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Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : The Pinnacle : Balance (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Aug 3, 2014

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Comments: Fun climb -- enjoyed the long extension of the original route. Definitely thought it was harder than 5.8, but for me the crux was still the balancey technical move past the 1st bolt (which felt more like 5.9 given my relative lack of balance and flexibility).

The 1st bolt is pretty high. There are big holds to reach the clip, but you probably want a spot, because a fall before clipping that bolt would do some serious damage to your ankles.

Definitely need at least a 60m rope to reach the g... more >>


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Needles Eye : Gnomon : Doody Direct (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 7, 2013

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Comments: Great route. For a novice jammer like myself, the steep crack start is pretty stout for a 5.8, but the protection is bomber anywhere you want to put it. Fantastic summit!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Grace Note Spire : Conn Route (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 7, 2013

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Comments: Climbed Grace Note Spire yesterday. Anchors and webbing/cord were still in good shape for rappeling.

Intended to do the 5.6 Conn Route, but turned the climb into something more certainly more difficult than 5.6. I think I stepped across too early out of the low angle trough and then attempted a somewhat vertical, short flaring hand crack to the saddle. Aborted that, climbed higher in the trough, and stepped across at a different (and awkward) location. There are all kinds of options for w... more >>


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Grace Note Spire
By: Rich F. When: Jul 7, 2013

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Comments: Climbed Grace Note this weekend. Fun little spire. I think there might be two possible ways to get to the climbs in this meadow. (1) Coming from parking -- hike up the Cathedral Spires trail until you are almost adjacent to the first minor spire (Grace Note) which will be about 100 ft off to your right. Then cut across right in front of the spire and hike around the front of it to the meadow. At one time this was probably a very easy hike, but it's a little harder now because of all of the ... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: Alternate directions to save a few minutes if coming from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24:
-- From Hwy 24, take a left at the small red "Saddle Up Realty" building in Florissant on Teller County Road 46, and drive 2.4 miles to where the road forks. Take the right fork, which is CO-98 and drive 1.8 miles until it merges with Blue Mountain Road. Drive another 0.9 miles and you will be at the right turn for the Circle C ranch and FS-244. Continue with the description up top. This short cut on good r... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate : The Emerald Isle
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: With four moderate, well-protected climbs from 5.6 to 5.10a, this crag is now worth the drive for moderate climbers like myself. You can park right below the rock and avoid the crowds on a warm summer day. Thanks to Ben Schmitt for putting up the new climbs. Buy his inexpensive guidebook with great descriptions and photos of hundreds of climbs at Heaven's Gate and Eleven Mile Canyon, and help support someone who's given a lot to the climbing community. Thanks, Ben!


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate : The Emerald Isle : Death Star Compactor (5.8+)
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: This is a fun route that looked harder from the ground than it was on route due to the many positive holds and good edges for the feet that are not as obvious from below. After chimneying through the short "compactor," I stemmed across to the anchors. It's surely a more difficult crux if one attempts the last move without stemming off the compactor behind. Fun climb.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate : The Emerald Isle : Mustache Ride (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: Although this route is short, it's a fun climb with an interesting and unexpectedly challenging move past the crux bulge. It's well-protected and a good lead for new climbers. Thanks for putting up the thoughtful new moderate route, Ben!


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : Radio Head : Shimminy Cricket (5.9)
By: Rich F. When: May 25, 2013

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Comments: This is a fun route that needs to be climbed more to get rid of some of the lichen on the rock and dirt in the cracks. I thought there were two cruxes -- one down low at about the third bolt which is mostly just an awkward, off-balance move. The second is up high about 15 feet below the anchors where there's not much for the feet. I placed all sizes of cams from a 00 Metolius to a #4 Camalot, but mostly the cracks took between 0.75 and #2 cams. Fun route -- enjoy!


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : Radio Head : Tilt-a-Whirl (5.9)
By: Rich F. When: May 25, 2013

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Comments: Fun route. The crux is definitely between the first and third bolts, but they are well placed and the climbing is well-protected. Above the third bolt, it's probably 5.7ish.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Easter Rock : West Face [Easter Rock] (5.6 R)
By: Rich F. When: Apr 28, 2013

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Comments: I also was able to place a #1 and a #2 in deep holes on the West face right below the ledge which would have probably held a fall. Anchors on the top are still good (thanks, Stewart!), and there are two bolts (with hangers) on the north side near the top which can be used as directionals for top ropes. The highest bolt made a very good directional for toproping the North Ridge route, and the lower bolt was a good directional for toproping the northwest corner.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Coat of Arms Corner and The... : Crack Sweat (5.9)
By: Rich F. When: Apr 27, 2013

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Comments: I thought "Crack Sweat" was a crack climb -- at least we climbed the crack all the way to the top, with some decent jams. We used the bulging face on either side of the crack for feet along the way, but it was mostly a crack climb. Maybe I was on the wrong route....


