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Location: NY : Adirondacks : Chapel Pond Pass : Spanky's Area : Sunshine City : WMP (5.7+)
By: Mike McLean When: Aug 11, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the info Keven. I was up there on Saturday and climbed that line thinking I was on WMP (forgot to go left when I should have, so I just kept climbing that line). I did WMP and Beeline after and both were BRILLIANT.


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mount Washington : Huntington Ravine : Northeast Ridge of the Pinn... (5.7)
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: @jcomeau: Correct. You can pretty always escape left onto easy ground. The crux isn't really cruxy though, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Laurentians : ... : l'Amphithéâtre (5.7 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: Luc, I'm curious why you rated this 5.7; the guide book puts it at 5.8. I just did Michael Ward and that was a hard 5.8 (the start), so I'm wondering if you're just re-adjusting based on other 5.8's in the parc.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6)
By: Mike McLean When: Jun 5, 2014

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Comments: Well... Most routes can be aided as well. I doubt that something like th W-G ridge or Thin Air would be considered classics if they were done in that style. Doing exposed moves while sitting on your butt seems to be the same. Use the style you want, but don't diminish the route if you do it in bad form or style.

Also keep in mind that it's classic for the grade. Exposed and vertical like very few sixes.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Laurentians : ... : l'Amphithéâtre (5.7 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: May 23, 2014

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Comments: Great! I had actually always thought it traversed more tot he left.

I'll try to remember to get some pictures when I'm out there next.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Laurentians : ... : l'Amphithéâtre (5.7 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: May 22, 2014

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Comments: Luc: Can you draw the line in the photo? It seems pretty intricate and easy to get lost.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Laurentians : ... : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: May 8, 2014

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Comments: Personally, to keep it consistent with other crags in the area (notably Montagne d'Argent), I'd put this one more in the 5.6 to 5.7 range because of the moves at the top to traverse into the left leaning crack. Didnt' feel like 5.5 to me.


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mount Washington : Huntington Ravine : Central Gully (WI1) : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: Mar 16, 2014

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Comments: It is so, and it should.

Disclaimer: I'm not Matt.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Five Open Books : Munginella (5.6)
By: Mike McLean When: Oct 1, 2013

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Comments: Got off route after the third tree; went over the roof and followed the thin double cracks ... was wondering what that is (is it a route), and what it goes at ... ?


Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks Region : Wallface
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 15, 2013

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Comments: Mr. Lawyer speaks the truth. Black flies were HORRIBLE. We were swallowing them on the rappels at 5 pm. Never seen it quite that bad.


Location: NH : Square Ledge (Pinkham Notch... : Standard Route (5.4)
By: Mike McLean When: May 22, 2013

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Comments: Did it in a single pitch; went to the tree way back then extended my belay to the side of the cliff to bring up my second who hauled our sneakers.

I'm not 100% sure I actually did the correct route because there are options all over ... but it was fun and the quality of the rock superb.


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : Thin Air Face : Thin Air (5.6) : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: Apr 29, 2013

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Comments: Agreed ...


Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks Region : Giant Mountain : Eagle Slide (4th) : ... : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: Aug 5, 2012

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Comments: Funny :) I guess that even with the simplified bushwhack it's still tricky to find the base of the slide. I won't share my own tracklog because it was ridiculous how much zig-zagging i had done (This was before Irene)


Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks Region : Big Slide Mtn. : Slide Rules (5.7 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 30, 2012

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Comments: As mentioned in Adirondack Rock the 3rd pitch is seldom climbed ... We were up there this Sunday and you are literally climbing on layers of moss ... sketchy ...

Don't underestimate the bushwhack either; the krummholz up there is THICK. Those couple hundred feet to the summit will take a lot of energy and skin from you


Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks Region : Mt. Colden : Trap Dike (summer) (4th)
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 21, 2012

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Comments: I just read a report that there is now apparently 'a bolt and piece of climbing line at the crux' ...


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face : Pillar (5.7)
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: For some reason, Adirondack Rock gives this a single star. IMHO, it is FAR better than that (at least the right side -- this may be the first time I disagree with a AR star rating). As far as I'm concerned, if P1 of Ladder merits 2 stars, this one goes at 4 :)

That being said, I've just started at this grade so I don't have tons of comparison points.

GEAR BETA: For chickens like me, you can easily stitch this thing as long as you have big gear. Being the third person in my group to lead it, ... more >>


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 13, 2012

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Comments: As far as parking goes, I was there this week and found no self-payment box, probably because it's all closed down. People were parked right on the street next to the campground entrance, so I did the same without being ticketed.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face : Puppies on Edge (5.6)
By: Mike McLean When: Jul 9, 2012

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Comments: I just boldly gave this a 5.5. I've been climbing a LOT of the easy climbs in the Dacks for the last 2 seasons and I can't possibly say that this is on the same level as, for example, CWI. It is much easier. Another comparison; I would put the the third pitch of Catharsis (5.5) at about as hard (if not harder).

The traverse (which is the crux), is by no means difficult; but it's friggin fun! I would have taken 50 feet more of that!

The first bolt is placed perfectly. Exact... more >>


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Chapel Pond Pass : Chapel Pond Slab : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: Jun 19, 2012

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Comments: Great help Jim. Thanks.

I'd suggest moving this to the front page of the Chapel Pond Slab instead of hiding it in the Regular Route page (the descent is useful for most routes on the slab).


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Keene Region : The Barkeater Cliff : Fun City (5.7)
By: Mike McLean When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: Doubles in #2 and #3? The person leading it before me had that and put an extra set on my harness (making for triples) telling me I'd use them. To humour her, I kept them and yes, I used them. I'm just getting into the grade, so the types of moves this climb requires aren't familiar too me, so I stiched the thing.

That being said; what a great climb!


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Keene Region : The Barkeater Cliff : Yakapodu (5.6)
By: Mike McLean When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: Did this over the weekend and it's a fabulous climb. A bit of everything. You can stitch most of the climb so if you like to do that, bring a lot of draws.

No fixed anchors at the top and I found the tree to be somewhat scrawny. A push on it seemed to indicate that this thing ain't going to hold many more climbers (I've been known to be dramatic in some descriptions)

Don't miss this one.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Chapel Pond Pass : Chapel Pond Slab : Regular Route (5.5 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: Apr 16, 2012

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Comments: @Luc I agree; the descent is the crux. Both times I made it to the top (regular and empress), the descent was longer than the ascent ... There is a jambalaya of heard paths up there.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Indian Lake Region : Crane Mountain : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: Apr 15, 2012

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Comments: A magic Adirondack Rock guide book floating mid air ...


Location: NH : Rumney : Photo
By: Mike McLean When: Mar 15, 2012

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Comments: Looks like you can blame this young lad:
27crags.com/climbers/younggun

Someone might know him and politely mention it's rude to steal.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O Slab : Catharsis (5.5 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: Nov 9, 2011

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Comments: I agree about the Chapel Pond Slab comparison. I found this to be a LOT more commiting and runout than regular. A great route though; but not the same category of 5.5 as Regular at the Pond.


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