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Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Arrowhead : ... : Photo
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Jul 26, 2016

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Comments: Maybe a lot of the rock looks the same up there. This photo was taken of the 1st pitch, though it was a while ago....


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Sullivan's Canyon : Lower Sullivan's : ... : Wild Rumpus (5.5)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Nov 11, 2015

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Comments: Bolted Anchors.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Sullivan's Canyon : Lower Sullivan's
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Nov 11, 2015

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Comments: Here are better directions to Lower Sullivan's: Follow Josh's directions - turn left on Sweet Valley Rd. Set your odometer here to "0". Drive one mile. Turn right onto an unnamed dirt road. At 1.7 miles, just after passing a gate on the right, there is a fork. Take the right fork. At 1.9 miles, park in the small parking area.

Go west and downhill directly out of the parking lot toward the small north-south gully below and you will hopefully see the trail that continues west across the gully and... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : The Fin : Andrology (5.12a)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: I didn't do the route when it went out left at the top - only the straight up version - but I'm really psyched someone added bolts and made it go straight up - what a great route, a direct and aesthetic line. Clipping the last bolt makes it way harder for me than skipping the last bolt. Agree with others - 12b/c range.


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : Cutthroat Peak : ... : Photo
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: BTW - The lines on this topo are not from a GPS route. They are estimated. Yellow is the approach. Pink/Red is the climb. Blue is the descent. Enjoy.


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : Cutthroat Peak : South Buttress (5.8)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: Descent: From the summit, look NW across the summit plateau and you will see some obvious rappel chains. From these chains, rap (80'?) NW through some boulders, over a short vertical face to a second set of chains. From here, rap 80' to a grassy, exposed ledge. There are only 2 raps to this ledge - Ian's book shows 3. Traverse W along this grassy ledge to the top of a small ridge - from the top of the 2nd rap, you can see two ridge that go west - a smaller one that is closer, and the long, thin ... more >>


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : Lexington Tower : East Face (5.9+)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: Descent. From the col between the top of the E Face route and the summit block, look SW and you will see the "Island in the Sky" bivy ledge. It is an obvious flat ledge with some small trees - looks like a very cool place to camp. Traverse some 3rd class gullies to get over toward this bivy, and before getting up onto the bivy platform, take the 2nd class gully down to the right (W). OR, if there is snow/ice, you can get up on the bivy ledge and look for rap slings off the SW side of the ledge. ... more >>


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : Lexington Tower : East Face (5.9+)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: The OW pitches. These are nothing to worry about. From the details given, and the abundant use of the word "burly," I expected a long, continuous, vertical section of sustained offwidthing. The OW on Pitch 6 in Ian's book, was a a 20' section of overhanging OW in a dihedral. This is where the wood block is (which was loose and floating - I didn't use it). Using basic 5.7+ chimney and stemming techniques gets you to a bolt. The #6 Camelot fits perfectly and makes you feel comfy. Without it,... more >>


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : Lexington Tower : East Face (5.9+)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: This route is worthwhile if you are in the area, but nothing to travel for, in my opinion. I gave it 2 stars. I'm not a hardened, jaded, old climber dude who likes to down-rate things, etc. But, compared to other popular national alpine rock climbing areas such as RMNP, the Hulk, Mt. Evans, The Winds, Tetons, etc., I found the climbing on the East Face to be of moderate to low quality. The rock was grainier than I expected with a 4.5 star rating on MP and 5 stars in Ian's book. The OW sections w... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : The Needle : The Damage Done (5.11b)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Aug 25, 2015

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Comments: 5 bolts. 2 shuts for anchors.
Overhanging jug haul to vertical crimpy face on the right side of the arete.
Awesome!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Vestibule : Lancet (5.10d)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Aug 8, 2015

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Comments: Loved this route, believe it or not. It was a great surprise - maybe that's why I liked it.... It was sustained, and it felt kind of hard to me - I wasn't expecting the deadpoint I tossed on a 5.10. I left 2 carabiners on the anchor, because there were only single rap-links on each anchor bolt.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Vestibule : Sunday School (5.10d)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Aug 8, 2015

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Comments: Suggestion: add a new set of anchors that is specific for this route.


Location: NV : Mount Potosi
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: As far as I know, camping is illegal in the area of Mount Potasi.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Columbine Falls (WI3) : Photo
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: I'm not sure about a name for this ice flow....


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : The Crestones : Crestone Traverse (4th) : Photo
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: This photo was taken in early June or late May...


Location: South America : Argentina : San Carlos de Bariloche : Frey : Aguja Frey : Sifuentes Weber (5.9)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Jan 5, 2014

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Comments: The route described is actually a link-up of 3 routes, and is called the Sifuentes/Weber/Monte link-up, or something like that. THe actual Sifuentes Weber stays left of the roof on the 3rd pitch and continues to the summit from there. The last pitch of the link-up is the Sifuentes-Monte route. See the guidebooks in Refugio El Frey for more detailed information. Amazing route!


Location: South America : Argentina : San Carlos de Bariloche : Piedra Parada : Canon de la Calavera : Photo
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Dec 23, 2013

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Comments: There is a 5.14b on the wall behind Bill, as well as some other very difficult routes.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Pownall-Gilkey (5.8)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Jul 30, 2013

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Comments: 1st Pitch: The 1st "pitch" traverses right from upper saddle (below the base of the west face rappels). This pitch is easy, but very exposed and has a few slabby moves that will make you think when wearing gloves and approach shoes. A few Pins and a bolt. There are some cracks to place gear if you want. This pitch ends on a ledge full of large blocks. About 40m.

2nd Pitch: Climb a short crack in a left facing corner. Slabby at first. Once past this crack, stand on a large ledge with a pin. Then... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Bear Lake Trailheads : Odessa Gorge : ... : Grace Falls (WI4)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Nov 4, 2012

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Comments: We climbed Grace Falls Nov. 1, 2012. It was in pretty good shape. It was the only climbable flow. There are 2 pitons with some blue webbing at the top of the steep flow, below a 20ft section of WI2. I added a 0.75 and a yellow Supercam in shallow placements above and to the right of the pitons. To TR with a 60m rope, you'll have to extend the anchor at least 20ft.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Upper Tier : Sundog (5.9)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Apr 11, 2012

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Comments: Pitch 1: You can do a 3rd/4th class approach by going just a bit further to climber's right, past the water streaks on the sandy slab. Go up the gully and traverse out left to the 1 bolt anchor.

Good route. Worth doing. Well protected. The crux pitch is a bolted short steep crimpy section that pulls into a very insecure slab with few positive edges - well-enough bolted and options for small cams higher.

Descent: Avoid going down the "descent gully" to looker's right of the Solar Slab Wall. Thi... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Spearhead : East Prow (5.9+)
By: Mike A. Lewis When: Aug 28, 2011

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Comments: We did the original last pitch, the 5.10 pitch that is shared with Age Axe. There were no more fixed wires. It was sustained 5.10, exposed, and really, really good - minus the sketchy block about half way up. Pro was TCUs to #2 Camalot. There is a crack on top of the cliff that takes #0.75 to #3 Camalots for an anchor, if I remember correctly.



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