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Areas = 15
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All 243 | Routes 7 | Areas 3 | Photos 111 | Page Improvements | Comments 78 | Posts 25 | Stars 16 | Ratings 3
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Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : The Scar : Sunkist (5.11d)
By: Matt Pickren When: May 20, 2016

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Comments: I thought this route was 5 star. Rating right on, albeit a different style. Very geometric and thought provoking body positioning between decent rests. Get on it! No mussey hooks on top of this one like all the other Scar routes.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers
By: Matt Pickren When: Mar 29, 2016

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Comments: Ok, I always forget about social media. It's like wild fire.
Yes, we short-fixed almost every pitch, swapping once per tower. KF and AA we just did in a single block. The order was Oracle, Titan, Echo, KF, AA, Cottontail. It was a very fun, albeit long, day out.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers
By: Matt Pickren When: Mar 25, 2016

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Comments: Correct, who did you hear this from?


Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Right Side : Gator Pond (5.12a)
By: Matt Pickren When: Nov 9, 2015

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Comments: I thought the route was really good!! Not too much of a squeeze job until the very end. Felt stout, but climbing is hard when you can't follow all the white marks. Thanks for bolting it.


Location: North America : Mexico : Northern Mexico : El Potrero Chico : Virgin Canyon : ... : The Shroud (5.12a)
By: Matt Pickren When: Feb 13, 2015

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Comments: The 3rd pitch variation was apparently used to bolt the true left line. (Info per Dane's book). We climbed is 2/10/15 and really enjoyed it. Never secure in 100 feet with exciting clips, but fun thin climbing. Felt harder than 4th. Would love to hear more input. Also, do first 2 pitches as one to avoid hanging belay, okay stances at other belays. This route was fun and should be climbed more.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Beowulf (5.12+) : Photo
By: Matt Pickren When: Feb 1, 2015

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Comments: Matthias, thank you. You already made that comment on the specific Beowolf/ Beowulf (does it really matter?) page. I failed to change the spelling, because I did not name the route and therefore do not know what the first ascentionist was intending.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Beowulf (5.12+) : Photo
By: Matt Pickren When: Feb 1, 2015

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Comments: You do. It's an easy walk down.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Jabba Buttress : Better Eat Yo Wheaties (5.13a)
By: Matt Pickren When: Jan 21, 2015

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Comments: I'd say the "shakeout" you mentioned is not necessary. I didn't even think that was on route. The hold which broke is the last small crimp before the final big move just below the anchor.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Simonizer (5.13a PG13)
By: Matt Pickren When: Jul 27, 2014

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Comments: This route does not deserve a PG-13. It is a little runout in 2 spots. However, those spots are merely 5.10. If you are contemplating leading this route, chances are you will be fine on 5.10. The upper crux is well-protected.

This is not a 'who's balls are bigger' comment, I just want more people to get on this route, because it is bad ass.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : The Sand Dollar (5.13) : Photo
By: Matt Pickren When: Jul 27, 2014

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Comments: That guy looks really smart in those glasses and really poor in those shorts....


Location: UT : Moab Area : Hell Roaring Canyon : The Warlock : Wings of Leather (5.11 C0 PG13)
By: Matt Pickren When: Feb 23, 2014

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Comments: Glad to hear that people are climbing this route and super stoked everyone is freeing it. Nce work Steven! Glad to hear that the roof isn't that bad. I wish I had given it a shot on the FA. I was pretty damn tired after climbing and cleaning the pitch up until that point and then drilling the bolt. (read = "I wish I wasn't a bitch...). Pretty sweet area and awesome day out climbing the Warlock along with the Cauldrons and the Witch. Enjoy!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Sunshine Wall : Dickfour : Original Route (5.9+ A2+)
By: Matt Pickren When: Dec 30, 2013

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Comments: Crusher, good to know that it is actually named "Dickfour" rather than "Dick For." However, where does the name come from. I've wondered for years since I first saw the spire while climbing 143 in 2006. Some history may be interesting, and even better, to quite our friend B. Grasse who excessively asks 'Whats a Dick for?!"

Thanks for the reply, Matt


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Overview & Waterfall : Hysteria (5.12b)
By: Matt Pickren When: Aug 20, 2013

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Comments: Really good route, thin and technical, I think the rating is right on. Good find.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Overview & Waterfall : Cold Ass Honkies (5.11c)
By: Matt Pickren When: Aug 20, 2013

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Comments: Wasn't a fan of this route at first due to the contrived start of the climb. After climbing it 4 times, I like it. It is probably not harder than .11c, but do not expect a single move easier than 5.11c, very sustained and good climbing.

