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Areas = 15
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All 485 | Routes 4 | Areas | Photos 11 | Page Improvements | Comments 152 | Posts 110 | Stars 185 | Ratings 23
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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas... : Clean and Jerk (5.10c)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: For my partner and me, the obvious crux was the dyno to the third rail off the deck. Wouldn't want to deal with gear before this move, but wouldn't want to take the fall either. The route is much easier (and quite fun) after that.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Freeway Wall : Upper Freeway Wall
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: There are new-looking bolts at the east end of the dome. We put a pair of leavers on these and rapped, but pulling the rope put a gnarly twist in it--next time I'd just walk off the back. There is also a new-looking, BIZARRELY located bolt a few feet back from this pair. It looks like it's not deep enough into the rock, and the nut is half an inch away from the hanger. It also appears to protect entirely flat ground with no exposure. Somebody practicing their drilling?


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Freeway Wall : Upper Freeway Wall : Cakewalk (5.8)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: Fun! Loved the traverse. Would call it more like "hard 5.8" than soft 5.9.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Oyster Bar Area : The Asylum : ... : Venus Which is Green (aka D... (5.11a)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: A beautiful little corner; worth doing.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Future Games Rock : The Bendix Claws (5.11a)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: Would love to hear the story behind the name on this one?


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Oyster Bar Area : The Asylum : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: Gorgeous.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Oyster Bar Area : The Asylum : ... : Split Personality (5.11d)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: Phenomenal. Interesting climbing down low. High crux is tricky and reachy, with a brutal body-sloper topout. Excited to project this one! In December, it was in the shade from noon (or earlier, dunno) to 4ish, then briefly in the sun again.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Oyster Bar Area : The Asylum : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 9, 2014

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Comments: "A couple of bolts away from" the crux of Split Personality!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Hidden Dome : The Screaming Poodle (5.10c)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: Traverse in from the left to avoid the worst rock. The crack is pretty easy (5.9? easier?) and low angle, but the placements are sketchy because of the rock quality. Just don't fall. The moves are fun throughout.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Hidden Dome
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: There were 18 people at this crag on Thanksgiving day, 2014, spread across several parties. Impressive.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Real Hidden Valley Vicinity : Houser Buttress Area : ... : All Booked Up (5.7)
By: Phil Esra When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: We approached from Houser Buttress gully, which is kind of fun in its own way and only involved/strenuous relative to how short it is, and then rapped Loose Lady to descend. I was surprised when I realized how close we were to Loose Lady.

The climb is nothing special--short and awkward--but a fun outing if you also enjoy scrambling. There are some impressively deep slots in that gully!


Location: Phil Esra : Battery acid test 5/31/14 : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Nov 27, 2014

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Comments: Totally inconclusive--my half-ass amateur drop test was able to rip open a screamer, but the webbing held fine (in separate drops). Not sure under what conditions a car battery is most likely to vent corrosive fumes if it's kept upright. A research question left for the next generation!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Pat and Jack Pinnacle : Jack Pinnacle, Left (5.9)
By: Phil Esra When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I believe the bolts on the left (east) arete of the final 20' chimney are specifically for this line--see the topo on this site for Super Slacker Highway. Easy to clip them from the leftmost part of the chimney--I don't know if the chimneying is harder over here than further right, but it's still quite easy. A bolted chimney in Yosemite? Shhhhhh....


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Pat and Jack Pinnacle : The Super Slacker Highway (5.10a)
By: Phil Esra When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: Good fun.

Face move at start of P6 is much harder than anything else on the route. Easy A0 move.

The hand-drawn topo here is crude but quite accurate. The topo combined with the text description is plenty of info.

A pair of 70s gets you down in two raps.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : North Ridge (5.4) : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 22, 2014

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Comments: And how did it go? If you did it again, would you bring the giant scissors?


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : North Ridge (5.4)
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 22, 2014

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Comments: Because of the altitude, I did this route with a hangover-equivalent (headache and eventual nausea). I can definitively say that Croft is incorrect about it being a fun thing to do with a hangover. Instead I suggest staying in bed and nursing a beer. Play it by ear--maybe go outside and play fetch with your dog in the afternoon if you're feeling up to it by that point.

This ended up feeling like a pretty serious undertaking. My wife and I took 18 hours car to car, with some routefinding snafus ... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : North Ridge (5.4) : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 22, 2014

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Comments: Super-useful beta, thanks!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Cobra : The Cobra (5.11b R)
By: Phil Esra When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: Caution--head is currently missing.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear South : Fisherman's Buttress Area : ... : Rapala (5.10c)
By: Phil Esra When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: Interesting mantel at the top!


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear South : Fisherman's Buttress Area : ... : Fisherman's Buttress - East...
By: Phil Esra When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: There are two bolted lines between Shadowcaster and Bigmouth. Not sure which is Trout Fishing in America. The left one is the easier of the two. Both are at least a couple of letter grades easier than Bigmouth. Both have interesting moves to high cruxes.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear South : Fisherman's Buttress Area : ... : Big Mouth Fever (5.11c)
By: Phil Esra When: Aug 16, 2014

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Comments: Definitely felt like at least 11d to this 5'6" climber. Gonna need to clean up some more to earn that fourth star. Well bolted through the hard stuff, then somewhat easier climbing on grainy rock after the last bolt.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear South : Fisherman's Buttress Area : ... : Rumblefish (5.11d)
By: Phil Esra When: Aug 16, 2014

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Comments: Sharp crimps to the first bolt, with a tricky sequence near the top. Looked like a couple of small plates might have peeled off down low in the not-too-distant past. Felt stiff for the grade.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : ... : Boldly Departed (5.11b)
By: Phil Esra When: Aug 4, 2014

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Comments: Fun, sustained climbing on sometimes dodgy rock. There's a creaky optional undercling/sidepull, in line with the start of the route, that's going to let go sooner or later--heads up belayers.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Highway 38 Crags : Frustration Creek : Upper Tier : Good Girls (5.8)
By: Phil Esra When: Jul 28, 2014

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Comments: Some of the highest-quality rock at the crag. Fun for the grade. Pretty line. Less stemmy than it looks.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Jul 23, 2014

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Comments: Whoa.


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