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Location: UT : Zion National Park : Lady Mountain : Original Route (5.7)
By: Richard Shore When: Jan 15, 2016

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Comments: Good scramble/hike to a scenic summit. We did this a rest day activity between harder technical climbs, and found it very worthwhile. Fit parties can do this in a 4-6 hours round trip. I've seen this listed as 5.6 elsewhere, but there is not much actual climbing - there are maybe 2 ten-to-fifteen foot sections of easy 5th class. The rest is hiking/3rd/4th on many chiseled steps and past old rusted relics of the former park service "trail". Painted markers are a bit of an eyesore, but allow for e... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Wheeler Crest : Neptune Tower : Stormy Petrel (5.8 A0)
By: Richard Shore When: Oct 29, 2015

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Comments: From the AAJ:

"Quite prominent among the line of granitic walls and towers between the desert floor and the top of Wheeler Crest is a pink-toned cliff on the left flank, above Wells Peak. Mike Warburton and I had tried a line near the center of the cliff one winter, but fresh snow in the cracks became unduly frustrating. On a cold May weekend in 1982, Bryce Simon, John Feder and I hiked the scarp to the base of the dihedral that begins the route and reclimbed the first pitches. Our several old ... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Wheeler Crest : Wells Peak / Rabbit Ears : God's Grace (5.10c)
By: Richard Shore When: Oct 24, 2015

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Comments: Mike Strassman added this route to the old rc.com database in 2004, stating that there are 5 bolted pitches to gain the remaining 3 on the other routes. I found only 4 bolted pitches, and there hanging on the P3 anchor was a sunbleached rotten sling with 9 unused SS bolts and hangers. On top of P5 I found a new-ish bolted anchor of the same variety that he used below; this anchor is not indicated in the topo. Based on this I think it's likely that Mike had intentions of completing a bo... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Wheeler Crest : Wells Peak / Rabbit Ears : Direct North Ridge (5.10)
By: Richard Shore When: Oct 9, 2015

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Comments: Wow! What a proud and big line! No fixed gear of any kind on route. We felt that it was quite sustained 5.9-5.10 through the first 7 pitches on the wall. Another 5 long pitches (2 of which we simul-climbed) up the ridge to summit afterwards. Sporty moves above gear on nearly every pitch. While exciting, maybe not "R" but definitely "PG13". We trundled a few loose blocks, including the "bomber flake" on P3 (NOT bomber), and hopefully future parties will find it even better than we did. The roof o... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : 01 - The Sawtooth Ridge : Blacksmith Peak : North Arete (5.10-)
By: Richard Shore When: Sep 8, 2015

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Comments: Fun route, if a bit short. We soloed the first "5.8" pitch to the base of the clean corner as described here in tennies - it was maybe 5.5 following the path of least resistance. 3 roped pitches through the crux corner, then one 300'-400' simul pitch to the summit. 2.5 hours at a casual pace.


Location: CA : High Sierra : 01 - The Sawtooth Ridge : Little Slide Spires : Outguard Spire : East Face Direct (5.10d)
By: Richard Shore When: Sep 8, 2015

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Comments: I was really impressed with this line. Mostly excellent rock, varied and sustained crack climbing with a bit of sporty face thrown in the mix. Just because you've finished the 5.10 pitches doesn't mean it's over - I thought the last 5.8 pitch was tough! One of the most airy summits in the Sierra!


Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt Carl Heller and Tulainyo... : East Arete - Mt. Carl Helle... (3rd)
By: Richard Shore When: Sep 3, 2015

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Comments: The BEST 3rd/4th class route I've done in these mountains, hands down. Spectacular position and a natural line directly on the knife-edge ridge. Miles better than Russell, Muir, Middle Pal, etc.


Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt Carl Heller and Tulainyo... : Tulainyo Tower (5.10+)
By: Richard Shore When: Sep 3, 2015

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Comments: An excellent route with a lot of really bad & loose rock. Choss connoisseurs rejoice! Helmets should be considered MANDATORY. The 5.10+ OW crux is short and well-protected with the 3/8" buttonhead bolt, and good small gear can be found just below to back it up. I managed to have a #2 camalot unclip itself from my harness while squirming up some 5.10 OW high on route - maybe the booty waiting at the base will attract other climbers to come try this thing.

