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Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : The Nightcrawler (5.10b)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Nov 28, 2011

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Comments: Great climb all the way through the fifth pitch. Lot's of fun face climbing and stemming if you want to stay out of the chimney for most of the second pitch, although this might bump up the grade beyond 5.9. No need for anything bigger than a 4. My partner and I both thought the crux of the route was getting off the small ledge on P3--a couple of bouldery moves before the crack becomes any good. P5 is worth doing as well.

We rapped the whole thing with a 70. The P2 raps just gets you to anchor.... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Little Slide Spires : The Duck : East Face of the Duck (5.10c)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Sep 28, 2011

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Comments: This is a fun route. We got on it without knowing anything about it after the line at the Hulk turned us away. We took the squeeze chimney variation, which was a little thuggy but not horrible--although unprotected for 50 feet or so. The corner system to the right looked really rotten, but maybe we didn't go far enough. The chimney ends at an overhang, which we passed via a horizontal fist crack to the left, onto a slab (old bolt), then up a crack to the right. This took us to P4, which is the ... more >>


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : The Grand Traverse (5.8)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Aug 25, 2011

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Comments: On 8/24/11 I did this as far as Middle. No crampons needed but either an ice tool or trekking pole would be nice in a couple of places, especially gaining the snow arete up to Owen.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Upper Town Wall : ... : Green Drag-on (5.11a C2-3)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Aug 14, 2011

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Comments: The last pitch blows. The bolt ladder leads to a flaring dirty crack, worse than the last pitch of Town Crier, which also blows. Overall, I found this pretty straight forward. A double set of C3s and C4s and a single #4 was perfect; placed almost no nuts but used a cam hook a lot. Rapped the Town Crier anchors with a single 60.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Lover's Leap : East Wall : Fantasia (5.9 R)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jul 11, 2011

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Comments: The route description on this page strikes me as next to useless, although maybe any would be. From the corner at the end of the 5.6R dike climb, you do a wild hand traverse to the left. After that, I'm not sure because I drifted too far to the left and wound up at the bolted belay for Fear No Evil (there's a bolt about 30 above). Did the second pitch of Fear, which was great. The last not so great, so I ended up escaping to the corner system to the left.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Lover's Leap
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jul 2, 2011

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Comments: Pretty good food at the Lodge? Maybe it's gotten better in the last couple of years but I wouldn't know, since I swore I'd never eat there again ever after the last super crappy meal.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - West Face : Filet of Rock Shark (5.10b)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Nov 24, 2010

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Comments: I thought the pro was fine. A #4 goes snuggly into the pod at the start, followed by a small nut to pro the first committing move. After that mostly plug and chug. Some of the rock is suspect, especially for stemming moves, definitely not a gimme. Overall, a very good climb.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Hidden Dome : Balance Due (5.10b)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Nov 19, 2010

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Comments: The guidebook calls this 10c PG. If Screaming Poodle, two routes over, is 10c, Balance Due struck me as a couple of letter grades harder.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Sunshine Crack (5.11-)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Aug 30, 2010

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Comments: I'd strongly suggest linking the last two pitches, for one of the best rope lengths you'll ever get. Otherwise you'll need a gear belay between them and since the first part takes only 4s and doesn't have a ledge, you might as well keep going. Definitely go right.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Ribbon Falls Area : Gold Wall : The Silent Line (5.10 C1)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Aug 25, 2010

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Comments: Did this with the Reed topo and wondered when we got to the base why a party had fixed the first two pitches. I soon found out. 5.10, my ass.


Location: OR : Smith Rock : Red Wall : Breakdown in Paradise (5.10b)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jul 26, 2010

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Comments: New guide book says this routinely spits off people expecting a cruise. I went slightly right of the bolt line following some chalked crimps and polished tiny feet. Felt full-on 5.11.


Location: International : South America : Argentina : Patagonia : Whillans-Cochrane (5.9 WI3 M4)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jan 16, 2010

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Comments: Climbed in splitter weather early December. Easy snow to fun mixed (crux), then dry rock, mostly cake with a little 5.9 every now and then. Broke a crampon leading the mixed pitch and the rope took a core shot several pitches from the top. When in doubt, move left, especially after the mixed section, way left, like a rope length. From Laguna de Los Tres and back in 24 hours. Terrible snow conditions on descent.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : The Cookie Cliff : Crack-a-Go-Go (5.11c PG13)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Sep 19, 2009

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Comments: Really, an amazing route. You can use the tree to place a bomber gray or purple cam in the left crack to protect the opening moves. That gets you to a tricky stance and some hard to place but solid small nuts. Fire the crux. Pretty straight forward from there but save a couple of small nuts for high on the route.

