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Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - East of the Qu... : Condor Corner : Just Missed the Fun (5.5)
By: Gokul When: Mar 17, 2015

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Comments: Fun One starts just left of a tree; this route starts just right of the same tree and follows a completely independent line near the right arete. There are a couple of exposed moves about 15 - 20 feet up that take you to a slopey ledge with sloper holds a few feet left of the arete. Easier climbing above this.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - East of the Qu... : Condor Corner : Fun One (5.4)
By: Gokul When: Mar 17, 2015

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Comments: Doug values brevity - I don't. This route goes up a left angling flake to a ledge, then goes straight up a dihedral with nice exposure.


Location: WI : The Fishin' Crag (Castle Ro... : Amphitheater Wall : Clinical Procedure (5.8+)
By: Gokul When: Mar 13, 2015

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Comments: I led this route in two pitches today, during a trad clinic (with a group of 5). I don't know if it has been climbed before. Judging by the amount of sand and moss on the route, I think probably not.

I'm also not very sure of the grade I gave it. It was very sandy in spots, and I climbed in approach boots, making it hard for me to judge technical difficulty. I had no good feet on the crux move in the dihedral, and had to campus to get a high foot. So it might be harder than 8, or it might just... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : East Face, Left Side Cracks (5.7)
By: Gokul When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: We did this in 10 pitches, starting on the leftward curving crack a little right of the left-facing dihedral. All but a couple of the pitches were a full 60 m and we simuled a little on one of them. Except for 2-3 pitches in the middle that were mostly 4th with a few 5th class moves, all other pitches felt pretty close to 5.7. We think we kept pretty close to the line in Bechtel and some combination of lines described in Kelsey (via the 5.8 roof variation).


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Zeke's Didge Dance (5.10b)
By: Gokul When: Jul 30, 2014

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Comments: The starting moves to pull up onto the wall off the heel hook felt at least as hard as a V2 sequence.


Location: AR : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and ... : Horseshoe Canyon Ranch : The North Forty : Pulp Fiction (5.8+)
By: Gokul When: Jul 30, 2014

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Comments: Has its own anchors, separate from Bulb.


Location: IA : Backbone State Park : Devil's Backbone : Backbone East
By: Gokul When: Jul 20, 2014

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Comments: Can we get a better description of the approach? How far down the backbone trail before turning into the "crude stairway", and then what? There are multiple crude stairways going down from the top of the ridge. I spent about an hour today looking for climbs on the east and west side, with no luck.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Far West End : Balanced Rock Wall : Sunken Pillar (5.5)
By: Gokul When: Jul 14, 2014

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Comments: For a fun variation stick to only one of the two cracks (the other one is off). Bumps up the grade by a couple points.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Spire Two : East Face (5.6)
By: Gokul When: Jul 8, 2014

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Comments: I found the pitch 3 description somewhat misleading. Here's how I'd describe it:

Pitch 3: From the bolted anchors go up the chimney via the wide crack to a large chockstone above. The face above this is protected by a bolt - climb up past the bolt to the anchors at the top of the lower summit. There's an easy walk-across to the true summit, with better views of spires 3 and 4. There are also rap anchors here for a double-rope rap. To rap the route with a single rope, step back down to the lower... more >>


Location: WI : The Fishin' Crag (Castle Ro... : Rusty Ring Wall : Whitney's Revenge (5.7)
By: Gokul When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: Also, to Rhoads: In what world does an overhanging off-fingers crack rate as a 7?


Location: WI : The Fishin' Crag (Castle Ro... : Rusty Ring Wall : Whitney's Revenge (5.7)
By: Gokul When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: There is currently a growling creature living in the hollow of the tree at the top of this climb. Be careful when you top out.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Potholes Area : Devils Doorway : Bloody Finger (5.6)
By: Gokul When: Apr 20, 2014

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Comments: There's a nice direct (V2) start on the face and arete below the crack, to gain the ledge from where you take the crack to the top.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - East Rampart : Pseudo Hawk's Nest : Death and Transfiguration (5.5)
By: Gokul When: Apr 20, 2014

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Comments: Going up the thin face on the block just right of the start of the slot ups the grade a little and adds a fun, bouldery move to the mix.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Lower Tier : Solar Slab Gully (5.3)
By: Gokul When: Mar 25, 2014

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Comments: You can rap the gully in 3 raps with double 60s. The last rap is kinda close (from the rings on the face by the tree), and it would likely take 4 raps with double 50s.


Location: WI : Grant County Ice : Dickeyville Ice : Northern Slab : OAC (WI2)
By: Gokul When: Mar 14, 2014

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Comments: Climbed with a small group from the Outdoor Adventure Club of UW-Platteville.


Location: WI : Grant County Ice : Dickeyville Ice : Southern Flows : Photo
By: Gokul When: Mar 14, 2014

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Comments: The rock is really chossy - I doubt anything will hold. I could take another look and let you know.


Location: WI : Grant County Ice
By: Gokul When: Mar 13, 2014

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Comments: Admins: Can you make it so it's possible to add sub-areas within this area? That is currently not possible (I can only add routes, not areas).


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Linkups, Contrivances, Oddi...
By: Gokul When: Jan 5, 2014

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Comments: Love it! And thanks for adding the South Bluff gullies. I can get a start on the West Bluff towers circuit. I've got a list with GPS coords.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - Cleo Amphithea... : The Cleo Amphitheater : Unnamed 5.3 (5.3)
By: Gokul When: Nov 13, 2013

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Comments: I guess I must have misremembered where the wide crack was located. Apologies for any confusion I caused.


Location: WI : Shiprock (a.k.a. Sh*trock) : Summit Tunnel Route (Easy 5th R)
By: Gokul When: Aug 11, 2013

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Comments: This was so much fun! Or maybe it's been too long since I've been out in the alpine, and this is as close as it gets in WI.

Rap off the south face from a pair of eyebolts at the summit.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - Cleo Amphithea... : The Cleo Amphitheater : Unnamed 5.3 (5.3)
By: Gokul When: Aug 4, 2013

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Comments: This is late for a response, but nevertheless: the route in the picture is Colostomy (5.7). The 5.3 route is a wide crack about 3 feet to the right of Colostomy (hard to see from the angle that picture is taken) and about as far to the left of the arete (Plank).


Location: Doug Hemken : Varmits : Photo
By: Gokul When: Jul 25, 2013

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Comments: I was hoping to get to the top and snag a quick action shot of Doug, but he was too fast for me, and just topped out as I arrived there. I was nevertheless pretty happy with the picture I got.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : East Bluff - Railroad Track... : Railroad Amphitheater : Pine Tree Dihedral (5.5)
By: Gokul When: May 1, 2013

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Comments: There are now two fixed #1s, right next to each other, on this route!

BETA ALERT:
Found an alternate way up past the insecure crux mantle last week. From the inside corner where you pull the mantle, step right onto the arete and go up there.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake : Photo
By: Gokul When: Mar 11, 2013

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Comments: Thanks Remo. And Burt, thanks for posting the picture. I didn't get to climb very much this Winter, but it was great to go out with Paul, Aaron and you, and find some new ice at the Lake. This gully is west of Burma Road.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Saddle Rocks Area : Saddle Rocks : ... : Right On (5.5 PG13)
By: Gokul When: Jan 2, 2013

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Comments: Started too far right on P1 and stayed in the OW crack/chimney under the huge right-facing flake. Felt quite a bit harder than 5.5 that way, and I was wishing I had a half-dozen #3s and #4s on me. Anyone else gone up P1 this way?


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