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Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Crags : Castaway Crag : Crashed At Sea (5.10c)
By: John Maurer When: Aug 9, 2015

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Comments: Eats blue and yellow TCUs. Really fun route. Cool finish off the arÍte through the roof.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Blair (overview) : Upper Blair : Wango's Workshop : Tomb Raider (5.11)
By: John Maurer When: Aug 9, 2015

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Comments: I'm all for safety, but the bolt on the first pitch is not necessary. The move itself is more 5.7 than 5.9 and is just a few feet off the ground. Gear is immediately available before any further commitment. I'm all for safety and making moderates accessible, but this seems to be a major departure from the Vedauwoo ethic. I'm not an amazing climber or anything, I have been climbing here since 1993 . . . just my 2 cents worth. Beautiful area.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Worm Drive : Driving Miss Wormy (5.7)
By: John Maurer When: Oct 27, 2013

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Comments: I think the route to the right is a 5.9-, or so I heard as reported in the guidebook. I thought it was 5.9, but I worked harder than that up top given my own set of errors. It is a beauty. Climbed it yesterday morning not knowing what it was - the wind whips through the crack and blows out to you (when from the west) as the crack goes all the way through the formation. Quite remarkable - this uniqueness and the route overall.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Hen and Chickens : Rhode Island Red (5.10a)
By: John Maurer When: Jul 22, 2013

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Comments: A yellow TCU fits perfectly in a small slot, below the lieback flake, and makes the opening moves very well-protected.


Location: MN : * Ice and Mixed climbs : Casket Quarry (Duluth) : Photo
By: John Maurer When: May 28, 2012

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Comments: Wow! Beautiful series of photos.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Sand Gulch : Contest Wall : Tinsel Town aka BR 2? (5.9)
By: John Maurer When: Feb 19, 2012

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Comments: I hesitate to rate this route in fear it may attract attention. I'd hate to encourage anyone to get on this and then have them get hurt. I really enjoyed this route - but there are sections that feel extremely dangerous. One bolt in particular is in a very large section of weak, undercut rock - better perhaps not to clip it. I would not climb this if it is crowded in the area.

All that said, this route feels like some soft Garden route. It probably is a bomb to many, but the moves and ques... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : North Face / North End : ... : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Dec 2, 2011

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Comments: Photoshop pin removal? Maybe the pin is just out of frame to the right (at top) . . . .


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Inner Canyon : B1 or V5 (5.12d)
By: John Maurer When: Jul 23, 2011

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Comments: Please take the previous comment not as a sandbag effort on my part - I don't (nor have I ever) climbed at the 12d level. I have bouldered at the V5 level (and 1 V6) - but this was not reminiscent of those efforts.


Location: Other Sports : surfing and wave sailing : Post : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Jul 2, 2011

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Comments: Wow . . . in the summer? Is this windswell?


Location: Allen Hill : personal photos : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Feb 25, 2011

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Comments: Spent 4 years playing too much Ultimate on that field . . . or maybe not enough.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Witches' Canyon : Main Canyon : Lunge for Jesus (5.11b)
By: John Maurer When: Jan 6, 2011

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Comments: I seem to remember utilizing a tunnel thread through the roof which makes the later going less intimidating . . . .


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Inner Canyon : Colville Express (5.11d)
By: John Maurer When: Jan 6, 2011

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Comments: Quite tenuous. I've blown my share of clips on this one - certainly safely bolted and pretty fun, too.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Inner Canyon : B1 or V5 (5.12d)
By: John Maurer When: Jan 5, 2011

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Comments: No way this is 12d . . . or even 12b. I almost onsighted this route and my foot popping early felt like a fluke. I got the route 2nd try after a 10 second wait. The opening bit is intense, for sure. I'd go with 11d or maybe 12a if you have the reach.

Sounds like the big difference here is reach as I am tall. I was shocked to see the grade on this - and resolved that it was closer to light B1. Like many Penitente routes, the less popular ones can be a lot of fun. Curious what ... more >>


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Entrance Area : Mission in the Snow (5.12a)
By: John Maurer When: Nov 5, 2010

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Comments: Someone has to comment on this fun little climb . . . I liked it. Thoughtful moves on quality stone. Overlooked, as are many fine routes in the area.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : North Chasm View Wall : ... : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Nov 4, 2010

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Comments: Agree . . . beautiful shot. Thanks for sharing.


Location: Buff Johnson : Personal2 : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Sep 27, 2010

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Comments: Nice Jeep.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Carnage (aka "Wild Virus") (5.13d)
By: John Maurer When: Mar 8, 2010

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Comments: My buddy and I were heading out yesterday, walking along the trail just in time to see the finishing sequences of "Mark's" successful ascent. "That's a proud line" was my comment as it came into view in the afternoon light. Impressive ascent. Congrats.


Location: General Climbing : Summer climbing in Greece : Post : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: Striking! Looks like 2 separate seasons in remarkably differing light.


Location: John Maurer : India Bouldering - Hampi/Ma... : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: I know. huh? You can see the hood beginning to flatten as the snake is feeling threatened a bit. I can understand as I was kinda cornering it to try to get a quick pic. Needless to say I moved to different set of boulders to let the cobra have the rocks it wanted.


Location: YDPL8S : More climbing pics : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Sep 30, 2009

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Comments: Wow. Stunning photo . . . reminds me why I love and miss the Western Slope.


Location: CO : South Platte : Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wil... : Wigwam Dome : Teepee Tower Crack (5.9)
By: John Maurer When: Jul 30, 2009

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Comments: You can rap from the anchors just left of the end of the 2nd pitch with a 60m rope IF YOU GO TO THE TREE 40 feet below and rap again from there. Two of the anchors are 1/4 inchers (one Star dryven, if I remember correctly) but the 3rd is bomber. Be sure to have your mid-point pretty precise and you can get down the hanging gully, too (on stretch).


Location: CO : Gunnison : Hartman Rocks : Super Slabs : Keating Beating (5.10a)
By: John Maurer When: May 9, 2009

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Comments: Yolanda used to fire up the "Miracle Burger" on the grill at Keating . . . if you visit the Evergreen Cafe in Buena Vista & ask politely, she may make one for you, too.


Location: Guy03 : Climbing In Iraq : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Mar 7, 2009

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Comments: Must be a "don't ask, don't tell" policy on hashish smoking . . . vehicle exhaust, eh?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Batman Rock : Clowntime is Over (5.9)
By: John Maurer When: Aug 15, 2008

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Comments: Just after the roof, one can sling a patch (not quite a chicken-head) on the left with a long sling and runner for some mental security. Sling it correctly and I bet it would hold. Best not to find out, though. Watch out for some kitty litter in the vicinity. The Gillett guide cover has some inspiration for pulling the roof - if you need it.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Entrance Area : Mr. Breeze (5.2) : Photo
By: John Maurer When: Jul 9, 2008

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Comments: The start is much harder than 5.2, and I'm 6'4"! I imagine for a 4-year old it's the equivalent of 5.13c R. Great work, Little Man!


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