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Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Little Bear Peak
By: George Bell When: Jul 21, 2014

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Comments: At the end of one trip we hiked down the Lake Como Road and passed some gnarly, highly modified jeeps grappling with the boulderfields just below the lake. They were also headed down but very slowly. There are several places along this road where I don't understand how ANY vehicle can pass. A few times I have been tempted to wait just to see how they do it.

Anyway, to make a long story short, turns out we beat these vehicles to our car, which was parked fairly low down. In other words, it i... more >>


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Northwest Ridge (5.4 X)
By: George Bell When: Jul 21, 2014

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Comments: I don't agree that this climb should have an 'X' rating. The rating should assume all class 4 and 5 climbing is done roped, basically the entire ridge. To receive an 'X' rating at least one pitch must be entirely unprotected. I do not think this is the case, I remember quite a lot of pro possibilities on every pitch. When I climbed it another party had bailed off the day before, and we recovered over 10 stoppers and a lot of webbing from the climb.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Alberta : Banff National Park : ... : Bourgeau Left-Hand (WI5)
By: George Bell When: Jul 20, 2014

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Comments: There is also some avalanche danger below the climb, as we found out in 1996. On the approach we had to climb over a wall of snow 20 feet high soon after leaving the parking lot. It turns out this was not due to plowing the parking lot but by a significant avalanche which had started below the climb and run down into the trees bordering the parking lot.

The recent avalanche made the approach easier, and we completed the climb without incident. However, someone at the ski area noticed the fre... more >>


Location: International : North America : Canada : Alberta : North Ghost : The Sorcerer (WI5)
By: George Bell When: Jul 20, 2014

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Comments: Here are notes from my ascent in 1996:
"2/11 long day on the Sorcerer (WI5, 4 pitches): leave Canmore Hostel 6AM, leave car 8:30, start first ice lead after much post-holing 12:00, top out 6:00, back to car 10:40, get stuck 11:00, get stuck 11:30, nearly hit moose 12:30, reach hostel 2:00AM!"


Location: Alpine Climbing & Mountaine... : Survive an Unplanned Bivy
By: George Bell When: Jul 11, 2014

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Comments: The first time I went climbing in the summer in Yosemite, I brought none of this and the inevitable happened. We were benighted in T-Shirts! This could have easily developed into a life-threatening situation, but I emptied my pack at the top of the climb and out dropped a lighter. Where did that come from? Anyway, this one item turned what would have been an agonizing cold night into an innocuous night around a campfire. From then on I always remember to carry (at least) a lighter.


Location: Alpine Climbing & Mountaine... : Traveling on a Rope Team
By: George Bell When: Jul 11, 2014

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Comments: One of the most difficult decisions in mountaineering is when to wear crampons. Most people err on the side of caution, and they always wear crampons when they are on snow (or ice). Many beginners think crampons are "cool" and make them feel like real mountaineers, and they don crampons as soon as they see snow.

Wearing crampons when the conditions don't require them is actually more dangerous. Wet snow can ball up in the crampons, causing you to slip. Falling on snow is also more dangerous... more >>


Location: Climbing Skills : How to Simul-Rappel
By: George Bell When: Jul 11, 2014

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Comments: I would suggest not using this technique. Rappelling is tricky enough, and this doubles the load on the anchor. There are many things that can go wrong, and rapping on a single rope there is less friction that you may be used to. I am sure it is fun to read about these advanced techniques, but I have done hundreds of raps and never felt the need to try a simul-rap.

The only time I would advocate simul-rap is when there is no other way, like descending off an arch or spire. Even then, one pe... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Matron : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jun 23, 2014

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Comments: Removed in Photoshop, just for fun. The original is this Photo.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face (Standard) (5.4)
By: George Bell When: May 12, 2014

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Comments: Sanz, you can downclimb Southwest Chimney, it's much shorter than downclimbing the route.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : Photo
By: George Bell When: Apr 9, 2014

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Comments: Yalza! Is he really as far off the deck as it looks?


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley : South Buttress_Wyoming Rib ... (AI3-4 M3 Steep Snow PG13)
By: George Bell When: Mar 19, 2014

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Comments: We made a quick dash from our camp on the South Col to the summit and back in about 15 hours, but we had perfect weather and snow conditions.


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley : South Buttress_Wyoming Rib ... (AI3-4 M3 Steep Snow PG13) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Mar 19, 2014

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Comments: This is just the normal finish to the South Buttress, isn't it?


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt. McKinley : South Buttress_Wyoming Rib ... (AI3-4 M3 Steep Snow PG13) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Mar 19, 2014

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Comments: I'm confused, isn't this just the normal way to go up the upper South Buttress? We climbed up much the same way when we topped out on the upper S Buttress.


Location: General Climbing : "creepy man van" : pros and... : Post : Photo
By: George Bell When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: Clowns for Hire!!! Hilarious!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Nov 3, 2013

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Comments: Planet Eldo!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Leaning Tower : West Face (5.7 C2)
By: George Bell When: Oct 31, 2013

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Comments: This route is great training for El Cap, especially if exposure wigs you out. This way you can get most of your wigs out before you jump on the Big Stone.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak : South Face : Jubilant Song (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Oct 31, 2013

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Comments: Joshua, sounds like you had a great adventure! Great job getting down in the dark without incident! After you gain more trad experience, you will learn how to go faster, safely. My first long trad climbs I went so slow I ended up spending more than one unexpected night out, but after a while I learned how to speed things up. Some years ago I repeated the first climb I did in Yosemite (Royal Arches) in probably 1/3 the time!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Tenmile Range
By: George Bell When: Sep 11, 2013

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Comments: I agree with Fossana. If anything, Quandary Peak should be moved so that it is under Tenmile Range.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Second Flatiron : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Aug 23, 2013

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Comments: Just two lockers. The water hose looks like a third.


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jul 12, 2013

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Comments: They do? Seems to indicate you are on a path to Heaven?


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Chasm View Wall : The Scenic Cruise (5.10d) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jul 5, 2013

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Comments: I think the problem is that this photo was taken from the Chasm View viewpoint on the S. Rim, and you can't see Scenic Cruise & Cruise (very well) from this viewpoint. These two routes are to the right of this photo (I think).


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Needles : Knife Point : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jun 25, 2013

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Comments: I'd start with the AAJ (American Alpine Journal). Now available online!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jun 23, 2013

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Comments: Weird how the rock doesn't seem very red, it almost looks like limestone!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Mine Hole Crag : What's Mine Is Yours (5.9)
By: George Bell When: May 31, 2013

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Comments: Wow! Sounds like a superhero move, Leo!

Rockfall's greatest foe .... SuperPaik!!


Location: UT : Capitol Reef National Park
By: George Bell When: May 26, 2013

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Comments: Anybody climbed in Cathedral Valley? Looks spectacular but the rock maybe not so good. But better than the Fisher Towers?

www.terragalleria.com/parks/np-image.care21322.html


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