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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 : Grand Giraffe (5.10a)
By: Mark Oveson When: 2 days ago

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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.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Petit Grepon
By: Mark Oveson When: 5 days ago

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Comments: The spire directly behind (north of) the Petit Grepon is called the Penknife. Here's an alternate descent route for the Petit:

From the summit of the Petit, rappel 100' to the north and scramble down the very narrow ridge to the base of the south face of the Penknife. One moderate pitch with a 5.6 move or two gets you to the summit of the Penknife. Rappel to the north from slings to the saddle between Sharkstooth and the Saber. Hike and scramble north down the Gash to the Andrews Glacier ... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Penknife
By: Mark Oveson When: 5 days ago

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Comments: Highly recommended as a descent from the Petit Grepon. From the summit of the Petit, rappel 100' to the north and scramble down the very narrow ridge to the base of the south face of the Penknife. One moderate pitch with a 5.6 move or two gets you to the summit of the Penknife. Rappel to the north from slings to the saddle between Sharkstooth and the Saber.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : Ruper (5.8+)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jul 1, 2014

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Comments: Climbed this route before work this morning. Three words: fun, fun, fun. We did the lower section as two pitches (P1+P2, P3). This works well if you use long slings to avoid rope drag as you go around the corner. We also did upper Ruper as two pitches with a belay on a sloping stance about 30 feet below the roof (P4+P5, P6). This worked out so well it seems the natural way to do it.

The 150-foot combined P4+P5 has got to be one of the great 5.6 pitches in Eldo or anywhere. Consistent, ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face : Outer Space (5.10c R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jun 24, 2014

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Comments: Spectacular position and interesting climbing. The first pitch is insecure and sustained at 10a for a good 20-30 feet. I think the traditional "S" rating comes from this pitch, as you have to climb 8-10 feet above a small wired nut and risk a ledgefall. I followed both pitches, so take this in context, but to me the second pitch does seem to protect surprisingly well.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : The Bulge (5.7 R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jun 12, 2014

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Comments: Climbed The Bulge for the first time this morning, and it is wonderful. If this is not the cleanest moderate route in Eldo, I'd like to know what is. Protection is very scarce, and I was glad to be following not leading.

That said, this route is NOT as dangerous for the second as it is for the leader--that assertion in the route description above is quite an overstatement. For the leader, there are a number of, ahem, opportunities for long and dangerous falls from 20-40 feet above gear. For... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : Icarus (5.6 R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jun 5, 2014

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Comments: Climbed this route twice in the past two weeks. First time I had some trouble routefinding, particularly finding the traverse on P2. Second time I got it just right. Here's what do to:

Climb the dihedral until it fades out into the face. A short distance above this point, there is a 3"-4" horizontal hold/ledge feature with a bunch of quartz pebbles embedded into it. Climb up until your feet are on that ledge, then traverse right to the arÍte. The traverse is a ways above gear, but the mov... more >>


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