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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
On the ledge.  We avoided the snowfield on the right.

On the ledge. We avoided the snowfield on the right.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Chasm View Cutoff (5.7 PG13)

Jun 29, 2014

Snowy descent.  Photo by Mark Oveson.

Snowy descent. Photo by Mark Oveson.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

The headwall ramp with upper Crescent Ridge in the background.  Photo by Bill Wright.

The headwall ramp with upper Crescent Ridge in the background. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

Bypassing the headwall via an exposed ramp.  Photo by Bill Wright.

Bypassing the headwall via an exposed ramp. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

On the upper slab, looking down at Keplinger Lake.  Photo by Bill Wright.

On the upper slab, looking down at Keplinger Lake. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

On the upper slab, with Longs Peak and Palisades in the background.  Photo by Mark Oveson.

On the upper slab, with Longs Peak and Palisades in the background. Photo by Mark Oveson.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

Above the initial buttress with Pagoda summit in background.  Photo by Bill Wright.

Above the initial buttress with Pagoda summit in background. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

The complete initial buttress from just below the start of the route.  Photo by Bill Wright.

The complete initial buttress from just below the start of the route. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

At the crux.  Photo by Bill Wright.

At the crux. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

High on the buttress.  Photo by Mark Oveson.

High on the buttress. Photo by Mark Oveson.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

Bill Wright starting up the first pitch.  Photo by Mark Oveson.

Bill Wright starting up the first pitch. Photo by Mark Oveson.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

Crescent Ridge with the summit of Pagoda Mountain behind.  Photo by Bill Wright.

Crescent Ridge with the summit of Pagoda Mountain behind. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 28, 2009

Ther perfect Layback crack (made to look harder than it is).

Ther perfect Layback crack (made to look harder than it is).

CO : Flatirons : ... : Angel's Way (5.2)

Oct 9, 2002

The end of the Freeway, and last Roach Flatiron climb for George.

The end of the Freeway, and last Roach Flatiron climb for George.

CO : Flatirons : ... : Freeway (5.0)

Oct 7, 2002

Approaching the spectacular summit of the Fifth Flatiron.

Approaching the spectacular summit of the Fifth Flatiron.

CO : Flatirons : ... : Northeast Face (5.6 R)

Oct 1, 2002

4th class climbing above the Red Tower.  The complex final Headwall is visible high above.

4th class climbing above the Red Tower. The complex final Headwall is visible high above.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ellingwood Ledges (5.7)

Aug 13, 2002

Taken low on the route where the direct and normal starts merge.  Above George's head is the "Red Tower" - most parties rope up for the pitch that goes just left of it.

Taken low on the route where the direct and normal starts merge. Above George's head is the "Red Tower" - most parties rope up for the pitch that goes just left of it.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ellingwood Ledges (5.7)

Aug 13, 2002

George Bell on the spectacular summit ridge of the Fifth Flatiron.  This photo was taken only about 20' below the summit.

George Bell on the spectacular summit ridge of the Fifth Flatiron. This photo was taken only about 20' below the summit.

CO : Flatirons : ... : East Face South Side or Lef... (5.5)

May 28, 2002

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : The Yellow Spur (5.9)
By: Mark Oveson When: Sep 8, 2014

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Comments: John: Eldo climbing is tricky and has its own flavor. Nothing is straightforward; everything is a sidepull or a hidden hold; the footholds are hard to see; body position can make all the difference. Every 5.9 in Eldo feels harder than 5.9 until you're used to Eldo 5.9. Start out on some of the 5.6/5.7 classics and work your way up. Eldo is an acquired taste, particularly on lead. If you can get a partner and follow a bunch of routes, you'll get the hang of it. I've ... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Apache Peak : Kasparov Traverse (R) : Photo
By: Mark Oveson When: Aug 7, 2014

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Comments: That is not the Bishop's Scepter. Hard to tell from this angle, but it might be the Black Knight. The Bishop's Scepter is the unmistakable, stunning, pointy tower near the Rook.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Apache Peak : Kasparov Traverse (R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Aug 7, 2014

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Comments: William: climb all the summits, or none of them, or take the ones you like. All of them can be bypassed if the goal is simply to get from Shoshoni to Apache Peak staying near the ridge crest. But to say you have done the Kasparov Traverse, you have to climb the towers. :)


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : Anthill Direct (5.9 R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Aug 7, 2014

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Comments: P1: Cool and varied, but best led by someone comfortable leading above the grade. Some runouts and routefinding. Feels a bit mountaineer-y.

P2: The first roof is easier than it looks. Not harder than 5.7 and easier if you do it just right. The upper roof felt like solid 5.8. In between is a lot of nice slab climbing.

P3/P4: I've climbed the route twice and we combined these both times. Makes for a long, runout pitch with some interesting climbing. Not clean enough to be super-classic, but stil... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Bolting for Glory (5.10a)
By: Mark Oveson When: Aug 1, 2014

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Comments: The new bolts are great, Mike. Many thanks.

I agree the holds are slick but felt OK this morning. Get on it early.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : Chasm View Wall : Red Wall (5.10)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jul 27, 2014

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Comments: The death flake pitch is great. Best pitch on the climb.

To keep the crux pitch at 10a, you have to traverse under the roof and then climb *down* the ramp for a good 20 feet, make a big step across at a flake, and then climb back up to the belay.

The move around the roof at the start of P5 is hard, and the rest of the pitch is sustained 5.8-5.9. Not a lot of good rest options on this pitch.

A cool adventure climb but be ready for anything.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : Grand Giraffe (5.10a)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: P1 is 5.9 for more than a short section. Felt pretty sustained to me, with at least two and maybe three distinct 5.9 cruxes.

P3 is...hard.

P4 and P5 can be run together in a very long pitch. If you are comfortable simulclimbing a bit, it works with a 60 meter rope. We stayed left and ascended a chimney-like feature with a few old funky pitons. This is a wonderful pitch! A bucket-fest dessert after eating your offwidth veggies.


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