Are there any alternate descents o... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Langley : Rest & Be Thankful (aka Nor... (5.10a)
By: Richard Shore When: Aug 24, 2015

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Comments: This route has seen possibly as few as 4 ascents now, and it will still feel like the first when you're on it. We trundled dozens of loose blocks in an effort to clean things up a little bit. Most memorable section for me - tunneling up a chimney on P3 with a birthing-hole type squeeze exit at the top; only the exit was partially blocked by a 200 lb rock, which I was able to push over to the side with both arms overhead while my lower body was locked in below. Tape is highly recommende... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Muir : East Buttress (w/ variation... (5.7)
By: Richard Shore When: Aug 17, 2015

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Comments: The 4th class Mendenhall route listed in the Moynier Sierra Classics book is anything but classic - it actually takes a deeply incised, extremely loose dirt and rock gully just to the right of the true East Buttress. Avoid this at all costs. A much better alternative is to take the Semi-Direct - stay on the true prow as much as possible, tackling the first tower via a number of cracks in the 5.7 range. The Claude and Nancy Fiddler 5.9 Direct tackles the second tower straight on via a fist crack.... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : Northwest Territories : The Cirque of the Unclimbab... : East Huey Spire : West Ridge (5.9)
By: Richard Shore When: Aug 6, 2015

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Comments: Ok, I feel obliged to comment after climbing this route. I'll give this one star for the awesome summit block and the fun initial 1000' cl.3-5 solo up the gully - which was sadly the best climbing on route. Very loose with loads of moss and mud. Stays wet for awhile after rain due to sun aspect and sheer volume of sponge-like plants on route. To compare - the worst pitch on the LFT is far better than the best pitch on the West Ridge. Be prepared for multiple stuck ropes on the low angle, block i... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : 10 - Kearsarge Pass to Ceda... : Bubbs Creek Wall : The Emperor (5.12a PG13)
By: Richard Shore When: Jul 20, 2015

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Comments: A beauty! Varied and sustained climbing with few (if any) pitches easier than 5.10. Upper pitches retain water during the early season, but don't wait too late because this south facing route will be baking by mid-summer. Technical slab/face + heat = grim. Needles quality rock with Whitney Portal-style climbing, linking discontinuous crack systems by way of improbable yet incredible face sections and some thought-provoking slab. Bring a comfy harness and stiff shoes - many steep/hanging belays. ... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : 09 - Palisades and Surround... : Norman Clyde Peak : Twilight Pillar (5.8)
By: Richard Shore When: Jul 13, 2015

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Comments: Fun route, but much shorter pitch-wise than suggested in the description. I believe most parties will avoid the glacier by scrambling up the long ridgeline to the northeast of the peak, traversing in below the large circular snowfield. Loads of 3rd and 4th class (with occasional easy class 5) will gain the steep part of the route where you will rope up. From the ledge at the base of the upper pillar, we did only 2 60M pitches and one 80M simul-pitch to the top. You can add a chossy 5.7 pitch by ... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : 13 - Whitney and Surroundin... : Mt. Irvine : East Buttress (5.9) : ... : Photo
By: Richard Shore When: Jun 23, 2015

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Comments: Yo Adam - this pic of yours shows the light-colored scar I referenced. Myself and another party believe this is where the bowling pin once was. You can make an outline of it pretty easily. Instead of climbing this, we opted for a crack/face to climbers right at the end of the ledge.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Matilija Wall
By: Richard Shore When: Jun 16, 2015

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Comments: I have removed/edited most of my own beta page, in an effort to help restore the adventure aspect of this place. The thoughtless actions of few can negatively affect the access for the rest of us.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Grizzly Peak : Southwest Arete (4th)
By: Richard Shore When: Jun 15, 2015

