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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : *Joshua Tree Bouldering* : Outback Bouldering : White Rastafarian Boulder : White Rastafarian (V2 R)
By: Phil Esra When: Mar 6, 2016

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Comments: So many waxed gibbons. Quit waxing the gibbons!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Higher Cathedral Rock : Northeast Buttress (5.9+ PG13)
By: Phil Esra When: Feb 27, 2016

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Comments: One of my favorites in the valley. Much harder (and so much better) than East Buttress of MC, much easier than Steck-Salathe.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 32 - Elephant Rock : Crack of Doom (5.10a)
By: Phil Esra When: Feb 25, 2016

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Comments: Wow, thanks for the quote, Alexey. Sounds terrifying.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 12 - Wildcat Falls & Above ... : Tales of Power (5.12b) : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Feb 25, 2016

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Comments: @Rob Dillon: HA!

It does look better without the fixed line, doesn't it.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/... : Happy Boulders : ... : Rio's Secret Arete (V3)
By: Phil Esra When: Feb 13, 2016

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Comments: Anybody done much falling on this? I tried it, but backed off because I couldn't figure out how clean the landings were. Not sure I could commit to that heel hook topout--the wall behind you feels kind of ominous?


Location: NM : Gallup Area : Mentmore : New Side : The Monolith : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Feb 11, 2016

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Comments: TOOLBOX IS AID


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Owens River Gorge : Upper Gorge : ... : Caldera (5.11c)
By: Phil Esra When: Oct 28, 2015

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Comments: I can't believe you are all bad-mouthing the guidebook author in a public forum. Are you aware that he is a publishing magnate and guidebook impresario?


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Owens River Gorge : Upper Gorge : ... : Who Knows? (5.9)
By: Phil Esra When: Oct 28, 2015

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Comments: Not more than 2 stars, but it's a very solid 2 stars. Fun moves.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Owens River Gorge : Upper Gorge : ... : Chossman of the Desert (5.10d)
By: Phil Esra When: Oct 28, 2015

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Comments: Enjoyed this one even more than ORGasm. Tricky crux.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Owens River Gorge : Upper Gorge : ... : Slackjaw (5.10a)
By: Phil Esra When: Oct 28, 2015

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Comments: Found this a very difficult onsight before getting warmed up. A second lap at the end of the day felt infinitely easier, but still harder than 10a.


Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Whitney : East Face (5.7)
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 25, 2015

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Comments: The gear would completely depend on your own specific approach to "excessively safe." The route is very low angle, with lots of ledges, so there are many places where a piece will only protect you for a very short distance before you are theoretically at risk of hitting a ledge if you fall. I think you'd have to be an extremely fast climber to be able to really sew this route up and still top out before dark.

There are lots of features and cracks, so you don't need a really specific rack--there... more >>


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Thunderstruck (5.10c)
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 8, 2015

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Comments: Climbed it with difficulty at 5'6". 5'8' and 5'10" climbers used the exact same beta but had a noticeably easier time.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Powderhorn (5.10a)
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 8, 2015

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Comments: Very cruxy; mostly easy after the underclings. I think 10a is a sandbag, despite the fact the difficulty is not sustained.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Mighty Quinn (5.10c)
By: Phil Esra When: Sep 8, 2015

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Comments: Fun, moderate climbing with good rests.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : Pink Wall : Terror in New York (5.10d)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 8, 2015

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Comments: Really bad rock compared with most of the other routes on this wall!


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: May 29, 2015

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Comments: Looks like the beta is to fix a length of knotted rope to your ankle and bite your way up it with your teeth.

That is some impressive hip articulation....


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s : Hot Stuff (5.10)
By: Phil Esra When: May 29, 2015

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Comments: "May be the best warm up route on the Wall of The '90s" - Ha! This description is such a self-deprecating "quality sandbag." This is a brilliant climb--one of those rare lines whose easiness does not detract from the experience in any way. The only thing that makes it a "warm up" is that the bolts are quite far apart on the easiest sections, sometimes over ledgy terrain.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
By: Phil Esra When: May 29, 2015

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Comments: Just climbed here (and CCC) for the first time. Great little crag! What's the deal with the heavy truck traffic? We were here for only an hour or two, in the middle of the day on a Thursday, and the number of trucks seemed to dwindle over that time?


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Dihedrus (5.10b)
By: Phil Esra When: May 26, 2015

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Comments: Spent a day on 3+ star routes from 5.9 to 11d; this was my favorite by far.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Fashion Slab : Catwalk (5.10a)
By: Phil Esra When: May 18, 2015

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Comments: First bolt above the roof is surprisingly far from previous one (out of character with the rest of the route and the rest of the crag), but the climbing is very easy. A fun line, absolutely worth doing, but there are better options if you want gym-like bolt spacing.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Fashion Slab
By: Phil Esra When: May 18, 2015

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Comments: Note--*you* pass on the right side of Crack of Noon Buttress. The buttress will be on your *left*. Match what you see with the mountainproject pic and you'll do fine.

There's an amazingly clear, rock-bordered foot path from the top corner of the pullout. It is heading southwest as described, though I'd have sworn it was northwest. Somebody put a lot of love into this trail--kudos.

Came here to help a friend fulfill his 35th birthday challenge--35 bolts (not counting anchors) in 35 minutes. The... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's ... : ... : Becky Route (5.9)
By: Phil Esra When: May 18, 2015

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Comments: Pretty much exactly the same difficulty as p1 of Supergrinder. I'll call them both 10a.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Buttermilk Country : Buttermilks Main : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Apr 28, 2015

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Comments: +1.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Buttermilk Country : Buttermilks Main : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Apr 27, 2015

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Comments: Ugh, why they always set them so REACHY.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's ... : ... : Shattered Glass (5.12a)
By: Phil Esra When: Apr 25, 2015

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Comments: Doh, sorry, yes, right, not left. I'll edit the original post.

Yeah, Supergrinder p2 2nd bolt is a few inches above a knobby rail/dike extrusion. If you're coming up Supergrinder, the move is sort of left traversing (at least the way I've done it). But you can get to it from directly below if you're coming up Shattered Glass, which is what I did--it felt hard. Before committing to doing it that way on Shattered Glass, I first traversed right, in the vicinity of the 1st bolt on Supergrinder. Tha... more >>


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