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Rock Climbing Photo: part way up the east buttress of Mt. Whitney, Iceb...

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Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Whitney : East Buttress (5.7)
By: rafael When: Aug 1, 2016

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Comments: Make sure you watch the sky! I've been up twice and both times frozen water fell in the afternoon. The second time I went up, the 20% chance of T-showers turned into 100% chance of hail and thunder. Glad I was already on the descent.

No need of bigger cams, yeah theres lots of places to place them, but there are plenty of spots to slot nuts and hexes too.

Location: CA : Central Coast : Pinnacles National Park : East Side : Discovery Wall : ... : Photo
By: rafael When: May 6, 2016

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Comments: thats not where the bolts are, the bolts are to the left of the crack, most of the route doesnt follow the crack at all in fact

Location: CA : San Francisco Bay Area : Castle Rock Area : Waterfall Cliff : The Falls (5.10b R)
By: rafael When: Dec 5, 2015

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Comments: the direct start is certainly harder than 5.10a... At least 5.10d... prob 5.11a for a shorter person. How is this a 5.10a, its way way way way harder than degeneration, also rated somewhat bizarrely a 5.10a, and they are like 100 feet apart. WTF

Location: CA : San Francisco Bay Area : Castle Rock Area : Waterfall Cliff : Degeneration (5.9+)
By: rafael When: Dec 5, 2015

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Comments: 5.9+? no way, I give it 5.6 maaaaaybe 5.7. The crack is all really low angle, def 5.6 except the one lieback blulge thingie, which may or may not be 5.7, its super juggy in that section, so im feeling 5.6. Go try a 5.7 in yosemite then see if this thing feels even close to that hard...

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl : Bishops Terrace (5.8)
By: rafael When: Sep 19, 2011

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Comments: if you only have one rope, you can rap to skiers right, where there is an anchor consisting of a bolt and a fixed nut, slung with a bunch of weathered webbing and rings, from here a 60 barely reaches to the first ledge, and a 70 reaches the ground.

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Manure Pile Buttress (aka R... : After Six (5.7)
By: rafael When: Sep 13, 2011

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Comments: The fixed piton on pitch one is not there anymore, and the pitch gets more polished every year. Dont end up too close to nutcracker around pitch four, this is the top of fecophilia, I decided to climb what looked to be a rarely climbed line, and got into some really runout sections (prob 5.7) with flaring cracks. I bet offset cams would work fine, but who carries those on free routes.

Location: CA : Tahoe : I-80 Corridor : Donner/Truckee : Donner Pass Road : ... : Jellyroll Arch (5.8)
By: rafael When: Aug 7, 2011

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Comments: not runout if you have small cams. There were a couple fixed nuts to clip, but I had a hard time getting nuts in the arch, since the crack faces downwards.

Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Glacier Point Apron
By: rafael When: Mar 14, 2011

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Comments: 3/12/11 rockfall on the grack and marginal. I was rapping down between second and third rappel anchors from the top of Marginal and the Grack, rock fell on the ledge at the top of these climbs, luckily the ledge redirected the rock away from my party, but if someone was on the Grack or at the top they would have been injured or dead. This a supposedly 'safer' part of the Apron, but still dangerous. Scary.

Location: CA : Central Coast : Pinnacles National Park : East Side : Discovery Wall : Portent (5.6 R)
By: rafael When: Jan 9, 2010

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Comments: EDIT: a few years ago a key hold on the start busted loose, now I think it goes at 5.8 about 3 feet off the deck
I think it is 5.6, the start is not protected, but that doesnt make it harder. The pinnacles rock is weak though.

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