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A lazy afternoon at Big Sandy.  Big Sandy is plenty big and multi-terraced; it makes a wonderful place to relax and watch the birds.


Member Since: Oct 7, 2006
Last Visit: Sep 11, 2010
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Location: UT : Zion National Park : Isaac : Tricks of the Trade (5.10+ C2+)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 28, 2008

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Comments: With a sixty meter rope:
--Link one and two.
--Link three and four. (just barely)
--Link eleven and twelve.
--Link fourteen and fifteen.

Pitches 11 and 12 make an ultra classic long pitch when combined.

We took one #6 Camalot C4. We used it in the Clause Chimney and on pitch 11. On pitch 11, I placed it high and slid it up with me for 3-4 feet. It felt well protected, because soon thereafter pro for green/yellow aliens becomes available in the crack to the right.

Awesome. Exhausting... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : South Sixshooter : South Face (5.6) : Photo
By: Nathan Furman When: Apr 25, 2008

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Comments: South Six Shooter is an "adventure"? In particular, the rappelling stations are what would make or break an adventure?

It seems as though anyone who is challenged enough to consider SSS an "adventure" isn't going to sweat a solid rap anchor. Being that it's one of the easiest towers in the world, I can't see many of the potential suitors getting chafed at missing the opportunity to rap off 200 feet of crap webbing.

And, in my experience, there are plenty shit rappel stations left in the des... more >>


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Kolob Canyon : Paria Point : Sunlight Buttress (5.11b)
By: Nathan Furman When: Apr 20, 2008

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Comments: Nice work Jeremy. I'll amend the topo and re-post it in a couple days with your comments.

Yeah, Fowler laughing from the grave is probably correct. Might be cool to have Ron O. chime in on this one.

Cheers,
Nate


Location: WY : Devil's Tower : West Face : Tulgey Wood (5.10a)
By: Nathan Furman When: Mar 29, 2008

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Comments: A partner and I did this several years ago. The seasonal rangers said that the third pitch had a reputation for being the hardest 5.9 pitch in the country.

Although I think that may be overstating the case, the 3rd pitch is certainly a good workout. My partner was so exhausted mid-pitch that he decided to lower off rather than struggle/thrutch for another 45 minutes. His OW technique was probably a little underdeveloped, but, yeah, the pitch really gives you the what for.

Protects fine,... more >>


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Kolob Canyon : Paria Point : Sunlight Buttress (5.11b)
By: Nathan Furman When: Mar 29, 2008

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Comments: There's some beta in this, so don't read it if you don't want it.

This was a pretty interesting climb. By interesting, I mean it was surprising, thoughtful, cool, hard, had some good rock and some loose rock, had good cracks and plenty of well-protected face climbing. Our team of 3 had a good day on it.

There's a trip report here: www.wwwright.com/climbing/?report=tripreports%5C2003%5CCrest>>>

I read this report a couple days prior to our climb, and was psyched to free the... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Donnelly Canyon : Dos Hermanos (5.12-)
By: Nathan Furman When: Mar 26, 2008

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Comments: I loved this climb! Interesting, fun, challenging, varied--maybe the best climb I've done in Indian Creek. I have bigger hands; the roof was very mellow (#3 camalots) with great feet, but the finger section down low was hard. Being able to fire in .5 camalots off a pumpy stance seems pretty key.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Cobra
By: Nathan Furman When: Mar 26, 2008

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Comments: Really cool climb. At one point I had told myself that climbing the cobra was the definition of bad judgment, but finally temptation over-rode common sense. It was worth it.

I didn't free it--pulled on the pin--but was well worth it for the interesting top out. Pulling on the pin makes the move about 5.9.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Kolob Canyon : South Fork : Sand Surfin' (5.10b)
By: Nathan Furman When: Nov 12, 2007

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Comments: 2nd bolt is still cracked as of 11/10/2007


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Half Dome : Regular Northwest Face of H... (5.12a/b)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 23, 2007

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Comments: Here's a link to some really nice photos of the RNWF of Half Dome:
www.patagonia.fi/halfdome/


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Cathedral Spires : Lower Cathedral Spire : South by Southwest (5.11a)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 21, 2007

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Comments: This is a wonderful climb! The .10d section is a bouldery little move that took me a while to figure out where to get my feet. We linked the .10d pitch and the .11a pitch. Super awesome views of people on the Northeast Face of Higher Cathedral.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Castle Valley : Castleton Tower : North Face (5.11b)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 10, 2007

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Comments: Climbed this gorgeous route on October 8th, 2007. It was splitter!

