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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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Keene Valley Region : 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 : Keene Valley Region : 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 : 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.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6)
By: Mike McLean When: Nov 4, 2011

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Comments: I'll second Seth's comment. This is NOT a 5.9.

I'm both chicken and weak, and I pulled it off. 5.6+


Location: NH : Cannon Cliff
By: Mike McLean When: Oct 13, 2011

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Comments: I was told there was a way to descend from the bottom of the cliff face by going to the right of Lakeview and following a trail.

Last Sunday, I was up at Lakeview at about 10AM and it was jam packed and backed up by a slooooooooooow group; looked at Weisner Dike and there was a sllllloooooow group there as well.

Considering there was bound to be a huge clusterf*ck at the last pitch, I figured I'd just walk back down and go somewhere else; there is something that looks like ... more >>


Location: NH : Whitehorse Ledge : 7. The Slabs : Beginners Route (5.5 R)
By: Mike McLean When: Oct 11, 2011

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Comments: There is most definitely a trail down from the top. And it is a very obvious one at that (marked most of the way). I'd submit that if you top out, it's possibly quicker to walk off.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : High Peaks : Mt. Colden : Trap Dike (summer) (4th)
By: Mike McLean When: Sep 5, 2011

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Comments: The dike, post Irene, looks pretty devastated. I'm not sure the nature/quality of the climb will be the same (at least in summer).

adkbcski.com/2011/08/31/a-birds-eye-view-after-irene/


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O Slab : Catharsis (5.5 PG13)
By: Mike McLean When: Sep 4, 2011

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Comments: Yesterday I had the good fortune of climbing right next to Bernard Poisson who was on the FA of this route. He is now 80 and he was still doing great on the rock.

I discussed Catharsis with him for a bit, telling him how much of a great route it is. He told me that FA was done with big boots at that time. Although I know that sticky rubber wasn't around yet back in the 50's, it was cool to see him downplay the boldness of it. He explained that he did it with a new pair of boots from France tha... more >>


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : Thin Air Face : Thin Air (5.6)
By: Mike McLean When: Aug 14, 2011

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Comments: Lee was talking about the traverse itself. The anchors at the end of the traverse are still live and well.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Keene Valley Region : Chapel Pond Slab : Empress (5.5 X)
By: Mike McLean When: Aug 11, 2011

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Comments: As Adirondack Rock mentions, I'd avoid belaying at the top of the OW. A fall on the runout and unprotected slab directly above would be directly on the anchors. Keep going up another 40 feet and belay at the obvious vertical crack at the overlap.


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