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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Lower Dream Canyon : Plotinus Wall : ... : Lucid Dreaming (5.12+)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Nov 21, 2013

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Comments: I wonder what Lucid Dreaming would be rated in Rifle?


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande : Little Yellow Jacket (5.11a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 21, 2013

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Comments: This was an excellent route.

Wandering, yet ultimately direct. Varied climbing on faces slabs and a little crack.

I thought the first pitch was the crux and solid .11a, maybe even a tad harder. The third pitch you have to punch it at the crux and run it out on 5.9. The traverse is awesome, and the last pitch is not bad (.10c compared to the first) and one of the least sustained on the route.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : South Rim Routes : Astro Dog (5.11+) : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 30, 2013

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Comments: Actually I would have preferred an approach as opposed to 14 raps.


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Sport Area : Rad Wall : Procrastination (5.12a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jun 13, 2013

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Comments: Not quite as pleasant as the other routes on this excellent wall.


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Sport Area : Rad Wall : Stroke Me (5.12a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jun 13, 2013

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Comments: I thought this one had one of the hardest single sections out of the quadrifecta of .11d/.12a routes on this wall. Fortunately it gets easier after this.


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Sport Area : Rad Wall : Bolting Barbie (5.11c/d)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jun 13, 2013

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Comments: Yes a grade debate! .11c in rifle, .lld most places.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb : Northwest Ridge (5.6)
By: Patrick Vernon When: May 3, 2013

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Comments: This was a good adventure climb, kind of like Sharkstooth (RMNP) meets the Black Canyon. Not knowing any better, I started from the lower la cueva canyon parking lot which took about 1:45 to get to the base. From this approach it is hard to see how anyone would NOT call this the thumb! The climbing was mostly secure albeit loose, but the crux above the ring piton felt like 5.7 trying to avoid the obvious loose holds. Steep and airy, a good day out! Can't wait to explore more of this area.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Arrowhead : Glacier Gorge Traverse (5.7+)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Mar 8, 2013

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Comments: I would take shoes, but I'm a massive wimp when it comes to soloing. The only climb I ever really solo these days is the Direct East Face on the First Flatiron where I take my time and normally get passed by old guys practically running in hiking boots. I felt secure on this, but the route finding is challenging, and you could easily make it harder. What I did felt about 5.6 with 5.10 route finding. For comparison, I think soloing the Northeast Ridge on Spearhead would feel like more difficu... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Rincon : Rincon - L of Center Route : The Evictor (5.12+ PG13)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 12, 2013

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Comments: Video by my friend Bill Karam from a few years ago.

Evictor
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Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Centaur (5.13c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Nov 25, 2012

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Comments: Nice job, Chris!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Bell Buttress Massif : Bell Buttress - Main Crag : Grand Inquisitor (5.12a R)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 23, 2012

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Comments: Didn't find any knee lock on this one, pretty pumpy climbing with a difficult crux that felt harder than .12a especially when compared to Arms Bazaar. The runout up top gets easier the higher you go, but you go a ways above that last bolt!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Easter Rock : Nevermore (5.13a) : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 4, 2012

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Comments: There he is! Scott gently tickling the sloper rail.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Arrowhead : Glacier Gorge Traverse (5.7+)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Aug 13, 2012

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Comments: What an incredible adventure in the alpine! The west ridge of Pagoda is a gnarled and crazy feature; any route that makes me feel like Gollum traversing the misty mountains is a good route in my book. Plenty of good beta here from Justin and Mitch. I would add that the crux of the soloing on Pagoda's ridge is the route finding. The actual climbing is secure enough when soloing though very exposed!

BETA ROUTE FINDING SPOILER ETC.
I started on the south side of the ridge on cruise... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Crags : Wizard's Gate : Cloak and Dagger (5.13b/c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 23, 2012

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Comments: Arrggghhh nooooo!!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Spearhead : Spear Me the Details (5.11d)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 22, 2012

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Comments: What an incredible route, possibly my favorite in the alpine! A little spicier than I was expecting, exiting the dihedral at the beginning of the crux is committing with hard to place thin gear (if you want to sew it up before the bolt), I thought the moves into the left facing dihedral at the end of the pitch equally challenging with plenty of micro route finding on nubbins and a raging calf pump. The second 5.11 pitch had a spicy off balance .9+ move a ways above a crappy knifeblade and a thi... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Hallett Peak : Jackson-Johnson (5.9)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Mar 28, 2012

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Comments: That's an incredible story Brad, it's cool to know where the old bolt came from on the crux dihedral. I couldn't imagine climbing the Jackson Johnson with a hemp rope and mountaineering boots.

-Patrick


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : The Bank : Back To The Future (5.11b/c) : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 27, 2012

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Comments: Such poise.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : The Bank : Back To The Future (5.11b/c) : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 27, 2012

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Comments: Who is this handsome devil?


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Bouldering problems : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo... : Little Devil (V12+ X)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 14, 2012

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Comments: Drytooling!? On one of the most classic and historic boulder problems in the U.S.? Hmmm....


Location: CO : Pawnee Grasslands : West Butte - Northeast Face (5.6 A4 X)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Nov 4, 2011

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Comments: Agreed, coolest thing I have seen on MP in a long time!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : RMNP Bouldering Areas : Chaos Canyon Bouldering : ... : Revenge (V6)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 12, 2011

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Comments: There is a nice pumpy extension to this problem that traverses left on jugs after the crux and moves up the V3ish finger crack to top out above the warmups. Maybe V7+?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Dec 20, 2010

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Comments: Wow! Contender for the chossiest route in Colorado? That's awesome, reminds me of when I did "FAs" of dirt cliffs and tall oak trees growing up as a kid in upstate New York, way to keep the adventure alive!

-Patrick


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages : Celestial Gate (5.12a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Nov 1, 2010

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Comments: Actually, Tony, I believe that phrase is alive and well in World of Warcraft.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 1, 2010

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Comments: Wow, looking at the larger photo is like playing with a cool new Christmas present, definitely the largest resolution photo of The Diamond I have seen so far!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Golden Shower Wall : Pushing Two Hundred (3rd)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Aug 25, 2010

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Comments: Peter,

I think the proper response to your question is d: This route is the worst representation of the history, ethics, and traditions of climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park in the most visible area to date that I can think of (to both climbers and non-climbers).

The debate is not one of sport vs. trad, but rather three things: how we wish to represent our sport in the context of Rocky, quality control, and the future of first ascents in the Park. I feel this route crossed a line of s... more >>


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