On the first pitch, we chose to go right and climb the undercling/lie back instead of the finger crack on the left. I would call it .11a and super, super good. A little thoughtful and very airy.

I would have liked 5 #3 camalots for the first pitch. We only had 3 and ended up shuffling them a bunch, which worked fine but was kind of a pain in the butt. Probably added to the pump factor a bit.

The second pitch was... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock : Kor-Beck (5.9)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 5, 2007

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Comments: Really nice route. Never too hard, but never too easy either. Interesting and tradical throughout.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock : East Buttress (5.10c)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 5, 2007

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Comments: I did the .10a face variation out to the right of the bolt ladder in June and it was awesome! Airy and technical.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Generator Station : Generator Crack (5.10c)
By: Nathan Furman When: Aug 3, 2007

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Comments: This thing is so burly! I got my foot stuck doing a heel/tow near the top and couldn't get it out. I tried wrenching it free by lifting my heel, which just made the pain worse. Ultimately I untied my shoe and was able to get my foot out.

I wanna go back...


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : All Along the Watchtower (5.11 C2- R)
By: Nathan Furman When: May 14, 2007

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Comments: Sam,

Thanks for posting this route! I'm so inspired by it. It looks incredibly challenging and difficult. Maybe one day, when the stars are right...
Cheers,
Nate


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Pentapitch Area : Sasquatch (5.9+)
By: Nathan Furman When: Apr 14, 2007

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Comments: What a great pitch. Top-roped it a bunch today. The crux is very distinct and ticklish, just a couple/few moves using just tips in the cracks and feet that aren't substantial. I can't wait to go back and do it again.
--Nate


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Crescent Crack Buttress : Mexican Crack (5.10a)
By: Nathan Furman When: Apr 7, 2007

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Comments: Beautiful route. Top-roped laps on it today. The dihedral is indeed tricky. I can't say if it's 5.9 or 5.10-...it just seems to be one of those challenges that granite throws at you now and again. The middle section a little tenuous...especially in warm, direct sun. The angling crack is positive and sensational. There are such good fingerlocks and thin hands in it! Quickly moving my feet from blob to blob, and occasionally using the crack for my right foot, was key for it not being too pum... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Battle of the Bulge Buttres... : Our Piece of Real Estate (5.11a)
By: Nathan Furman When: Feb 20, 2007

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Comments: The thin start can be lied back for those not wishing to subject their knuckles to the ring locks. Sure, placing gear is a bit strenuous, but once again the "technique of no technique" finds an application.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock : East Buttress (5.10c)
By: Nathan Furman When: Feb 5, 2007

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Comments: That's a sweet topo! Thanks, Russ!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock : East Buttress (5.10c)
By: Nathan Furman When: Feb 3, 2007

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Comments: Generally I think it's appropriate to go with the traditional rating for a climb, so IV 5.9 AO seems right.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall
By: Nathan Furman When: Jan 28, 2007

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Comments: What a beautiful wall.

We linked Black Orpheus with Eagle Dance. The approach from Orpheus was easy...once you drop into Lower Painted Bowl you can scramble up a 3rd/4th class ramp to the shoulder that divides Eagle Wall from Lower Painted Bowl. It takes less than fifteen minutes from the point you veer off the Orpheus decent route to the base of Eagle Wall.

After rapping Eagle Dance, we decended by going back over to the Black O decent and continued from there. It seems much quicker th... more >>


Location: Nick Storm : Indian Creek, Nov 06 : Photo
By: Nathan Furman When: Jan 18, 2007

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Comments: Those were damn good beers!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Mt. Wilson : Aeolian Wall : Resolution Arete (5.10 A1)
By: Nathan Furman When: Dec 5, 2006

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Comments: Did this route on Sunday, December 3rd.

Things I would do again:
1. Descend via Oak Creek Canyon. It was very mellow. The beta that vegastradguy posted were perfect. It took about 3 hours to get back to the car.
2. Try to link more pitches down low. We brought a 70 meter and didn't try to link many during the first part of the climb. The top half went very quickly when we started doing this. There were many options for belays at good (enough) stances.
3. The approach was easy@SEMICOL... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower : Crimson Chrysalis (5.8+)
By: Nathan Furman When: Oct 12, 2006

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Comments: There's a lot of poorly buried (or not at all) human feces next to the base of this route. Please be a little more LNT disposing of your waste and taking care of Red Rocks. Consider buying a couple wag bags and just sticking them in your climbing pack, or at least digging a deeper hole.

Nate