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Location: CO : South Platte : Rampart Range Road : Parachute Rock : Alcove 5.9 Route (5.9)
By: Hill When: Oct 27, 2003

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Comments: This route has some of the best hand jams at Parachute Rock. After the initial steep section and short off-width, the last 30 feet are perfect hand jams up to the anchors. Don't miss this one if your climbing out here.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part D - Xanad... : Duh Dihedral (5.6)
By: Hill When: Sep 15, 2003

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Comments: I thought this is a great route but I don't think I'd recommend to a first time leader. I thought it was kind of awkward in spots, particularly if you try to off-width this crack instead of laybacking. It is harder than Washington Irving or Calypso (or any other Eldo 5.6 I can remember) in my opinion. Also, watch out for loose rock at the top, both in the crack and where you top out.

Don't let this comment scare you away from this route, but be ready for some stout 5.6.

One last thing. Anni... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Long John Wall (5.8)
By: Hill When: Sep 3, 2003

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Comments: Easily one of the best 5.8s in the canyon.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Brown Cloud Rocks
By: Hill When: Aug 6, 2003

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Comments: If you setting up a top rope here, as the description suggests, use extreme caution with all the loose rock near the edge of the cliff. My most near death experience rock climbing was being hit in the back by a rock knocked off the top of Table Mesa by someone setting up a top rope. A few inches in a different direction and that would have split my skull wide open. I know of other close calls at Table Mesa resulting from similar circumstances. Keep your helmet on, particularly if people are abov... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Mission Wall : Gneiss Route (5.12a/b)
By: Hill When: Jul 24, 2003

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Comments: Gneiss route no longer starts just left of the pegmatite band. That description now belongs to Wild Child, which ain't too bad. Bring your helmet though!!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face : Saturnalia (5.11b PG13)
By: Hill When: Jul 22, 2003

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Comments: Following Bryson on this route, I too encounter loose rock below the first bolt. Use extreme caution in this area, as it is very likey that any rock knocked off will land on the road below. And there is plenty of loose rock in this section. I broke off a foot hold yesterday, which scared the hell out of me, but did sail clear of people on XM. Yikes!!

I think staying low and traversing out left after putting (or cleaning) gear in the crack will help you avoid the worst section of rock, though t... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wil...
By: Hill When: Jun 13, 2003

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Comments: I was back up in the Wigwam Creek area today and I am happy to report that the majority of this valley was spared from the Hayman fire. Wigwam Dome was untouched and I think it is safe to say the same for Wigwam Tower. However, Rock Island, Bush League Buttress and Bear Tooth Rock did not fair as well. The hillsides surrounding these were torched.

Sorry for adding to the Hayman Hysteria. I don't know if we should thanks fire fighting crews or Mother Nature for leaving this area largely uneffec... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
By: Hill When: May 10, 2003

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Comments: Though a lot of people seem to [recommend] a bivy for this one, here's a vote for the one day ascent. Here's why:1. Avoid park entrance fees and bivy permit fees2. Avoid carrying a heavy pack up there3. With a relatively mellow approach, in terms of elevation gain, it's easy to get up there quickly.

We had great weather, which probably helped influence me to [recommend] the one day ascent.

One last comment; we had a much more epic day doing the Casual Route on the Diamond, over wha... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Pine Area : Squat Rock : Sex Favor (5.8)
By: Hill When: Mar 3, 2003

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Comments: I think you guys are right. I was confused by the Hubble topo. I started where the topo indicates Jelly Omlet should start, on the ramp directly below the first bolt of Sex Favor and not off the ground where the topo indicates. I thought this felt to easy to be 5.10c, my bad.

I requested that these 2 route be deleted from the data base so they can be re-submitted correctly. Hopefully this will happen. Sorry for contributing a fuck up!


Location: CO : South Platte : Pine Area : Squat Rock : Kirk's Corner (5.9+)
By: Hill When: Feb 10, 2003

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Comments: Me and my big mouth! I guess I'll have to keep any discovery of new bolts in the Platte as a personal note only. It seems to me that Squat Rock is a great place for first time crack climbers, so what's wrong with making it accesible to someone without a rack? Hey Tulio, maybe these bolts would have provided the practice for people aspiring to get on the Center Route, thus reducing your frustration over there.