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : The Thing : The East Face (5.7)
By: Rich F. When: Nov 24, 2012

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Comments: Rappel station was in good shape with a relatively new sling and a quicklink. An okay climb...but not worth the major bushwhacking we did hiking uphill to get to the start. We definitely should have hiked up several more switchbacks along the main trail before cutting overland to the Thing.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Turkey's Bleak (5.10a)
By: Rich F. When: Nov 12, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this at the end of the day, after meeting Bob and Carrie Robertson by chance at the cliff a little earlier. Did not know this was one of their lines they put up, but it was definitely my wife's favorite climb of the day. Thanks, Bob and Carrie!


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Beach Ball (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Nov 12, 2012

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Comments: Gotta agree with Bill on this one -- my wife and I both thought this was really a fun line, with a nice crux to jam a couple bolts from the anchors.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Tunnel Springs : Crumbcake (5.7)
By: Rich F. When: Oct 29, 2012

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Comments: I thought this was a fun route with a little stemming, jamming, and a small bulge to go over on the way to the anchors. The crack stays in the shade all day in the winter, so the rock was cold, but it was definitely worth climbing while at Tunnel Springs.


Location: CO : Grand Junction area : Colorado National Monument : Independence Monument : Geezer Highway (5.9+ PG13)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 30, 2012

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Comments: Mike -- I like "Geezer Highway" better than NW Crack. Thanks for putting up the first two pitches back in the '80s!


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : River Wall : Far Left Dihedral Crack (5.8-)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 30, 2012

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Comments: If anyone knows the name of this route or the name/date of the first ascent, let me know and I will make the changes to the route description. I did not see this in either of the guidebooks I had for the area. Thanks.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : River Wall : Getting Older (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 30, 2012

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Comments: At the River Wall today -- fun climbing, but I don't think there is any way the move through the overhanging, roof, finger crack goes at just 5.8. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a particularly good climber -- but that's a tough move going over about a 3 ft overhanging roof, without any real feet, using a single finger crack. I'd rate that move closer to 5.10 than 5.8. On the other hand, going up the wider crack that passes the roof on the left side seemed about 5.8 to me, while travers... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Shirt Tail Peak : Gambit (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 23, 2012

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Comments: This route is fantastic -- well worth the 30 to 40 minute approach. The last two pitches, though rated just 5.7 and 5.6, have incredible position and exposure. Don't miss this climb!


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Chasm View Wall : The Casual Route (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 3, 2012

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Comments: Climbed some variant of the Casual Route on Saturday, and maybe the toughest part was figuring out where the route went after the finger crack at the start of pitch 2. I upclimbed and downclimbed several places trying to make sense of where I was on the route but did not see anything like the pictures submitted by John Peterson. On our pitch 3, we were more or less above the pitch 2 finger crack and climbed a wide crack formed by a left-facing dihedral which required a short layback move at th... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Northern San Juans : Lizard Head : Southwest Chimney (5.8 R)
By: Rich F. When: Aug 28, 2012

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Comments: A 70m rope is long enough to belay the full length of the loose rock scramble pitch, and a 70m rope is just long enough to descend to the base in two rappels.


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : The Training Grounds : Beginner's Luck (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 28, 2012

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Comments: Fun route, but the crux move is definitely harder than 5.6 for shorter climbers because they cannot reach the jugs overhead. Otherwise it's all very straightforward climbing.


Location: SD : Mount Rushmore National Mem... : South Seas : Sharkstooth : Boxcars and Airplanes (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 8, 2012

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Comments: A #0.4 BD cam fits perfectly in the crack to protect the climbing between the low first bolt and the high second bolt. Fun climb to a small pointy summit -- just wish it were taller.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Spire Four : The Great Northwest Dihedra... (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 8, 2012

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Comments: This is a terrific climb, with a lot of exposure on the first pitch. Although most of the first pitch is very easy, in my opinion the crux dihedral is at least 5.7 (for about 15 very exposed and continuous moves). It's a great way to do Spire 4, with a variety of different climbing to the top -- but the dihedral was not the easy romp that I sort of expected. I was glad I took plenty of gear with me to sew up that crack on the right side of the dihedral. (Cams up to a BD #4)


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