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Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Spiney Ridge : De Gaulle Syndrome (5.12a/b)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 15, 2013

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Comments: Helen ripped off the right hand crimp in the middle of the crux (with her 95lbs of crushing) yesterday. Probably a bit harder now that you have to reach all the way to the sidepull/undercling out left from the lower holds and then into the shallow two-finger with the other hand.


Location: CO : Independence Pass : Grotto Walls Area : Lower Grotto Wall : Pea Brain (5.12c R)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Jun 21, 2013

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Comments: Looks to have 4 bolts now and finishes at an anchor below the white dihedral above.


Location: CO : Independence Pass : Grotto Walls Area : Lower Grotto Wall : Scene of the Crime (5.12c/d)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Jun 21, 2013

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Comments: The crux seems to be around the first bolt. As you move past the second and third, the climbing eases. Then it's a runout (protectable with some gear) to the anchor above. More bolts might be nice for your peace of mind, but they are not necessary to keep you off the ground. The climbing is fantastic, bouldery power-endurance and oh so obvious from the road.


Location: UT : Moab Area : River Road : Lighthouse Tower : Iron Maiden (5.12- PG13)
By: Joshua Merriam When: May 24, 2013

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Comments: Getting to the alternate anchor on P1, a blue/yellow offset master cam was perfect for protection. getting past the bolt above and into the horizontal seam was reachy for me, but my parter at 5' 2" was able to pull it off with more stemming. The hand traverse back after the next belay stance above was no gimme.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Carter Lake : Call it Crock Rock : Crock Arete (V5)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Apr 26, 2010

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Comments: Anyone know about traversing in from the right under the roof?


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Carter Lake : Call it Crock Rock : Crock Roof (V3)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Apr 26, 2010

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Comments: Obvious start on a great right hand pinch, and a cool left foot feature. I saw 2 ways to go. Easiest is left up to the crimp in the right-facing dihedral feature, then some cool sandstone bulge topout. A more proud line is traversing underneath to the start of the arete climb. The holds are all there, but the movement is wild and upside down.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Carter Lake : Mighty Wall : Mighty Arete aka Dicey Prow (V5)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Apr 26, 2010

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Comments: I don't know where there used to be a good flake on this problem, but I found it very difficult. Starting laying down under the main features of the wall, I pulled up to a crimp sidepull and then a big move out left to a nice crimp incut. Then a good heel allows getting to the pebbly crimp in the middle of the face, and another big move to the arete. Now I couldn't put the moves together, but releasing and moving the feet was Hard, and the only move left seemed a big move with the right hand ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Blockhead (5.12b)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Apr 8, 2010

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Comments: The flake/sidepull feature just before the first roof broke off this morning. The BLOCK hit me in the HEAD, but luckily it left a usable feature when it departed. After regaining my wits, and cleaning up the blood, we checked to see and the route still goes. Maybe it's solid 12c now.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part C - Pony ... : The Side Wall (5.11b R)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Nov 28, 2009

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Comments: Led this recently, onsight. I spent a lot of time fussing with gear from the stance. A tiny nut seemed the best, but I equalized two cams as well. I didn't fall on the nest, and hurried to the bolt. But I agree that it takes away from the climb where it is. There is a good nut placement right next to the bolt. So, why is it there?


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Slab : Whipping Post (5.11d)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Nov 11, 2009

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Comments: The traverse is fine, although I'm not sure about why it goes up where it does, looked like an easier line above the second bolt. The crux was thin, and theres some definite slab climbing going on in the top half. I didn't like the placement of the last two bolts. The second to last seemed low (would have been nice to rethink the placements when it was rebolted) and the last was too high to clip before making the mantle, and too in your face as you are standing up. Still, it's much nicer to... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Girlfriend's Backside (V7)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 15, 2009

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Comments: This came up in the new *classics* feature, but has a "V?" grade because of one annonymous coward rating. Can the admin for the area fix this?


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World
By: Joshua Merriam When: Jul 15, 2009

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Comments: Blockhead is between I. and J.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Blockhead (5.12b)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Jul 15, 2009

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Comments: The crack in the corner, and everything to the right of the corner should be considered off. Anything else disrespects the roof.

It's a great roof, albeit squeezed. The first 2 or 3 bolts are the same as Joint Venture. Then moving out right into the big roof, there's some powerful shouldery moves, a long reach or jump to the matchable crimp out left, and some good knee tricknology to surmount the final roof section. I'd like to add another bolt after standing up above the roof instead of... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Joint Venture (5.11a)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Jul 15, 2009

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Comments: Re: Robb M.

Blockhead .12+.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Horsetooth Reservoir : Rotary Park : Mental Block : Pinch Overhang (V5)
By: Joshua Merriam When: May 18, 2009

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Comments: The first time I went to Rotary, I was disappointed to find that the Pinch overhang started with a jump (same for the Right eliminator problems). I was not satisfied that I had done the problem until I established on the wall with both feet statically, before reaching for the lip.

The problem has a famous history, but has been done in better style since. Therefore I believe the proper Pinch overhang to be V7, and the jump start (Gill) version to be V5. There also looks to be a lower possib... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : RMNP Bouldering Areas : Chaos Canyon Bouldering : Lower Chaos Canyon
By: Joshua Merriam When: Dec 8, 2008

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Comments: Could an admin move my entries to the new area?


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : Black Pearl (5.13)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Nov 2, 2008

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Comments: The holds start out quite good, but around the 4th bolt it gets really thin. Then I assume it goes left after the fifth bolt to get to the top of Scorpions for the anchor.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Supercrack Buttress : Binge and Purge (5.11b)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 21, 2008

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Comments: I loved this climb! I'm alsways looking for interesting squeezes, and this one takes the cake. I scratched up my harness buckle pulling myself up through the roof, and found it much better when I re-did the route in a swami belt. It's tight!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : Coffin Crack (5.10b)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 15, 2008

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Comments: I was able to do a fist jam to get into the offwidth (and I hate fist jams). Then a few less than happily secure offwidth type moves (but with a good foothold) and you get to jugs again. Short in the business, but a good testpiece.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : By Gully (5.9+)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 15, 2008

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Comments: Right side in, I found plenty of good holds on the sidewall to help, and some solid handjams. There's still plenty of chicken winging.

Josh L. replaced the bolt last night during our Tuesday night offwidth assault meeting.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Carter Lake : Doughboy Boulder : Doughboy (V7)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 13, 2008

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Comments: A proper sit start, matched on the pocket is so obvious, but does not add to the grade.

This is indeed a great problem. Makes me want to tip over some more of the boulders at Carter and see what's under 'em.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Maiden : ... : Photo
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 13, 2008

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Comments: That rusty 1/4 bolt with no hanger didn't inspire a lot of confidence.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Gunky (5.11b PG13)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 6, 2008

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Comments: I went to go look at the underside of the Like Heaven pinnacle and thought that the route heading up the final overhang was the finish for Gunky. It has at least two pitons near the base of the overhang where one would traverse in from the left, and would take gear in the cracks up the center, topping out on the very tip.


Location: James Beissel : Umph Slot Assault : Photo
By: Joshua Merriam When: Oct 3, 2008

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Comments: This is the one that sells it. She's having fun, we're all chillin.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : The Guardian (5.12d)
By: Joshua Merriam When: Sep 29, 2008

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Comments: The closure sign is on a tree which is beyond this route. Also, the OSMP site specifically mentions Ridges 2, 3, 4 but NOT Ridge 1, which is where the Guardian is located.

Checking with a ranger would be prudent, but I believe this climb to not be affected by the closure.


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