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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!


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.


Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : Park View Dome
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 27, 2014

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Comments: Ralph has the correct descent. Head toward the Ranch Hand, there is a great pine tree to rap off of slings. The gully appears to be down climbable with a lot of positive holds. It is mossy however and when I did it, there was a downpour and serious falling rock hazard. It is about a 25 Meter rap so almost a full 60 doubled. This is very reminiscent of some of the gnarly flatiron hike outs, not great but not the worst I have seen either.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 27, 2014

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Comments: Most likely waiting for you to micturate so they could lap up the goods.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Castle Valley : The Priest : Honeymoon Chimney (5.11a) : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Apr 24, 2014

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Comments: Please pan out so I can see this guy is really 3 feet off the ground.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Maiden : ... : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Oct 28, 2013

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Comments: This is an outstanding photo! Shows the adventures to be had in what amounts to a "city park."


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Hillbilly Rock : Billy Goat Arete (5.1)
By: Rick Blair When: Aug 17, 2013

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Comments: With a 30 meter rope in 3 pitches: 100 feet to first nice belay ledge, 75 feet to second large belay ledge, 75 feet to top.

On descent, a 30 meter rope gets you to large ledge/platform 10 feet from walking territory. Easy 3rd class to the ground from there. There was a static rope around the huge summit block. This would make a good place for a chain anchor in my opinion.

Check out my beta photo on the main Hillbilly page for a much more civilized approach. Watch out for poison ivy!

2 s... more >>


Location: WY : Fremont Canyon : The Bridge : HalfWay (5.7) : Photo
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 21, 2013

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Comments: Fantastic climb and Fantastic photo, nice work!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Apache Peak : Queen's Way
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 23, 2012

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Comments: Slope measurements on the way up:
Entrance 30
Midway 38
Top 42
These were taken on my mountaineering axe laid on surfaces that appeared to best represent the overall slope. Likely there are localized areas of steeper snow and snow conditions would certainly change this. My visual slope readings from the moraines down below were around 45 degrees.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Hammerhead : Yodeling Moves (5.0)
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 20, 2012

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Comments: The first 2 pitches were like an approach climb for the summit. After the start head out to the very edge for climbing about as exciting as 5.0 gets.

When I saw the final pitch it looked so improbable at easy 5th class, it has to be harder. Once you get on it, the holds just appear, you can literally "walk" across the traverse to the final moves. I would put this pitch at 4th class and one of the finest summits in the flatirons, a true classic! I protected the traverse with 3 bomber large fi... more >>


Location: CO : Rock Climbling Accidents: C...
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: What I got from it is that I am never going to climb under a party in their 20s from Australia....... when I'm in Boulder. It's probably ok in Australia.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Der Freischutz : South Ridge (5.0)
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 13, 2012

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Comments: Gerry Roach has this as F3 and Haas has it as 4th. I strongly disagree. I was intending a free solo but caught it after a rain so had to rope up the first half. I was also in approach shoes. Even accounting for those 2 things I think this requires much more thoughtful moves than Front Porch, Lost Porch, Freeway or S Ridge 1st Flatironette. On those you can grab and go, not so much on certain sections of this. I would say 5.2 but would have to come back with climbing shoes when its dry to v... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Flying Flatiron : East Face Complete (5.7)
By: Rick Blair When: Jul 6, 2012

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Comments: Julius had the same experience as I did. There is a small pocket halfway up the opening face that takes a red or pink tricam and is bomber, if you don't find that you only get one more piece near the top. In the Haas book, we are referring to the "East Face" route which matches the original route in Roach's book. This way appears much more exciting than the one listed above.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Southern Dinosaur Egg : Hatch (5.6)
By: Rick Blair When: Jun 12, 2012

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Comments: While not epic, climbing this will always be memorable for me. It was my first climb in 6 months. Classic Flatiron's approach, for a short climb there was a lot of adventure. Crack, real chimney moves if you choose to get down in there and nice face climbing. The first move off of the chockstone on the final pitch requires you to step out left onto a foot-sized foot hold with big exposure. Not having climbed for 6 months, this lead got my blood pumping! Great pro where needed but not much n... more >>


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