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Location: South America : Argentina : Patagonia : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: May 17, 2016

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Comments: Patagonia is giving you the finger!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: May 14, 2016

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Comments: Wow, it used to be a rocky 14K peak, now it's a rounded hill. What happened?


Location: UT : House Range : Notch Peak : Appetite for Destruction (5.12a/b) : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: I assume that is a sculpture wedge in there. If this is carved from the actual rock I totally approve of chipping in this case.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 27, 2016

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Comments: Could be curious but I bet people have been feeding it.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Chimneys of Treasure : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 24, 2016

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Comments: I remember looking at these from a distance as a kid, can't wait to get on these.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Maiden : ... : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 23, 2016

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Comments: Possibly the best shot on the site? Zoom in, holy cow!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Twin Spires : Red Twin : ... : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 20, 2016

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Comments: That is a great photo, and there are not hordes of people on the sidewalks below!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Aprons : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 17, 2016

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Comments: Taylor-B, the U.S. Forest Service broke the law by putting a pay station on the state highway going to the top. They won a poorly executed lawsuit against them but realized that eventually they would lose, so they came up with a scheme and brought Denver Parks into the fold. They made these improvements after the lawsuit and got Denver to agree to a partnership to split the money. The surrounding land is US Forest Service land and is paid for with your tax dollars already.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Funkdemental (5.11a) : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 14, 2016

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Comments: Great shot! This makes Shelf look yuuuuge.


Location: Allen Hill : personal photos : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Mar 25, 2016

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Comments: By neighbor. Sorry to hear the news and sorry we never climbed together. I missed a huge opportunity. Hope you got your interview with Clint and finished your movie.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Mar 23, 2016

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Comments: Those cactus are huge! Wonder what kind they are?


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Crystal Crag : North Arete : ... : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Mar 18, 2016

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Comments: Top of the world for sure!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Tenpins/Switchbacks : Tricouni Nail/Cerberus : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Mar 14, 2016

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Comments: Why are there no comments on this photo? This is awesome!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Mar 7, 2016

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Comments: Really bored? Psychedelic drugs?


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Feb 21, 2016

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Comments: Key West, Colorado, California.. all places that claim to have good sunset but the best I have ever seen are in Arizona, especially around Tuscon.


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!


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