Location: CO : South Platte : Pine Area : Squat Rock : Kirk's Corner (5.9+)
By: Hill When: Jan 23, 2003

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Comments: There are shiny new bolts at the top of this one, easily accessible for setting up a top rope if so desired.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North
By: Hill When: Jan 16, 2003

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Comments: Buckhorn Wash has one of the most impressive rock art panels found anywhere in the desert, perhaps second only to those found in Horseshoe Canyon of Canyon Lands. With incredibly easy access, stop by and be puzzled by this bizarre creation.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Block Tower : Hurt Dance (5.10-)
By: Hill When: Jan 15, 2003

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Comments: This route is better than it appears from the ground and is really quite an enjoyable climb. My climbing partner, Brian Milhaupt, was able to combine pitches 3 and 4 using good rope managment reducing this to just slightly over a 2 pitch route.


Location: CO : South Platte : Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wil...
By: Hill When: Jan 8, 2003

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Comments: The latest issue of Climbing magazine (No 218, Feb 1 2003) has some useful information regarding the present state of this area and the effects of the Hayman fire. It looks like some of this area could possibly re-open as soon as the January 15 2003!! As for the Wigwam Creek area, according to the article, unfortunately things don't sound good.




Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road
By: Hill When: Nov 13, 2002

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Comments: Be sure to bring and wear your helmet down here! Last weekend I witnessed at least 5 separate incidents of rock being pulled off or falling off with the slightest touch. Very few people were wearing helmets and there were some close calls. Don't be a chump and think sport climbing is without serious risk, especially while belaying at Shelf Road. Wear a helmet at all times near the base of the crags and keep your brains in your head!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : The Pinnacle : The Army Route (5.5)
By: Hill When: Jul 31, 2002

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Comments: Pitch 3"Castles made of sand melt into the sea, eventually" Jimi Hendrix


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : River Wall : Grilled Trout (5.10d)
By: Hill When: Jul 25, 2002

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Comments: This is another great line with lots of slabby moves. I found this one to be slightly easier and not as sustained as the River Mild, although the crux is quite thin. Don't miss this one if your going to the River Wall, it's Super Chango!


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : River Wall : The River Mild (5.10c)
By: Hill When: Jul 25, 2002

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Comments: Thanks to the drought, as of 7/24/02 this route could be climbed from the ground up. The rock below the two anchor bolts is easy although slick. This provides a nice alternative if Bottom Side Down is occupied. Great climb with a tricky crux!!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Torrey's Peak : Kelso Ridge
By: Hill When: Jun 26, 2002

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Comments: I did that Kelso ridge route up Torrey's and over to Gray's route a couple years back in about 4 hours and some change. I was by myself so I didn't stop much or smell the roses and just kind of did it. Its pretty quick moving and the slowest part is all the switchbacks coming down from Gray's. 3:30 is pretty impressive in my book. Hats off.

HH


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Catslab : MacCavity (5.10a)
By: Hill When: Jun 26, 2002

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Comments: This is a good line and a perfect first 5.10 lead! The moves thru the right side of the small roof are easier than they appear from the ground. With a 60 meter rope it's no problem to rap to the big ledge twenty feet off the ground and scramble down the easy terrain.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Catslab : Mungajerry (5.10a)
By: Hill When: Jun 26, 2002

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Comments: I thought this was a very enjoyable climb. It has two distinct cruxes, which I felt were both 5.10a. It is more difficult than the other 5.10a on the far right side of the slab. "Might as well, might as well...."


Location: CO : South Platte : Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wil...
By: Hill When: Jun 25, 2002

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Comments: I assume this is all burned up thanks to our firiends at the National Forest Services. Good job with the background checks guys!!!!


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Mother 1 (5.7+)
By: Hill When: May 31, 2002

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Comments: Finally!! Proof that off-widths can be enjoyable!!!!


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Via Comatose Amigo (5.10c)
By: Hill When: May 31, 2002

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Comments: This is a very good route with a sustained nature, great variety of moves and an airy feel. To me it seemed unlike many of the other routes at the High Wire Crag. I couldn't identify a 5.10b/c crux, but rather found 4 or 5 5.9/5.10 moves. This route is absolutely "top of the line" and my new favorite at the High Wire!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Long Canyon : Maverick Buttress : Hot Toddy (5.10b)
By: Hill When: May 28, 2002

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Comments: I left the original rating of 5.10b in the description out of respect for who ever climbed it first and gave it the rating. I've got to agree with Ben that this route is easier than many other 5.10b's. The comment section of this site is the more appropriate place to carry on this conversation instead of down grading the route, in my opinion. I'll tell you one thing though, it's much much easier than Incredible Hand Crack which is a 5.10c!!!!


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