West Faces : Winky and Waxman Go Bolting (5.10d)
By: ddriver When: Jun 1, 2015

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Comments: Read the comments circa 2008. When the block came off it made the route easier than before and the rating has not changed to reflect that.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Aqueduct Area, The : Subterrainian (5.11a) : Photo
By: ddriver When: Apr 23, 2015

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Comments: The route is left of the crack line, Double Standard, not right.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Salt Lake Slips : Chalking Dead (5.9)
By: ddriver When: Mar 18, 2015

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Comments: This route description is actually for the left-facing dihedral at far right. There are no bolts.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Albion Basin : Devil's Castle : ... : Photo
By: ddriver When: Aug 29, 2014

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Comments: several "few" ;)


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Penitentiary Wall : S&M / B&D (5.10c R)
By: ddriver When: Aug 26, 2014

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Comments: FWIW, there's a thread where these are "discussed." mountainproject.com/v/bolted-r...
I would disagree that the bolts are on Jailbait, but there are now 3 or 4 bolts protecting the start to S&M.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Selkirk Mountains : ... : South Ridge (5.9+ PG13)
By: ddriver When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: Superb!


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Purcell Mountains : ... : Ears Between (5.7)
By: ddriver When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: I did the left direct start variation (with pin and sling) and thought it was easily 5.9. I did this combined with the upper face out right as a single 60-m pitch but it ate up my rack. The Donkey's Ears 5.7 chimney is nothing less than spectacular. Echoing other's comments re the descent, we did three rappels and were forced to rope an exposed ledge traverse back to the righthand ridge to avoid the death scree. You should probably stop after two rappels and work right. Once you're on the r... more >>


Location: MT : Humbug Spires : Southwest Face (5.8)
By: ddriver When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: The pitch 3 description here states: "Continue up the chimney until reaching a vertical crack. Continue on this vertical crack until a horizontal crack appears on the left (takes a great #2!) and then traverse back into the chimney." I chose to continue straight up the vertical crack for another 30-40 feet or so past the horizontal (as is shown in the '95 Falcon guide) until it ended, where I made a face traverse left to a nice belay ledge. This eliminated one pitch and provided what app... more >>


Location: MT : Blodgett Canyon : Drip Buttress : Standard Route (5.9+)
By: ddriver When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: Fun route, survivable on a 95 degree day. We belayed as in the description given here, except for linking the final two pitches. The first belay tree is no more. Agree with going left to start the third rather than wandering right per the Falcon guide. I thought the chimney portion was really clean and some of the best climbing on the route.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Challenge Buttress : North and West Faces : Flamin' Freddie (5.9 R)
By: ddriver When: Jun 25, 2014

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Comments: Traverse left under the roof, go up the dihedral, work straight and up finish left. Protects moderately well using small tcu's to mid-sized cams, nothing special needed. You don't "need" wires.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Glass Ocean and Environs : Lord of the Long Arms (5.9+)
By: ddriver When: Jun 10, 2014

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Comments: This is damn good. If it were by the road it would be a fave.


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