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Location: International : Europe : Italy : Dolomites : Tofana di Rozes : South Face, Buttress 2, Pil... (5.11)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Feb 9, 2014

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Comments: Enrico, Thats an impressive solo especially for 1981. I hope the crux roofs weren't nearly as polished back then.


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter : The Moonflower Buttress (Bi... (5.8 WI6 M6 A2 Steep Snow)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Dec 7, 2013

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Comments: Great write-up Clint - So glad that you did it instead of me !
Congratulations to you, Vito and Mark on what looked like a really fun and fast ascent.

Carl & I carried an old Bibler topo on the route with us. Not really necessary but If I can find it, I'll post it. Funny that you mention the last ice field to the cornice being a calf destroyer - going on forever ( especially for those of us with chicken legs) . The Bibler topo said something ridiculous like 400'. I remember it being more lik... more >>


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter : m (WI4 M2-3 Steep Snow)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Nov 23, 2013

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Comments: Nice going Clint. What a fantastic route eh? Carl & I had near perfect weather/conditions except for a 1 day storm at the cornice bivy and heavy spindrift on the raps. Super memorable trip for me and the best alpine route I've ever done. Steve Mascioli and Alan Kearney stopped by our tent at Kahiltna to ask about conditions as they were going to head up and give it a go the next day. A few days later I flew home to New Hampshire and Carl called me with the news, Steve had been killed when th... more >>


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter : m (WI4 M2-3 Steep Snow)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Nov 15, 2013

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Comments: If Nate removes this nonsense, I'll repost an accurate description, photos and topo. Carl Tobin and I climbed it to the summit in 97.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Mount Moran : South Buttress Right, Mt. M... (5.11)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Oct 13, 2013

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Comments: One of my favorite routes in the Tetons. Outstanding rock and such a spectacular position in Leigh Canyon which is so wild and beautiful. The first time I climbed it was in the early 80's with a partner that I had just met. Weather was marginal but we started up anyway. The sky opened up after the 5.9 slab and (unaware of the rap route if it even existed then) had to lead many more pitches to the top of the buttress in a very cold driving rain to get to the descent down the gulley. Epic ni... more >>


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter : m (WI4 M2-3 Steep Snow)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Oct 10, 2013

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Comments: Lame indeed. This is one rectally derived route description.
No offense Nate but such a proud line deserves a write up from someone who has, oh I don't know, actually done the route and is familiar with its history.

3000' Grade V, FA unknown, WI 3, 3 stars ?

The route is about 4,500' shrund to the cornice bivy with another 1,500' to the summit. Alaska grade 6. The shaft alone is 500' of 5+/6.


Location: NH : Rumney : New Wave : Strict Scrutiny (5.13d)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Aug 26, 2013

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Comments: Absolutely.


Location: NH : Rumney : New Wave : Strict Scrutiny (5.13d)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Aug 26, 2013

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Comments: I've only been on this once. Great climbing but it seemed soft even at 13d. Surprised that so many people call it 14a.


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Mordor Wall : Difficulties be Damned (5.14a)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Jul 12, 2013

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Comments: Nice work Chief! That's one proud line.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Chihuahua Power (5.9)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Mar 13, 2013

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Comments: .. and I've been known to take this stuff too seriously Jim. What's the alternative though? Was I supposed to just bite my tongue when I found out that 4 bolts were added to a route that originally had only 3? Not likely.
If you haven't already, you might want to read my first couple of posts - This has zero to do with ego and everything to do with sounding off about something that I think does harm to the sport.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Chihuahua Power (5.9)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Mar 11, 2013

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Comments: That some vague statute of limitations is up for returning a route to its original FA state is just nonsense and that the local climbing community didn't take it upon themselves to chop the route is irrelevant . As Geir mentioned, most never knew how many bolts the original climb had or that bolts were added without the consent of the FA party. Ultimately, It's the first ascentionist's decision anyway and as I've mentioned above, I found out about the bolts long after the fact.
I think its ... more >>


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Funk Rock City : Go Easy Billy Clyde! (5.12a)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Jan 1, 2013

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Comments: Perhaps the best route name in the Red.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Chihuahua Power (5.9)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Jan 1, 2013

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Comments: Good to get the Tucson locals thoughts.

Jbak - Right on. I second everything you said in your last post.

Scott - Thanks. Just for the record, when I called in the route to Michael Jimmerson ( I think that was his name. its been 25 yrs ) I didn't give it an R rating. It was added in the supplement.

RyanJ - With regard to statute of limitations on removing hardware, in my opinion there isn't any. Hell, the compressor route was just erased and it was put up in 1970.

As far as what to do with ... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Chihuahua Power (5.9)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Dec 30, 2012

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Comments: A couple of thoughts:

Geir, I really appreciate your input and offer of help with the removal of the added bolts. Although I would like to see the route returned to its original FA state it was not my intent in bringing up the subject here. I want to be clear that the route wasn't in any way some kind of statement - It's a little 5.9 that had some run outs. Probably R rated at most. I merely want to bring attention to something that I and a hell of a lot of other climbers feel very strongl... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Chihuahua Power (5.9)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Dec 30, 2012

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Comments: Since when is it okay to add bolts to an existing free climb let alone more than double the original count?!
Tom & I did this route safely with, I believe, 3 bolts and a few small nuts. It was a far more engaging little climb back when it was a bit of spicy lead - something for a 5.9/5.10 leader to aspire to. Now its just another sport route.
All routes do not have to be made uber-safe for the masses.
If you've clipped more than 3 bolts, sorry you've climbed Chihuahua Pussy not
Chihuahua Powe... more >>


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : Geezer Pleaser (5.13d R)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Dec 25, 2012

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Comments: Thanks guys. Here's a short video clip of a few attempts one day in November.
You've gotta love the audio!


youtu.be/vB92X3Bt5pM


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : The Hidden Cliff : Bikini Whale (5.12b)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Dec 18, 2012

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Comments: For me, the redpoint crux was the bit above the last horizontal. With a pump, its powerful and difficult to read onsight. The little toss at the start didn't feel bad ( I'm 5' 10") and can be safely spotted. Nice lead with 3 bolts Kurt!


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : The Day After My Birthday (... (5.13a/b)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Nov 27, 2012

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Comments: You mean no one even mentioned your casserole?


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : The Day After My Birthday (... (5.13a/b)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Nov 19, 2012

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Comments: We're vincible.


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : The Day After My Birthday (... (5.13a/b)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Nov 19, 2012

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Comments: Will, Have you ever been told that you look like a llama?


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : North Face Highlight Tour (5.8) : Photo
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Nov 5, 2012

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Comments: I used to love those Vasque Ascender boots too. Crude by todays standards but they were popular in the Tetons in the early 80's for doing the approach and the climb. Miss those mountains.


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : Flying Squirrel aka The Dia... (5.11b)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Sep 27, 2012

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Comments: Will and I climbed it today. Better than I had remembered and a good warm-up for the harder routes at the pond. Seems a little easier than say Lichen Delight on the Barber Wall. 10d/11a imo.


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : Moe Howard Died For Our Sin... (5.13a)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Sep 21, 2012

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Comments: He is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him, or so I've heard.


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : Desperation (5.10c)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Sep 21, 2012

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Comments: Yeah, the bolted line just left of BBB that leads up to a layback flake.


Location: NH : Stonehouse Pond : Desperation (5.10c)
By: Joe Terravecchia When: Sep 20, 2012

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Comments: Nice clean 5.7 face to a bolt protected one move 8+/9- step up at the layback.


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