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Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Sentinel : Crooked Cross (5.9+)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 30, 2003

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Comments: Agreed - the first pitch is a manky scramble, takes away from the overall quality of the route. The second pitch is of course about as good as it gets on the SSV.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Kim (5.6)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 3, 2003

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Comments: Several people recommended this route to us - at best I thought it was a fun warm up, but a classic? No way, not even close to the same league as Edward's Crack. I thought Sugar Crack, Petit Crapon, and Fantasia were all much nicer routes.

Wouldn't hike out to Poland Hill just to climb this one route (which rules it out as a classic in my book).


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Ted's Trot (5.7)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 3, 2003

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Comments: This is an excellent route with varied climbing and is a good way to get introduced to big cracks at Vedauwoo without needing any big gear (just a fist sized piece or two for the top). The crux moves under the roof and out onto the face are great fun, perfect fist jams. I agree with the comments about using Aliens (or equivalent) in the opening chimney moves, smaller gear is what you need. I lugged a #4.5 and #5 Camalot with me and they just got in the way.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Sugar Crack (5.7)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: Great route - much more interesting than Kim (which I thought was waaaaay over rated as a 'classic'). Some pretty stiff moves on this at times, I thought this was only slightly easier than Petit Crapon.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Fantasia (5.9)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: THRUTCH FEST. Eat your Wheaties before getting on this beast ;-)


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Petit Crapon (5.9)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 2, 2003

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Comments: Agreed with the softness of the rating on this - compare this with Fantasia - now THAT is burly 5.9. Still, I thought this was a fun route with a nice mix of climbing thrown in.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Observatory Rock : Original Route (5.8)
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 26, 2003

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Comments: Pretty nice climb for the grade I thought, this and the harder line to the left makes for a nice after work trad session.

This route seems more like 5.7 than 5.8, while the steep hand crack to the left is more like hard 5.9 than 5.7.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : Cussin' Crack (5.7)
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 24, 2003

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Comments: We climbed this yesterday (8-23-03) and thought it was a great climb. I lead the first pitch (via slab start) but instead of traversing up the ramp then back left to the mank bolt (which I guess is the 'official' route) I stepped across onto the face at the top of the slab and went straight up. Anyone know the name/rating of this variation? 5.7 maybe? I thought it made the lower portion of the climb much more interesting and way more challenging. The gear was OK, although stepping across and mak... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can...
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 15, 2003

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Comments: Thumbs up for Fogline - very fun, great route for moderate leaders. 5.10a seems like a fair rating, most of it felt 5.9ish, lots of good rest stances to plot out your next moves.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can...
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 14, 2003

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Comments: Bernard - thanks once again for the beta. Fogline is the route we were interested in, looks like a sweet line from the ground. We'll probably go check it out tonight.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can...
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 13, 2003

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Comments: We did Crooked Cross yesterday and noticed that there was a new looking (and very long) bolted line to the right of I Spy. Anyone know the name / grade of this route?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Vestibule : Wes Bound (5.10a)
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 4, 2003

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Comments: Great route, definitely sustained, I just sort of plowed through it as fast as I could. Fortunately, there are good hands and feet pretty much everywhere.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Catacomb : The Hot Zone (5.9-)
By: Michael Kullman When: Aug 4, 2003

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Comments: Wow, this is a really, really enjoyable route. Made my first trip to the Monastery this weekend and this was our 4th route of the day, and probably the most fun. Great moves, position, and scenery. Good photo ops for someone willing to scramble uphill of the route.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Mother 1 (5.7+)
By: Michael Kullman When: Jul 14, 2003

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Comments: You actually don't *need* to have anything bigger than say a #4 friend for this, although it's much easier to protect the bottom section if you do.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Book : J-Crack Slab Area : Pear Buttress (5.8)
By: Michael Kullman When: Jul 7, 2003

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Comments: The 5.9R start isn't too bad - I got in a small TCU and a good small stopper (say #4 or #5) with a screamer about a foot above that in the small vertical seam that tapers out just at the bottom of the flake (8-10 feet off the deck). I felt like this protected the next couple of moves pretty well - as long as you don't blow it right before getting in the next piece about 8 or so feet up you'd be fine.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Exit Stage Left (5.8)
By: Michael Kullman When: Jun 27, 2003

