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All 443 | Routes 4 | Areas | Photos 11 | Page Improvements | Comments 138 | Posts 100 | Stars 168 | Ratings 22
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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.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Highway 38 Crags : Frustration Creek : Upper Tier : Spasm (5.10a)
By: Phil Esra When: Jul 21, 2014

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Comments: Fun moves on "mostly" good rock. Recommend that belayer wear helmet--suck it up, fashion boy! One medium-sized shrub to get around on the vertical section.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Highway 38 Crags : Frustration Creek : Upper Tier : Groove Dynamics (5.12a)
By: Phil Esra When: Jul 21, 2014

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Comments: a fun route! 3.49 of 4 stars...


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Highway 38 Crags : Frustration Creek : Upper Tier : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Jul 16, 2014

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Comments: All of these Frustration Creek photo topos are extremely handy--cheers.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: After poking around a bit looking for the friction descent, my partner and I just went up and over the top and down into the notch, where there is an easy-to-follow trail down the south face. This was extremely casual (almost no exposure, and just a few 3rd class steps down), and it's hard to imagine it added more than 10 minutes to the descent. Highly recommended if you don't know where the friction descent is or don't like the sound of it.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : West Face Bulge Routes : Upper Bulge Routes : Super Pooper (5.10a/b)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: I just had the identical experience to Andy Laakman, complete with 10 feet of slack in my hand. A little terrifying, I thought. A couple of tenuous moves with a guaranteed horrible fall. Plan carefully to reduce the rope drag.

The routefinding at the top is also tricky--the terrain is quite complex, which is not even hinted at on the topo. Go left at the giant horizontal horn above the first roof.

I followed the crux pitch and thought it was harder than 10b. My most recent point of reference ... more >>


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Northeast Buttress : Etude (5.11a)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: I chopped the bolt anchor after confirming that a gear anchor can be built next to it. No, just kidding. One pin @ bottom of crux 6/28/14.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Northeast Buttress : Johnny Quest (5.10b)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: In the shade well before Etude & Flower. Fun little route with a sketchy approach. 60m rap from the top puts you within a couple easy slab moves (to the climber's left) from the ground.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Rebolting Face : Season's End (5.11c)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: I'm the only person who thinks this is a two-star route at best? I'm amazed. A sea of anonymous micro-crimps up to the crux, the best ones of which will pull off in your hand or crumble under your foot. Got to the crux, where it transitions from micro-edges to smearing, fell a few times, and completely lost interest. Penjied over to the lip on the left to escape up to the bolt anchor. I normally put a lot of stock in the MP star ratings, but other people seem to connect with this route in a way ... more >>


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : Pink Wall : Split Decision (5.11d)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 22, 2014

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Comments: Overly negative comment above.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Mardi Gras (5.10b)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 16, 2014

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Comments: A bit of a reachy one-move wonder; worth doing but not as engaging as Bourbon St.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Bourbon Street (5.9)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 16, 2014

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Comments: Fun! One of the best few 5.9s at HVP. From the ground it looks like a steep crux at 3rd bolt then a cruise to the top, but it is surprisingly sustained (but not enduro) from #3 onward. Still maybe a little softer than average for HVP 5.9?


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: Approaching the north parking area from the south--you can get within a couple hundred yards in a 2003 Toyota Corolla. There is one mandatory scrape over an embedded boulder in a narrow section of the trail, and the rest of the driving is slow and tricky.

There's no good reason to do this--it saves a few minutes of walking, maybe, at risk of getting stuck or damaging your vehicle (hello, aluminum VW oil pan). But in case you were wondering, it can be done.

(Derrick, yes, lots of alternatives, ... more >>


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : Chocolate Wall : Calm (5.12a)
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 12, 2014

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Comments: Quite hard compared with Pretty in Pink. The description above is a bit of a sandbag.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Photo
By: Phil Esra When: Jun 9, 2014

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Comments: Wow, amazing how much this pic flattens out this route! If you're looking for the climb, note that the dark section is the underside of a long roof.


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