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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : Surprising Crag : ... : Mercy Drilling (5.12a)
By: Pinklebear When: Dec 6, 2015

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Comments: That pocket is natural, for sure. There are a lot of water pockets throughout Boulder Canyon that occur naturally, and this is one of them, at least from my experience climbing the route. You can tell because a natural pocket will still have a rough, crystalline texture.

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Seal Rock : Skin Flute (5.12a/b)
By: Pinklebear When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: I know a few folks have expressed interest in giving Primate a makeover. I appreciate the spirit with which everyone is considering this. I don't pretend to have any special claim to these routes, having made the first ascent. That's why the FHRC process is in place -- so the community can decide. I do know that Primate has had another lead than mine, Matt Segal, also in headpoint style.

I've talked to a few folks, and Primate might make good sense as a "safe-enough" mixed route. Some of the ge... more >>

Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Fiscal Cliff : Over the Top (5.12a)
By: Pinklebear When: Sep 23, 2015

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Comments: I had a lot of fun climbing here with Derek in 2014 when he'd put up about half the climbs and I helped pitch in on a few others to get them established. They were plenty clean at the time -- Derek always does a great job cleaning his climbs and has a great eye for a line. I imagine all the dirt on this route was washover, coming off the top of the cliff, and then of course all the mank they stirred up when they came in there and paved a bike path right along the base of the cliff (heinous, IMO ... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Oceanic Wall : Challenges of Leisure (5.13a)
By: Pinklebear When: Oct 18, 2014

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Comments: Classic thin-face climbing, bullet rock, good mini-rests to get your shit together between cruxes. Love this route; Dream Canyon mega-classic.

The crux seems to have many "bad" options and only one "good" option for people of different heights. At 5'6" with a +2 ape index, I had the good clipping hold with the right, thin gaston just under the bolt with the left. Build the left foot in a white dish/smear, right foot high on the edge out right, rock over, and mantel/fire for the good c... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : East Ironing Board : Slave to the Rhythm (5.13b)
By: Pinklebear When: Aug 10, 2014

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Comments: Bolts 3 and 4 are spinning (just the hangers), and 1 and 2 are torqued around a bit -- I'm sure all due to the traversing nature of the climb and sideways falls. If you get on it, bring a 9/16" socket or wrench to tighten down and re-orient the hangers.

Also, we pulled off the manky fixed draws but left two of the "still-OK" ones on bolts 2 and 3. If you want your draws back, PM me.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Stepping Stones : El Gallito (5.11)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 17, 2014

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Comments: Hey Dan -- it would be a funner route if less runout. I didn't put it up, no. Maybe Bruno Hache? Or it might have been there before he added his climbs. Not sure....

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Bell Buttress Massif : The Patio : Clyde's Big Adventure (5.12a)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 7, 2014

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Comments: Slim, if you want to relocate the clip and put in anchors, be my guest. Thanks, Matt.

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Mountain : Ridge 4 : Apostrophe (5.11d)
By: Pinklebear When: Jun 29, 2014

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Comments: Long run to the next-to-last bolt. Not especially hard but could be protected well with a finger-midrange cam in the horizontal (Metolius #3-#5, orange through black).

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Mountain : Ridge 4 : Mud Shark (5.10d)
By: Pinklebear When: Jun 29, 2014

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Comments: Sandbaggio. The only gear I needed/used was a Metolius #4 (red) between bolts 1 and 2. The webbing up on the summit tree looks crispy, not to mention the tree is growing/leaning against a giant, weird perched block -- topped out, downclimbed, then lowered off Lawyers, Guns and Hiltis.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Black Widow Slab : SMERSH (5.11)
By: Pinklebear When: Jun 21, 2014

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Comments: Fun times—plenty of challenge! I woulda been a bit less SMERSHED had I brought doubles of hand-size: #1 and #2 Camalot (Metolius #6 and #7). Watch for licheny footholds up high.

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Seal Rock : Thunder Muscle (5.14a)
By: Pinklebear When: May 21, 2014

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Comments: Glad you liked the climb, Elliott. I did do it without kneepads, yes, and in ratty cotton sweat pants. I used a left kneescum up at that top crux on the tufa feature. Ted has way better kneebar-tech skills and in addition to that scum had one lower down on the route with his right leg, before "the Heart." I'm guessing other kneebars have been unearthed, using pads, in other spots too. C'est la vie…er, knee.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Avalon : Second Tier : ... : Earth Angel (5.12d)
By: Pinklebear When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: Pretty line but a bit nebulous. It seems bolted to keep you out left on the arete, but there is a good crack and sidepulls on the right, though these make clipping way out down and left kind of hairball. You can even get in a nice hand crack at one point and rest. At a certain point, the bolt line forces you to come back left (at least high up, to the horn), though you could just keep going right with some trad gear. Maybe there is a more direct way left onto the arete lower down? Seems to be a ... more >>

Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : North Fork of the St. Vrain... : Longmont Reservoir Area (ak...
By: Pinklebear When: Apr 19, 2014

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Comments: Don't bother going to Buttonrock Reservoir until 2015. We drove in today, not thinking about the floods, but the reservoir and preserve are closed while they clean things up back there. We were able to drive the road almost all the way to the lot, but then a ranger turned us around. There's nowhere along the road to park either, and they don't want people back there for now. The ranger said it will open again in 2015….

