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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: Taking a break.

Taking a break.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Kids

Oct 27, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: Freya in action.

Freya in action.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Kids

Oct 27, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: Tie in.  Nice fall colors in the background.

Tie in. Nice fall colors in the background.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Kids

Oct 27, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: Papa's hair works great for balance while putting ...

Papa's hair works great for balance while putting on gear.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Kids

Oct 27, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: I chose this for P1 up to the large block with the...

I chose this for P1 up to the large block with the little tree, ~35m. Comfy belay spot and you can talk to your second. The second pitch will get you 6 feet below the very peak of the south pinnacl

CO : Flatirons : ... : East Face/First Flatironett... (5.2)

Jul 15, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: Margaret leading right after the P1 crux and the f...

Margaret leading right after the P1 crux and the fixed ring piton. When I lead it, I could reach with my 35" arms to the right and place a cam. Don't know what the protectable crack to the righ

CO : South Platte : ... : Guide's Route (5.6)

Jul 15, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I thi...

This is a novel auto blocking belay device. I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth. Great to lower with. You gotta love over engineering.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Random Stuff

Jul 15, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: From the Trango B52 FAQ

From the Trango B52 FAQ

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Random Stuff

Jun 30, 2009

Rock Climbing Photo: Me rappeling off of the final peak of the Fatiron....

Me rappeling off of the final peak of the Fatiron. Nov 2008.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Flatirons

Dec 11, 2008

Rock Climbing Photo: First belay on Mount Thorodin CMC route. Did I rea...

First belay on Mount Thorodin CMC route. Did I really need to extend that runner? ooops! Sept 2008

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Alpine Adventures

Dec 11, 2008

Rock Climbing Photo: Camping spot next to the bowl of tears. We had gia...

Camping spot next to the bowl of tears. We had giant boulder above to protect from rock fall. July 6 2008 about 5:45am. Amazing when the sun came up. Beautiful.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Alpine Adventures

Dec 9, 2008

Rock Climbing Photo: John Brooks (right) and I atop Mount of the Holy C...

John Brooks (right) and I atop Mount of the Holy Cross. Triumphant after our ascent of the Cross Couloir. I think Dave was taking the picture. July 6 2008

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Alpine Adventures

Dec 4, 2008

Rock Climbing Photo: Me rap'ing from the 3rd.  Taken by John Brooks. Oc...

Me rap'ing from the 3rd. Taken by John Brooks. Oct 2007

The People of Mountain Proj... : Rick Blair : Flatirons

Dec 4, 2008

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : The Risk Area : Unknown (5.8)
By: Rick Blair When: Jan 4, 2016

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Comments: The Haas/Fixed Pin guidebook says 5.8 to the anchors on Perfect 10, and I would agree, also fun moves getting there. I was surprised how good this climb was and well-protected. The V slot near the top has parallel sides in the back. The line straight through the roof was taken by my second after I moved from the bolts to a perfect belay ledge directly above. I think that roof goes at 5.9, and it is a tricky move to protect. The way it is drawn in the beta photo above is a natural trad line.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Achean Pronouncement
By: Rick Blair When: Nov 15, 2015

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Comments: This should go in the Skunk Canyon section.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way
By: Rick Blair When: Nov 15, 2015

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Comments: George, I wonder if 2005 was as bad a 2015? Wettest spring I can remember on the Front Range. The poison Ivy in the Flatirons this year was unbelievable.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Whale's Tail : East Slabs (5.2)
By: Rick Blair When: Nov 14, 2015

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Comments: North East Gully. Probably not worth its own listing in the database but worth a mention here. I took my kids top roping here and really enjoyed it. Allowed them to get a long pitch in (~35 meters), I had to belay from the top with a 60m rope. Went at about 5.0, possibly a little harder, not 4th class though. Belay setup was on blocks at the top of the gully, bottom of start for "The Bulge". You can sling said blocks, and there are a lot of great stopper placements in the area. You will need lon... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Oct 16, 2015

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Comments: Blitzo made this site better, no doubt. RIP


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Lost Flatironette : Southeast Ridge (5.3 PG13)
By: Rick Blair When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: First half is 4th class and protectable with pro and chickenheads. 2nd half enters a section of soft, friable, dark red rock common in the Flatirons and Eldo. The top half has no pro but an abundance of welded pebbles for holds.
No obvious belay anchor at top. I tied a loop in my rope and slung the top point running one side of the loop through a groove and the other around a welded pebble sticking out of the conglomerate to hold it in place. Tension must be kept on this anchor, but it is reas... more >>


Location: CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Lover's Leap : Original Route (5.5) : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 28, 2015

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Comments: This is the start I did, I went straight up that first face. If you were to walk uphill a few more feet, you will see an obvious ramp which is not obvious at this angle.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Island In The Sky : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 27, 2015

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Comments: Wow! The green river banks against the layered sea of red rock, amazing photo.


Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : The Ranch Hand : Biscuits 'n' Gravy (5.4)
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 24, 2015

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Comments: Justin, I have a beta picture of the decent on the main Ranch Hand page. I think it goes pretty reasonably, very secure 4th class. I don't think it's worth leaving tat up there, but if you can't find the way down, by all means be safe.

Remember to pay attention to bird closures.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : City Creek Canyon : Shoreline Crag : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 4, 2015

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Comments: I rated this photo 5 starts due to the fact that you took a great photo of an animal while it was trying to figure out how to eat you. Wow!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Black Wall : Cary Granite (5.11c) : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 3, 2015

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Comments: Such an awesome photo. I wish I could zoom in more.


Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : Park View Dome : Hey Ranger! (5.5)
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 27, 2014

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Comments: To avoid confusion, the correct route is the "prominent rib", the right of the 2 prominent ribs with aspens browning in between. If you look up, you will see the 2nd pitch headwall with the finger crack. The start is not at the base of the formation but uphill toward the start of the gully between Parkview and the Ranch Hand.


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