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Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Crosier Mountain Crags : West Crag : ... : Photo
By: morkel When: Dec 6, 2014

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Comments: Nice photo of a nice route.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : The Narrows : The Nod (formerly submitted...
By: morkel When: Oct 26, 2013

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Comments: Looks very nice now, thanks.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : The Narrows : The Nod (formerly submitted...
By: morkel When: Oct 19, 2013

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Comments: I must admit and apologize for initiating this confusion Ė calling The Nod, The Fable. But at my defense, I did email a suggestion to make corrections some years ago. Then, even more routes got put under The Fable. I posted The Fable without knowing The Nod name existed. I also posted The Fable as a mistake to myself. I originally referred to the crag above and to the right of The Nod as The Fable, after a crack route I named East of the Sun and West of the Moon (5.10 fist up high, with chain... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Palisade Mountain : Horseshead : Funky Gold Patina (5.10d)
By: morkel When: Jun 7, 2013

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Comments: Guy, good one, thanks for that. I have not considered how long ago this tune came out. It's like original hip hop, 1989 (I had to check). That might date us both. "...I through her out, I don't mess around with no Oscar Mayer Wiener, better make sure your girl is pure for Funky Cold Medina...."

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Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Photo
By: morkel When: Apr 27, 2013

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Comments: AKA Laughing Man.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Palisade Mountain : Horseshead : Funky Gold Patina (5.10d)
By: morkel When: Oct 16, 2012

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Comments: Done. Exit up the crack to the left of the summit block. Not nearly as cool but indeed safer.

[edit] Okay I'll admit, I left the studs in there, if you're not scared bring two 3/8" nuts and hangers to do the direct finish, totally worth it.

The summit.
The summit.



Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon
By: morkel When: Sep 1, 2012

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Comments: fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUM...

Updated closures for September.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Palisade Mountain : Jewel of the Nile Wall : Pearly Burly Brooke (5.9)
By: morkel When: Oct 21, 2011

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Comments: I am. Who is this?

The corner is great, 5.9. I lead it again last weekend, cleaned it up again too. It does not take long for the shrubs to regrow.

I really doubt I made the first accent of this nice crack in 2005. Even then, I assumed it had been done. I've talked with a couple of people but don't have any info on earlier ascents. I don't recommend the second pitch of this route, not really a pitch at all; really dirty scrambling. Traversing off to the east at the fist belay is pr... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Palisade Mountain : Jewel of the Nile Wall : Pearly Burly Brooke (5.9)
By: morkel When: Oct 2, 2011

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Comments: I climbed this route in 2005, and again today. Today, I did not see any "lowering slings". I did see some worn looking slings in a crevice near the top of the formation. This was at about 200 feet. Today we left lengths of rope around two trees to allow a single 60 m rope descent. In 2005, we left the purple webbing above the right dihedral for descent. The purple webbing was not in place today. After looking more closely at the formation today, it looks possible to down scramble to the north a... more >>


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Better than Watching TV (pr... (5.11d)
By: morkel When: Sep 20, 2010

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Comments: I plan on changing out the first two cold shut hangers. Very poor and unwelded. I want to believe this route was retrobolted, the fat bolt by the fat crack seems uncharacteristic for the first ascentionists, VW and partner. But then so do the unwelded cold shuts. The second pitch is really pretty nice, easier than other 11+'s, and the first pitch makes for a good warm up.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Crystal Method (5.11+ PG13)
By: morkel When: Sep 20, 2010

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Comments: I only top roped this self belay, so I can't make real definitive statements. However, I can almost guarantee a fall immediately after either of the cruxes would be nasty, especially the lower crux right off the ledge. I have led Fantastic Voyage, and feel like this route will be a step up. Stout. I wonder how many leads this has had? The climbing is great.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Lower Exum Ridge (5.7) : Photo
By: morkel When: Aug 4, 2010

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Comments: I could not find the start to the red approach. After getting to the ledge below the chimney and looking back, it looked to me like the red approach was not so easy. The yellow is very nice, straight forward, has a caren at the base and goes at about 5.6.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Island In The Sky : Moses : Primrose Dihedrals (5.11+)
By: morkel When: Oct 21, 2009

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Comments: The first pitch is great, and a great challenge too. There was a fixed wire as of 10-16-09 (somewhat helpful), but with a perfect # 3 Cam. placement just below it. A # 5 Cam. does indeed fit nicely in the ďAĒ. Be ready with something like a .75 Cam. after this crux. As a warm up, I felt this pitch was less of a boulder problem than the Ear pitch.

The last two bolts of the Ear seem a bit loose, but nowhere near removable by hand.

We rappelled the route, great if no one else is... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part D - Xanad... : Parallels (5.11b)
By: morkel When: Aug 14, 2009

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Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Lunch Bucket Crack (5.8)
By: morkel When: Jun 21, 2009

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Comments: Something between the second and third bolt would be nice, as well as a piece (# 2 Cam.?) after the last bolt. Not too bad a route, follows a bit of a natural line.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Crystal Method (5.11+ PG13)
By: morkel When: Jun 21, 2009

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Comments: I'm down. I'll bring some rack next time and give it a whirl.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Balaam (5.11)
By: morkel When: Jun 21, 2009

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Comments: This route is fun, but I think it is closer to 11.d than 11.b, maybe some holds have broken, but at least not in the last year.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Taylor Canyon : First Buttress : Sun Deck : Whiskey Crack (5.10c/d)
By: morkel When: Jun 9, 2009

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Comments: Hey thanks, the partner is very reliable. This route is one of those leads that take a little extra time, it seemed anyway. Top notch.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Beige Tube Area / The Narro... : Steep Triangular Face : Friday the 14th (5.11b/c)
By: morkel When: May 22, 2009

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Comments: Iíve tried this climb twice; I donít see how it can be rated 5.11. Maybe I missed something, but I have climbed many routes similar to this one that rate harder.


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry : Viagra Crack (A0)
By: morkel When: May 9, 2009

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Comments: Sounds pretty nice, mostly trad, I live 70 miles away. You got um photo?


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Photo
By: morkel When: May 4, 2009

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Comments: The DOW puts these signs anywhere and everywhere a bear might be. Maybe your backyard if they could.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : The Narrows : Narrowslab : Right Edge (5.6)
By: morkel When: Apr 28, 2009

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Comments: Yes, locals, about 8 years ago.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Better than Watching TV (pr... (5.11d)
By: morkel When: Sep 28, 2008

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Comments: Okay, the second pitch is nice. As good as any of the other second pitches here that I've climbed-they have so far had bolts farther spaced than the first pitches. Makes for fun. Fairly certain this is the route I was told about, Better Than TV, 5.11c**


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : The Palace : Wall With a View : Route with a View (5.10b/c)
By: morkel When: Sep 3, 2008

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Comments: A friend of mine climbed this years ago without bolts.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Crystal Wall : North Face : Better than Watching TV (pr... (5.11d)
By: morkel When: Sep 3, 2008

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Comments: I have yet to climb this route. I believe this is a route a friend of mine was always trying to get me to climb. There was only one route on the face when he put it up. So, I don't think Craig put this up. And, it may have also be called Better Than TV. Or was it Better Than VD? Depends whether you like it or not I guess.


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