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Comments: A really fun scenic scramble, and a nice change of pace from the typical Valley climb. Bit of a ant-filled bushwhack in places, but some cool knife-edge style exposure when out on the rock. The best route stays as close to the ridge as one feels comfortable - definitely some 5th class fun to be found.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Sentinel Peak
By: Richard Shore When: May 13, 2015

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Comments: Attempted the supposed 5.4 way on the summit block, way sketchy in approach shoes - insecure slab. Walked around to the south side of the summit block and found a cruiser (but steep) 30' handcrack. Clean and juggy with a fixed baby angle sticking 2" out of the rock on the left side. Matt's comments on the Cosmo the Crow route suggest this might be 5.9, but I felt it was much easier, MAYBE 5.7. I had no hesitations climbing up and down it in tennies. Great views, rad summit!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Cactus Flower Tower : Cactus Flower Tower Summit : The Warrior (5.11a)
By: Richard Shore When: Apr 20, 2015

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Comments: If you feel confident at the grade, I would suggest bringing just one rope and going to the summit. Walk off/down scramble the west ridge - straightforward and scenic. Just remember, if you have to bail with one cord it will be expensive (leaving #3/4/5/6 camalots for anchors between bolted stations). Stout, physical, burly, wide, & aesthetic; a big-boys climb. Used the #4s, 5, and 6 on almost every pitch up to P6.

According to the summit register 0-1 parties/year actually... more >>


Location: UT : Zion National Park : West Temple : Big Lebowski (5.11a/b PG13)
By: Richard Shore When: Apr 9, 2015

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Comments: To use the parlance of our times - this route is a fu@ked-up-mega-choss-pile-never-to-be-forgotten adventure classic; a beautiful line drawn in the sand. By our estimates, there were 5 or 6 quality pitches out of the guidebook's 21. There is an unrelenting amount of physical wide climbing - bring your armor or you'll be entering a world of pain. 2x #5 and a single #6 camalot were sufficient for protecting the Jesus OW pitch, but dios mio, man! You come in here thinking you'... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Wonderland South : Far East : ... : Poaching Bighorn (5.11b)
By: Richard Shore When: Mar 16, 2015

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Comments: Slightly dissapointed with this rig - a very short and desperate crux right off the deck on an otherwise long and moderate route.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Wonderland South : Far East : ... : Greenhorn Dihedral (5.10c)
By: Richard Shore When: Mar 16, 2015

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Comments: Yeah, the rock is a little grainy, but I'd take that anyday over those greased up campground climbs. Much more sustained and engaging at the grade than the nearby classic Poaching Bighorn, so I'll steal a star from that and give it here.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall : Eagle Dance (5.10 A1)
By: Richard Shore When: Mar 11, 2015

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Comments: If you rap before P11, you haven't done the route - don't bail after P4 or before P9 as others have suggested above. The crux P9 is IMO the best pitch on the route - a technical flaring groove with funky body English. One of the most scenic walk-offs I've done in RR, down cascading pools and slabs in the upper reaches of the canyon. 2.5 hours from the summit to the car, including a swim. Probably no longer than the time it would take you to rappel and reverse the approach slabs.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Higher Cathedral Rock : Mary's Tears (5.11a/b)
By: Richard Shore When: Jan 19, 2015

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Comments: Thought this route was fun, but a far cry from the classic that others have made it out to be. P1 and P4 are forgettable, and even the "good" pitches are somewhat dirty. Consider it for a harder alternate start to the NE Buttress, but by no means worthy of the long hike for just the 4 pitches alone.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : San Ysidro : Vanishing Flakes (5.11a)
By: Richard Shore When: Jan 14, 2015

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Comments: Thanks, Matt, for your time and effort in restoring this historic ground-up route. Hopefully the rock isnt too badly scarred from this whole ordeal.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Ribbon Falls Area : Gold Wall : The Silent Line (5.10 C1)
By: Richard Shore When: Jan 13, 2015

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Comments: We were able to descend from top of P7 all the way to the ground on a single 70M. Knots were right at the chains on top of P1, though, so bring that second cord and leave it at the base in case your rope isn't as long. Link 1&2, and start free climbing in the vicinity of the knobs after a few aid moves above the P1 anchor. Handcracks for days!


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