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Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Derrydale Cliff : Mammoth Poaching (5.10b)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 17, 2011

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Comments: This route has cleaned up and gotten easier. Small flakes have broken off leaving behind larger, positive edges. The crux climbing past bolts 2 and 3 involves fun mantling off of a few very nice edges followed by big reaches.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 16, 2011

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Comments: Today, we experienced the worst swarm of flies that I have ever encountered in the Sespe area--that includes over 10 years of climbing here. Sespe, Potrero, the Fortress and Derrydale Cliff all seem to be overrun.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Danger Boy (5.11a)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Sep 5, 2011

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Comments: I also noticed what Joe mentioned. The decisive hold has broken off at the crux. The route now feels 11b/11c to me. Still just a one-move wonder though.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Derrydale Cliff
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 31, 2011

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Comments: Matt Greco equipped and led both of the routes that Stuart Ruckman explored on the left side side of the wall. Matt reports that the one line went at 5.11 while the other is 5.12.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Crag Full of Dynamite : The Ecstacy of Gold (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 23, 2011

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Comments: After having spent a dozen or so days at this crag during the past 6 months, my appreciation for this route has increased significantly. I have actually grown to regard this route as the best at the crag. The rock is good and the technical, sequential climbing has remained interesting even after the n-th ascent.


Location: CA : Central Coast : San Luis Obispo : Bishop Peak : Cracked Wall : 2 Hour 2 Tecate Challenge (5.9)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 26, 2011

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Comments: According to the logic that some are trying to apply at another Central Coast crag, the nine routes that make up the Tecate Challenge should now be removed from the database and should heretofore be represented as a single route that is only 6 pitches long.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 9, 2011

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Comments: And as you already know, I did see some brittle stars while climbing above Ojai: photo


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Isles in the Sky : Dolphin (5.7) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 2, 2011

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Comments: Wearing shorts on an offwidth like this is truly badass. Give me some Carhartts.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 1, 2011

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Comments: As of May 26, the road to the Needles Lookout trailhead as well as the lower road through the Kern River Valley (past Lower Peppermint Campground and Voodoo Dome) were both still closed.

Please post a comment if you know the roads to be open.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Left Crack (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 30, 2011

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Comments: The first pitch of this route is an absolute must-do...one of the best pitches of climbing on the dome.

In regard to Brian's comment, there are at least three variations atop the layback pillar...two to the left and one to the right.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Anti-Jello Crack (5.10a)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 30, 2011

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Comments: To add to what Bryan said, the bolts atop P2 are bomber 1/2" Rawls, replaced in 2012. The bolts atop P3 were replaced by the ASCA several years ago.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Gibraltar Area : Lower Gibraltar : Warrior Crack (5.10c)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 29, 2011

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Comments: Thank you, THANK YOU for exploring this route and then posting. I have long wondered exactly where this route went. The photos are especially helpful. I'll be sure to climb it ASAP.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 16, 2011

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Comments: And quite a song bird that one is. The sweet sound of the acorn woodpecker...

;)


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Derrydale Cliff : Mowgli Walk (5.10b/c)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 2, 2011

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Comments: Beware of bees on this route. Be sure to check out the route topo to see the location of a small nest.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Crag Full of Dynamite : The Good, the Bad, and the ... (5.9)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 24, 2011

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Comments: Last weekend, I saw somebody fall trying to reach the 7th clip--BIG, thought-provoking fall onto the slab below. Luckily, he was okay.

I like to think of this route as having 5.9 climbing but a 5.10 clip.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Crag Full of Dynamite : My Name's Nobody, Bub (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 24, 2011

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Comments: 2 cold shuts up top.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Crag Full of Dynamite : Once Upon a Climb in the We... (5.9)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 24, 2011

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Comments: Although a little loose, this route is interesting from bottom to top. There is a devious mantle at the final bolt.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Lost Eye to the Moon
By: Matthew Fienup When: Mar 18, 2011

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Comments: The easy slab routes on the left side of this formation are outstanding beginners' routes. It is possible to scramble to the top of the 3 left-most routes by walking around to the left and then scrambling up the back side (class 2/3).


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Lost Eye to the Moon
By: Matthew Fienup When: Mar 18, 2011

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Comments: For ease of navigation, it seems like this wall should be added to the same area as the Corridors. Same parking and all.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Mar 8, 2011

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Comments: Are you telling me you've never seen a flying fish while climbing in Santa Barbara? :)


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Foothill Crag ("The Foot") : Clean Sweep (5.9 R)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Feb 18, 2011

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Comments: The first ascentionist requested that a lower first bolt be placed. The moment Tim asks for more bolts higher up, someone should consider obliging him--and not sooner.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Kernville Rock (a.k.a. Kern... : Initiation Crack (5.11a)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Dec 5, 2010

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Comments: The laser-cut crack that makes up the first 60 feet of this route (all of it in the tight-fingers to tight-hands range) is simply incredible.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Potrero John : Cleaning Lady (5.10-)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 28, 2010

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Comments: This route feels a grade easier than Menage a Trois and at least two grades easier than Rubber Man...5.10a?


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Gibraltar Area : Upper Gibraltar : Slacker (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 13, 2010

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Comments: My Understanding is that this route climbs the opening crack of Triple Overhang/Crescent to the horizontal break. It then climbs two bolts straight up Dazed & Confused to a sloping ledge. It then rejoins the Crescent and follows this route to the top.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Gibraltar Area : Upper Gibraltar : The Crescent Direct (5.8+)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 13, 2010

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Comments: This is a much more natural and enjoyable line than the original line for The Crescent. This is also one of the most sustained and interesting moderate routes in all of Santa Barbara.


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