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Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : A Little Piece of South Dak... : Reds (5.8)
By: Richard M. Wright When: 2 days ago

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Comments: Definitely not my FA. I had thought that Hubbel or someone from that era may have done it. It's in one of the guides.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Convenience Cliff : Kum & Go (5.11d)
By: Richard M. Wright When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Has something broken off this route? We jumped on it just before the 12b to the left, and Kum & Go felt much harder this time.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : The Clock Tower : ... : Butt Luscious (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: 4 days ago

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Comments: Harder than "Higher Calling" at Empire seems a bit of stretch.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : The Clock Tower : ... : Butt Luscious (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 23, 2015

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Comments: Consensus is 5.11c for BL, but the numbers are still all over the charts. How does 5.11+ work for consensus?


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Dome : MargaUgra, (5.12/A0) (5.12)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 23, 2015

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Comments: Brutal but cool climbing. The crux uses a nearly useless sloper, but just enough friction to move the feet up. The rest is just relentless hard climbing on essentially perfect rock. Three + years later, and this is still a project.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Block : El Gato Monte (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 20, 2015

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Comments: I think there are two ways to do Gato. Both run 12a, and both are absolutely on the bolt line. The left way may use fewer hand transitions, but come with a strong left shoulder for the burly gaston and strong fingers for a tiny sidepull crimp.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Crag : Scantily Trad (5.12+)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 20, 2015

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Comments: Job done; 4th and 5th bolts shifted left approximately 18 inches according to the integrity of the rock. The rope does indeed feed nicely to the crack. The added bonus is that clipping 4 and 5 is easier than before. The step into the crack is a tiny bit more airy but not really any cause for concern.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Block : El Gato Monte (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: Evan, my first look at Gato involved some dangeliforous stuff, and my plan for a return was to brush around the hands and feet I did use, so long as you are okay with this. The fragment I crushed off seemed pretty unique; there is not a lot more to come off. The friable band is very thin and minor.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Lisa Randall Wall : Strong Force (5.11d)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: Agreed, Evan. It was a good contrast with Gato, but very different cruxes. Strong Force is all upper body, Gato is all fingers. I'm on board with 11d.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Crag : Scantily Trad (5.12+)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 17, 2015

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Comments: Interesting, Slim. When Patrick and jumped on it, I had a similar thought, perhaps a foot, perhaps less. The last bolt was placed with the idea of clipping off the incut, but this might still work with the bolt a foot to the left. I'll do it. How far are you thinking?


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Block : El Gato Monte (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 16, 2015

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Comments: First impression: very nice route on excellent stone. The crux comes after the second clip and starts to ease up with hands on a good horizontal edge above and left of the second clip. I found myself using several excellent sidepulls right of the bolt line that were not brushed at all, so the intent appears to have to have been to keep more to the left. The sidepulls seemed more user friendly to my fingers. Also, a friable section of blackish rock was broken off standing above the second clip. T... more >>


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Crag : Sweet Petite (5.11d)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 7, 2015

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Comments: Thanks, Slim. Unexpectedly, Dumont can produce some pretty nice rock, well-featured and solid. I didn't know it when this route went in, but Diana Rogers had her eye on it as well with exactly the same idea in mind.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Crag : Lou Reed (5.13b)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jul 2, 2015

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Comments: Terrific. Good for you! I've been able to dog through the dyno using the crispy edge under the bulge but never reach the incut in one continuous move. My own assessment was close to but a tad harder than The Web in Eldo, largely for the footless crux. I was thinking 13c, but I can certainly live with 13b. I think you just knocked Mill Creek into a new age. I'm absolutely thrilled.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Block : El Gato Monte (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 30, 2015

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Comments: Evan, if you are feeling strong, checkout The Seeker (Sadhaka Yogi) on the Dome. The rock and the movement turned out to be terrific.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Block : El Gato Monte (5.12a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 30, 2015

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Comments: Cool. Nice addition. I have run a TR on a parallel line to the right of EGM and behind the tree that could either start off The Strike or not. The rock is just as bullet as EGM and the line is really logical and independent.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Bunker
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 26, 2015

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Comments: Thanks for getting this site cleaned up. When I first posted it on climbingboulder.com (as Uber-Lapland via MF), it was after speaking with a very strong Mike Frieschlag (sp?) and then checking out the crag with various partners. Where the equipper appears to be unknown, it almost certainly can be traced to him. At the time (mid '90s), there were half a dozen routes bolted, but as Mike indicated, none had been red-pointed except for the 5.11s on the left. I know a lot of strong climbers that hav... more >>


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Lisa Randall Wall : Braneworld (5.11a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 25, 2015

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Comments: Braneworld has cleaned up nicely and climbs well. Some tightly adherent crustose lichen remains on the last several feet that did not pose a climbing problem at all. It might be slippery if wet from the rain however.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Lisa Randall Wall
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Here is a neat post-script note: I was up here on a cleaning day when the rain closed in with a long, slow drizzle. I was hanging off a fixed line in my raingear and doing my best "Fuller Brush Man" impression when the crag was descended upon by flock of 10 or so Hermit Thrushes. The whole forest burst into their song, which is one of the most magical and mesmerizing sounds imaginable. It was an utterly cool moment.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Lisa Randall Wall
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Thank you, Dougald. It was nice to see you and Inga up there. It must be quite a bit out of your way. I have up-dated the grading to come more in line with the four of us. When Patrick and I jumped on the middle one, it still seemed 5.11d/5.12a, but by then the wall was taking a direct solar hit that made things feel a bit greasy, so I'd take the grade to be +/- close either way.


Location: CO : Dumont vicinity : Lisa Randall Wall : Randall Force (5.11b/c)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jun 18, 2015

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Comments: Beta note: it was very nice to tape at least the middle two fingers of the left hand. They slide into a very sharp crack that can really dig into the skin.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice : Slammer (5.12b) : Photo
By: Richard M. Wright When: Apr 24, 2015

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Comments: A bat-rest? Cute perhaps. When Alan Nelson did the FFA of Slammer, he hiked through it all sans rest like a stroll through the park. Getting the bolts in was loads more effort.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s : Double Stout (w/ extension) (5.14a)
By: Richard M. Wright When: Apr 23, 2015

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Comments: Great video feed, Darren, and what a brilliant ascent by Mark Anderson. We had rapped this sector back in the '90s figuring it to be possible by stronger, better climbers than us. The heel hook sequence through the roof, and the ability to pull through on it is worth endless study. This is an object lesson on how to climb powerfully, creatively, and boldly. Must have been terrific just to witness it.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : Geneva Creek Crag
By: Richard M. Wright When: Mar 2, 2015

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Comments: While I have climbed at Geneva Creek Crag for several years now, I have been unable to locate any published material. My impression is that the left side of the crag hosts several climbs, fully bolted, that seemed to run 5.10 to 5.11 in difficulty. The right side of the crag is severely overhanging and contains two apparently very difficult routes, although I have not been on either. There is a more moderate route that I have done that is in the same alcove. There is also opportunity to run a se... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Convenience Cliff
By: Richard M. Wright When: Jan 19, 2015

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Comments: Convenience Cliff holds a number of very nice routes, sees relatively little traffic, and has a very accessible trail. The great sun exposure makes CC appealing for even a mid-winter day. The climbing reminded me of a trip to the Flatirons or even Eldo. While we had climbed these routes shortly after their installation many years ago, I had forgotten just how nice the climbing is. The cliff is pretty small, well bolted, and provides something for everyone. We climbed here and at the Mill Creek D... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Liberty Cap : Photo
By: Richard M. Wright When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: If this photo can't get your itch going nothing will.


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