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Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Hammerhead : East Ridge (4th)
By: George Bell When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: Has anyone done the 5.7 finish to this climb? I looked at it yesterday, but it did not look very protectable. At the far left end of the vertical north face, there is a sort of inset, which you might be able to climb up and onto the top of the east face. Is that the route?

[Update: the Jason Haas guide says the variation isn't well protected.]


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Hammerhead : East Ridge (4th)
By: George Bell When: Oct 26, 2015

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Comments: A large pine tree has fallen down onto the base of this route, making the start more complicated, but perhaps easier to identify. The tree fell down the gully to the right of the route, and the branches and trunk must be negotiated to reach the start of the route (unless you begin from the very base).

If you hike up to the left under the arch, beware of poison ivy. There is a lot of it in this area.


Location: CO : South Platte : Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Cam... : Helen's Dome : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 19, 2015

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Comments: Not 3rd, 4th pitch, I think (you may have combined some).


Location: CO : South Platte : Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Cam... : Helen's Dome : Fractured Fairytales (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Oct 19, 2015

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Comments: Fun route, relatively friendly! The anchor at the top of pitch 2 was placed too low, forcing one to downclimb after the last bolt on the pitch (shown in this Photo). The 3 bolts on pitch 3 are placed strangely, the first two are only five feet apart (about the level of the pitch 2 belay anchor). The first bolt (a cold shut) is easily missed and difficult to get to, I skipped it. It appears to me like these 2 bolts were originally on a different route, which headed straight up a line 30 f... more >>


Location: NM : New Mexico, other Northern ... : Rio Arriba County (Brazos, ... : Brazos Cliffs
By: George Bell When: Oct 13, 2015

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Comments: Corkins Lodge is worried about trout fisherman poaching their "gold medal waters", that is likely why they have a patrol. Of course, any patrollers have also been told to watch for climbers. Unfortunately, the new owners do not want people climbing the cliffs, even if you stay at the Lodge.


Location: North America : Canada : Northwest Territories : The Cirque of the Unclimbab...
By: George Bell When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: My guide is now at:
gibell.net/cirque/


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : The Crestones : Ellingwood Ledges (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Oct 9, 2015

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Comments: Option C is the way I have gone most often in this Photo. I have revised this comment in 2016, the photo is of the last technical pitch, not the "first hard headwall pitch" Photo. Confusing!


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 1, 2015

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Comments: Even the snow appears nearly identical in these two photos! I wonder if Blitzo was in there the same time as myself?


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face (Standard) (5.4)
By: George Bell When: Aug 28, 2015

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Comments: I did some rough measurements today between eye-bolts and here are the results. This Photo (Copy) has the correct location of all 6 eye-bolts. These numbers assume you follow a pretty straight line between eye-bolts.

Start to 1st eye-bolt: 15m.
Start to 2nd eye-bolt: 30m.
Start to 3rd eye-bolt: 60m (awkward belay, ledge under this eye-bolt was dynamited off).
3rd to 4th eye-bolt: 30m (4th eye-bolt has the best ledge).
Most people skip the 5th eye-bolt by going straight up from the 4th.
4th to ... more >>


Location: George Bell : Random pix : Photo
By: George Bell When: Aug 24, 2015

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Comments: Hi, William. My hip problem was not a result of ice climbing. I believe it was genetic predisposition perhaps exacerbated by a bad fall directly on my right hip skiing (when I was 22).


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Aug 20, 2015

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Comments: Very cool! BTW, the spelling in the description should be "plaque".


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face (Standard) (5.4)
By: George Bell When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: For a nice direct finish (shown in this Photo (Copy)), from the last eye-bolt climb north down into the gully and up the other side, then head directly (west) towards the summit. This finishes on Extra Point or College Drop Out aka East Face North Side and is slightly harder than the standard route. The main problem is that you can't make it from the eye-bolt to the summit in one pitch, and there is a lack of intermediate belay anchors. We belayed maybe 50 feet after the eye bolt but still couldn't quite make the summit... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : Friday's Folly (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: Now that the piton is gone, the start of this route is more serious (and I suppose if the pin was lousy, it was always serious). A significant fall is possible if you blow the first (and most difficult) move of the pitch and your pro fails. Because the terrain drops off to the right, a fall here could be much longer than you might think. Be sure to anchor the belayer so that both climbers do not get pulled to the right and down into the gully.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Cloud's Rest : My Favorite Things (5.10a)
By: George Bell When: Jun 18, 2015

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Comments: Bummer ... looks like rocks also favor this route, rolling down that is.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Second Flatiron : Freezeway (5.7 X)
By: George Bell When: Jun 3, 2015

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Comments: Where is this route relative to North Crack?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Ancient Art : Stolen Chimney (5.10)
By: George Bell When: Apr 21, 2015

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Comments: Does anybody know why this chimney is called "stolen"? Did Sibley and Roos steal the FA from under Harvey Carter's nose, or what?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Cobra : Photo
By: George Bell When: Apr 21, 2015

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Comments: Sad, now reduced to a 3rd class rating ...


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Kingfisher : Photo
By: George Bell When: Apr 21, 2015

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Comments: A photo no longer possible to take ...


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Purcell Mountains : ... : Buckingham Route (easy vers... (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Feb 5, 2015

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Comments: I think it's confusing to say the "route doesn't go all the way to the summit of Snowpatch". It would be better to say the "route ends at the lower (North) summit of Snowpatch Spire."

In 1985 I climbed a route called in the guidebook the "NW Corner" of Snowpatch Spire. It sounds like this route but I am not sure. I seem to remember a plastic flamingo on the N Summit (or maybe it was the main summit?)!


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jan 22, 2015

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Comments: Strangely, we did climb the Grand that day, but an easier route than we were planning. Despite high winds and cold (for August), it was an OK day.


Location: WA : Southwest Cascades : Mount Rainier : Gibraltar Ledges (AI1-2)
By: George Bell When: Oct 10, 2014

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Comments: This route is (one of?) the shortest between Camp Muir and the Summit, and for this reason I have climbed it twice. It is exposed to rockfall, this motivated us to go even faster. I would recommend it to small, experienced parties if the route is in good condition. Both times I went down the Disappointment Cleaver route.

I'm not sure there is any reason to abbreviate the name, I have always called the route "Gibraltar Ledges". The abbreviati... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga R... : Dana Plateau : Third Pillar, Regular Route (5.10-)
By: George Bell When: Aug 21, 2014

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Comments: > What aspect does the climb face?

As I recall it faces primarily East. Maybe more like NE?


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : Dallas Peak
By: George Bell When: Aug 20, 2014

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Comments: I tried to climb it via the west ridge once and encountered some of the loosest rock I had ever seen. Giant stacks of dinner plates ready to plummet at the slightest touch.


Location: George Bell : Mountain art : Photo
By: George Bell When: Aug 13, 2014

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Comments: It is the last pitch of the Center Route on Hallett Peak.


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 >>


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