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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the spectacular perch atop Pitch 5, ...

The view from the spectacular perch atop Pitch 5, looking down the entire route. Lots of good climbing on this one, but lots of loose flakes and heads-up climbing, too. Pitch 5, for one, begins with a

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Cannonball Corner (5.10c)

Aug 12, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: The business on pitch 4: transitioning from this p...

The business on pitch 4: transitioning from this position to an undercling is the crux move. The short undercling turns the roof just above Dave's right foot.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Cannonball Corner (5.10c)

Aug 12, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2 of Cannonball Corner. The crux roofs of Pi...

Pitch 2 of Cannonball Corner. The crux roofs of Pitch 4 are straight above, in the right-facing alcove.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Cannonball Corner (5.10c)

Aug 12, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the first pitch of Cannonball Corner, w...

Looking up the first pitch of Cannonball Corner, with the entire route above. The last hard lead pulls the big roofs at the rim, straight above Dave's head.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Cannonball Corner (5.10c)

Aug 12, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: The MacDonald-Sievers line on Apache's northwest f...

The MacDonald-Sievers line on Apache's northwest face. The face is 2,000 vertical feet from the start of the roped climbing to the summit.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Northwest Face (5.7 WI3 M4+)

Jun 6, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Sievers in the middle of the long (600 feet o...

Greg Sievers in the middle of the long (600 feet or so) seventh pitch on Apache's northwest face.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Northwest Face (5.7 WI3 M4+)

Jun 4, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: The middle of the third pitch.

The middle of the third pitch.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Northwest Face (5.7 WI3 M4+)

Jun 4, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: The line of Howling Winge on the east face of Aeol...

The line of Howling Winge on the east face of Aeolian (5.8 A4, 1995).

UT : Moab Area : ... : Etesian Hookup (5.9 A2 PG13)

Apr 26, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Sievers on the last hard thin-ice section.

Sievers on the last hard thin-ice section.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Vrain Strain (WI5 M5 R)

Jan 22, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Route line. The black water streak is the normal H...

Route line. The black water streak is the normal Hessie Chimney route.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hessie Left (M5)

Mar 24, 2006

Rock Climbing Photo: Hessie Left on March 11, 2006. The route continues...

Hessie Left on March 11, 2006. The route continues for another 50 feet or so above the top of this picture.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hessie Left (M5)

Mar 23, 2006

Contributed Comments

 

Location: UT : Moab Area : Valley of the Gods/Mexican ... : Eagle Plume Tower : Eagle Feather (a.k.a. South... (5.10)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 20, 2016

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Comments: The Lola rappels are recommended. Three straightforward raps with a single rope.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Valley of the Gods/Mexican ... : Lady in the Bathtub : Angel's Fear (5.9 C2-)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 20, 2016

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Comments: This is a very good tower route, engaging and varied, with mostly good rock by Valley standards. We did it in three pitches (recommended):

Pitch 1: Very short, straightforward aid. Followed free at mid to upper 5.10.

Pitch 2: Led free at low-end-ish but sustained 5.10. Many interesting sections and decent pro, with emphasis on small cams (tiny to 0.5). Surprisingly, it felt like the crux was near the top, in a good but awkward hand crack. Save something small to protect the overhanging exit g... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Valley of the Gods/Mexican ... : Lady in the Bathtub
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Mar 20, 2016

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Comments: It's easy to approach Angel's Fear, which is near the NW corner, by approaching toward the right side of the tower from the road and turning the north (right) corner. This approach has no scrambling other than knee-high steps.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Tonnere Tower : The Garden : Smooth Operator (5.11+)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Aug 16, 2015

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Comments: If you have a rack, you can add some real value to this pitch by climbing straight up and a little left after the crux, moving through a couple of overlaps with good trad pro. Roughly hard 5.10 with some balance-y moves and lichen. After that it only makes sense to join the bolted line (or continue on trad up the easy groove). This variation roughly doubles the independent stretch of Smooth Operator, and it's very interesting climbing.


Location: CO : Leadville : Finback Crags
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: Definitely a good place to wear a helmet, while belaying as well as climbing, and beware of seemingly solid blocks and horns that might break without warning. (We pulled off two large blocks on the Pyramid.) That said, this is a very cool area with challenging climbs in a gorgeous valley. Thanks to everyone involved with developing this unique alpine cragging.


Location: CO : Leadville : Finback Crags : The Emperor Wall : Finback (5.10d)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: Quite the adventure for three sport pitches. We both thought the first pitch might be 5.11: unless we both missed several big holds, there's no way it's 10b. It's possible to skirt the crux of the second pitch by following the last two bolts of the variation to the right, but this is still 5.10, and it's probably much better to climb straight up. Climbing straight up the final corner on the third pitch until a hard step left above the final bolt seems like the only obvious way to go and felt lik... more >>


Location: CO : Leadville : Timberline Lake Basin : Tiger Cliff : Stripes Wall : Burning Bright (5.11d)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: After top-roping this and the Hammer to the right, we had two conclusions: 1) Burning Bright is considerably harder than the Hammer; 2) it's hard to believe Burning Bright is not 5.12 to lead, given the difficulty of hanging out in sustained laybacks and placing good pro. Unique and beautiful climbing!


Location: CO : Leadville : Timberline Lake Basin : Tiger Cliff : The Left Side : Paintbrush (5.10b)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: It's logical and considerably easier to climb straight up at the bulge near the top (after placing pro in the A-frame crack), then traverse left, leaving a directional for the second. Juggy face holds. When the pitch is done this way, the crux is definitely on the lower crack, which is quite a lot harder than it looks.


Location: CO : Leadville : Timberline Lake Basin : Tiger Cliff : The Left Side : Thistle Crack (5.9)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: A little dirty but still quite fun.


Location: CO : Leadville : Timberline Lake Basin : Tiger Cliff
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: It's 3.8 miles to the Tiger Cliff from the trailhead. Took us Front Rangers 1.75 hours in and about 1.5 hours out. We had to wade a significant creek in early July...probably easy to cross without wading later in the season. Gorgeous area. The climbs were a little gritty in early season but still very fun.


Location: CO : Leadville : Timberline Lake Basin
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: It's 3.8 miles to the Tiger Cliff from the trailhead. Took us Front Rangers 1.75 hours in and about 1.5 hours out. We had to wade a significant creek in early July...probably easy to cross without wading later in the season. Gorgeous area.


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Homestake Road Crag
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jun 27, 2015

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Comments: This is a fun little crag, definitely worth a visit, but there are fewer routes than shown here (there is duplication). The two long 5.10s in the middle (first and second routes to the left of the 5.9) are listed twice here, and also there are only two 5.10s on the shorter right side. In all, there are 10 bolted lines here, not the 13 listed on this site. Having done all but two of them now, my opinion on the approximate grades:

From left to right:

5.9 (depending on how you do it)
Didn't do, s... more >>


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Homestake Road Crag : Three's a Charm (5.10a)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jun 27, 2015

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Comments: This may be the same route as Night and Day or it may be a linkup, starting with the first few bolts of the 5.11 to the left and then moving into Night and Day after that route's crux. There is no independent 5.10a in here.


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Homestake Road Crag : Night and Day (5.10b)
By: Dougald MacDonald When: Jun 27, 2015

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Comments: This route and Three's a Charm may be the same: There are only two 5.10s immediately left of the 5.9.


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