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Comments: Fun climb. Definitely felt awkward on lead, but my crack technique kind of sucks so 5.8 is probably about right.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Observatory Rock : 99% Pure (5.9)
By: Michael Kullman When: May 22, 2003

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Comments: Three of us did this route yesterday evening and all agreed it was harder than 5.7- the first move stepping into the steeper hands size portion of the crack (last 12 feet or so) was pretty tough. The jams are great, but the face is very steep and thin. Fun climb though.

5.7? I think that's a bit of a sandbag, at least compared to other 5.7s in the area.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Route 166 (5.6)
By: Michael Kullman When: May 21, 2003

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Comments: This picture shows Triple Mantle but not much of Route 166 (it's the corner just off the right edge of the picture). Fun climb to practice plugging in gear (did it all on passive pro), solid pro abounds, token chimney moves at the top.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can...
By: Michael Kullman When: May 21, 2003

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Comments: Anybody know the name / grade of the new bolted route on the Monkey Skull? It's between Hollow Be Thy Name and Sunshine Dihedral and has red bolt hangers.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Monkey Skull : Hollow Be Thy Name (5.10d)
By: Michael Kullman When: Oct 28, 2002

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Comments: We top roped this over the weekend. I'd agree that the crux has definitely got to be harder for shorter people - maybe 11a for anyone under about 5' 8", 10d for everyone else ;-) Fun climb.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Monkey Skull : Sunshine Dihedral (5.10a)
By: Michael Kullman When: Oct 15, 2002

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Comments: I think the vertical crack I am referring to is actually intersects the horizontal crack you are talking about (think they are part of the same flake). It seemed like we had a solid small stopper placement there.

I believe you can actually see it in the picture of Sunshine Dihedral in the Hubbell guide book (pg 62 if you have it). Look directly below the small bush (kind of hard to see, almost center of photo) just to the right of the base of the dihedral, right of the climbers rope. (Of course... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Cornered (5.9)
By: Michael Kullman When: Oct 10, 2002

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Comments: Regarding the comments about the lower bolts - I think that bolted routes should be constructed in such a manner as to provide the highest degree of safety that is reasonable for that grade of climbing. While risk seems to be an intrinsic part of the climbing game, not everyone likes to take big risks, and I certainly don't like the thought of climbing something where a long fall to the deck before clipping the first bolt is a real possibility. I don't have any problems with little run outs high... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Monkey Skull : Casual Corner (5.8+)
By: Michael Kullman When: Oct 6, 2002

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Comments: I agree with George - Casual Corner is an absolutely stellar route, after leading it this weekend I can't imagine why the Hubbel guidebook doesn't even give it a single star. It seemed stiff for its grade (I'm a greenhorn, though), but is really a blast to climb. Plus, you can then easily setup topropes on the rest of the various 5.10 routes that cover this crag (two nice sets of anchors at the top).

As is noted in the description, the start seems a tad run out. But I found a nice thin crack ab... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Spire : Hire Spire (5.8)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 30, 2002

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Comments: There are some really nice, fun lines on this crag. Very easy to protect, used nothing but nuts and hexes. Good route to practice trad leading. Easy access (other than crossing the river) and the descent from the backside is ultra-pleasant. If only it was a couple of pitches instead of one relatively short one. Worth doing if you are crag hopping along the St Vrain.

MK


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Book : The Pages Wall Area : Osiris (5.7)
By: Michael Kullman When: Sep 16, 2002

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Comments: Great climb! As someone else has noted, pitch two can be stretched out another 30 feet or so above the ledge with the tree. Continue up and left to a small (but decent) ledge at the base of the right facing corner, start p3 from here.

Also, we were a bit confused about where the route goes at the start of pitch 4. We ended up going pretty much straight up some short steep cracks, and there is no way that it was 5.7 climbing (seemed much harder than anything we did on the first 3 pitches). Looki... more >>


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