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Hillbilly Rock : West Face (5.12c)
By: Pinklebear When: Apr 6, 2014

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Comments: Felt hard for 12c, or like "hard 12c." Many thanks, Adam and all, for updating the hardware!

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Seal Rock : Choose Life (5.13d)
By: Pinklebear When: Dec 16, 2013

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Comments: It's always interesting how grades evolve on a climb, with traffic, new beta, holds in flux, etc. Who knows how hard this thing really is -- or any climb for that matter. It's always an interesting discussion.

When I first started trying this climb, it was July 2002, and while I knew Choose Life would go, I kept slipping off all the slopey holds up top in the heat because my hands were sweating so badly after 60 feet of climbing. I tried it on and off a few times that summer, gave up for awhile... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part C - Pony ... : Conversions (5.12 X)
By: Pinklebear When: Sep 10, 2013

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Comments: Some history on this lead with no "point": in Eldo, to bolt a new route, you need approval from a fixed hardware review committee, and it's certain this route never would have passed — it would have been a "two-bolt piece of shit," as Rolo Garibotti, who did the second ascent, pointed out ... if it even passed. And neither Steve nor I felt like submitting an app for a two-bolt POS.

So, Conversions is perfectly fine as a toprope, or if you want the mental challenge, you can lead it with the hoo... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : Archangel (5.12c)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 23, 2013

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Comments: Thanks for fixing this pitch, Chris, and resurrecting a Dream Canyon classic! Was happy to clip all fourteen bolts. Would be a deadly proposition with only two bolts and shaky micro-cams. Four-star 12c: sustained, varied, perplexing, technical, great position.

Location: CO : Keystone a.k.a. Montezuma : Haus Rock : Burning Down the Haus (5.13d)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 21, 2013

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Comments: Maybe I was just having a bad day, but this seems substantially harder than Macho Picasso. If you take the rightmost start (not the Sky Pilot one), it's fierce and bouldery all the way to the second bolt, and I'm not sure how one even goes about snagging the crimp by the fourth bolt with the correct (right) hand -- it's a full body length above the break with nothing but blankness in between.

Anyway, maybe just having a bad day. These things have been known to happen!

Location: CO : Keystone a.k.a. Montezuma : Haus Rock : Macho Picasso (5.13b)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 14, 2013

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Comments: Fixed draw on the last bolt is gone, but with a 1.5-draw, you can clip it low off the crystal undercling before moving into the upper crux.

Two hard boulder problems separated by a honking jug. The lower dyno can be made more manageable for short and/or weak people (i.e. me) with some jessery.

Be sure to top after your point for a solid view of the Rockies, even if you need to do a one- or two-rester!

Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : The Dungeon : New Beginnings (5.12-)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 7, 2013

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Comments: Kinda spicy to lead from the ground, especially getting to the last bolt with some hidden gear right before it. Possible Spoiler Alert, so don't read on if you're going for the super-pür onsight, but I think having some gear beta (or another bolt or two?) will make this a more manageable lead.

Good stopper above bolt three, kinda punchy above bolt four up to where, from the rounded jug up and left, I placed two Metolius #3 (orange) TCUs, bomber #2 Camalot in the base of the steep c... more >>

Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : Meadow Dome : ... : Welcome to Staunton (5.12+)
By: Pinklebear When: Jul 2, 2013

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Comments: I think this is actually an awesome pitch, especially the stretch along the finger crack on the upper half. It just needs travel, so all the crispiest part of the patina nipples can snap off (check out all the mini-pink scars on the more-traveled routes on the wall; it's just a delicate granite at first). The one thing that struck me is that this is a very committing lead, onsight from the ground-up. The "TCU nest" you can build after busting the hard crux past the third bolt was not s... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Seal Rock : Thunder Muscle (5.14a)
By: Pinklebear When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: Before trying the route, be sure to power up with some "Thunder Muscle":

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Overhang Rock : Honey Badger (5.13a)
By: Pinklebear When: May 25, 2013

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Comments: Great route: long, lots of cruxes, cool airy position, great stone.

We were just — JUST — able to lower off the top anchors with a 70m, if the belayer climbs up the ramp a little bit. This will get the climber right back to the ramp, at the stance by the first bolt. TIE A KNOT IN THE END OF YOUR ROPE!!!

Thanks, Ben and Chandler. Killer climb!

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Black Widow Slab : Mordred (5.13d) : Photo
By: Pinklebear When: May 21, 2013

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Comments: Nice to have a triple (yes, I said triple!) draw on the fourth bolt in this photo. Lean off the arete to Z-clip it, then come back to the rest and unclip (and reclip) the bolt under you before you head off into the punchy arete-to-traverse sequence.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Black Widow Slab : Caught in the Web (5.12c)
By: Pinklebear When: May 19, 2013

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Comments: Tough climb. Even without the right-shoulder-dislocating, V-Gnar-Gnar crux getting into the corner, this thing would still be solid 5.12. One of the hardest cruxes on a 5.12 around Boulder — maybe a longer wingspan helps?

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