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Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Cattle Pocket and Corridors... : ... : Eye For an Eye (5.7)
By: Matthew Fienup When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Today we climbed to the top anchor shown in the Bishop Area Rock Climbs book and in this topo. This variation has only 9 or 10 bolts, not 12 as indicated in the guide book. When we tried to lower off on a 70m rope, we ended up fully 20 feet short -- it is not possible to lower off with a 70 as the guidebook claims.

Terrific route though! There is one thought-provoking move well above the 8th bolt.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Danger Boy (5.11a) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jan 31, 2016

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Comments: Could this be Ezra?


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Magician : ... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jan 25, 2016

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Comments: Only on MP could '11 pitches up' be called an ordinary scene ;)


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Rattlesnake Canyon Crags (i... : Fun in the Sun (5.8 R)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 16, 2015

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Comments: Correct. You need a 70m rope to rappel the route.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Rattlesnake Canyon Crags (i...
By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 3, 2015

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Comments: That would be "Ugly Duckling," a cool moderate slab route. Stay tuned for a full description.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Ezra (5.9) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Nov 6, 2015

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Comments: I can't be sure, but I think his eyes are open.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Cathedral Peak
By: Matthew Fienup When: Oct 2, 2015

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Comments: Wait a minute…I like my ankles. What are you saying about my ankles, Jeff?


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Magician : Magic Dragon (5.8 R)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 14, 2015

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Comments: With the fire tower gone, it is now possible to descend the stairs at any time, 7 days a week. The gate that blocks passage of the stairs has been removed.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Magician
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 8, 2015

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Comments: UPDATE: Following the destruction of the fire lookout, it is now possible to walk down the stairs any time of day, 7 days a week.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Renaissance Crag : Camelbak Crack (5.8+ R) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Aug 28, 2015

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Comments: How is the rock quality on the pillar to the left of Camelbak Crack, in this photo?


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Rattlesnake Canyon Crags (i... : Written Exam (5.9 PG13)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Aug 25, 2015

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Comments: With climbing, you should always round up ;)


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Rattlesnake Canyon Crags (i... : Written Exam (5.9 PG13)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Aug 25, 2015

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Comments: It is possible, and quite enjoyable, to connect Written Exam with the top of King Snake Crack. You'll need an extra quickdraw and a couple of additional small cams to link these two safely. You can also top-rope this link-up from the anchor atop Tender Flakes & King Snake Crack.


Location: Steven Wolpe : Climbing in Ojai : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Aug 10, 2015

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Comments: Cranking through the 5.10 variation of Face Lift! And on your first day on a rope. Solid work!


Location: Matthew Fienup : Favorite Photographs : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 19, 2015

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Comments: Wesley's older brother, Bryson has to do this move static. Wesley wheels around with his legs and does a crazy dynamic move to transition onto the rail on the left.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Lizard's Mouth : ... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 19, 2015

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Comments: If only I had this kid's strength-to-weight ratio…Here's the full sequence.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Sespe Gorge (Black Wall) : Half Ascent (5.6 R) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 15, 2015

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Comments: Both of the aging bolts on the orange line depicted above have been replaced. One of the original bolts was a 1/4" button head that popped out of the wall after a nut tool was slid beneath the hanger--it wouldn't have even held body weight.

Two 1/2" Rawls now protect seriously runout, 5.7 face climbing.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Sespe Gorge (Black Wall) : Wadka (5.7 R)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 7, 2015

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Comments: Very common and worthwhile top-rope after rappelling from the bolted anchor to the right of Ending Crack.


Location: Midwest : The Devils Lake top rope cl... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 29, 2015

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Comments: The red cord is definitely inexplicable, but assuming that the two traditional pieces are solid, that looks like it could be a bomb-proof anchor. Inefficient for sure, but not necessarily sketchy.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Tree Route (5.6) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 23, 2015

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Comments: Climbed this route in June. All bolts were good.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Warlock : Ghostbumps (5.10b)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: From route contributor Josh Janes:
After summiting the Warlock, it is possible to rap down the north face over what appears to be a newly established climb. It has lots of new bolts (unfortunately these bolts are not stainless steel and will need replacing sooner rather than later). We TR'd the climb with 120 meters of rope -- the first pitch checked in at easy 5.10 (and had an intermediate belay), the second at hard 5.11. The climbing was quite cool -- up knobs and chickenheads and through s... more >>


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Owl Tor : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 16, 2015

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Comments: Awesome!


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : San Ysidro : Peels of Laughter (5.7 R) : ... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 15, 2015

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Comments: I'd say that's a long 60m. Eight or 9 of my 60m ropes haven't quite reached.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Owl Tor : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 15, 2015

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Comments: Did the striped racer get a meal?


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Owl Tor : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 15, 2015

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Comments: Most painful on the continent!

Second to whom?


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Magician : ... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 15, 2015

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Comments: Oh, man. 2002? Was it that long ago?!


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