With a 60 m rope I was able to lower off but my belayer had to climb into the tree a few feet for me to reach the ground.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : ... : The Grand Wall (5.11a A0)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Aug 21, 2009

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Comments: Just did this for the second time and I'd say Cruel Shoes is the way to approach for a full-value outing. Crowds can be hit or miss. Earlier in the week I watched from Freeway as a conga line snaked up every pitch of the Grand but a couple of days later we were the third party (behind some friends) with a 8:30 start.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : ... : Freeway (5.11c)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Aug 18, 2009

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Comments: I think Freeway Lite gives you all the best pitches from the full route (Express Lane version), except maybe the roof pitch.

To rap Freeway Lite, you'll need two ropes.

Also, gear up before climbing the jungle-style 3rd class since the slopping, moss-ledge belay at the start of P2 isn't a great place to do so and you don't want to leave packs there since the rap route doesn't take you back there.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Incredible Hulk : Positive Vibrations (5.11a)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jul 25, 2009

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Comments: One of the absolute best climbs you will ever do. The first 11 section is pretty easy unless you're short--many of the 10 sections are much harder. The second 11 is quite a bit more tricky.

One thing to be aware of: the stemming start to P6 is reasonably technical on small wires and questionable cams (a .75 in a flare and a .4 before moving to the roof and the first bomber gear in 30 feet or so; you can protect the belay by placing a .75 in a horizontal before stepping into the stem)... more >>


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : West Face Bulge Routes : Upper Bulge Routes : The Vampire (5.11a)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jul 20, 2009

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Comments: Did the direct start, smelled bat crap but didn't have to do any guano jams; the flakes on P2 collected quite a bit of guano and smelled like it as well.

I tried to figure out the step-across to the P2 belay but couldn't, so I wound up doing the mantle, which worked.

Thought moving up past the bolt on P3 to be the definite crux and quite hard.

Followed Andy's rack suggestion but never used the second set of C3s or the RPs (ran out the P3 thin crack until the bigger flake).

A re... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Future Games Rock : The Bendix Claws (5.11a)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Apr 29, 2009

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Comments: I thought the crack was harder (or at least more serious) than the face moves. There's gear but it can be a little tricky and run and the stances aren't great in the middle of the route. There's a Thank God rest at the end of the sustained crack difficulties that I didn't find until after a whip on a small nut.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : The Importance of Being Ern... (5.10c/d R)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Apr 6, 2009

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Comments: A good selection of thin nuts is what you want on this climb.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Straight Shooter Wall : Orange Clonus (5.10d)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Mar 3, 2009

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Comments: While I placed the #4 I don't think it was really necessary. Wish I could remember which of my ropes we had to cut. A stellar route.


Location: International : North America : Mexico : Northern Mexico : El Potrero Chico : ... : Black Catillac (5.11-)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Jan 16, 2009

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Comments: There is no way this route is 5.11, even by EPC standards. Ed's guidebook puts it at 5.10c, which is probably closer to the real grade.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Cactus Flower Tower : Cactus Flower Tower summit : The Warrior (5.11a)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Oct 28, 2008

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Comments: And giving too little beta makes for a virtually useless page.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Lover's Leap : Main Wall : Boot Hill (5.11)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Oct 15, 2008

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Comments: And at some places it would be rated easier.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito : The Next Century (5.10 PG13)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Oct 14, 2008

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Comments: I thought P2 was definitely run-out, albeit on fairly easy climbing. The cruxy moves are early and well-bolted, so if you get past those the rest of the pitch should be a cruise. Contra John, I didn't think this was really a slab climb, more like thin face. Suptertopo puts it at 10d. Real good, whatever it is.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Higher Cathedral Rock : Northeast Buttress (5.9+ PG13)
By: Michael Ybarra When: Oct 7, 2008

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Comments: One of the few climbs I can honestly say I onsighted--since I thought I was climbing Braille Book. It was my partner's third or so multi-pitch climb and her second day in the Valley. We caught up to another party at the half-way point and they told us what we were on. I got to lead every pitch. No topo, just followed what looked like the obvious line. Topped out at dusk with no headlights. Finding our way down in the dark was a bit of an epic and since the car keys were in the pack at the base ... more >>


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