Also, I will be honest in saying I am all for 'enhancing' 1 or 2 holds to be able to climb this from the ground, it's not missing much. Thoughts? If you haven't climbed this route yet, I don't care what your thoughts are.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Spring Canyon : Pointy Tower : The Original Route (5.9 C1+) : Photo
By: Matt Pickren When: Aug 12, 2013

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Comments: We will take you up on that lunch, IN DURANGO!! as all three of us freed the entire tower. Thanks Brad!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Spring Canyon : Roadside Fling Tower
By: Matt Pickren When: Aug 12, 2013

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Comments: This tower easily goes free at 5.11. We were tired and short of time and therefore led Sam's variation to P1. From the large ledge, climb the left side of the boulders, clip the bolt and do 5 moves protected with the bolt and a drilled angle, 5.11c. Then hand traverse right to the cracks and up to the summit, this portion is 5.10. Bill followed this pitch clean with tennis shoes on, is REALLY fun.

Ben then top-roped "The Things We Do For Love's" picch 1. He said mostly 5.10+ and the pro is goo... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Island In The Sky : Bird's View Butte / Crow's ... : Luminous Being : ... : Photo
By: Matt Pickren When: May 23, 2013

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Comments: Very good power of observation. You get a gold star.


Location: UT : Moab Area : River Road : Dolomite Spire
By: Matt Pickren When: Apr 4, 2013

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Comments: Yes, it is possible to hike in from around the back. To do so, park at the group camping and follow the main wash until even with the Lighthouse/ main butte notch and then go up to Dolomite. This is a dog friendly approach, but the easiest is definitely from the front and climbing the 5.7 approach pitch.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Island In The Sky
By: Matt Pickren When: Mar 24, 2013

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Comments: You do NOT need a permit to either climb or drive the road. You ONLY need a permit to spend the night, and that must be done in one of the estabvlished camping areas.


Location: UT : Moab Area : River Road : Northside Routes : Trail of The Navajo (5.11c)
By: Matt Pickren When: Feb 28, 2013

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Comments: I can't remember the exact chain of events but its something like this:

-Josh and I climbed the rote (Josh already had once before ((its that good)).
-We called it 'Astroman of the Desert,' knowing it had a name, until we found the FA's name.
-Either Coyne or Reynolds contacted us (Reynolds I believe?) and said they called it 'Princess'
-Coyne then brought the current name to MtnProj's attention


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Jabba Buttress : Blue Light Special (5.12a)
By: Matt Pickren When: Sep 17, 2012

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Comments: This route fully deserves more traffic. The rock is impecable and amazingly clean. The climbing is fun and continuous. Get on it!


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas
By: Matt Pickren When: Aug 12, 2012

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Comments: I second Bill's comment. Be mature enough to leave them alone, especially when they are replaced after you probably stole the first set. If you need the biners for your rack, we will get you nice new wire gates! It is very annoying to think they are there, and then get to the anchor and they are gone.

Also, if you are innocent in this matter but have any idea of who it is; if you get me evidence of what DB is taking them, I will hook you up with multiple nice new biners or something ... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : X Rock : Gold Wall : Gold Wall (5.10+)
By: Matt Pickren When: Jul 28, 2012

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Comments: Cleaned someone's draws off the first two bolts yesterday (7-27), looks like they bailed before the runout to the 3rd bolt. Please e-mail or call me, and I will get them back to you. Makes me think they were in a hurry to get out of there as they could have rapped in to get them back. 970946 7237.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Tusher Canyon : Small towers next to Echo a... : Y Tower (5.7) : Photo
By: Matt Pickren When: Jul 24, 2012

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Comments: I see you saw the page on 'The Stool,' and my 300+ comment. However, keep in mind Bill was with us on this one, therefore, 320+ towers.


Location: UT : Moab Area : 191 South : Joe Wilson Canyon : The Stool (5.8 C1+)
By: Matt Pickren When: Jul 18, 2012

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Comments: This tower was fun to put up, especially in an area where most towers have ben climbed.

However, with over a collective 300 towers between us, Ben and I agreed it was still the worst rock we have ever been on. Mar's Hotel was finally beat!


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